States of MatterThese brain teasers rely on your ability to recognize groups of common attributes. For each of these puzzles you'll need to figure out why the words or letters are grouped as they are. Sometimes you will be asked to pick the odd-one-out or to place a new word into the correct group.
You are given a group of eight elements that share a common characteristic. You are also a given a pool of sixteen elements. Eight of the elements in the pool have the characteristic that allows them to be added to the group. The remaining eight elements in the pool do not have that characteristic and can not be added.
Group: argon, flerovium, gallium, lanthanum, manganese, meitnerium, protactinium, scandium
Pool: aluminum, bohrium, calcium, cobalt, gold, helium, indium, mendelevium, mercury, molybdenum, neodymium, neon, platinum, titanium, xenon, zinc
AnswerThe elements in the group have chemical symbols that are also the postal abbreviations of states of the United States.
argon = Ar = Arkansas
flerovium = Fl = Florida
gallium = Ga = Georgia
lanthanum = La = Louisiana
manganese = Mn = Minnesota
meitnerium = Mt = Montana
protactinium = Pa = Pennsylvania
scandium = Sc = South Carolina
Eight of the elements in the pool have that characteristic.
aluminum = Al = Alabama
calcium = Ca = California
cobalt = Co = Colorado
indium = In = Indiana
mendelevium = Md = Maryland
molybdenum = Mo = Missouri
neodymium = Nd = North Dakota
neon = Ne = Nebraska
The other elements in the pool do not have the required characteristic.
gold (Au), bohrium (Bh), helium (He), mercury, (Hg), platinum (Pt), titanium (Ti), xenon (Xe), zinc (Zn)
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