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A Short Lesson in Chemistry and English
January 12, 2011

A Short Lesson in Chemistry and English (Jan. 12, 2011)

Subject: Hydrogen Peroxide
Date: Wed, January 12, 2011 7:31 pm
To: Ken Adachi

Please read this. You need to correct the write up. (If any substance is interesting, it's hydrogen peroxide.) "poor english" (Hydrogen peroxide should really be called hydrogen dioxide. Its chemical formula is H2O2.)"Wrong; Hydrogen dioxide would be HO2". Due to the fact that there are two hydrogen atoms in H2O2, it is called peroxide. This nomenclature is standard to chemistry. Knowledgable people read your report so you should correct it as the information is good.People won't read past the first part if they know chemistry.



1. The directions are clearly stated where you filled in the box to send this e-mail. It says in plain English: Sign your name to your letter. I don't have conversations with anonymous e-mail addresses.

2. The "write up" to which you refer, but do not reference with an url, is an article written by Dr. David G. Williams called The Many Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide, and not me. We usually don't change or edit other people's writing. It's considered an unauthorized adulteration of an original published text and "knowledgable" people usually refrain from doing that.

3. The only one demonstrating poor English here is you. The word "English", referring to the language, is a proper noun and thus requires a capital letter "E", not small 'e'. "Its" is a possessive pronoun, while "it's" is the contraction of "it + is".

4. Concerning the chemistry lesson:

There are multiple names for many compounds in chemistry and they are ALL accepted nomenclature. The Ninth Edition of the Merck Index lists item #4691 as "Hydrogen Peroxide". Additional names include Hydrogen dioxide and hydro-peroxide. The compound is designated as H2O2, not HO2

By the way, " Knowledgable" people should know that the word is spelled with an additional "e". It's "knowledgeable."

Sayonara Professor

Sincerely Yours, Ken Adachi

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