Pretty colors :)
Whenever I see things written in milligrams I get super sad because I wish I was working on this scale in my research :’(
One of the polarimeters around here has massive swings at any concentration. From +1 to -1 and worse
Ours is doing that too. What do you guys do to fix that? We really want/need %ee for this publication but no chiral hplc column and no working polarimeter means no data. :(
Carla gave us labels. I’m an inorganic ammine ligand (yes it has 2 m’s), Brett is ether and Michael is Ester.
"I have no clue what the hell I just did but it looks cool!"—Michael
You float a shot glass in water, and you take turns pouring water from a separate glass into the shot glass. Whoever sinks the shot glass has to drink.
Class was canceled for the rest of the night, will be playing with Carla later ;)
We moved the TV into a different room for a bit and I left this note for the roommate. I think I’m way funnier than I actually am
Anonymous asked: Ugh, I'm really struggling in my chemistry class. I don't really understand it. I get B's on everything. I never know what the hell is going on. What do I do?
It sounds like you’re trying in the class but just struggling to connect the different topics from one lecture to the next. If I start to get really confused in a class the first thing I do is breathe, pep talk myself (you CAN understand this!) and realize I have to rely more on myself to learn the material.
I’d suggest doing readings BEFORE the class starts. Being familiar with the terminology that’s going to be used and general topics that are going to be covered in the lecture always helps me. It’s a pain but sometimes that’s just what has to happen. When taking notes in lecture, don’t focus on every tiny little detail the teacher goes over. Focus on general ideas presented, and make sure to write at least one example of what’s happening. If the teacher does multiple examples, don’t focus on copying them ALL exactly and trying to go over them later. Write down one, and then for the rest, put down your pencil and really listen to what the teacher is saying. Write the ideas of the problem, not calculations. It’ll help you remember what’s happening in examples later.
Practice problems directly after the lecture helps too. That way if you have questions you can ask right away while the information is fresh in your (and your professor’s) head.
It sounds a little generic but it works. And if p.s. if “really struggling” is B’s for you then I think you’re on a pretty good track to success anyways :)
Looking for an HPLC vial and found all these cool ones :)
All the pretty compounds we synthesized and analyzed over the semester :)
After 3 weeks of trying to get this to work we decided it doesnt, and lab is over for the semester.
The last thing I needed to dream about was determining mechanisms for octahedral and square planar complexes. Such restless sleep :(
April 16th, everybody. Wish me luck on my inorganic exam!