Happy Mole Day!

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Happy Mole Day everyone!

Don’t know what I am talking about? Remember high school chemistry? Yeah, me either.

A mole is a basic unit of measure in chemistry.

Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists, chemistry students, and chemistry enthusiasts on October 23, between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, making the date 6:02 10/23 in the American style of writing dates. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number, which is approximately 6.02×1023, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole of substance, one of the seven base SI units.

Mole Day originated in an article in The Science Teacher in the early 1980s. Inspired by this article, Maurice Oehler, now a retired high school chemistry teacher from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, founded the National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) on May 15, 1991.

Many high schools celebrate Mole Day as a way to get their students interested in chemistry, with various activities often related to chemistry or moles.

So in honor of these great educators Happy Mole Day everyone!

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