# If there are 118 elements, why do only 103 tend to appear on the periodic table?

• If there are 118 elements, why do only 103 tend to appear on the periodic table?

Anonymous734416 | 25/02 2018 01:51
It's because scientists didn't update the picture.
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Answer #2 | 09/06 2016 12:48
Because you are looking at an old, outdated periodic table.
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Answer #3 | 09/06 2016 14:14
you're confusing possible elements vs discovered elements... (discovered meaning isolated in some obscure lab somewhere far away). there is no limit to the number of elements on the periodic table. only 118 or so elements have been "discovered" to date. see this table https://figures.boundless.com/9705/full/iodic-20table-20predictive.png btw.. often show the actinide / lanthanide series below the table for formatting (to fit on a 8 1/2 x 11 page) but it should really look like http://image.slidesharecdn.com/unit8powerpoint-100208160802-phpapp02/95/unit-8-periodic-table-of-elements-4-728.jpg?cb=1265645366
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Answer #4 | 09/06 2016 21:14
you're confusing possible elements vs discovered elements... (discovered meaning isolated in some obscure lab somewhere far away). there is no limit to the number of elements on the periodic table. only 118 or so elements have been "discovered" to date. see this table https://figures.boundless.com/9705/full/iodic-20table-20predictive.png btw.. often show the actinide / lanthanide series below the table for formatting (to fit on a 8 1/2 x 11 page) but it should really look like http://image.slidesharecdn.com/unit8powerpoint-100208160802-phpapp02/95/unit-8-periodic-table-of-elements-4-728.jpg?cb=1265645366
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Answer #5 | 09/06 2016 19:37
Try to research the newest periodic table, I would state that today there are more than 118 elements :) Recently I have heard that the new one has come.. But, yes, try to find it :)
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Answer #6 | 09/06 2016 12:37
Try to research the newest periodic table, I would state that today there are more than 118 elements :) Recently I have heard that the new one has come.. But, yes, try to find it :)
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Answer #7 | 09/06 2016 19:38
In theory, there are an unlimited number of elements....the ONLY reason we can only postulate 118 (and only confirm 103) is because of the physical limitations of the Universe....
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Answer #8 | 09/06 2016 12:38
In theory, there are an unlimited number of elements....the ONLY reason we can only postulate 118 (and only confirm 103) is because of the physical limitations of the Universe....
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Answer #9 | 09/06 2016 19:48
Because you are looking at an old, outdated periodic table.
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