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New Song 11/28/05 ~ The Atoms Family Song #16 on the Chemistry Song List

Newest Song 12/05/05 ~ The Abandoned Lab Song IX on the Adv. Chem. Song List

The Song List

0. The Goggle Song.

1. The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town

2. I'm dreaming of a white precipitate

3. Silent labs

4. Deck the labs

5a. The Twelve Days of Chemistry

5b. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Chemistry Style - New Version)

6. Test tubes bubbling

7. O little melting particle

8. We wish you a happy halogen

9. Chemistry wonderland

10. I saw teacher kissing Santa Chlorine

11. O come all ye gases

12. We three students of chemistry are...

13. Iron the Red Atom Molecule

14. Lab reports

15. Silver nitrate

16. The Atoms Family

And from the 211 or Adv. Chemistry Song Book we have these melodic tunes...

I. Grignard the Beautiful

II. Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner

III. Oh My Ketone

IV. The Adol Reaction

V. Oh, You Butadiene

VI. The Song Of Thermodynamics by the Sixities MSU group, "The Oettler Beverage Company."

VII. The Bohemian Atom by Yevgeny Brudno May 2001

VIII. The Element Song by Leher

IX. The Abandoned Lab by Jennifer Bedell Dec 2005

0. 9/2/04 ~ The Goggle Song.

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Sung to Tune of I'm a Little Tea Pot

I'm a little Chemist Short and Stout

(Point TO GOGGLES)

Here are my goggles

(Point TO EYES)

Here are my eyes

(Hands on hips)

When I don't wear Goggles, My Teacher Shouts!

(Cuphands to mouth & WAG FINGER)

JUST PUT THEM ON OR JUST GET OUT!

1. The Chemistry Teacher's Coming to Town

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You better not weigh

You better not heat

You better not react

I'm telling you now

The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town.

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He's collecting data

He's checking it twice

He's gonna find out

The heat of melting ice

The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town.

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He sees you when you're decanting

He knows when you titrate

He knows when you are safe or not

So wear goggles for goodness sake.

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Oh, you better not filter

And drink your filtrate

You better not be careless and spill your precipitate.

The Chemistry Teacher's coming to town.

2. I'm Dreaming of a White Precipitate

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I'm dreaming of a white precipitate

just like the ones I used to make

Where the colors are vivid

and the chemist is livid

to see impurities in the snow.

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I'm dreaming of a white precipitate

with every chemistry test I write

May your equations be balanced and right

and may all your reactions be bright.

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3. Silent Labs

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Silent labs, difficult labs

All with math, all with graphs

Observations of colors and smells

Calculations and graph curves like bells

Memories of tests that have past

Oh - - how long will chemistry last?

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Silent labs, difficult labs

All with math, all with graphs

Lots of equations that need balancing

Gas pressure problems that make my head ring

Santa Chlorine's on his way

Oh - - Please Santa bring me an 'A'.

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4. Deck the Labs

Deck the labs with rubber tubing

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Use your funnel and your filter

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our goggles and aprons

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Before we go to our lab stations

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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Fill the beakers with solutions

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Mix solutions for reactions

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Watch we now for observations

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

So we can collect our data

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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5a. The Twelve Days of Chemistry (version I)

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On the first day of chemistry

My teacher gave to me

A candle from Chem Study.

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(second day) two asbestos pads

(third day) three little beakers

(fourth day) four work sheets

(fifth day) five golden moles

(sixth day) six flaming test tubes

(seventh day) seven unknown samples

(eighth day) eight homework problems

(ninth day) nine grams of salt

(tenth day) a ten page test

(eleventh day) eleven molecules

(twelfth day) a twleve point quiz

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Twelve Days of Chemistry (Version II) Written Dec. 2001

On the first day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, write down the safety rules.

On the second day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, hydrogen is a gas and write down the Safety rules.

On the third day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas and write down the Safety rules.

On the fourth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the fifth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the sixth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the seventh day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, is everyone on time, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the eighth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, don't touch the equipment, is everyone on time, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the ninth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, don't throw the glassware, don't touch the equipment, is everyone on time, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the tenth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, put down the matches, don't throw the glassware, don't touch the equipment, is everyone on time, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the eleventh day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, shut off the gas, put down the matches, don't throw the glassware, don't touch the equipment, is everyone on time, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

On the twelfth day of chemistry, my teacher said to me, clean up the classroom, shut off the gas, put down the matches, don't throw the glassware, don't touch the equipment, is everyone on time, don't blow up the lab, get off the desks, wear safety glasses, acids are harmful, hydrogen is a gas, and write down the safety rules.

