September 13th, 2003

excitement

citizenship questions

I am American and my husband is Canadian. We have 2 citizenship options for him--going through work or going through marriage.
It turns out that the marriage option is cheaper, more invasive, and now, will take 3 years to occur. The work option is more expensive, takes only slightly longer, but no invasions. Which is more optimal?

Also, my friend has an English mother and an American military dad. Her brother was born in England in the 60's and therefore has dual citizenship. Is this true of all American babies born overseas, or just dependent on the country?
Mr. Lion

Buying a Car

I am in need of a new car. I will probably end up getting a certified used car, but I was wondering...

Are prices usually firm with certified used cars?

I know that at your run-of-the-mill used car dealership you can bargain, but what about at dealerships where they deal in one make of car, and they have warranties and etc?

What about new cars? Are those prices usually firm?

Also, if the price says "$500" down or something similar, can you choose to put more down if you'd like? And for monthly car payments, if you arrange something that's like $200 a month, but one month you happen to have a lot of extra money, can you pay more for that month?

Blah. I'd rather not take my mom with me to buy a car, but since I am absolutely clueless I might have to. Help me to not have to take my mom car shopping with me!
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please help!

I am a nursing student in general chemistry. I used to understand chemistry in high school, but I have forgotten much of it. I was wondering if anyone could help me with this:

Covalent bonds. I know that in covalent bonding, atoms SHARE electrons to that they attain a filled valence shell and are therefore stable. In an ionic bond, atoms gain or lose electrons to another atom to form a full outer shell, and then the opposite charges attract the ions together forming a compound. MY QUESTION IS: in the case of, for example, the carbon atom....it has an atomic number of 6, and has four electrons in its valence shell. It needs 4 more electrons to become stable. I can get these electrons by sharing. THe Hydrogen atom(atomic number 1)has 1 electron in its valence shell, and needs one more electron in the shell to becoem stable.

If the carbon atom shares its valence electrons with 4 hydrogen atoms--and 4 hydrogen atoms share their valence electrons with a carbon atom. all of the atoms are able to fill their valence shells to reach a stable configuration.

Doesn't the carbon atom gain a charge, as it's atomic number is 6(6 protons) and it now has a full outer shell (thus 10 total electrons?)If it DOES have a charge, isn't it then considered an ion?

THanks for your help :)

Spaghetti

When you boil spaghetti noodles, do you break them in half before putting them into the pot?

I'd never heard of anyone doing such a thing until I went over to my friend's house when she cooked spaghetti. And to my horror she broke them in half before cooking them.
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