Science Word Game for Road Trips
For your next road trip, a fun, family-friendly game… especially if your family tree has a lot of geeky branches.
Couldn’t be simpler:
Combine abbreviations from the periodic table to create a word.
For instance, you could combine the abbreviations for barium and rutherfordium to make BaRf.
Or use chromium, iodine, titanium, carbon, and aluminum to make CrITiCAl.
Or my current favorite — combine titanium, platinum, oxygen, and einsteinium to form TiPtOEs. How fun!
Post your longest words in the comments. (If you choose to write a computer program to find the longest possible word, please don’t spoil everyone else’s fun.)
Uber-geeks will want to use a formula such as
Points = 3 × No. of Letters + 5 × No. of Elements Used
to score the game. And you can if you like; play ten rounds, and highest score wins. But I say just have fun, make words, and impress everyone riding in the car with you!
You might find the following lists helpful.
B, C, F, H, I, K, N, O, P, S, U, V, W, Y
Two-Letter Abbreviations, With A Vowel:
Ac, Ag, Al, Am, Ar, As, At, Au, Ba, Be, Bh, Bi, Bk, Br, Ca, Ce, Co, Cu, Er, Es, Eu, Fe, Ga, Ge, He, Ho, In, Ir, La, Li, Lu, Mo, Na, Ne, Ni, No, Os, Pa, Po, Pu, Ra, Re, Ru, Se, Si, Ta, Te, Ti, Xe
Two-Letter Abbreviations, No Vowel:
Cd, , Cf, Cl, Cm, , Cp, Cr, Cs, Db, Ds, Dy, Fm, Fr, Gd, Hf, Hg, Hs, Kr, Lr, Md, Mg, Mn, Mt, Nb, Nd, Np, Pb, Pd, Pm, Pr, Pt, Rb, Rf, Rg, Rh, Rn, Sb, Sc, Sg, Sm, Sn, Sr, Tb, Tc, Th, Tl, Tm, Yb, Zn, Zr
Uuh, Uuo, Uup, Uuq, Uus, Uut