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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises

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What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?

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The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

September 2010
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Hey, quasigeostrophy, so how come ammonium nitrate is NH4NO3 and not N2H4O3?

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The ammonium ion on its own is NH4, and the nitrate ion on its own is NO3. Writing ammonium nitrate as NH4NO3 makes it clear what the configuration of that particular batch of nine atoms is. Organic chemistry notation can get really complicated...

Organic chemistry notation can get really complicated...

I'm guessing. We also frequently deal with (NH4)2SO4 around these parts.