Oxidation Numbers: An Ecological Perspective

Assigning oxidation numbers for the purposes of predicting behavior is one the key concepts in chemistry. Although there are countless benefits to teaching kids basic literacy and numeracy, if it was all done solely for them to understand oxidation numbers, it would still be worth it! It initially appears strange to students that an oxidation... Continue Reading →

Two Offbeat Questions About Greenhouse Gases

In science, something fruitful can arise from innocent or atypical questions.  One of many examples of this was a recent query in Quora, " Can chlorine be potentially a greenhouse gas? Why or why not?" Here's what I wrote, but I've since added a little more detail. Short answer , no.  🙂 Now here's why.... An infrared spectrum is used to check... Continue Reading →

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