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How to remember Alkaline Earth Metals ?

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asked Jan 22 by nanospeck (4,880 points)

Is there an easy trick to remember the alkaline earth metals ( the elements in group 2) :

  • Beryllium (Be)
  • Magnesium (Mg) 
  • Calcium (Ca)
  • Strontium (Sr) 
  • Barium (Ba)
  • Radium (Ra)

 

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answered Jan 23 by nanospeck (4,880 points)

You can remember the alkaline earth metals with this easy trick:

Beetles Made Cake Starfish Baked Ramen

  • Beetles - Beryllium (Be)
  • Made - Magnesium (Mg) 
  • Cake - Calcium (Ca)
  • Starfish - Strontium (Sr) 
  • Baked - Barium (Ba)
  • Ramen- Radium (Ra)

The short story: 

  • Beetles live on earth and they can be associated with 'earth' metals to remember quickly.
  • Ramen is a an alternative word used for noodles. Just imagine Starfish baking noodles.
  • An advantage of this trick is that the first two letters of the words are actually same as the symbol of the element.

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