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"I write to congratulate you on your letter in the current issue of Chem 13 News –– Chemistry: It’s not fun (page 3, October issue). There is certainly too much of this misguided emphasis on "fun" in so many areas these days, which reflects itself in an unwillingness to work hard."
When protons themselves, particles that characterize elements, have half-lives, it should not be shocking that knowledge is not forever. The proton’s half-life, however, is on the order of 1033 to 1034 years.
One of the things I love about being the sole chemistry teacher in an independent school is my autonomy. I can teach in the manner I see fit; I can make last-minute changes and executive decisions — the school doesn’t interfere.
This series of articles considers some common organic molecules that we encounter in our everyday lives. Described will be some general chemical information about the organic molecule, how it is useful to us and other interesting facts.