FAVORITE ELEMENT





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By Piman3141 (Piman3141) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 11:31 am: Edit

youve all seen the favorite book threads and everything else. Now, all you chem and science nerds (like myself) can post your favorite ELEMENT, from H to whatever the last element is as of the current moment.

My favorite: Ytterbium

By Noodleman (Noodleman) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 11:40 am: Edit

Einsteinium. Cause he deserves it.

By Pookdogg (Pookdogg) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 01:24 pm: Edit

Californium and Berkelium (Go Bears!).

I'm still waiting for Stanfordium...

By Kmw11187 (Kmw11187) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 01:36 pm: Edit

Francium

By Avidreader2006 (Avidreader2006) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 02:27 pm: Edit

Tungsten

By Aspirer42 (Aspirer42) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 03:22 pm: Edit

Well, I just can't decide. I mean, there's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium, and hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium...

I kid. Call me a sheep, but I'll have to go with uranium.
(For names, though, Seaborgium tops all. :))

By Justperfect (Justperfect) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 03:24 pm: Edit

you sheep

By Macramequeen (Macramequeen) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 03:32 pm: Edit

Molybdenum!

By Ndbisme5 (Ndbisme5) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 03:53 pm: Edit

Titanium and Silver
(BTW, I memorized a year ago about 3/4 of the periodic table)

Hydrogen, Lithium, Sodium... lala

By Demingy (Demingy) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 04:42 pm: Edit

Macramequeen, you took mine! My favorite element is Molybdenum also.

By Jenesaispas (Jenesaispas) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 04:55 pm: Edit

Arrrrrrrrgon.

By Seleucus26 (Seleucus26) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 05:06 pm: Edit

lithium, it makes me feel good. (its actually lithium carbonate, but straight litium could make the pain stop too)

By Jenesaispas (Jenesaispas) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 06:22 pm: Edit

Let me update that. Arrrrrrrrgon because it makes me feel like a pirate.

By Clipper (Clipper) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 07:39 pm: Edit

Platinum - would love to have a ring with some shiny carbon on top! LOL

By Twinkletoes696 (Twinkletoes696) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 08:28 pm: Edit

I love this thread because it's so random...and science related. My favorite element is Neon! Wait.. maybe oxygen. I can't decide. I really like carbon, too (who doesn't like diamonds?). Gold and silver are great, too, on the other hand. So hard to decide...

By Lethalfang (Lethalfang) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 10:13 pm: Edit

Stanfordium is here, Pookdogg.
http://www.chem.ucla.edu/~ltfang/jokes/stanfurdium.htm

By Calvinhobbesmph (Calvinhobbesmph) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 10:21 pm: Edit

i love gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooold

By Daria1000 (Daria1000) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 10:56 pm: Edit

Cesium is the best- it's so giving and caring, always willing to lend an electron...

By Fyre (Fyre) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 11:15 pm: Edit

Dude.... Antimony.

But then again, I'm in love with a guy named Anthony... Go figure!

By Noodleman (Noodleman) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 12:28 am: Edit

What a bunch of Molybdenum whores. How ordinary.

By Macramequeen (Macramequeen) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 12:32 am: Edit

DOODE Molybdenum is like THE ultimate element...c'mon, now. Yeah Demingy knows what I'm talking about.

I also get really excited about Mercury! =P

By Astrix (Astrix) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 05:59 am: Edit

Have you guys heard the elements song by Tom Lehrer?? Check it out!

By Ubercollegeman (Ubercollegeman) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 06:39 am: Edit

Hydrogen, because it is a vital constituent of water, which is necessary for the production of beer.

By Demingy (Demingy) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 10:59 am: Edit

"What a bunch of Molybdenum whores. How ordinary."

As opposed to titanium, silver, platinum, carbon, hydrogen....?

By Twinkletoes696 (Twinkletoes696) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 11:11 am: Edit

All right, I must admit that I truly love K. Good old potassium.

By Asianalto (Asianalto) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 12:20 pm: Edit

Xenon. Because I wish I had an x in my name

By Hunter1985 (Hunter1985) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 01:01 pm: Edit

Gold...because without it where would we get the bling?

By Sepia (Sepia) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 01:38 pm: Edit

I love the color of Iodine. And no one can mess with Fluorine, the Great Electron Nabber.

Speaking of Bling, anyone love the Tungsten rings?

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 03:11 pm: Edit

ASPIRER! What is that song called and who's it by and how do you know about it? I have it on some obscure mixed CD that I got a few years ago and I can't find it.

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 03:11 pm: Edit

Beryllium

By Wheatthin (Wheatthin) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 04:02 pm: Edit

Element of surprise!

By Piman3141 (Piman3141) on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 04:50 pm: Edit

yeah, tungsten is another cool element. My other favorite: radon.

By Goodchocolate (Goodchocolate) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 11:35 am: Edit

I'm ed nobody's said Mercury yet!

By Geniusash (Geniusash) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 12:28 pm: Edit

I vote Nitrogen. Yay. This thread is WAY too nerdy!

By Aspirer42 (Aspirer42) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 01:44 pm: Edit

By Aspirer42:
"[T]here's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium, and hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium..."

