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Who Is Addison Ault?

Addison Ault is Professor of Chemistry at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. His undergraduate college was Amherst College, Amherst, MA, and his graduate university was Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He taught at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, for two years and has been a chemistry teacher at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA, since 1962. He has taught summer school at Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and at Harvard University. During the fall of 1997 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard where he taught Chem 30.

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Professor Ault's family.

Professor Ault and his wife, Janet, have five grown children and ten grandchildren..


Some of Professor Ault's interests.

In addition to classroom teaching, Professor Ault enjoys working the lab to develop new experiments for his organic lab course Outside of chemistry, his interests include reading, music, and cooking.

    Click to find out about some of his favorite pieces.

     
  • Cooking: Professor Ault makes many "one-pot" dishes like chili, spaghetti, lasagna, chicken or turkey soup, chicken or turkey salad, fruit salad, and rhubarb or apple crisp. In December he makes a lot of fruitcakes and sends many of them to friends. When he is feeling more ambitious he will make spanikopeta, baklava, and Bombay biryani. He is most famous for his sourdough oatmeal bread, and he probably makes two loaves of this every week. On very special occasions he can be persuaded to make sourdough cinnamon/pecan sticky buns, and, once in a while, sourdough donuts.

Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314.

Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a town of about 3,500 in east central Iowa. It is home to Cornell College and to many people who work at the college, in the immediate area, and in Cedar Rapids (17 miles to the west) and Iowa City (20 miles to the south).

We think we enjoy the best of both worlds: the advantages of small-town living and the resources of the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. For example, the four times we have heard Yo-Yo Ma and Emanual Ax perform have been in at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Click to see somescenes from Mount Vernon and its environs.

  • Click to see a house in Mount Vernon.
  • Click to see Cornell College in the fall in Mount Vernon.
  • Click to see another fall scene in Mount Vernon.
  • Click to see yet another fall scene in Mount Vernon.
  • Click to see a typical Mt. Vernon couple.
  • Click to see transportation in Mt. Vernon.
  • Click to see the Sutliff bridge in the fall.
  • Click to see the Sutliff bridge in the winter.
  • Click to see the Sutliff bridge in the spring.
  • Click to see the Sutliff Tavern and Store.
  • Click to see the menu board in the Sutliff Tavern and Store.
  • Click to see the regulars at the Sutliff Tavern and Store.
  • Click to see the sculpture by Dennis Patton of Mount Vernon at the Cedar Rapids Airport.
  • Click to see a farm scene in eastern Iowa.
  • Click to see fuzz in Mt. Vernon.
  • Click to see crack in eastern Iowa.
  • Click to see enantiomers in Mt. Vernon.
  • Click to see hot pizza in Mt. Vernon.
  • Click to see orgo lab at Cornell College.
  • Click to see more orgo lab at Cornell College.
  • Click to see tie-dyeing the T-shirt.
  • Click to see T-shirt #1.
  • Click to see T-shirt #2.
  • Click to see T-shirt #3.
  • Click to see the wet T-shirt.
  • Click to see the Orgomobile.
  • Click to see enantiomers in Welfleet.
  • Click to see enantiomers at Harvard.

News from eastern Iowa

People often wonder what, if anything, goes on in Iowa. You can click here to find some answers.
  • Click to see a corny Iowa Greeting.
  • Click to see more corn..
  • Click to read about Hattie Rose, Postville's pie lady.
  • Click to read about the Lanier Quartet. (131 k)
  • Click to read about Elizabeth Catlett. (35 k)
  • Click to read about Elizabeth Catlett receiving an honorary degree from Cornell College. (134 k)
  • Click to read about why charges were dropped against nude in Iowa store.
  • Click to read about naked dancers sentenced.
  • Click to read about Drive-through boar semen.
  • Click for news about the Linn County Jail.
  • Click to read a poignant footnote.
  • Click to see Iowa joke 1.
  • Click to read about Carol Fassbinder's science fair project.
  • Click to read the rest of the article about Carol Fasbinder's project.
  • Click for a picture of Carol Fassbinder.
  • Click for a picture of Iowa's Pork Queen.
  • Click to read about Stacy Blitsch, member of the "Bod Squad."
  • Click for a picture of Stacy, the "hottest thing on wheels."
  • Click to read about Des Moines, Iowa, Number One in Jell-O consumption.

News from the World of Medicine

  • Click to read about bagel scars.
  • Click to read about a congressman/surgeon.
  • Click to read about sex with doctor.
  • Click to read about sex and sports.
  • Click to read about waterskier's enema.
  • Click to read about orgasm as a side-effect.
  • Click to read about addictive gyrations.
  • Click to read about injuries suffered during an attempted synthesis of Meth.
  • Click to read about the risks of mango rinds.
  • Click to read about the danger of jalopenos.
  • Click to read about how sex helps.

Unsolved Mysteries

  • Click and see if you can tell where I was when I took this first picture.
  • Click and see if you can tell where I was when I took this second picture.
  • Click and see if you can tell where I was when I took this third picture. What does it mean?
  • Click and see if you can tell where I was when I took this fourth picture. Why did I take it?
  • Click and see if you can tell where I was when I took this fifth picture. What is the story behind it?
  • Click and see if you can tell where I was when I took this sixth picture.
  • Click and see if you can tell why I took this picture.

Energy

Non-Nuclear Energy - A brief description of some of the more common forms of energy. pdf; 15 pages

Nuclear Energy - An introduction to nuclear energy and nuclear reactors. pdf; 14 pages

Interconversion of forms of Energy - An introduction to devices that interconvert forms of energy. pdf; 7 pages

Efficiency of Heat Engines - An explanation of why it is that heat (thermal energy) cannot be entirely converted to any other form of energy. pdf; 19 pages

Hydrogen - An introduction to some of the properties of elemental hydrogen. pdf;18 pages

Hydrogen: The Improbable Dream - My view of why there will not be a a "Hydrogen Economy". pdf;24


Chemistry

The Same But Not The Same - A review of the history and the concepts of isomerism, the existence of different molecular forms made up of the same parts. pdf; 24 pages.

Do pH in Your Head - You can estimate pH just by thinking about it. pdf; 9 pages

The Partition Function - If That's What It Is, Why Don't They Say So. A way of counting molecules. pdf; 7 pages


Chemistry S20

I am always willing to write letters of recommendation; there is no statute of limitations on this. Click to find out how to ask for a letter of recommendation.

For some years the last day of class has been devoted to a talk and to musical performances by members of the class and guests. You can click below for the programs and pictures of the participants. I plan to add the program and pictures for the summer of 1999.

  • Click for the program of Special Events for the summer of 1995.
  • Click for the program of Special Events for the summer of 1996.
  • Click for the program of Special Events for the summer of 1997.
  • Click for the program of Special Events for the summer of 1998.

On Book Day I mention some of my favorite books, and students give me lists of their favorite books. In the fall of 1998 I made a comprehensive list of the student's favorite books from the summer of 1998. You can click for either the student book list that is alphabetical by author, or the student book list that is alphabetical by title.

  • Click for pictures.
    • Click for picture of Dr. Ault and the Teaching Assistants for the summer of 1998.
    • Click for picture of Orgo class.
    • Click for picture of Adam enjoying his dinner.
    • Click for picture of Orgo Fun 1.
    • Click for picture of Orgo Fun 2.
    • Click for picture of Orgo Fun 3.
    • Click for picture of Orgo Fun 4.
    • Click for picture of office hours.

Please send comments or suggestions to: aault@cornellcollege.edu


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