Chemistry : Elements and Chemical Symbols
What is the Chemical Symbol for an Element?
Scientists have adopted certain conventions regarding the chemical symbols for various elements. The symbol is the short form or abbreviated name of the element. Each element has a chemical symbol that is unique to it. An atom of an element is denoted by this symbol. For example, the symbol for Oxygen is O.
Many elements have their symbol derived from either the first letter [e.g., N for Nitrogen] or the first two letters [e.g., Ne for Neon] of their names. A few elements have symbols derived from their Latin names
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