Sit. Rep. #57: Inflammable Air

1- H2O, water, Probably the most recognized chemical symbol in the universe.  It only takes 3 atoms to make this molecule…  2 Hydrogens (H) and 1 Oxygen (O).
     Here is where things get really interesting.  The Oxygen (O) atom, in the water molecule, steals some — oops let me back up a step — Atoms have 3 (non-quantum) parts.  Electrons with a negative charge,  Protons with a positive charge, and Neutrons that don’t have any charge at all.  The electrons fly around the protons and the neutrons that are located in the nucleus.  Where the electrons fly are called orbitals.  (orbit clouds if you like)
     The oxygen atom steals some of the electron’s energy from the hydrogen atoms because oxygen has a stronger positive charge in the nucleus than the hydrogen atom.  Now the oxygen atom has a more negative charge.  AND the hydrogen atoms are more positively charged.
     So the 2 hydrogen atoms want to become neutral – so they bond to 2 more oxygen atoms.  And each oxygen atom wants to become neutral (also) so it bonds to a hydrogen atom from a different molecule.  So all of these atoms become neutral EXCEPT around the edges (surfaces).  There are lots of O’s & H’s looking to bond – and this is where water becomes sticky.
    We sometimes call this “Surface Tension.”  (Please forgive me O Great Chemistry Teacher if I messed this up)…

1B – Around 1781, London scientist Henry Cavendish discovered the chemical make up of water.  He was experimenting on (what we now call Hydrogen) “inflammable air.”  And when it burned – water was the byproduct.  Very interesting person – look him up to see what else he invented and/or discovered.

2- When you first go out in a canoe, boat, raft, kayak, inner tube… or just whatever; take the time to study the waves.  In a swimming pool, we can see the bottom… but in nature, that is very rare.  So you have to read the surface and interpret the rest of the story.

G- You know it is dangerous to drive in the fog.
H- Especially if it is mental.

3- When going downriver, who should be in the lead canoe?  Who should be “tail gunner” or sweep?  Who is your canoe buddy?  Do you put the better of the 2 in the bow or the stern?   Remember that canoes are cheap – people are very expensive and hard to repair.

4-  Another common type of electrical component in amateur radio equipment is the inductor.  Inductors are usually small coils of wire, and when a current flows through that coil of wire, a magnetic field is set up around the coil.
    What electrical component usually is constructed as a coil of wire?   Inductor
    What type of electrical component stores energy in a magnetic field?  Inductor
    What is the ability to store energy in a magnetic field called? Inductance
    What is the basic unit of inductance? The Henry    

(Thanks to KB6NU Ham Radio Blog and Study Guides)

I- Did you hear that the X-Ray Technician at the hospital married one of his patients?
J- I wonder what he saw in her?

5-  I have a few favorite First Aid pieces of equipment that I recommend on wilderness trips.
   EMT scissors.  Get good ones – they should cut through a dime.  Ask a Fire Fighter or EMT or a Nurse what brand is good.
   Several (at least 6) triangular bandages.  Sometimes called a cravat.  I like them to be large – at least 48″ on a side.  I take old sheets and cut them up to make cravats.  Yes, you can spend $$$ to buy them – but reusing a discarded item is good for my wallet and for the planet.  If the sheets are real thin – cut 48″ (or larger) into squares.  Then fold them by holding opposite corners to make a triangular bandage.
  Some band-aids, moleskin, aspirin, and Benadryl, and you can almost call it quits for your first aid kit.  What am I missing?  What would you add?    NOTE: Some folks tolerate Claritin better than Benadryl.

6- I saw this & I am stealing it because it should make sense to you and be about you both at the same time.  When athletes (this also goes for all folks wanting to up their game at whatever they do)  are preparing & practicing for events they follow certain guidelines:

#1 They Stress the body,  Feed the body, and Rest the body.  Feeding with good nutrition and resting the body allows growth to happen.  You get stronger with all three.

#2 The Process is to get better at something small every day.   Winning the championship is not the goal.  Get better at a small part of the game / a small part of your game every day.  In this process – know all the rules.  Mental preparation is also a key process.

#3 Practice Being Open-Minded to allow coaching and teaching to happen.  Be ready for input that encourages you to be & become better at your game.

#4 Build your team.  Even if it is a solo sport.  Build a team of experts to coaches and trainers to train you to new heights.  It may take several teachers/coaches: one for strength, one for agility, one for reading the opposing team, one for the training table…..

#5 Put in the time.  And practice all of the small things that will make you better.  Develop mental and muscle precision.  Develop coordination within your team.  Develop communication within your team.

#6 Allow achievement in all aspects of your life.  Be balanced.  Expand your skills & knowledge outside of your expertise area.  If you win 9 games & lose in the final championship game; have you had a good year?  Learn something every time you take the field.  Winning or losing – learn something to better yourself.

K- How do you keep a bagel from getting away?
L- Put lox on it.

Coaching Scouts,

Scoutmaster’s Minutes II by Thomas Mercaldo

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