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Cosmetic Chemist Celebrates Mole Day

Posted Oct 23 2009 10:03pm

Mid Brain Declares…

Happy Mole Day!

In case you didn’t realize, today is Mole Day.  It’s a day to celebrate the famous and ever-so-important (to chemists anyway) constant, Avogadro’s Number.  The number, 6.022 * 10 ^ 23, is a basic unit of measure in chemistry and represents the count of particles in a mole of a material.   You can learn more about it at the National Mole Day Foundation’s website.

Here’s how this cosmetic chemist is going to celebrate.  I’m going to put 18 grams* of water in a beaker and say the unofficial Mole Day pledge.

“I pledge allegiance to the mole, and to the science from which it comes, one SI unit, extremely divisible, with micromoles and millimoles for all.”

Mole day is a part of the larger National Chemistry Week celebration by the American Chemical Society.  See their website for activities in your area.

*18 grams of water = 1 mole of water

How are you going to celebrate Mole Day or National Chemistry week?  Leave a comment below.

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