The Martian Book versus Movie

While the ChemClub Virtual Book Club is about the printed version of The Martian, it would be hard to never mention the movie version. The movie gives the characters faces and voices making it more appealing to a wider audience. We’ll explore resources for both the film and the novel in this blog post, but remember to share your thoughts with us in the comment section and on Facebook or Twitter using #ACSChemClubBook. Continue reading The Martian Book versus Movie”

Fermi Questions: Back of the Envelope Calculations

The Art of Estimation
When I was in high school, in the days before electronic calculators were available, we learned how to use mechanical slide rules (see ChemMatters, April 2004, p.4) for our calculations. While they were great for getting a good answer to math problems, they didn’t keep track of the decimal place. That had to be done by keeping track of an order of magnitude estimate of the answer. Continue reading “Fermi Questions: Back of the Envelope Calculations”

The Martian Virtual Book Club Resources

The Virtual Book Club is officially live now! If you didn’t sign up before, you are still able to access and use all of the great resources we’ve created around Andy Weir’s The Martian! Check the blog each Thursday from now until May to follow our journey as we read the book, post background information about the activities and the book, and take a look at what the Clubs are sharing through #ACSChemClubBook.

ChemClubs who signed up for the Virtual Book Club, you’ll be receiving a packet soon with the guides and activities available below. There are two contests each with an opportunity to win a movie prize pack. Just share your photos, lists, calculations, etc. on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #ACSChemClubBook, or send your responses to hschemclubs@acs.org.

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The Martian Virtual Book Club

You’re stranded.

Not much to eat. You’re injured. Someone took your ride. No way to contact someone to come pick you up. No one else around.

What next?

Oh, has anyone mentioned that you’re on Mars?

Share character Mark Watney’s experience as he fights for survival in Andy Weir’s book The Martian. Will he be able to survive? How can he use science to solve his problems?

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