Sing to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Lyrics developed by Mary Giudice. Dec. 2001

6. Test Tubes Bubbling

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(Sung to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Test tubes bubbling in a water bath

Strong smells nipping at ypur nose.

Tiny molecules with their atoms all aglow

Will find it hard to be inert tonight.

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They know that Chlorine's on its way

He's loaded lots of little electrons on his sleigh

And every student's slide rule is on the sly

To see if the teacher really can multiply.

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And so I offer you this simple phrase

To chemistry students in this room

Although it's been said many times, many ways

Merry molecules to you.

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7. O Little Melting Particle

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(Sung to the tune of O Little Town of Bethlehem)

Para Dichloro Benzene

how do you melt so well?

The plateau of your cooling curve

is really something swell.

We think the heat of fusion

of water is so nice

Give up fourteen hundred cals per mole

and what you get is ice.

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8. We Wish You a Happy Halogen

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(Sung to We Wish You a Merry Christmas.)

We wish you a happy halogen

We wish you a happy halogen

We wish you a happy halogen

To react with a metal.

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Good acid we bring

to you and your base.

We wish you a merry molecule

and a happy halogen.

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9. Chemistry Wonderland

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Gases explode, are you listenin'

In your rest tube, silver glistens

A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight

Walking in a chemistry wonderland.

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Gone away, is the buoyancy

Here to stay, is the density

A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight

Walking in a chemistry wonderland.

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In the beaker we will make lead carbonate

and decide if what's left is nitrate

My partner asks "Do we measure it in moles or grams?"

and I'll say, "Does it matter in the end?"

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Later on, as we calculate

the amount, of our nitrate

We'll face unafraid, the precipitates that we made

walking in a chemistry wonderland.

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10. I Saw Teacher Kissing Santa Chlorine

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I saw teacher kissing Santa Chlorine

under the chemistree last night

They didn't sneak me down the periodic chart

to take a peek

At all the atoms reacting in their beakers;

it was neat.

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And I saw teacher kissing Santa Chlorine

under the chemistree so bright

Oh what a reaction there would have been

if the principal had walked in

With teacher kissing Santa Chlorine last night.

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11. O Come all ye Gases

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O Come all yea gases

diatomic wonders

O come yea, o come yea

calls Avogadro.

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O come yea in moles

6 x 10 to the 23rd

O molar mass and molecules

O volume, pressure and temperature

O molar volume of gases at S.T.P.

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12. We Three Students of Chemistry Are

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We three students of chemistry are

taking tests that we think are hard

Stoichiometry, volumes and densities

worrying all the time.

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O room of wonder

room of fright

Room of thermites

blinding light:

With your energies

please don't burn us

Help us get our labs all right.

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13. Iron the Red Atom Molecule

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(Sung to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

There was Cobalt and Argon and Carbon and Fluorine

Silver and Boron and Neon and Bromine

But do you recall

the most famous element of all?

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Iron the red atom molecule

had a very shiny orbital

And if you ever saw him

You'd enjoy his magnetic glow

All of the other molecules

used to laugh and call him Ferrum

They never let poor Iron

join in any reaction games.

Then one inert Chemistry eve

Santa came to say

Iron with your orbital so bright

won't you catalyze the reaction tonight?

Then how the atoms reacted

and combined in twos and threes

Iron the red atom molecule

you'll go down in Chemistry!

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14. Lab Reports

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(Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Dashing through the lab

with a tan page lab report

Taking all those tests

and laughing at them all

Bells for fire drills ring

making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing

a chemistry song tonight.

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Oh, lab report, lab reports,

reacting all the way

Oh what fun it is to study

for a chemistry test today, Hey!

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Chemistry test, chemistry test

isn't it a blast

Oh what fun it is to take

a chemistry test and pass

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15. Silver Nitrate

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(Sung to the tune of Silver Bells)

Silver nitrate, silver nitrate

it's chemistry time in the lab

Ding-a-ling, with a copper ring

soon it will be chemistry day.

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Take your nitrate, in solution

Add your copper with style

In the beaker there's a feeling of reactions

silver forming, blue solution

Bringing ooh's ah's and wows

now the data procesing begins.

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Get the mass, change to moles

what is the ratio with copper?

Write an equation, balance it

we're glad it's Chemistry Day.

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16. The Atoms Family by Kathleen Crawford.

