Element Picture Quiz

See if You Can Recognize These Pure Elements

Recognizing elements on sight is a lot different from knowing their names and symbols. Take this element quiz to see if you know these building blocks of matter.
Recognizing elements on sight is a lot different from knowing their names and symbols. Take this element quiz to see if you know these building blocks of matter. Jon Feingersh, Getty Images

1. This one is intended to be a confidence builder. These are diamonds. Diamonds are pure:

Faceted Diamond. Maciej Toporowicz, NYC, Getty Images

2. You may encounter this element in pure form fairly often. This metallic element is:

Photo of pure copper as a mineral.. Matteo Chinellato - ChinellatoPhoto, Getty Images

3. This metallic element is a liquid at room temperature. It is:

Liquid Mercury. videophoto, Getty Images

4. This yellow element is a component of gunpowder. The area being mined is a hint. This element is:

Mining at Ijen Crater. Keren Su

5. This metal occurs in its pure form, but it is usually encountered as an alloy. The element is:

Photo of pure gold as a mineral.. Matteo Chinellato - ChinellatoPhoto, Getty Images

6. The big clue for this metal's identity is how it is being used in the photo. This element is:

Lead Radiation Shielding. Underwood Archives, Getty Images

7. The air you breathe is mostly this element. In liquid form, it's extremely cold. The element is:

Liquid Nitrogen Cryostorage. Science Photo Library, Getty Images

8. You would wear protective gloves to hold this radioactive element, which feels warm. It is:

Uranium Metal. US DOE

9. This element is a semimetal or metalloid. Here is how it looks when pure. This is:

Silicon Wafer. Mark Gibson, Getty Images

10. The majority of the picture is of one element. It's the most abundant element in the universe. This element is:

NGC 1973, The Running Man Nebula. Reinhold Wittich/Stocktrek Images, Getty Images

Element Picture Quiz

You got: % Correct. Elementary School Student

I got Elementary School Student. Element Picture Quiz
Science Student. Hero Images, Getty Images

Uh oh. You may not be in elementary school, but you're just getting the hang of this aspect of science. You know a whole lot more now, so the next time you encounter one of these elements, you'll be able to name it. Got questions about elements or simply want to learn more about them? Investigate this basic form of matter via the interactive periodic table.

Element Picture Quiz

You got: % Correct. In Your Element

I got In Your Element. Element Picture Quiz
The chemistry student is in his element.. Jonathan Kirn, Getty Images

You're in your element as far as recognizing chemical elements goes. Sure, there were a few you missed, but you know them now. Try another element quiz or switch gears and do science in your kitchen.

Element Picture Quiz

You got: % Correct. It's Elementary, My Dear Watson

I got It's Elementary, My Dear Watson. Element Picture Quiz
Sherlock Holmes would ace an element picture quiz.. Sven Hagolani, Getty Images

You rocked this quiz! Knowing the elements on sight comes as easy to you as breathing. Like the Sherlock Holmes of elements, you recognize the physical clues to properties that make each element unique. From here, you can try to ace another element quiz or learn more about these building blocks of matter.