Celebrate Mole Day with TTU chemistry students

Posted by Lori Shull - Friday, October 21 2011
lshull@tntech.edu

thumb BuckyballTie-dyed T-shirts and video game competitions are just a few of the ways the Tennessee Tech University student chapter of the American Chemical Society is celebrating National Chemistry Week this weekend.

Students can bring a T-shirt to dye purple and gold at 4 p.m. Sunday in front of Foster Hall; TTU chemistry students will explain how the chemical process works.

Later that day, the group will sponsor a Call of Duty: Black Opps tournament in Foster Hall 233. The large lecture hall sports a massive screen that will project the competition, which starts at 6 p.m. and costs $5 a person.

Sunday is of special significance to chemistry majors; it is mole day. A mole is a unit of measurement in chemistry, equal to 6.02x1023. In honor of the commonly used number, they celebrate at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23.

The money raised from the events will support student travel costs to the society’s annual conference in San Diego.

“It’s an opportunity for them to show off their research work and represent Tech,” said group adviser and TTU chemistry professor Dan Swartling. “Airfare is outrageous to go to California.”

To usher in National Chemistry Week, students twisted nearly 100 balloons to form a Bucky ball – a naturally occurring ball of 60 carbon molecules shaped like a soccer ball. They tethered it outside the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library earlier this week.