Monday, February 11, 2008

Weird things you can spell with element symbols

Last week in my AP class we were discussing buffers. Buffers are solutions that resist changes in pH. (what, this isn't normal, everyday conversation?!). As I was explaining the concept, I provided the example of a solution of sodium acetate and acetic acid. All of a sudden one of my students yells out "NACHO!!!"

We all kind of stared at him for a second before our eyes reverted back to the board to figure out what in the world he was talking about. And then we saw it - the symbol for sodium acetate:

NaC2H3O2

Naturally, it was only a matter of time before one of the girls came up with C2H4IPS.

Totally spiffy idea for a t-shirt.
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