Chemical Elements follows U X L's highly-praised style by covering this difficult topic in a manner and writing level accessible enough for younger and middle school students, yet appropriate for high school students, too. Adding to its appeal are more than 290 photographs and illustrations, most in color, showcasing various elements, the products in which they are used, and the places in which they are found. Such imagery brings the elements to life. Black-and-white images of historical significance are also included.
Through standard rubrics, researchers will learn how the element was discovered and by whom, the element's practical role in everyday life, who or what it is named after and more. Sidebars spotlight well-known products containing the element, trivia on famous events relating to the element, definitions of difficult words and more. Added value is provided through a comprehensive further reading section, a timetable of events, a glossary of terms, a two-page color-coded periodic table and a general index. Three tables of contents are also provided to help students locate the element entries with ease. These include: Main tables of contents arranged alphabetically by element name, tables of contents listed in order of the elements' atomic numbers and a tables of contents with elements categorized by family group.