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Chemistry: Periodic Table and the Elements

We at ME Education, set important objectives for ourselves. Among the most important, is to ensure that once our students leave us, they are equipped with the luxury of choice when it comes to selecting their professional path. We do this by offering international qualifications that are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers.

The Cambridge Assessment International Education is one such qualification, and it gives students a springboard from which to propel their further education as well as their careers. The Cambridge programmes and qualifications are created by subject experts and they set the global standard for international education. Every course provides students with a strong platform to progress, further supported by the guidance and leadership of our highly qualified teachers.

The Cambridge resources deliver high-quality educational programmes that work to unlock learners’ potential. Every year, we help our students from all over the world prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge International.

The Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry course offered at ME Education allows our students to make sense of the technological world around them. It is not merely reams of notes that students must parrot off. It provides them with practical knowledge that they can apply in the real world. By equipping them with the ability to understand scientific matters and recognise the usefulness and the limitations of scientific methods, they learn how to apply this to other subjects and in their everyday life. They also learn to develop an appreciation for accuracy and precision, neutrality, truth, curiosity, initiative and ingenuity.

Understanding Chemistry and the way the world works, makes way for sensitivity as the students learn about their environments and how it is all interconnected. In turn, they learn to care for their environment. With the help of their teachers, our students are taught to be confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.

In their chemistry classes, students are taught the fundamental concepts thoroughly and are encouraged to apply their learnings to everyday life situations. When studying the elements, students are taught about them being pure substances consisting only of atoms that all have the same numbers of protons in their atomic nuclei. But they are also taught that these elements contribute to literally everything around them – from the liquids that they drink, the gasses they breathe as well as the composition of everything they use, like the plastic case on their beloved cell phones right down to the earth beneath their shoes at recess.

As the students study the different elements, they are taught the history of their discovery and how, as each one was uncovered, it was named and then abbreviated. These abbreviations are the convenient chemical shorthand we are familiar with today. We call them chemical symbols. For example, helium has the chemical symbol He, nitrogen is N, and lithium is Li.

Teachers will routinely use the chemical symbols and students will go through the process of learning the names and chemical symbols for the common elements. By the time they complete the course, students will be able to name and identify all of the 116 known elements.

We like to take students through the history and evolution of the field of Chemistry and not just the subject itself. That’s why we include stories about Dmitri Mendeleev. He is the Russian chemist we all have to thank for organising the elements into a table, making it far easier to learn. Mendeleev published the first recognisable periodic table in 1869. This table organizes the elements by increasing atomic number into rows ("periods") in which the columns ("groups") share recurring ("periodic") physical and chemical properties.

Science is a subject that is evidence based. This way of thinking encourages students to implement a systematic approach to problem solving, and will help them in seemingly unrelated areas of their lives. We aim to provide an enjoyable educational experience for our students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond their schooling years.

No matter what the subject matter is, our top priority is always our students. It's about teaching them what they need to know in order to graduate but more importantly, it's about showing them how to apply these lessons in order to fully appreciate and enrich their experience of life.

To learn more about our approach to education, or to talk to one of our admissions consultants about reserving a spot for your child, contact us at

My children attended ME Education for support with a couple of their IB subjects, particularly in Math, Chemistry and Physics. Their ME tutors provided them with a deeper understanding of the subject and confidence. My daughter also had some Zoom sessions with Mr. Adeel to help her with Chemical Equilibrium topics. I found ME Education to be a professional and reliable institution at all times. They were crucial to my children’s success at IB.

Mrs. Tan


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