Mole Day celebration taking place at the Science Resource Center

The Science Resource Center provides students with a guess of how many molecules are in nicotine in the Billington Library, Oct. 19. Photo by Emily Baker, Staff Photographer

The Chemistry Department will be celebrating Mole Day in the Science Resource Center of the Billington Library, room 102, Oct. 24 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Mole Day commemorates the scientific breakthrough called Avogadro’s Number, which is used to measure the number of atoms, molecules or particles in a substance. 

“Avogadro’s number is a number like a dozen. Everyone knows a dozen is 12. When you say it, you don’t have to say exactly how much it is,” Suneetha Menon, Director of Science Resource Center, said. “If you have one mole of oranges you have 6.02 times ten to the power of 23 oranges.”

Put simply, a mole – or “mol” – is equivalent to 6.02214×10^23. Thus, it is usually celebrated Oct. 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. Because that day falls on a Sunday this year, Mole Day is taking place on Oct. 24.

Students will learn more about Avogadro’s number and chemistry through trivia games, word searches, demonstrations, and different classes. For example, there will be a 15-question, mole mastery test. The student with the top score will earn a $50 CavCard, redeemable anywhere on JCCC’s campus. The winner will be notified Oct. 28.

Students can learn more information and register here.

Arthur Newby, staff reporter



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