The etymology and meaning of methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl

Chemistry study often feels like learning a new language due to its extensive vocabulary. Understanding word origins can greatly improve memory retention. Early chemistry nomenclature includes memorizing roots like methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl, representing 1 to 4 carbon chains in functional groups. This article offers a thorough explanation for those studying or interested inContinue reading “The etymology and meaning of methyl, ethyl, propyl, butyl”

The Etymology and Meaning of Anode and Cathode

The terms “anode” and “cathode” were first published by Michael Faraday, F.R.S. in 1834. A delightful (and highly recommended) historical account of how these words were conceived by Faraday and his associates can be found in Faraday Consults the Scholars: The Origins of the Terms of Electrochemistry by Sydney Ross [1]. As scientists have learnedContinue reading “The Etymology and Meaning of Anode and Cathode”