A New Mnemonic with Several Innovative Features.

Easy to understand version of the mnemonic (explanation and map below) note that each line is constrained to contain exactly five syllables:





WOC H Alaska

MIM I IO P Newj’ (IO is pronounced “yo”)

MIM I IO M Wisc’

MIM K N S North’

MoNoMeR Conn’ (V)

..(.) (pronounced “dot dot bra dot ket”)

DiM VaNS G Flor’ (WooD)


YNN N Princeedward’

WOC AN TL MA Flor’: Washington, Oregon…

By ‘a math teacher’, I mean anyone teaching math, including a home schooler. I am not talking about a math teacher who is teaching computer science or some other subject. In computer science it often makes sense to pronounce binary numbers like telephone numbers; a mere series of numerals.

Let’s dive in using fourteen as an example.

Fourteen, when converted from our everyday base ten to a binary number is written ‘1110'. Sometimes a subscript ‘two’ or subscript ‘2’ is appended making it ‘1110two’ or ‘1110₂’. Note that this seems to be best that Medium.com can do to display a…


The base ten counting system has a set of spoken names and rules for pronouncing them that works well, and that we take for granted. Other bases, such as binary, or base eight, or base sixteen seem inhuman, difficult, and useless mainly because they lack an analogous system of names, so that people resort to reading the numbers out like telephone numbers and then saying what base it is to allow the listener to decipher what the number means. To remedy this deficiency in my favorite bases, which are those that are powers two, I developed a unified names and…

This is my second published version of this mnemonic and puzzle. The mnemonic is essentially the same, but I tweaked it significantly. This article contains everything that was in the first article so there is no point in reading that one if you can read this one.

When the order is used as puzzle to be explained, it is now an easier puzzle.

Here’s a puzzle: Why did I order these nations in this order and number them like this and why do I think that this numbered list is awesome? If you know the answer to the first version…

The mnemonic Roy G. Biv is the name of an imaginary person with the initials RGB, which recalls “red, green, blue” which are the names of the light primaries, also known as the primary colors, I noticed. This is in addition to its well-known function of recalling the classic seven colors of the rainbow “red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet”.

I published the ideas of this article about two weeks ago but I can’t find my way back to that account, and so I am republishing it here.

I used to sometimes give one clap, sometimes two, sometimes three or more, but never fifty.

Now, if I give any claps, I give fifty.

Claps don’t cost anything, and I can give as many claps as I want without limit, and therefore, if I am going to try to please someone, I might as well do it properly. Why scrimp on the claps. Who says to a stranger “nice outfit but…” or “I’d give you nine out of ten for your outfit”?

To give forty claps is to give forty out of fifty claps.

For politeness is like a…

This is my new favorite teacher explaining the word “pentane”.

Why do we teach the boring, difficult parts of chemistry first? How about instead starting by teaching students to understand and those impressive chemical names and diagrams seen in organic chemistry. In other words, teach it like an English class and maybe an art/doodling class rolled into one, at the beginning.

Students would immediately start seeing themselves as chemistry savvy, and maybe even as future chemists, when they noticed that they alone were able to decode “methane” and know that the “meth” part means “one” (carbon atom), and the maximum possible number (four in this case) of hydrogen atoms, while…

You won’t look at a human or animal body the same way after learning this.

If you’d asked me just a week ago what you’d be left with if you could magically make all the human cells and their contents (living and dead, whole or fragmented) in the human body disappear, I (and I suspect I am fairly typical) would have answered that you’d be left with the bones (without the marrow), the teeth (with the fillings but not the pulp), the blood plasma, the lymph, the cerebrospinal fluid, the urine in the bladder and the kidneys, the water in…

I wish my teachers had.

Parents, obviously, do their children a huge favor when they model good use of time like reading. But besides reading, there is copying, and memorization, and other solitary educational activities, and this hasn’t been talked about much. So I thought I’d try to do my bit to remedy that.

The first time I was told to copy what was written on a blackboard I put up my hand and asked why. The teacher told me it was so I would have the information. So I asked why not just have it printed and given out…

β-D-fructose 1,6-bisphosphate, more specifically. Note that it’s “bis” and not “bi”.

You can really impress people just by saying or writing the full decasyllabic name. The way you say it is “beta dee fructose one six bisphosphate.”

Drawing the diagram of the molecule will impress them even more. It is also very satisfying and fun, especially if, like me, you aren’t very good at drawing.

Learning to do both of these feats would immediately put most people into a new intellectual category, and is a way to make chemistry more fun.

First note that “F16BP” has exactly five syllables. It’s…

Matthew Christopher Bartsh

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