MOLE DAY

TL 10-23 MOLE DAY

If you are not a science nerd or chemistry geek you may not have a clue what Mole Day is – I admit I did not.  Let’s learn together.

Most Americans – 84% – saw science as a positive force in society.  Yet…  all age-groups had a rather flimsy grasp of simple scientific concepts, even those taught in most public high schools, such as gravity or the structure of the atom.  – Priyamvada Natarajan, PhD

MOLE DAY is celebrated annually on this day from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. and commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  That’s about when I started dozing off – but stay with me.  Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry.  Various activities related to chemistry and/or moles will abound today.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule.  Am I the only one getting a headache?  LOL!  For example, the water molecule has a molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams.  In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro’s Number of molecules or atoms of that substance.  This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858).  He didn’t receive credit until after his death.

Wow – I think the left side of my brain is asleep or something.  So – let’s see how people with a left brain celebrate this Mole O’Ween:

 Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin’ as a mole….
– James Ferguson

Yes – my mind is going toward the animal mole…  guilty!

Well – there’s an idea for your Halloween costume!  You can be Dr. Geek.  Works for me – hmm – not sure about those goggles – they might have to go.

 There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.  – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883

I took science in high school and had to memorize a lot of minerals and stuff – but could not tell you any of them now.  I did what I had to do to pass the course and did not make an A.  I’m sure this is a great day for the smart science geeks  in America and around the world.  Have a good time and Happy Mole O’Ween!  🙂