The Single Helix
Chemical Element System data
for Periodic Table Applications

para spacer The natural atoms can only be arranged
with all element relationships perfectly
correct by spiralling every element
down a single helix on a 3D model,
groups aligned and elements contiguous. para spacer Flat periodic tables currently employ this
systemized data in the more convenient
2D tabular format necessary for easier
printing, study and work of Chemistry.
para spacer The differences between flat periodic tables
and the three-dimensional system model
photographed to illustrate this principle in
the views at the right have been annotated
to the right of the photos. para spacer Swipe to see more, and click on the
photo to enlarge, then return to data.

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Chemical Element System para spacer The stretched and wrapped Hydrogen box (originating from nothing at the Big Bang) unites with Helium ,completing the first period, atop the 8 period Main Group element tower at the left.
para spacer While the D- & F-blocks (on the right) are each independent, connecting with each other and to both S-block's Group IIa in the single vertical location I call the neXus results in the Atomic Numbers of the Element Line being continuous from start to finish while keeping all vertical property group columns intact as well. para spacer Instead of being at the edges of the periodic table, both the ends and beginnings of the periods are together - greatly improving trends teaching - and that junction is clearly defined by the period arrows pointing to the last and next periods on the corner bars between Groups 18 & 1.
Chemical Element System para spacer Hydrogen's unique extended databox makes explicit the concept that Period 1 is quite different from the following periods, and by circling over the Main Group, the easy combining with those elements is implied.
para spacer In the Big Bang, Hydrogen, first, then Helium then Lithium are thought to have been realized first, the same order illustrated from top down in this model, rather than being separated on common periodic tables.
para spacer Explicit in the Periodic Law, numerically contiguous elements are only available in 3D models of the Alexander Arrangement, shown at left in the slant of P-block databoxes. This patented feature is what allows period ends to physically connect with the next period's first element
- a key trends factor that flat periodic tables sacrifice in exchange for all elements to be visible at one time.
Chemical Element System para spacer Seeing all element information at once on a convenient surface is vital to the doing of chemistry, but for the initial introduction and understanding of the correct relationships among both elements and blocks, models of the Alexander Arrangement of Elements are required to show Mendeleyev's Periodic Law as well as the S P D F top down subshell order.
para spacer Large databoxes names, symbols, and numbers for Howard Gardner's verbal-linguistic, while Theodore Gray's 'prior knowledge' photography appeals to those with naturalistic competencies.
para spacer At the same time, the physicality of this model requires manipulation - attractive to the bodily-kinesthetic as well as visual-spatial intelligences - adding these groups to others for whom the common flat periodic tables' awkward form may be a disappointment, or deterrent.
Chemical Element System para spacer para spacer Instead of Main Group blocks being pushed apart by the transition metals, common in periodic tables, the other block loops being pinched where they join between Groups 2 & 3 avoid that distortion (center).
para spacer Feeling and seeing the natural beauty of science, which are expressed in this model - either as a great periodic table or a model of the reality of the atoms/elements systematized according to the Periodic Law - provides greater understanding and appreciation of Science.
para spacer Flat periodic tables show all elements at once, giving us an unbeatable work platform, while this 3D model requires hands-on to see all elements - adding respect for the Periodic Law and a glimpse of reality.
Plan view chart with callouts of the Alexander Arrangement of Elements para spacer para spacer The unique form and function of the Alexander Arrangement of Elements shows best from the top.
para spacer The extended H databox originates from nothing (like the Big Bang) inside the Main Group tower, rising clockwise to touch on He, Li, and Be, and descends in the P-block (where the Alexander downslant takes place in all periods) to rest against HE. para spacer The crossover of the blocks at the neXus shows the attachment of S- block's Group IIa to the first elements (Groups IIIa,b,c) of the other blocks.
para spacer In nature - I imagine - the neXus block connections would include both the first elements of the s-block, and the end elements of the D-block, instead of the AAE model's joining of them for datablock readability at the left corner of the S-block.
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