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What is your favorite element?

Postby Aoeniac » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:22 am UTC

If you want to explain WHY you like a particular element, feel free. But it might be more fun to guess why somebody has an affinity for a particular element.

I like Tungsten. I decided it was my favorite element for arbitrary reasons when I was young and first introduced to elements and the periodic table. By reasons I mean reason, my favorite letter has always been "W" simply because I found the angular shape of the letter interesting when playing with blocks while I was a toddler. It looks unsteady, like some other letters I liked. Not like "M", which has its legs firmly planted on the ground.

This was before I found out all the interesting and cool things about the element of Tungsten.


I like Babbler's idea to follow up with your favorite compound.

I like Titin. But I must say, I got a good laugh out of Sodium Formate.
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Postby Lani » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:26 am UTC

I like the green one.
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Postby Aoeniac » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:49 am UTC

lani wrote:I like the green one.



...chlorine?
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Postby Peshmerga » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:51 am UTC

Earth!

Nono, scratch that.

Heart!
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Postby Babbler » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:00 am UTC

Carbon is the coolest. Flexible bonding options, and can make lots of cool compounds. And that basis of life stuff is also cool.

Other cool element:

N, Si, U, H, O, Fe

Follow up: what you favorite compound? I select water, if it hydrogen bonding, ability as a solvent and specific capacity. And that basis of life stuff is also cool.

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Postby grim4593 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:19 am UTC

I like any of the alkali earth metals. I remember throwing sodium into a glass of water and watching it shoot around like crazy. For some reason I like francium the best... because throwing it in water would be explosive and because it is unstable/radioactive. I always wanted to see someone throw a 100kg piece of francium into the ocean or something, just to see what it would do. Not that that would happen since it is very rare and is not even 100kg worth naturally on earth (assuming).

And favorite compound is hard to decide... Dry ice / CO2 is cool just because it is something that you can actually mess around with.
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Postby hrryank » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:22 am UTC

No doubt in my mind that water is my favorite compound. No doubt at all. Amazing compound.

I'm particularly enamored of hydrogen. So very very simple, yet so essential.
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Postby Hawknc » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:26 am UTC

I've come to dislike hydrogen recently. I mean, it's awesome, but people seem to think it's a good idea to run cars using it.

My favourite element would have to be oxygen. It's the lifeblood of both my job and my veins.

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Postby Twasbrillig » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:42 am UTC

Molybdenum, cause everyone pronounces it wrong.

Also, who else has memorized the Elements Song by Tom Lehrer?
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Postby Aoeniac » Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:06 am UTC

The hell kind of crappy power was heart anyway? They just didn't want to admit that the true fifth element used to summon Captain Planet was MULLET.
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Postby Oort » Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:24 am UTC

My 8th grade science teacher often told us that hyis favorite was Bismuth. It's the element with the largest atomic number without bing radioactive.

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Postby hyperion » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:51 am UTC

Bismuth because it's low-melting, diamagnetic and lots of other cool stuff.
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Postby ulnevets » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:07 am UTC

Twasbrillig wrote:Also, who else has memorized the Elements Song by Tom Lehrer?

I tried and then gave up.

My favorite is Lutetium (my last name is Lu). As for molecule, I'd have to say C60

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Postby Troggles » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:22 am UTC

Lithium. Just because it's the 3rd element. I did a research project over it in an Honor's Chemistry class back in high school. Don't ask me anything about it though, I don't remember those days too well.
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Postby Fluff » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:31 am UTC

Uranium.

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Postby Nomic » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:31 am UTC

Carbon is a really cool element, being the base of all life, and being able to form all sorts of cool compounds. Allso, for some reason I've allways liked iridium.

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Postby hermaj » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:44 am UTC

My Nirvana fan says lithium. My Dallas Crane fan says iodine. And the Dutch in me yells strontium.

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Postby yy2bggggs » Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:36 am UTC

Hydrogen, because given enough of it, all other elements can be made. Also, almost all of our energy comes from hydrogen fuel (all hail the great sun god).

Iron, because it the heaviest element possible to produce using normal fusion (all other elements require something like a supernova).

And who could not like Element 137?

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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:16 pm UTC

Fluff wrote:Uranium.


Hate to pick the popular one but Uranium is definately my favourite. With Plutonium coming in second.


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Postby rockintom99 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:17 pm UTC

Mercury, maybe? I mean, you cannot deny how awesome liquid metal is. Unfortunately, I never have had a chance to play with any. Boo.
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Postby hermaj » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:21 pm UTC

Ohhh, mercury is mad to play with! Almost as fun as sodium. :twisted:

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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:32 pm UTC

Also Sulphur, just because it sounds so cool. :D

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Postby Verysillyman » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:46 pm UTC

I think sulphur is meant to be spelt sulfur now. I support the old spelling though :P

My favourite element is probably the front right one. It's the biggest and hottest.

