Odd Element Out
Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.
Which of the following atomic elements does not belong in the following list?
Carbon, Neon, Silicon, Phosphorus, Iodine, Xenon
HintCheck the spelling and atomic symbols.
Iodine is the odd element out. It is the only one that can not be spelt using atomic symbols.
Dec 13, 2002
|Good one. Very creative use of the Periodic Table. In a pinch one could spell iodine like this: IODyNe|
But of course that would not be correct.
Dec 15, 2002
|Here's another way.|
Iodine is the only one that begins with a vowel, but that would be english not science.
Jan 16, 2003
|Time to get a girlfriend, my man.|
Jan 31, 2003
|Please, you're giving us science people a bad name. What's with this "spelt," word? Try, "spelled," instead.|
Jan 31, 2003
|spelt: v. A past tense and a past participle of spell. From "The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company" via www.dictionary.com. |
Aug 20, 2003
|If I was an editor, I would change the category of this puzzle. It has nothing to do with knowledge of the sciences. Therefore, it should be placed in language or group. However, I did quite like it...|
Nov 26, 2003
|Is iodine also the only one that's liquid at room temperature?|
Mar 06, 2004
|It is interesting how iodine can be selected, but for different reasons. Iodine is also the only element in the list whose atomic number is a prime number.|
Sep 02, 2006
|That also would've went into the Language section.|
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