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May the Moles be with You

October 30, 2015

Here at Lodi High School the science department celebrates Mole Day all day long with a multitude of activities. Mole Day is celebrated on Oct. 23 between 6:02 a.m – 6:02 p.m. (get it 6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power). It originated in the early 1980’s when an article was published in The Science Teacher magazine about a high school teacher’s reasons for the celebration of the mole. On May 1,1991 the National Mole Day Foundation was formed. Now, the American Chemical Society plans National Chemistry Week so that Mole Day falls within the week.

Mole Day celebrates the measurement known as the mole. Moles are used in chemistry as a convenient way to express amounts of reactants and products of chemical reaction such as an amount of atoms, ions, or other elementary entities. Moles are expressed in the equation  6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power, this is also known as Avogadro’s Number. Expressing a mole using this equation is much easier when you need to refer to a large number of things. 

We had another fun-filled Mole Day here at LHS. If you missed out it will be back next year for those of you lucky enough to be taking chemistry!

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