Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Emily’s face was a picture of frustration as she pulled books from her locker. Stuffing them into her book bag, she slammed the locker door and stomped toward the exit, making a point to look at no one. She didn’t want to talk.
“It’s simple,” Mr. Leitner had said. “You just have to know the Periodic Table, which we started memorizing months ago. Then you need the basic formulas, and the interactions of one substance with other substances. It’s not that hard, people. This test covers five chapters, and we’ve gone over them all more than once.”
He seemed a bit irritated, as if he couldn’t understand why anyone was having any trouble in his “simple” chemistry course. It made Emily furious. She was usually an “A” student, getting a “B” only in gym–which she thought was totally unfair. Being graded on your ability to run fast or make a basket from the free-throw line had nothing to do with studying, and everything to do with natural ability! She was delighted that, as a senior, she didn’t have to take gym any more.
But chemistry? That was another thing entirely. She had to have it to get her science credits in, and it was driving her crazy. Most of the symbols on the periodic table didn’t seem to have any connection to the element itself. Why, for instance, was antimony denoted as “sb”? She had memorized it all, but to actually understand it didn’t seem to matter.
Emily liked to understand. She hated memorizing just to pass a test.
So she decided to do some research, probably losing valuable “memorize this” time, but she really needed to understand.
Her first search was “why is antimony identified as sb on the periodic table.” She found out that the word was based on two Greek words: