Let's face it, it's that time in the semester. The students are sick. They are handing in exams and papers and you just want to run them through an autoclave. Throw on top of that all kinds of other work. This week for me has included 3 sections of gen chem exams, reading through approximately 100 abstracts for our sessions at ACS this spring, and reading through about 100 submissions for various on campus funding opportunities for a committee I am on. So, the fact that I need to get a BITeS post together is not making things easier. I am going for the low hanging fruit and giving an answer to the latest poll on VIPEr. The question was "How many elements have the same symbol at US State postal codes?" Sure you could look it up, but that's too much work.
There are 17 of them!
Al - Aluminum and Alabama
Ar - Argon and Arkansas
Ca - Calcium and California
Co - Cobalt and Colorado
Fl - Flerovium and Florida (the newest edition to the list)
Ga - Galium and Georgia
In - Indium and Indiana
La - Lanthanum and Louisiana
Md - Mendelevium and Maryland
Mo - Molybdenum and Missouri
Mn - Manganese and Minnesota
Mt - Meitnerium and Montana
Ne - Neon and Nebraska
Nh - Nihonium and New Hampshire
Nd - Neodymium and North Dakota
Pa - Protactinium and Pennsylvania
Sc - Scandium and South Carolina
And now you know, because learning is half the battle...