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Here is a song to the tune of the Adams Family

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They are so small (snap, snap)

They're round like a ball (snap, snap)

They make up the air

They're everywhere

Can't see them at all

They're tiny and they're teeny

Much smaller than a weenie

They never can be seenie

The Atoms Family

(chorus)

Together they make masses

And liquid like molasses

And all the common gases

The Atoms Family

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Gleaned from the MESTA ListServe Nov. 18th 2005

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The lyrics were part of a article published in Science Scope magazine in 1994 entitled

"Introducing.... The Atoms Family". This publication is the middle school magazine of

the National Science Teachers Association. Re-Published with permission, all authors may request

removal at anytime, all rights reserved by their respective authors, please request permission

where possible in advance.

Kathleen Crawford

Science Hill High School

1509 John Exum Parkway

Johnson City, TN 37604

The Advanced Chemistry or Organic Chemistry Song List Begins Here

I. Oh Grignard, the Beautiful

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(Sung to the tune of America the Beautiful)

The carbonyl is polarized;

The carbon end is plus.

A nucleophile will thus attack

The carbon nucleus.

A Grignard yields an alcohol

Of types there are but three.

It forms a bond to correspond

From C to shining C.

A secondary's synthesis

Requires an aldehyde.

For tertiary, a carbanion

And ketone may collide.

And Grignards add formaldehyde

The product's primary

They stick like glue to CO2

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Join C to lonely C.

*Author unknown* Collected by Dr.Slime 1997

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II. Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner

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(to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")

Take a ketone carbonyl and then react with hydrazine.

It forms a hydrazone, of course, and water leaves the scene.

An NH from the NH2, hydroxide will attack.

Resonance occurs and then the carbon grabs H back.

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Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner!

Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner!

Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner!

Reduce the carbonyl and then the side-chain now is plain.

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Hydroxide base is still present, it steals the last H plus.

Now add a little heat, the N2 leaves without a fuss.

The carbon gets a hydrogen producing an alkane.

Now the carbon chain is plain.

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Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner!

Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner!

Glory, Glory, It's Wolff-Kischner!

Reduce the carbonyl and then the side-chain now is plain.

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by Kristy Bruno, Val Stetts, Tracy Albrecht 6 May 1996 edited by Professor Casteel from Bucknell University, Lewisberg, Pa.

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III. Oh, My Ketone!

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(Sung to the tune of "Oh, My Darling Clementine")

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Oh, my ketone! Oh, my ketone!

And my primary amine.

You reacted, lost some water and

You formed a new imine.

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Now the lone pair on the N then

Bonds with carbonyl C.

Pi electrons go to O, a

Proton shifts fast as can be.

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Now the O is feeling greedy

Grabs an H from OH3.

Free electrons from the N then

Form a pi bond, water leaves.

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Now the N is protonated

And a plus charge can be seen.

So the water yanks the H off

And we've formed a new imine.

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Oh, my ketone! Oh, my ketone!

And my primary amine.

You reacted, lost some water and

You formed a new imine.

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by William Evans 6 May 1997.Source: Bucknell University, Lewisberg, Pa.

IV. The Aldol Reaction

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(Sung to the tune of the Hokey-Pokey)

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You put a strong base in,

It takes the alpha-H out:

This forms an enolate.

That's what this carbonyl's about.

The enolate will resonate,

The charge is shared by O.

That's what aldol's about.

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The enolate attacks

Another carbonyl about.

A new bonds forms;

It's really neat without a doubt.

A beta-hydroxycarbonyl is the result.

That's what aldol's about.

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by Patrick Costello and Graig Garrett, 6 May 1996 edited by Dee Casteel Source: Bucknell University, Lewisberg, Pa.

V. Oh, You Butadiene.

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(Sung to the tune of Oh, You Beautiful Doll)

Oh, you butadiene, you great big butadiene

Times I love you, times I hate you

How, I'd love to brominate you

Oh, you butadiene, you great big butadiene

I would ozonize you, but I fear you'd break

If you polymerize, my heart will ache

Oh, oh, oh, oh, Oh you butadiene

(Your're double bonded) - < spoken with feeling>

Oh, you butadiene

(You're conjugated) - < spoken with feeling>

Oh, you butadiene

(Source: C. N. Peck Delta College Chemistry Dept. 1999)

VI.The Song of Thermodynamics

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(Sung to the Tune of The Battle Hymn Of The Republic.)

The Song Of Thermodynamics

They asked him on the final

If a mole of any gas

In a vessel with a membrane

Through which hydrogen could pass

Were compressed to half its volume

What the entropy would be

If two-thirds of delta sigma

Equals half of delta p.

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Chorus:

Glory, glory dear old thermo

repeat twice

I'll get you by and by.

