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PRESS CENTER | UPDATED BRACKET Janet: Welcome to team coverage of the much anticipated Chair Bracket match between Kuhn and Theory! Ben: Yes, I think we can agree on our assumptions that this will be quite a battle. Janet: I certainly hope so, Ben. Otherwise, we’re going to spend the whole game talking past each…

The pregame show has already started on the Acid vs d-orbitals game, but we’ve just received another set of predictions about this game and the Fossil Fuels vs. Erlenmeyer Flask match (hmm, should I say “match” there?) from the Molecule of the Day guy. Adjust your best accordingly!

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As we head into the Science Spring Showdown Sweet Sixteen, it seemed prudent to turn to some experts for their predictions on the two remaining games in the chemistry region, Acid vs. d-orbitals and Fossil fuels vs. Erlenmeyer flask. (Of course, we won’t soon forget the exciting first and second round games that brought these…

1st ROUND RESULTS | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Welcome to coverage of the 2007 Science Spring Showdown second round play in the Chemistry region. The fans in Chemical Arena resorted to a face centered cubic strategy to pack themselves into the stands. You could almost feel the electricity in the air as the products…

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Even given a weekend to come back to equilibrium, some chemistry fans are still perturbed by some of the results of first round play in the MORTAR AND PESTLE bracket. FTIR’s upset win over NMR has many a Monday morning spectroscopist splitting his peaks trying to analyze what went wrong.…

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS The March weather in California has taken a turn for the beautiful this afternoon, but to chemistry conference fans, the natural beauty of the great outdoors is no match for the beauty of the competitions inside the Chemical Arena. The crowds donned their safety goggles and souvenir nitrile gloves and…

PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS It’s time for a quick run down of the teams from the Chemistry Conference who made it to the tournament this Spring — some who we fully expected to see here, and a few surprises. But it’s also time for you, the fans, to make some noise in support of…

As promised at the end of my post on polar and non-polar molecules, here’s a basic concepts post on intermolecular forces. Intermolecular forces are the forces between molecules, whereas intramolecular forces are those within molecules. (The bonds that hold the atoms in a molecule together are intramolecular forces.)

What list of basic concepts would be complete without a primer on polar and non-polar molecules? You’ll recall that chemists live in a world made up of atoms and various assemblies and modifications thereof, which are, in turn, made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons (which have positive charge and some mass) and neutrons…