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Chemistry Proposal

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Codidact hasn't launched any community for any of the five natural sciences. To feed all these birds with one seed, I propose starting a new community just for Chemistry.

I'm not referring to Scientific Speculation that already launched, or Physics that has been proposed. I'm assuming Astronomy fits in Physics.

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Depends on the area of astronomy; there’s astrophysics and there’s astrochemistry. A question asking about the spectrum of a given star would probably be more at home in a chemistry forum than a physics one. DonielF‭ 6 months ago

As a chemistry major I’d be very in favor of this proposal and would be very active were this site launched. DonielF‭ 6 months ago

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Sign me up please. I have at least 20 questions. VLDR‭ 2 months ago

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Here are just two of my questions.

1. Ought you sanitize paper money notes with isopropyl alcohol?

Firstly, I don't know if Canadian and British bank notes are paper or plastic.

Secondly, nobody here recommended soaking bank notes in propan-2-ol. Did they just overlook it? Or can propan-2-ol ruin bank notes?

2. Ought you sanitize credit cards with isopropyl alcohol?

Assume that I "avoid vigorously scrubbing the embedded chip or the magnetic strip". Can propan-2-ol still damage my credit card? And I want to double check this quotation with you chemists.

To safely clean your credit cards, regardless of material, you'll want to use a clean, soft cloth (like microfiber) and isopropyl alcohol. Perform an initial wipe-down with a damp cloth -- this will get rid of any surface debris -- then go back over it with the alcohol. You can also use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to get into the nooks and crannies around raised letters or logos.

Although you'll want to use a little pressure while cleaning, avoid vigorously scrubbing the embedded chip or the magnetic strip, as this could potentially damage the usability of your card. [emphasis mine] Let your credit cards dry completely before placing them back in your wallet.

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These questions seem borderline at best in their current form. This is because they are more about credit card or money user issues than chemistry. It would be better if you asked about the materials the money and credit cards are made of, how inert that material is to isopropyl alcohol, and perhaps why. These aren't really chemistry questions as they are written now. Olin Lathrop‭ 2 months ago

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