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bellydancindan in leestconsortium

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Hey gang,

I figured I'd give a presentation on acids and bases. A chemistry classic. It will be a fun talk, because unlike spectroscopy, residual entropy, and boron compound geometries, acids and bases are talked about all the time. So it will be fun to learn something that is mentioned all over the place. It should also be a very easy to understand talk, or at least easier than my past three talks. I'm sure William will find some way to get me off topic onto something complicated though. My talk will mostly consist of definitions of acids and bases, the math of bronsted bases (what does pH actually mean?), lewis bases (their relevance to organic chemistry), and superacids.

Then if I can put it together, we can do our own little acid base experiment. Without a good scale, graduated cylinders, indicators, or pH electrodes, we can't do much. But hopefully I can cobble together some litmus paper from somewhere, and we can add stuff to NaOH/NaOCl (Drano!) and see what happens.

Either way it'll be a fun talk!

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Sounds good. Yeah, William does have a knack for spiraling you off topic doesn't he ;)