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Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby pernero » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:15 pm UTC

It seems most people have a predisposition to say "Green".

Why is that?

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby TaintedDeity » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:19 pm UTC

Because toxic chemicals/poisons are green! Whooo! Acid is going to melt through everything and it is green! Aggghhh! Run awayyy!

There's a stereotype that chemicals in a lab are brightly coloured and usually green. So, I guess, Chemistry is green.

Interestingly, I thought of the colour orange because I owned a book about Chemistry when I was younger with orange on the front.
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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby Kow » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:19 pm UTC

White 'cause the periodic table's always white.
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Postby thicknavyrain » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:22 pm UTC

Actually, for me it's lightish blue or lightish green, a mixture between the two, always faint bluey green. The word "Chemistry" in my mind is blue and my assosiciation with the topic is bluey green for...no real reason. I think it is the whole stereotypical "green acid" thing but I don't know for sure. Maybe I should be posting in the synaesthesia thread instead...
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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby poxic » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:25 pm UTC

I think of yellow, actually, probably because of sulfur.
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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby Twistar » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:33 pm UTC

red I would say. A lot of my colors for school subjects have gotten muddled by not being able to buy the colored notebook I want however.

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby morvita » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:04 pm UTC

I associate chemistry with purple, probably because all the cabinets in my undergrad chemistry labs were painted purple.

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Postby mikhail » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:13 pm UTC

'Twas green for me, but then I started overthinking it and now can't decide. Misleading title, OP. *Shakes fist*

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby Bassoon » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:14 pm UTC

I don't really associate it with a color, but if you force me to, maybe clear and colorless, because of acid. For what it's worth, the smell I smell is the smell of hydrochloric acid.

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby Whelan » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:36 pm UTC

Chemistry is red.
Biology is green.
Physics is blue.
Psychology is yellow.
This is the colour scheme my school folders, and timetable follow.
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Postby Mmmm, Pi » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:46 pm UTC

Chem is dark green, also called forest green. Mainly because my chem books have always been dark green.
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Postby Woofsie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:47 pm UTC

Red for me, not sure why. I guess I associate red with acid because of litmus paper.

I don't have colours for other subjects so much, although I do think of biology as rather blueish.

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Postby jobriath » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:54 pm UTC

Chemistry's yellow, and I don't know why. Test tubes are yellow under lamplight?

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby Phoenix112358 » Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:50 pm UTC

Blue! Because (and I don't know if this is even true) my chemistry teacher said that electrons were blue. o_O

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Postby The EGE » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:05 pm UTC

Blue. Light, somewhat clear blue. Also, to a lesser degree, black and red.

Absolutely no idea why.
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Postby Cobramaster » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:34 pm UTC

I think of the Brown Glass color that you keep all of the liquid chemicals in, also the same brown of beer bottles but hey my chem department is a bunch of alcoholics so its appropriate.
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Postby Shivahn » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:40 am UTC

Phoenix112358 wrote:Blue! Because (and I don't know if this is even true) my chemistry teacher said that electrons were blue. o_O


I'm, um, pretty sure that doesn't make any sense. It's been a while since I studied what causes what EM emission, but... I'm pretty sure the photons that you can see were emitted when electrons fell from higher to lower orbital. In other words, they cause the light, but don't have colors.

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Postby Kurushimi » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:50 am UTC

I actually think of an atom. And the protons are colored orange and the neutrons black. (which happen to be the representative colors for Halloween strangely enough. Maybe Chemistry scares me?)

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Postby Whelan » Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:31 am UTC

Shivahn wrote:
Phoenix112358 wrote:Blue! Because (and I don't know if this is even true) my chemistry teacher said that electrons were blue. o_O


I'm, um, pretty sure that doesn't make any sense. It's been a while since I studied what causes what EM emission, but... I'm pretty sure the photons that you can see were emitted when electrons fell from higher to lower orbital. In other words, they cause the light, but don't have colors.

I was going to say that, but didn't because I was worried that was one of them lies that teachers tell.
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Postby achan1058 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:24 am UTC

Red was the first colour I think of when I read the thread. Maybe it has to do with all those sodium/water reactions that they have shown us......

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Postby LemonyCricket » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:36 am UTC

Blue. I color code my notes by subject, and I had a blue binder for chemistry because that just clicked.

(It's green for biology though. This makes it very strange and confusing for me, since I'm trying to be consistent in keeping my "science" notes blue and my "social studies" notes green. For some reason I associate economics with green, but US History with blue. ._.; )
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Postby LemonyCricket » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:38 am UTC

The EGE wrote:Blue. Light, somewhat clear blue. Also, to a lesser degree, black and red.

Absolutely no idea why.


I think black and red in organic chemistry due to the somewhat-universal coding system for the elements. ._.; (Black for carbon, red for oxygen. :D)

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Postby psychosomaticism » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:38 am UTC

LemonyCricket wrote:Blue. I color code my notes by subject, and I had a blue binder for chemistry because that just clicked.

(It's green for biology though. This makes it very strange and confusing for me, since I'm trying to be consistent in keeping my "science" notes blue and my "social studies" notes green. For some reason I associate economics with green, but US History with blue. ._.;)


Same here. If nothing else, I just kept a colour scheme going from high school to university, and chemistry got blue, bio got green, math got black, etc.

