We tested the nation to see if they knew their periodic table metals and whether they could match them to the correct symbols, and the results showed that more than a quarter couldn’t get them right.
Only 3% of 2,002 people tested got every question correct, while more than a quarter couldn’t guess a single periodic symbol for a metal.
People were also stumped by our fake metals, which we hid among the answers.
The fakes included Vibranium, from Marvel’s Black Panther movie, and Carbonadium and Omnium, both from X-Men.
Since so many have been left baffled, we have created a quiz featuring GCSE level questions. Will you fare any better?