Tag Archives: chemistry

More than just immediate gratification

Today was a rough day for me. Not just because of specific events that transpired, but because what happened provoked me to do some deep introspective thinking, and led me to realize that my current attitude and habits may not … Continue reading

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When did I become illiterate?

I share with you three stories illustrating my apparent illiteracy: One Thursday evening, despite initial plans of drinking, two friends (two Mikes!) and I ended up walking from Collegetown to Baker Lab (strange how that just happens to us chem … Continue reading

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Why I pledged Alpha Chi Sigma, and why you should too

I originally intended to write a long-winded post on how AXΣ is a great fraternity with interesting traditions and many opportunities for networking and outreach, etc…. but if you’ve shown enough interest in the fraternity to read this blog post, … Continue reading

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It’s kaleidoscopic

So this week in Chem 3020, we did part II of the Optical Microscopy lab. But this time, instead of looking at fibers, we looked at the fusion of crystals of various explosive organic substances under a light microscope. This … Continue reading

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Chemistry like on TV (aka. accidental waste beaker rainbow)

You know how in movies, and TV shows, and commercials, and in pamphlets, etc. chemistry is always depicted as smiling scientists in lab coats, gloves, and goggles, holding beakers and Erlenmeyers of colored solutions? Something like this: Chemistry is rarely … Continue reading

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The difference between chemists and physicists

Today when I walked past Clark hall (the physics building) in order to get to my lab, the entire building was closed (alarms blaring, doors closed, guards in neon vests preventing people from entering). Later I heard a rumor that … Continue reading

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Schrodinger’s buckyball?!?!

“‎A cat is like a large buckyball. Or a buckyball is like a small cat” – Prof. Ezra in CHEM 3890. Today in Pchem, the professor finally demystified the paradox of Schrodinger’s cat as the finale in talking about the … Continue reading

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Chem nerdiness

We chemists don’t just limit our science-geekiness to classes and the lab. We bring it into our homes and make it a part of our everyday lives! Here are some of my favorite chemistry home items. beaker mug, cookie cutters, … Continue reading

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Fibers

This past week in CHEM 3020, we’ve been doing an Optical Microscopy lab, looking at fibers. It was actually pretty cool to look at various fibers (cotton, linen, nylon, fiberglass, etc.) under the microscope through different polarizers. I could go … Continue reading

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It’s a scientist thing

Yesterday I told my brother a chemistry joke. I thought it was pretty funny, but he just shook his head and said, “I hate math and chemistry jokes. The only people who find them funny are mathematicians and chemists. And … Continue reading

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