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I IS FOR ION / I IS FOR ISOTOPE

ION v. ISOTOPE

music and dancing by John Hinton
voice by Dr John Turner

Note: there is no music or vocals performed live during this song. The following words are sampled from an interview with Dr John Turner, reader in inorganic chemistry at the University of Sussex:

So an ion is an atom that has a net electrical charge.
It’s either positively charged or negatively charged.
Positively charged or negatively charged.

An isotope is an atom that has the same chemical properties,
But a different mass.

If you want to make an ion,
Then all I’m going to do
Is to take my big bag of electrons,
And either sprinkle a few in
Or just snip a few out.

If you want to make an isotope,
I’d take the atom and pull out the nucleus,
And then I’ll either add another neutron,
Or maybe take away a couple of neutrons,
And that changes the weight of the nucleus
But it doesn’t change its chemical properties.

If you want to make an ion,
If you want to make an isotope,
An ion,
Isotope.

©2017 John Hinton

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