Friday, May 29, 2009

Mistakes were made...

In a reply to Steve Jarosek in the Neuroscience as the New Philogiston thread on JSC-Online, I made (at least) one mistake in describing the number of water molecules per hour being produced during human respiration. I went from the 29.6 grams of oxygen per hour consumed by respiring humans (see: ) and calculated that 11.2 x 10^23 water molecules per hour (body-wide) would result. Those of you who check my math probably see that I simply converted the oxygen to water and thereby ignored the stochiometry of and carbon dioxide in the glycolosis respiration reaction.

Being a bit more careful, ciphering on:

C6H12O6 + 6O2 -> 6CO2 + 6H2O + some energy flow...

the 29.6 grams per hour of oxygen ought to yield about 16.65 grams per hour of water molecules being produced which amounts to 0.925 moles per hour which further fractionates down into 5.57x10^23 of water molecules being formed per hour, again, body-wide. This boils down to 1.55x10^20 molecules per second, which, stacked in packets of 12 would give 1.29x10^19 ordered water units per second each one capable of arranging, due to the specific structured duality of water molecules, in 6^12 or 2.2 billion different patterns or signal associations.

Similar quantities of water molecules, and/or various 6^n ordered water units would be occurring within and/or may help to create periods of gamma synchrony, etc.

Please make a note of this correction. 5/29/2009

Best regards,
Ralph Frost

"Read the book" while doing the lab exercises.

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