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Unformatted text preview: and second letters of the name. If these letters are used for another element, the second letter of the symbol may be other than the second letter in the name. Some of the symbols do not correspond to the first letters of the element names because the symbols are derived from the Latin or Greek names of the elements. The atomic number for an element is given by the number immediately above the symbol for that element and represents the number of protons in the nucleus as well as the number of electrons if the atom is not an ion....
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