What’s your element?

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It’s something that I often ask my students as the semester winds down. I thought I’d pose it here just to see the kind of responses I would get.

Which of the chemical elements best describes you as a person?

I personally gravitate towards the semi-metal, silicon.

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2 thoughts on “What’s your element?

  1. I suspect my primary element to be water because it is what I mostly am as I live, but when I ‘Cross the Rubicon’ and am rendered down to that which cannot be evaporated, I will be carbon, calcium and a few atoms of every other element in the universe. We are the stuff of stars. In another few billions of years, universal entropy will take even that.

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    1. ‘We are the stuff of stars.’ — What a wonderful insight. And I do agree that we are made of the same rudimentary atoms as those that are found in stars.

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