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NANOKIDSTM BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

The NanoKidsTM molecules are made up of carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) atoms. The numbers in subscript after the C, H and O stand for the number of atoms of each element in the molecule. Look at the Cast List, below.  You'll notice that NanoAthlete has 42 carbon atoms, 48 Hydrogen atoms and two Oxygen atoms.

NanoKid  - Stage Name Aktis -  Chemically synthesized on May, 25, 2001 -- C39H42O2   
Mol. Wt.:  542.7496 --  Percentage of C, 86.30; H, 7.80; O, 5.90

NanoAthlete - Stage Name Marski - Chemically synthesized on May 16, 2001 -- C42H48O2
Mol. Wt.: 584.8293 --  Percentage of C, 86.26; H, 8.27; O, 5.47

NanoGreenBeret - Stage Name Prasia - Chemically synthesized on June 6, 2001 -- C40H44O2   
Mol. Wt.: 556.7762  --  Percentage of C, 86.29; H, 7.97; O, 5.75

NanoJester - Stage Name Dyspro - Chemically synthesized on June 14, 2001 -- C42H46O2   
Mol. Wt.: 582.8134  --  Percentage of C, 86.30; H, 7.80; O, 5.90

NanoMonarch - Stage Name Argos - Chemically synthesized on June 25, 2001 --C44H50O2   
Mol. Wt.: 610.8666  --  Percentage of C, 86.51; H, 8.25; O, 5.24

NanoChef    - Chemically synthesized on June 25, 2001 --C43H42O2  
Mol. Wt.: 590.7924  --  Percentage of C, 87.42; H, 7.17; O, 5.42

NanoPilgrim  - Chemically synthesized on July 24, 2001 -- C43H48O2   
Mol. Wt.: 596.8400  --  Percentage of C, 86.53; H, 8.11; O, 5.36

NanoTexan - Chemically synthesized on August 3, 2001 -- C44H50O2   
Mol. Wt.: 610.8666  --  Percentage of C, 86.51; H, 8.25; O, 5.24

NanoBaker - Chemically synthesized on August 3, 2001 -- C43H48O2   
Mol. Wt.: 596.8400  --  Percentage of C, 86.53; H, 8.11; O, 5.36

NanoScholar - Also known as You, the Student Viewer -Chemically synthesized on August 12, 2001 -- C44H50O2   
Mol. Wt.: 610.8666  --  Percentage of C, 86.51; H, 8.25; O, 5.24

How are molecules weighed?

Molecules are so small they can't be weighed, one at a time. They are weighed in groups of 602,300,000,000,000,000,000,000.  This many molecules make up one "mole."  Imagine how difficult it would be to buy just one egg, or one piece of paper.  Eggs are usually sold by the dozen, and paper is sold by the ream.  There are 12 eggs in one dozen and 500 sheets of paper in a ream.  Molecules are so small that we have to collect an enormous number before we can weigh them.

One mole of NanoAthletes molecules would weigh 584.8293 grams, or about 1.3 pounds.  Each of the NanoKids has a different weight.  A mole of NanoTexan, for example, would weigh about 611 grams.  To give you an idea of how small one of the NanoKid molecules might be, it would take 274,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 NanoTexans to make one pound.

Each of the NanoKids contains a different number of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms.  They therefore also contain a different percent by weight of these elements.  NanoAthlete is 86.26% C, 8.27% H and 5.47% O by weight.

 

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