What are the rules for writing the symbol of an element?

IUPAC —> International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry approves the name of elements.
Symbols are the first one or two letters of the element’s name in English. The first letter of a symbol is always written as a capital letter (upper case) and the second letter as a small letter (lower case).
e.g., Hydrogen —> H
Helium —> He
Some symbols are taken from the names of elements in Latin, German or Greek.
e.g., Symbol of iron is Fe, its Latin name is Ferrum.

Updated on: 14-Mar-2023


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