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  1. That said Ulysses would still hold as my favorite book by a UK author.


    hmmm...ok cool. Can you convince me to buy it(I would want to if its good enough, mind!). I havent read it so want to no if its worth buying! o yea, by the way what the genre?

  2. 2 of the most famous novels? Both are series and really require they be absorbed in their totality. I'd argue they're nowhere close to the most famous novels written in English. Lord of the Rings, as a series, is perhaps arguable. Harry Potter is children's literature and not really worth considering alongside Lord of the Rings, let alone something like Ulysses or Gravity's Rainbow.


    hmm i think i agree you with you there. But, limiting to the particualr genre that is fantasy/fiction at least you can argue that they are 2 of the most famous english(i.e. by british people) novels. Yes, there came out as a series but I reckon they were a single volume split into many to make money if you take my meaning!

  3. Hey everyone,


    I wanted to share some thought I had about the 2 of arguable the most famous novels(or fantasy fiction) written in English literature. The Lord of the Rings (J.J.R.Tokein) and Harry potter (J.K.Rowling) and to organise a poll for the readers favourite novel.


    There are some of the things I couldnt help but notice in harry potter which are very similar to LOTR;


    1. The Dark Lord;

    sauron and voldermort were destroyed a long time ago and are seen coming back in their respective novel . The idea is very similar.


    2.Chosen One;


    Harry Potter is the chosen one in harry potter and frodo is chosen one as a ring-bearer in lotr. again the idea is very similar.


    3. The black riders and Dementor;


    another similarity between the two.


    4. Frodo and harry's suffering;


    both suffer a lot along the way of destroying the evils of dark lord.


    5. Gandalf and Dumbledore;


    Both nice and decent personalities, both wizards of great strength and both very wise.


    now i am not saying anything that might seem obvious to you by my thread, but you cant deny that from what similarties there are harry potter is not exactly an original novel with original ideas from the author. As for which i would vote to be the best of the 2 novels, it clear Lord of the Rings.

  4. Hi,


    I am not a physics student so i am struglling with this bit;


    a phase angle corresponds to how many wavelength? say i have the phase angle of 3Pi/2 how many wavelengths would it be?


    is there a formula for this ?:confused:


    any help appreciated!

  5. right ok,


    now here's an other question.


    calculated the KE of He and SF6 from the equations from my last post at 500K and I get the same value for both. I am confused. SF6 is bigger and heavier molecule so must have a smaller value for rms speed which it has but why the same kinetic energy? I get 1.033 x 10^-20 in both cases. What is wrong here...am I on the right track?!

  6. hi,


    i just wanted to confirm that in the formula that relates KE with root mean square speed;


    KE= 1/2 mc^2


    m is the mass of something rather than the molar mass? Say we have He(helium) which has the molar mass of 0.004 Kg/mol while its mass,m, is 4!. Slightly confused because in the root mean square speed formula I use the molar mass, M.


    c = (3RT/M)^1/2


    thanx in advance for any help!

  7. Hello, lately I have been facing some trouble with a question that I have been asked in one of my labs. I cannot determine what reaction would occurs if zinc and copper and put into hydrochloric acid. Can someone please explain to me in detail how and what reaction would be reacted.


    Thank You



    To help you further here is the reaction scheme;


    Metal + Acid ----------> Corresponding Metal Salt + Hydrogen gas


    Use the link provided by hermantrude and try to figure out which reaction is feasible.

  8. Where's "here"?


    I think canada, I remember him talking about canadian education system somewhere so i guess thats where he is talking about. But thats stupid cold that is.

  9. try going on this link


    what i under stood is that it can happen.


    according to following article on wiki pedia


    "Carbon can also participate in hydrogen bonding, especially when the carbon atom is bound to several electronegative atoms, as is the case in chloroform, CHCl3. The electronegative atom attracts the electron cloud from around the hydrogen nucleus and, by decentralizing the cloud, leaves the atom with a positive partial charge."


