Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Mole Day!

Today is my dad's birthday! But that has nothing to do with Mole Day. (Happy birthday anyway, Dad.)

Mole Day celebrates something the scientific community calls Avogadro's number, which is 6.02 x 10^23. That's the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in a mole of something. (A mole is a basic unit of measurement.)

In eleventh grade, we could get extra credit for making something creative for Mole Day. I made a sock puppet of a mole (the mammal) who helped me give a brief talk about moles (the measurement) and Avogadro's number. He was pretty cute!

So, happy Mole Day, everybody! Science!

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