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Postby Lord_o_game » Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:06 pm UTC

Nobelium :P

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Postby Rat » Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:44 pm UTC

hermaj wrote:My Nirvana fan says lithium. My Dallas Crane fan says iodine. And the Dutch in me yells strontium.

...I am a torn woman. :(


i very much interpreted that entire statement the wrong way :wink:

elements suck btw

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Postby ulnevets » Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:32 pm UTC

Berkeleium ftw

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Postby mwace » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:03 pm UTC

Promethium.

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Postby william » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:09 pm UTC

Aoeniac wrote:The hell kind of crappy power was heart anyway? They just didn't want to admit that the true fifth element used to summon Captain Planet was MULLET.

There actually were five classical elements. But the fifth was idea and not heart.
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Postby Fluff » Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:38 pm UTC

Babbler wrote:
Follow up: what you favorite compound?



Liquid Hydrogen + Liquid Oxygen

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Postby Eschatokyrios » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:24 pm UTC

Molybdenum. 'cause that's just an awesome name

My favorite compound is Uranium Hexafloride. I just like the idea of one of the biggest elements bonding with one of the smallest.
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Postby Wikey » Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:17 pm UTC

Carbon is obviously the coolest, as was previously dicussed.

I like Potassium.

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Postby fjafjan » Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:22 pm UTC

hermaj wrote:My Nirvana fan says lithium. My Dallas Crane fan says iodine. And the Dutch in me yells strontium.

...I am a torn woman. :(


No pixies side?

No?

I go with Silver THUS
Also it's a good vampire killer. Those damn vampires, always draining your levels.

As for elements, I'd go with Soul...
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Postby Alisto » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:14 am UTC

Surprise.

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Postby Air Gear » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:03 am UTC

I was going to say palladium just because of the "empty 5s, full 4d" weirdness, but then I got to thinking...there's better stuff at the end.

Elements 114, 120, and 126 are favorites just because they're the strongest possibilities in the "island of stability". Good stuff.

Then there's element 138, just since that looks like the end of the Periodic Table. Unless we're missing something that'll have a pretty significant effect, filling the 5g orbital will lead to the end of the table...

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Postby yy2bggggs » Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:01 am UTC

Air Gear wrote:Then there's element 138, just since that looks like the end of the Periodic Table. Unless we're missing something that'll have a pretty significant effect, filling the 5g orbital will lead to the end of the table...

In a non-relativistic consideration, element 137 is the last possible element. It is nicknamed feynmanium, since Richard Feynman first noticed this. This is related to the fine structure constant, which is approximately 1/137.0359.

In non-relativistic considerations, feynmanium has electrons travelling at approximately c, the probability that an electron would absorb a photon is near 1, and element 138's electrons would travel faster than c. When considering relativity, the electrons turn out to be a tad bit slower, allowing element 138 to exist. Element 139, however, would have electrons moving faster than c.

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Postby Scigatt » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:25 am UTC

Favorite element:Fluorine

Favorite molecule...I can't decide...I could choose mellitic acid anhydride, octanitrocubane, bullvalene, and more.

EDIT:I wonder what should be a PJ fan's fav. element?
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Postby yy2bggggs » Sun Dec 31, 2006 11:20 am UTC

Favorite compound: Deoxyribonucleic acid, because I'm a programmer at heart.

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Postby Aoeniac » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:10 pm UTC

hermaj wrote:Ohhh, mercury is mad to play with! Almost as fun as sodium. :twisted:


Har! Mad... good one. But I'm terribly afraid of mercury. Anything that can harm your mind scares the hell out of me. Which is sad because room temperature liquid metal sounds really damn cool.
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Postby thomasjmaccoll » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:02 pm UTC

in my higher physics class at school, my friend and i once found on the table what we thought was a small metal ball, like a miniature ball bearing or something. however, on prodding with a pen, this ball would split into smaller balls, which could be collected on the end of the pen and would melt back into a larger ball. now, i don't think there would have been any mercury in our school at all, let alone mercury used in pupil experiments which could be left on a desk, unless someone had burst a thermometer or something... i have no idea what it was, but it was cool anyway.

i don't think i have a favourite element, i don't know enough about chemistry... i'm tempted to go with carbon for practical reasons that have been said before, but i know that if i was well versed in the subject then i would almost certainly have another favourite for cooler reasons.
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Postby fjafjan » Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:43 pm UTC

sort or related and good to know, is that if you accidentally swallow mercury you should eat a raw egg.

Just thought I would put it out there
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