    Well there you go you are contradicting yourself. You see carbon is electropositive element and wheh an electronegative atom is bonded to it , it takes the electron density away from carbon by iductive effect or mesomeric effect and there is a dipole created. however, the h-bonding can only occur with H atom and with highly electronegative atom such as O, N F etc.

  10. There is ChemDraw where you can draw molecules, mechanisms etc. Then there is maple which isnt exactly chemistry software but you can make use of it for chemistry purposes. I posted a link to this software called acd lab which is sticky at the general chemistry forum.

  11. hydrogen bonding does not exist AT ALL in hydrocarbons.


    agreed. Say, just noticed you made it to 700 posts mark. keep contributing to chemical knoweldege of others and yourself and you will find that you are poster with a code name 007(read your number of posts backwards). licence to kill...wonders what that means for chemistry ;)!

  12. I think that it's a miracle if you get the exact literature value. You're within 10%! :D


    Lesson #1 about measurements: there is always an error in the measurement. The question is how large is the error?


    You can reduce the error in the measurement by:

    1. Calibration of the measurement devices (thermometers, pressure meters)

    2. Doing multiple tests and taking the average (perhaps even after kicking out that experiment where you screwed something up).


    If you measure a temperature, you must take into account heat losses to the environment. If you do proper insulation (I have no clue about your setup), and the value is closer to the theoretical value, then you know you can blame the setup.


    I guess you are right. the value is not that off the literature value so I get i shall celebrate i did the experiment well. I like physical chemisrtry experiment and do well in them but dont ask for inorganic or organic...they are a nightmare. thanks

  13. i agree to the poster who says language of maths is probably the hardest to learn( whoever he was...no offence mate). We are doing quantum mechanics theses days and apparently you have to decribe everything with "mathematical" language. but i thought russian is definately difficult to learn with the weird symbols, cant tell its a statement in russian or a list of symbols arranged in a horizontal line.

  14. Ok I did an experiment to find the dissociation enthalpy of N204 and measured the equillibrium vapour pressure relative to the atmosphere. Plotted the graph of result (plot was ln(K) against 1/T*10^3/K-1) and got a straight line with the negative slope which equals -delta H/R(gas constant). I am getting 53 KJ mol-1 as my enthalpy of dissociation. So i was wondering why is it that becuase from my calculation from entalpies of formation of N2O4 and NO2 from the equation ;


    N2O4 <-------> 2N02


    I get 57.3 KJmol-1. My experimental value isn't that off the theoratical value but i am wondering why it is 4 kJmol-1 short. One reson i can think of is that NO2 used isn't pure because when I cooled it using liquid nitrogen it kinda turned pale blue rather than white. But could there be an error is my measurement?


    what you folks think!


    Comments or suggestion appreciated.

  15. I was recently posed an interesting question:


    Viscosity is generally related to the strength of intermolecular bonds in a fluid. Strong bonds lend to greater viscosity. So how is it that something like oil, which is non-polar and would have low intermolecular forces, can be more viscous than water, which experiences hydrogen bonding?


    The only reasonable explanation I can think of is that oil, with its hydrogen content, actually does experience hydrogen bonding. But I don't think that's right. Is there any more logical reason?


    I am not sure if this is right or not, but if i recall correctly double bonds also influence viscousity. There are more double bond in the organic oil while in water there are none, even though it is polar, oil is more viscous. Forgive me if i am wrong though!

  16. there's no need for a mnemonic. They're filled according to the n+l rule, sometimes known as the madelung rule. I've never seen it in a textbook but i always teach it to my students. It works.


    Fair enough then, I was only trying to help the OP though :)!

  17. I am sure in most text books about inorganic chemistry they give a mnemonic which will help the OP to remember which sub-shell is filled first. As per why one orbital is filled first compared to the other the answer is simply low energy orbitals are filled first.


    hope that help OP a bit.

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