Last evening I had both my Intro to Chemistry class, and my Chemistry lab. In my lecture class, we received our exams back, and I was ashamed to see that I only got a “B” on the exam. I had studied and was very confident that I would get an “A,” almost to the point of being cocky about it! I guess there is a lesson to be learned in there somewhere.. Maybe it’s something like: “Don’t let your guard down on a test, or you will make silly mistakes and get a lower grade than you thought you would..” or something along those lines. Personally, it felt like I failed it anyway, because when I go for an “A” anything less is not meeting my goal, and that means I failed. Luckily, this was only the first exam, and I have several more to go. We are learning about orbitals, and electromagnetics and whatnot in chemistry right now, and to be honest it seems to be a lot going on in a short amount of time. I think I’ve got my head wrapped around the concept of it, but it’s still not an easy task. It’s funny how in chemistry there is ALWAYS an exception to the rule, whatever that rule may be. It’s also amazing that throughout the years, people have been able to slowly piece together what we now learn in a matter of 16 weeks. To me it is just mind-blowing.
Following the lecture, I had lab. It was a “wet lab” in which live chemicals are present and proper safety procedures need to be followed. (Lab coat, closed shoes, goggles, etc..) It was interesting, because the lab experiment was on chemical reactions. Seeing what each chemical did when mixed with another chemical, and seeing any byproduct or gas that was formed. Totally radical! I had fun, but was glad to get the class over with! My day starts very early, and with the class ending at 9:50, with a long drive home and dinner/homework to do, I don’t get to bed until late. But I guess that’s what being a college student is all about right? I’m not complaining, I actually enjoy being busy. Next semester though, I think I will go with fewer classes, just to be on the safe side.
What is/was your favorite experiment in Chemistry? I would like to know, as I plan on staying in chemistry for quite a long time, and would like to know what I have to look forward to! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.