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He said he guessed the entropy

Would have to equal 4

Unless the second law

Would bring it up a couple more.

It might have been near 7

If the thermostat were good

Or it might be down near zero

If once rightly understood.

Chorus:

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The professor read his paper

With a corrugated brow

For he knew he'd have to grade it

But he didn't quite know how.

Then a sudden inspiration

On his cerebellum smote

And he seized his trusty fountain pen

And this is what he wrote:

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Just as you have guessed the entropy

I'll have to guess your grade

But the second law won't bring it to

The mark you might have made

It might have been 100

If your guesses had been good

But I guess it must be zero

Since not rightly understood.

Chorus:

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(Source:Alice Collins unsolicited Internet Email she relates the following historical reference..."The following came from Michigan State University in the sixties and was written by a group calling themselves the Oettler Beverage Company.") (Editors note: What beverage do you think provokes 60's college students to songs about thermodynamics, hmmm, sounds like a research project for Dr.Slime. )

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VII. The Phantom Atom Song

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The Phantom Atom Sung to Queens Bohemian Rhapsody

Written by Yevgeny (Eugene) Brudno

Logged May 4th 2001 upenn.edu

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Is this the Orgo?

Is this just Phantom Atom?

Drove by a catalyst

No escape from reaction here

Open the flask

Look into the crud and see

I'm just a Carbon, I need no Synthesis

Because I'm easy sub, Easy Bond

Alechemy without a wand

Anyway Keq goes, doesnt really matter to me,...to me

Mama!, Destroyed a base

put some acid hereupon

Protinated, Now its gone

Mama!, Reflux had begun

but now I've gone and throw it all away

Mama, oooh

Didn't mean to ruin it now

If I have not reacted on the Hot Plate

carry on, carry on, as if nothing really maters

Too Late, my time has come

electrons in Pi one (as in all bonding orbital)

a regular Hexagon

Goodbye everybody - I've got to bond

Gotta leave you all behind and face the MO's

Mama, oooh (anyway Keq goes)

I don't want redux

I sometimes wish I'd never been made at all.

I see a little IR Spectra of a carbon

Scarmouch, scarmouch will you do Diel Alder?-

Para nitrating - so deactivating me -

Carbonyl, Carbonyl

Carbonyl, Carbonyl

Carbonyl, Halogen - Nitronium -

but i'm just a carbon and nobody Birch's Me -

He's just a carbon from a poor aryl group -

spare him his life from this Benzyllicness -

Easy sub, easy bond-, will you let me bond -

Bismillah! We will not let you bond - let him bond

Bismillah! We will not let you bond - let him bond

We will not let you bond - let me bond

We will not let you bond - let me bond

No, no, no, no, no, no. no

Sigma Complex, Sigma Complex, Sigma Complex let me bond

The nucleophile has electrons put aside for me, for me, for me

So you think you can nitrate and deactivate

So you think you can withdraw and not conugate

Oh Benzene, Can't do to me benzene

Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here

Ooooh Yeah, Ooh Yeah

nothing really Matters

Anyone can see

nothing really matters- nothing really matters to me.

Anyway Keq Goes

Yevgeny Brudno, Philadelphia, Pa. May 2001


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VIII. The ELEMENT song

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by: Tom Lehrer

There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,

And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,

And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,

And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,

Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,

And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,

And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium,

And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium,

And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium,

And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium,

And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium.

There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium,

And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium,

And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium,

Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium.

And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium,

Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium,

And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium,

And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium.

There's sulfur, californium, and fermium, berkelium,

And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium,

And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc, and rhodium,

And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin, and sodium.

These are the only ones of which the news has come to Ha'vard,

And there may be many others, but they haven't been discavard.

Submitted by Jay Shah Feb. 5th 2002

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IX. The Abandoned Lab Song

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Tune:  The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Chemicals left out by a prof. retired
Strong fumes nipping at your nose
You'll be harrowed finding out they acquired
Things whose ID nobody knows

Everybody knows some water and some sodium
Help to make the cleanup bright
Tiny bottles that you hope aren't aglow
Will all be packed and out of sight

You've thought to chargeback, to make them pay
You've scolded lots of grads and staff
along the way
But still some faculty are gonna try
to see if they can get their labs to slip by

And so, I'm hoping this is only a phase
For labs that don't know what to do
Although it's been said
many times, many ways
Do thing safely!  Clean your lab up!
They just don't take the cue!

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Submitted by Jennifer L. Bedell, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, DRS, Head, CSS
Division of Research Safety
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801-3070
www.drs.uiuc.edu/css
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