Organic Live

Okay, enough about me …

I’ve been writing about what I think is interesting, and maybe (or maybe not) those stories have been interesting to you, too. Now, I want to hear from you — what chemistry stories can I tell you?

Perhaps you need some motivation or something to…

The turn of the 19th century saw a flurry of chemical research. Antoine Lavoisier had started what some would call “the chemical revolution” to bring chemistry to the forefront as a legitimate science. John Dalton was hypothesizing the existence of atoms, and Alessandro Volta created the world’s first battery.

The…

Avogadro did not discover Avogadro’s Number

You know this. However, Amadeo Avogadro is responsible for the initial hypothesis that spawned the subsequent calculations of his namesake number. His hypothesis stated that all gases have the same number of particles in a given volume as long as the temperature and pressure are the same. He also hypothesized…

I know what you’re thinking: “The Avogadro Hypothesis” sounds like a Robert Ludlum book…wait — you don’t know who Robert Ludlum is? He did all the Jason Bourne novels! He put Matt Damon on the map as an action hero! Ugh, we’ll have to get into this later…

Understanding what’s…

I’m going to start this one off differently, so bear with me…

What do you take when you get a cold? Just so we’re clear, there’s nothing out there that will cure the common cold — there are remedies that lessen the severity of symptoms and some that claim to…

“I am a real Americannnnn” — sorry, I have that jam in my head from last time (hey, it’s better than the Shawn Michaels theme). I’m still all tingly from acknowledging the first ‘Merikan to significantly contribute to the history of chemistry. That’s not to say that ‘Merikans haven’t contributed…

The last session ended with the discovery of this magical number 8. If I could personify the nature of an atom for a minute: it seems atoms are most comfortable when they have obtained 8 valence electrons. (I hope I just made my high school English teacher proud with my…

Organic Live

I’m a former chemistry assistant prof that is out to prove that chemistry is both interesting and entertaining

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