# Chemical Composition of Common Materials

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What if people said more what the molecular formulas actually mean in English - that would be nice. (Of course, only in cases where the compound actually has a shorter/simplier everyday name)

One might argue that if it doesn't have a short name it isn't a common/everyday molecule. (common meaning common for the average person, not common for a chemist)

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malic and formic acid?

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"One might argue that if it doesn't have a short name it isn't a common/everyday molecule. (common meaning common for the average person, not common for a chemist)"

Yeah, for example some chemicals in the body are "used everyday", but they don't really have a shorter name.

"malic and formic acid?"

Hmmh? People use formic acid daily/commonly? Btw, malic acid is C4H6O5.

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YT2095 wonders where the name "Kewlz" in post #18 and 19 came from?

I know of one other place only, and its not ME!

so whos the E.W user?

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EW = certain forum? If so, let's leave them run around in their own little circles shall we.

Btw, if we're talking about common materials that are HANDLED commonly, I'd say nickel or zinc are good examples as they're found in many coins. )

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Oh come on, there's about 25 pounds of francium at a time on/in Earth.
I was under the impression it was more like 25g.

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That's what they want you to think!

Well ok perhaps it was something else that existed in such quantities I mentioned. )

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theres less astatine...or at least thats what they want me to think. actually come to think of it i just made a kilo of it by instantaneous alpha bombardment of finely dusted uranium intimately mixed with finely dusted bismuth...actually no, but thats a good way to multiply the amount of an element tenfold quickly

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C2H5OH - ethyl alcohol for drinking and for cars

polythene used in plastic bags and insulation is made from monomer ethylene (CH2=CH2)

C17H36 is paraffin used in wax of candle

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How come no one mentined acetic acid in the form of vinegar?

CH3COOH or C2H4O2. Bud i agree with u on the way organic compounds are written. UGGH! is right!

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(-CH2-CH2-)n <----polyethylene

CH3

(-CH2-CH-)n <------ polypropene

(-CH2-CHCl-)n <---- PVC

(-CF2-CF2-)n <------ Teflon

(NH-CO-)n <---- polyurethane (not 100% sure if it is polyurethane)

(-CH2-CH-)n

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H2SO4 for cars even though i don't think they are used anymore

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H2SO4 is used in pretty much every car battery (lead/acid batteries)

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theres less astatine...or at least thats what they want me to think. actually come to think of it i just made a kilo of it by instantaneous alpha bombardment of finely dusted uranium intimately mixed with finely dusted bismuth...actually no, but thats a good way to multiply the amount of an element tenfold quickly

Uranium dust is possible? I thought it was pyrophoric...

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It is, but not every place on earth is full of oxygen. Remove the oxygen and it can't combust.

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1-methyl-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene; 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene; 2-methyl-1,3,5-trinitrobenzene; alpha-trinitrotoluol; entsufon; methyltrinitrobenzene; s-trinitrotoluene; s-trinitrotoluol; sym-trinitrotoluene; sym-trinitrotoluol; TNT; tolite; trilit; Trinitrotoluene; Trinitrotoluene, 2,4,6- ; trinitrotoluol; trotyl;

you forgot: 2,4,6 trinitro methylbenzene

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It is, but not every place on earth is full of oxygen. Remove the oxygen and it can't combust.

Lol, I didn't think of that:embarass:

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