While people think of me as a chemist and cheminformatician I am actually an NMR spectroscopist by training. The majority of my publications are about NMR…
My boys have been learning about magnetism recently so I took the opportunity to go into their class and teach 10 year olds about “inside magnets”. I was warned off of discussing nuclei but was able, I hope, to get across about hydrogen atoms being magnetic, that water inside us gives us lots of “inside magnets” and that MRIs and X-rays are way different. All this while navigating the discussions of metabonomics, “gas”, urine and how we are ALL magnetic…with more magnets inside us than the number of stars in the universe.
I might have stretched some of the analogies, might have missed out some of the details, but I hope what I tried to teach was at least educational to this class at Franklin Academy.
My thanks to Dr Matthew Crilley at Team Chiropractic in Wake Forest for lending me a light box to display X-rays he provided to me. Also to Franklin Academy, and especially Ms Miller, for hosting me.