a PLAYCHEM experiment
A Molecular Weight and Molecular Structure Analog
|There is rumored to be a
corner of space (the corner of a cubic galaxoid) in which money attracts money. American coins join together to form MONEYCULES, clusters
of coins held together by GREED. As the
value of a coin increases, so does the greed associated with it. A penny has 1 greed,
a nickel two, a dime two or three and a quarter four. Maximum greed for a coin
appears to be approximated by the suare root of it value in cents.
To form a stable moneycule, each greed on one coin must be paired up with a greed on another coin. Unlike chemistry, an unshared greed on any coin is not allowed. All greed must be paired up with a greed of another coin.
In analogy with chemistry, the sharing of greed between two coins is referred to as a bond. Also a penny is referred to as "monovalent", a quarter "tetravalent", a nickel "divalent" and a dime can be either di- or trivalent.
Moneycules, once formed, are very stable and do not dissociate or rearrange readily. Although they are easier to visualize as planar species, moneycules can easily take on three dimensional forms. In three dimensions, the flat coins act as if they are spheres.
Moneycules are also quite flexible so that heads or tails makes no difference, they easily flip to the other side.
Also cis and trans isomers do not exist. Unlike electrons which repel each other strongly, greed does not repel other greed. Therefore the coins in a moneycule act as freely rotating spheres, even around multiple bonds.
The moneycules in the illustrations above, are
all isomers of Q3D2N2P3, a
$1.08 moneycule. A has 8 single bonds, 2 double bonds and a
ring. B has 7 single bonds a triple bond and a double bond. C
has the same number of each type of bond but a different coin arrangement. In all three moneycules,
there is one divalent dime and one trivalent dime.
© RWK 1997