On the other hand, what kind/course of chemistry? Organic chem was always black or white, because organic compounds aren't usually all that colourful (I know there are exceptions, it just seems that there are a lot of colourless reagents).

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Postby wizardy42 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:40 am UTC

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Postby Anubis » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:06 am UTC

Also blue, but I honestly have no idea why. It just seems like a blue sort of thing.

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby UnderRock » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:21 am UTC

Whelan wrote:
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Phoenix112358 wrote:Blue! Because (and I don't know if this is even true) my chemistry teacher said that electrons were blue. o_O


I'm, um, pretty sure that doesn't make any sense. It's been a while since I studied what causes what EM emission, but... I'm pretty sure the photons that you can see were emitted when electrons fell from higher to lower orbital. In other words, they cause the light, but don't have colors.

I was going to say that, but didn't because I was worried that was one of them lies that teachers tell.

About a month ago, I learned in organic chem that dissolving elemental sodium in liquid ammonia makes the solution a deep blue color--apparently it's caused by the electrons themselves (Sodium's outter-most one, that is) becoming solvated and forming complexes with the ammonia. (Yay, Wikipedia agrees!)

On topic:
The first color that came to mind when I read the title was a light, transparent blue. It probably has something to do with how I've been using blue folders/notebooks/binders for chemistry for the last few years.
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Postby Twistar » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:22 am UTC

LemonyCricket wrote:Blue. I color code my notes by subject, and I had a blue binder for chemistry because that just clicked.

(It's green for biology though. This makes it very strange and confusing for me, since I'm trying to be consistent in keeping my "science" notes blue and my "social studies" notes green. For some reason I associate economics with green, but US History with blue. ._.;)


Yeah its so hard to keep it consistent. Social studies is definitly green though. I mean.. what color is history other than green? originally I think I had science as black but that was like life science and wasn't really a class. Chem eventually got yellow, physics is bluish black I guess. Math is blue all the way. I won't buy non-blue notebooks for math, like even the only choice is some non-blue notebook and I NEED it I will go somewhere else.

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Postby Anubis » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:08 am UTC

Twistar wrote:Social studies is definitly green though. I mean.. what color is history other than green?


No, history is definitely brown.

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:13 am UTC

A light orange. I have no explanation for this. Physics is a deep blue.
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Postby Carnildo » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:19 am UTC

Chemistry doesn't have a color. Mad Science? That's green.

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Postby PM 2Ring » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:35 am UTC

All colours.

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Postby Shokk » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:01 pm UTC

I'm also predisposed to think "Green" as well, but when I think of it, it's a rather faded out, unsaturated limey-ish green.
Like a lime green that withered up and died and then started to collect dust.
Not that that symbolises chemistry to me or anything.
Sometimes I'd associate it with a deep (possibly green-tinted) Black color. But that's mostly just because I think Chemistry>Alchemy>Lead/Nigredo/AllThatJazz.
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Postby Game_boy » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:54 pm UTC

Green. Chosen before clicking.

Our Chemistry exercise books in Years 7-9 were lime green. But that just puts the problem back one step to 'why did the teachers choose that?'.

Maths - Red (more saturated)
Physics - Red (less saturated)
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Postby LemonyCricket » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:18 pm UTC

Twistar wrote:Yeah its so hard to keep it consistent. Social studies is definitly green though. I mean.. what color is history other than green? originally I think I had science as black but that was like life science and wasn't really a class. Chem eventually got yellow, physics is bluish black I guess. Math is blue all the way. I won't buy non-blue notebooks for math, like even the only choice is some non-blue notebook and I NEED it I will go somewhere else.


I associate math with blue as well, but I decided to use a purple color scheme for my math notes. ._.; It feels almost blasphemous when I use my purple binder for math; purple always makes me think of ultra-violet radiation (lol i wunder y). I guess that would be more along the lines of physics. Ho hum.

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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby oxy » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:26 pm UTC

I've always seen chemistry as yellow.
Bio is green.
Math is black
History is like a dark blue

No strong feelings about the other classes.

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Postby Adrien » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:22 pm UTC

I associate Chemistry with red, probably because all of my chemistry binders have been red (A decision I made back in middle school when I had Intro to Chem, and I still associated Chemistry with blowing stuff up (Ok, to be honest, I still do that)).

My Biology binders have always been blue, and physics black and white. Math has always been solid white but I can't associate it to any one color, instead I associate it to a little award I got back in Middle School which had a picture of a bear holding a sign that said, "Outstanding student".

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Postby Uber_Apple » Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:25 pm UTC

Ive associated the colours based on the folders that my school gives out for each subject :

Chemistry is Blue
Physics is Red
Biology is Green

Although now my physics folder is just black the association still stays behind in my mind.

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Postby -.Mateo.- » Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:07 pm UTC

I instantly associate both chemistry and biology with green...but I don't think there is anyone who doesn't associate biology with green.

the toxic waste theory seems plausible.
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Postby LemonyCricket » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:05 pm UTC

-.Mateo.- wrote:I instantly associate both chemistry and biology with green...but I don't think there is anyone who doesn't associate biology with green.

the toxic waste theory seems plausible.


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Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Postby Whimsical Eloquence » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:46 am UTC

Purple, clearly.
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