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National Mole Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

National Mole Day

When : Always October 23rd, from 6:02 a.m., to 6:02 p.m.

Chemistry majors, teachers and Chemistry buffs, this special day is for you.

National Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23)

To thoroughly enjoy National Mole Day, one must first understand what a "Mole" in Chemistry is.

A "mole" is a basic measuring unit. It equals the atomic mass of a single molecule. It is measured in grams. This measure was discovered by Italian Amadeo Avogadro.

Chemistry teachers celebrate this day, by getting kids more interested in chemistry. They create special lesson and lab experiments around the theme of chemical measurements.

Why celebrate from 6:02 a.m., to 6:02 p.m? Look at the chemical formula for a mole. It starts with the number 6.02.

Origin of National Mole Day:
National Mole Day was first conceived in an article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980s.

More Information:

National Mole Day Foundation - Yes, there's even an organized group!

Amadeo Avogadro - learn about the discoverer of the mole.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRICIAAK 10/23/2012 11:26PM

    and I thought it would be about the mammal.

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HANSBRINK 10/23/2012 12:04PM

  I thought we were going to eat Mexican!

A standing joke with a friend of mine concerning the MegaMillions Lottery is that our chances of winning are about one in 6.02 x 10(23)

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/23/2012 11:42AM

    and here I thought this blog would be about infiltrating rival SparkTeams ; )

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GREENGENES 10/23/2012 7:54AM

    Our chemistry students always celebrate mole day with an all you can eat spaghetti dinner for $5. Not sure why they don't charge $6.02 but it's always a fun event (just have to make sure I stick to ONE helping.

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MILPAM3 10/23/2012 6:52AM

    This may not be a bit of trivia I bring up tonight at my birthday dinner! ha ha

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