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 :)
All ready to work super hard when we come back from break! Clean hood and organized notes make me feel awesome.
Somebody got really OCD about setting the vials to dry. Hint: it wasn’t me
The chromatotron! Super simple fast way to do chromatography. We switched to this because our regular microscale flash columns weren’t giving very good separation results. This thing works by loading a disc of silica doped with a fluorescent with uour sample. It spins around and pushes around the solvent towards the edges of the disc where it runs out the bottom and drips into the test tubes. Since the silica is fluorescent we can see our samples come off in bands and collect fractions much more efficiently! Eliminates the need for tlc, makes gradient elution super easy, uses a smaller amount of solvent, and it’s quick! Longest “column” I ran today was like 20 minutes. I love it.
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!
One of the seniors is working with silver nanoprisms for his thesis. I thought the colors were cool. Thanks for the picture Brett :)
Super cool crystal pattern formed inside my roundbottom flask over the weekend. Too bad it’s only starting material impurity from my column :(