Scott on October 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm How about, “You celebrated Mole Day and you didn’t have time to teach Acids and Bases?!?” I’ve spoken with people who fall into that category. Maybe I shouldn’t be such a stick in the mud. Reply
How about, “You celebrated Mole Day and you didn’t have time to teach Acids and Bases?!?” I’ve spoken with people who fall into that category. Maybe I shouldn’t be such a stick in the mud.
It took me years to work up the courage, but now I avoid the mention of 6.022 etc. The specific number is not important. No real chemist of my acquaintance (including myself) ever calculates the number of atoms in a laboratory sample. The existence of the number is important. Its numerical value is not.
Well, I’m teaching AP chemistry and I’m not a real chemist, so it has significant relevance to me. However, maybe the College Board will soon axe it in favor of the latest Ed. fad, and then I’ll be able to jettison it for some newfangled BS.
I agree that doing most mole day activities is probably a waste of time for most chemistry classes. However, taking part out of your life every year to complain about other people doing mole day activities isn’t really super-douper efficient, either, right?
Wrong. I’m trying to save chemistry education from edutainment, and this is one small part of that. This is not supposed to be some kind of trivial circus. Someone needs to stand up for that.
Plus, it’s funny. So that makes it worth it, right?!?!
Well maybe, but the message is supposed to be serious.