SOPHIA Offers Tips to Celebrate the Day and Learn About The Importance of Moles

MINNEAPOLIS (October 21, 2013) – It’s time to celebrate National Mole Day and we’re not talking about the furry little creatures. Chemists, students and teachers will be celebrating one of the main components of chemistry – the mole – from 6:02 a.m. until 6:02 p.m. on October 23., an online education platform, is offering tips to help everyone understand why we commemorate Avogardro’s number, 6.02 x 1023, which defines the number of particles in a substance. Specifically, the mole describes a large number of particles – 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to be exact.

“Anyone who has taken a chemistry class is familiar with the mole and it is important because it helps scientists speak simply about a very large number,” said Carolyn Fruin, a 25-year high school chemistry teacher who is on sabbatical working with SOPHIA. “For instance, a mole of pennies would be two feet deep and cover the surface of the earth.”

So go ahead, unleash your inner chemist and celebrate Mole Day with the following activities:
o Have a contest to determine how many moles of pennies or another substance it would take to cover the earth
o Send Happy Mole Day cards to friend and family
o Drink one mole of water (.63 ounces) at 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m.
o Bake “mole”asses cookies
o Ask people why October 23 is designated as Mole Day

SOPHIA offers more than 38,000 free tutorials on a variety of subjects including a special tutorial about the mole as well as a collection of tutorials that provides students with all they need to know about the value of a mole and how it’s calculated.

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About SOPHIA is a social education platform that empowers students to learn in their own way, helps teachers to innovate and puts college students on a path to a lower-cost degree. The free site offers more than 38,000 academic multimedia tutorials taught by over 6,000 teachers using a unique Many Ways to Learn™ model where each concept is taught by multiple teachers so students can choose a teaching style that works best for them. The site further enhances the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing learning preferences and providing sequenced learning pathways. SOPHIA also provides free teacher certification programs about the flipped classroom and using tablets in the classroom.
In addition, SOPHIA recently launched SOPHIA Pathways For College Credit (SPCC), a self-paced college-level online learning program that offers general education courses priced around 80 percent less than a traditional course. SPCC makes higher education affordable, accessible and inspirational for students in high school and beyond.
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