Compound Mole Project

CAFE CON LECHE? OR CAFFEINE WITH COFFEE?

Meet Dunkin- the Mocha Mole

His makers were so obsessed with the fast food chain Dunkin Donuts, a common place to get donuts and coffee along the east coast, that they decided to name him after their favorite place to go. No wonder he has caffeine running through his mole-y veins at all times! The addiction to caffeine and coffee runs in the family.

How was Dunkin born?

Wait...Addicted to Caffeine?

Caffeine is one of the most commonly used drugs in everyday life. As both experience and studies have shown that one can form a physical dependence on caffeine. This dependence on caffeine for certain people can be perceived as an addiction to the drug as an individual may feel like he/she cannot function without their dose of caffeine, often taken in the form of coffee. So the theme of this mole is a mole addicted to coffee as he has become physically dependent on caffeine. Depicted by the big eyes, crazy hair, two cups of coffee and “I run on Dunkin” shirt, Dunkin cannot function without his caffeine, which translates to him not being able to function without his daily runs to Dunkin Donuts to get his caffeinated drinks.

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So beside becoming addicted to it, what does Caffeine have to offer? What are its uses and purposes?

In moderate doses, caffeine is a compound that is used as a stimulant. It helps the central nervous system be more awake. It can increase alertness and give a boost of energy. It often times used when an individual feels weak, tired, or drowsy. It can be found in medicines and often is combined with other compounds to form a more effective medicine or drug.

Caffeine- C8H10N4O2

Although caffeine can be found naturally in things such as coffee beans and tea leaves, it can also be man made. Isolated caffeine is white in color, odorless, bitter, and has the form of prism-like crystals. Other physical properties include its molar mass being 194.19 grams per mole. Chemical properties are that caffeine may react with strong oxidizing agents and that it is a weak base (lower pH levels).

Fun Fact:

Americans consume about 45 MILLION pounds of caffeine each year. World wide, 120,000 TONS of caffeine is consumed.

An even more Fun Fact:

Caffeine used to be on the list of banned substances for people participating in the Olympics. But this caffeine was removed from the list so that participating athletes could still drink cola and coffee without having to be nervous about being penalized.

Sources:

"Caffeine: MedlinePlus." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2014. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caffeine.html#cat1>.


Chudler, Eric . "Neuroscience for Kids - Caffeine." Neuroscience for Kids - Caffeine. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. <https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/caff.html>.


"Caffeine." - PubChem. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 7 Mar. 2014. <http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/summary/summary.cgi?cid=2519#x27>.


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*This mole was not sponsored by Dunkin Donuts, unfortunately.