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Your Questions About How To Discover New Elements

Robert asks…

1. What is a quest narrative and what elements does a quest narrative possess?

1. What is a quest narrative and what elements does a quest narrative possess?

2. How do incidents in a story support generalizations about life?

3. How do authors use foreshadowing to maintain or peak a reader’s interest?

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HOW TO WRITE A QUEST NARRATIVE:

1) Describe the object of the quest and why it’s important. You don’t have to start the story with this statement, but it should come near the beginning, explaining why you’ve arrived in New Guinea, for example.
2) Set out on the quest. What do you bring? How do you prepare?
3) Describe the journey and the difficulties of achieving it.
4) Describe whether you achieve the goal or not.

The quest narrative is one of the oldest and surest ways of telling a story. The Odyssey is essentially a quest narrative, with Odyssey’s journey back to his wife and son serving as the basis for the quest.
Since then, there have been thousands of quest narratives written, including King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, detective stories, Moby Dick, and many others.
The form of a quest narrative is simple. Basically, the author descibes his or her desire to do something, see something, experience something, discover something.
In describing the object of the quest, whether a grail, or castle or insight or pot of gold, it’s helpful to “sell” the quest, emphasizing why it’s important either to the writer or the reader. Since the writer is the reader’s surrogate, describing why you want to go to Rome is often enough, especially if you can make it seem an especially appealing destination.
Some quests are so compelling they don’t need to be sold: the quest to find the Green River Killer or a cure for cancer.
The description of the goal for the quest encourages a sense of seeking, questioning and curiosity, propelling readers forward into the narrative. It gives a structure and suspense to a piece that might otherwise be flat and static.

Michael asks…

Why, and how is it possible, that every element from the Periodic Table is found on Earth?

I know that some of the higher level elements are not. The ones in the 100-115 range. Last I heard a couple of them have to be manufactured. Can we assume that these element are on the moon also?
Based on the Atomic number and the numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons, we seem to have a ready source of the first 100 or so elements. None are missing! My question about elements on the moon is refering to the same ones we find here, not the manufactured ones.

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The reason is that we (humans) selected the scale to define them. Scientists discovered a pattern (the number of protons and the atomic weight) in the known elements. This was fit into a scale that not only fit a pattern of how the elements behave but also was easy to count. This made it easier to draw distinctions between groups, such as the noble gases.
In the future we may see that there are other ways to define elements. Perhaps our present method acts as a filter so that we cannot see other ways of doing the same thing. But I understand your question, especially in light of a Nobel prize winner who said that there was about 85% of the elements in the universe that were not yet discovered (dark energy and anti-matter for example). I have not been able to find that quote on the net, it was during an interview with a group of prize-winners on Swedish television.

Maria asks…

Is there any place on earth where there is no oxygen and is a dangerous place?

I have a science project and we make up an element.
I’m doing an element that has chuck norris in it. It requires me to say where i discovered my element and i want to have it discoovered in a dangerous place. Can u please help? I will give 10 points to the best

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Volcano rim.

George asks…

Is the relative atomic mass a total of the element’s isotopes with their abundances?

For example (in finding the Ar of cl), chlorine has two isotopes 35 and 37. When you multiply each with their abundances then add them with each other and divide by 100 you obtain 35.5, and I wonder if this is the way scientists obtained Ar of elements? By using their isotopes?

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This is fine today when the isotopes are known, but remember that atomic masses were in use before isotopes were even discovered .. So this is not the original method.

Remember the Ar is a relative mass, not an actual mass. You can find out more by looking into the history. You should find this site helpful.

Http://www.scienceclarified.com/As-Bi/Atomic-Mass.html

Mary asks…

When my wife is cooking a roast in the oven does the top element engage at all?

My beleaf is that the broiler element only works when broiling and not when roasting. Our muffins burn at 350 degrees and if the rack was lifted another one or two notches that problem may be curtailed. And we should stop blaming the top element especially when the muffins only burn on the bottom.

New Niche Finder answers:

There is nothing wrong with your top element nor anything wrong with the temperature you are baking your muffins at. What IS wrong is your oven thermostat – not an unusual state of affairs. (Also remember that in baking your pans should be placed as close to the center of the oven as possible.)

Pick up an inexpensive oven thermometer. You will find one right in many grocery stores, in the aisle where they sell things like measuring spoons and burner liner pans. Position the top rack of your oven so that the oven thermometer, when hung from one of the wires in the center of the rack, is as close to the center of the oven as you can get it. Be sure the thermometer is facing out.

Now, set your oven to 300 and let it preheat. Record the exact temperature shown by your oven thermometer. Turn the oven temp up to 325 and repeat. Keep repeating until you get to 450 or so – about the highest tempt things are usually cooked at in a home oven.

With luck, you will discover that your thermostat is off something on the order of 25 degrees across the board, as is often the case. Compensate for that by determining whether your oven burns too hot (so it is really 375 when you set it for 350) or too cold, then simply set your oven to compensate. (Set the oven to 325 to get a real temp of 350.)

If you aren’t quite so lucky, you now have a handy chart of what the various settings on your stove mean in real temperatures that you can use to set your oven accordingly.

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