By Qwert271:
"ASPIRER! What is that song called and who's it by and how do you know about it?"

By Astrix:
"Have you guys heard 'the elements song' by Tom Lehrer?? Check it out!"

I think the correct title is 'The Elements', but that's just splitting hairs. That being by and far Lehrer's most famous song, you can find it on most any of his CDs. You might want to try Amazon, though, since he may or may not be at your local store. But definitely get a bit of his work--he's hilarious, even if some of his songs were written for the Cold War generations.

I remember hearing him perform that same song on TV a good 10, 12 years ago, then I ran across it again by chance recently and went out and bought a couple of his CDs. For 'The Elements' in Flash animation form, check out http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html.

By Twinkletoes696 (Twinkletoes696) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 01:44 pm: Edit

Also on my loves list: Hydrogen, Helium, Cobalt

By Anijen21 (Anijen21) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 01:44 pm: Edit

Fermium. It's element 100 and my nickname in eight grade was Fer.

By Simba (Simba) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 08:29 pm: Edit

A trivial fact about naming of 'new' elements. An element can only be named after its dicoverer after he/she has died. Dr. Seaborg from Berkeley had discovered an element, but the element naming community would not name that element after him while he was still alive.

Dr. Seaborg led an amazing life. After retiring from teaching at Berkley, he was the driving force behind Lawrence Hall of Science till his death. After retiring he devoted his time to develop ways of teaching Science to young people. He firmly believed that children learn best by doing things than just reading about them. LHS has developed an amazing curriculum in Math and Science called GEMS.

Dr. Seaborg died at age 85+. And yes the scientific community did bend their rules and named the element after him WHILE he was still alive.

By Khan (Khan) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 08:57 pm: Edit

Yeah, I was lucky enough to meet and shake hands with Dr. Seaborg. He was a guest lecturer at one of my Chem. 1A classes (in Berkeley) several years ago. I think he used to make guest appearances as a tradition.

He talked about his days at Berkeley when they were discovering and creating (yes, creating) all these new elements back in the day. A lot of it was spurred by the nuclear arms race... leading to the finding of elements like Plutonium. He told us how they came about naming Plutonium (among others), but I've already forgotten what the story was!!! I think he said that most people think it's named after the planet Pluto, but it was actually named after the disney character but I don't remember why... (don't quote me on this).

Even in his old age, his mind was very sharp and engaged. I was impressed. He had a great sense of humor too. It's sad he's no longer with us. I think he passed away a couple years after he guest lectured at my Chem. class. I was lucky to shake his hand and get his autograph!

Go Sg!!! (Seaborgium)

By Chemgirl (Chemgirl) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 09:42 pm: Edit

Hmm... platinum is intriguing because of its many medical uses. I'm also rather fond of good old oxygen, and barium is awesome because it burns a rather mystical green.
BTW, Ndbisme5, awesome on the memorization... I've mastered the first 89 elements, and am working on the rest when I'm not doing other equally nerdy things. : ) And yes, Daria1000 Cesium is certainly amiable! Nice, dependable el.

By Tongos (Tongos) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 11:14 pm: Edit

chemistrysuxium

By Tongos (Tongos) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 11:18 pm: Edit

I'm kidding, my favorite element has to be sulfur. kind of weird huh? chemistry is okay, just thats it very hard.

By Lucifersam (Lucifersam) on Friday, July 30, 2004 - 11:22 pm: Edit

What about bismuth? A very vomatrocious element, eh?

By Nmoreno1 (Nmoreno1) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 10:02 am: Edit

Hey Aspirer42:
Were those lyrics from the old Tom Lehrer song, "The Elements"? well, they were!

fun song.

By Simba (Simba) on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 06:11 pm: Edit

S likes Cesium

By Piman3141 (Piman3141) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 12:58 pm: Edit

chemgirl, when you say mastered, does that mean atomic weights, oxidation states, etc?

By Chemgirl (Chemgirl) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 02:50 pm: Edit

Piman3141, No, only the element, their symbols, their atomic numbers, relative electronegativities, and most stable oxidation states. I have a close idea of each of their atomic weights, but I have not memorized them as of yet. I don't think I'm quite that smart! : )

By Pianolover25 (Pianolover25) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 03:36 pm: Edit

i like bismuth

By Musefinity (Musefinity) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 03:49 pm: Edit

Bismuth! And it has been since the first day of Chemisty.

By Astrobobocop (Astrobobocop) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 04:06 pm: Edit

Praseodymium all the way

By Coqui (Coqui) on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 12:11 am: Edit

magnesium because i f**king blinds you when you burn it and potassium because you just add a little water and...poof...DEATH.

helium's great too. i sucked it in one night at a party and my lungs nearly froze over, but it was worth it. i couldn't stop laughing b/c i sounded like the little cat off of "emperors new groove"

oh..and this thread is extremely sad..oh well..i'm bored

By Madameinsanity (Madameinsanity) on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 06:55 pm: Edit

I'm a fan of oxygen..

By Riflesforwatie (Riflesforwatie) on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 11:25 pm: Edit

My grandfather worked at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory when Dr. Seaborg was working there. I'd have to go with Seaborgium.

By Gidget (Gidget) on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 10:52 am: Edit

Silver- definitly silver


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