Posts Tagged ‘chemistry’

Monday, October 25th, 2004

Today in organic chemistry, our professor was lecturing, “So let’s look at the mechanism of this reaction. Oh, by the way, I’m going to a Metallica concert tonight,” then immediately continued lecturing. The 100+ room full of students all laughed out loud in surprise.


Saturday, September 18th, 2004

Today, we learned that cyclopropane, since it is in the shape of a triangle, has 60 degree angles, which is unfavorable since the desired angle is 109.5 degrees. Therefore, its bonds are a little bent. These “bent bonds” are also called “banana bonds.” At this point, the professor took out three bananas and demonstrated what the bonds looked like. Of course, peoplel started giggling. Then, she said, “Anybody want a banana?” and threw the bananas across the lecture hall at people who wanted them. Ah, organic chemistry.

school starts tomorrow

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

I will be taking:

– organic chemistry

– thermochemistry

– advanced calculus for engineers

– harmony and counterpoint II

– japanese 1

– chamber chorus

If it’s absolutely way more than I can handle, I’ll drop the math.

school ponderings

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

It hasn’t been a week since school ended, and I’ve already started thinking about next semester’s schedule. There are so many classes I want to take that I am feeling conflicted!

Classes I have to take:

5.60 – Thermodynamics

5.12 – Organic Chemistry

21M.302 – Harmony and Counterpoint II (if I want to also major in music)

Classes I want to take:

18.075 – Advanced Calculus for Engineers

21F.302 – French II

21M.480 – Advanced Music Performance (if I can get in)

21M.026 – Jazz (I love the teacher)

If I take a math class each semester from now on, I can minor in math; so I’m going to try taking one every semester, and if it gets too hard, then oh well, I will have learned new and exciting math! I can’t think of an academic existence without math. Am I the same person who ran around the house yelling “I hate math!” when I was 8 years old?

Of course, there is always UROP (research), which I definitely want to do. I’m just about the only person left who hasn’t done a UROP yet. I also want to take a higher level French class (like French 3), but neither that nor French 4 fit into my schedule. This means they never will, because I have choir during those times.

So long story short, I need to eliminate some classes. Blah! I don’t feel like it! I want to force myself to do it all! Yes, in one semester.. because there are also other classes I want to take!

Scout Day

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

Today was Scout Day! My chemistry fraternity sponsors a Scout Day every year, and we set up stations and teach boy scouts about chemistry. We presented titrations and paper chromatography at our station. After that, the liquid nitrogen came and we shattered frozen red cabbage leaves and made Cartesian divers. It was kind of fun, but I was tired since I had to get up at 7:00 for this.

After that, Zeynep and I went to a showing of Uzak, a Turkish movie that won the Cannes award last year. The film was very, um, artistic. I thought it was kind of cool, though. Hopefully next weekend we’ll see another movie at the Boston Turkish Film Festival. If you’re in the Boston area, try and go to one. Turkish movies are cool.

I found a way to archive the pictures of the day, and now you can comment on them too. Somebody requested it and I complied.

Friday, December 27th, 2002

Haha.. Chelsea asked me what I was planning to major in, and I told her, and explained, “I want to be a composer, but I have a passion for organic compounds.”

Friday, May 24th, 2002

Funny: Google Search: spanish bosoms

Today I was about to pass out because of my hair. The smell was sooo strong that I couldn’t breathe most of the time! Geez! Sorry for having so much hair, please don’t let me die.

Anyway, today I wore the dress that I’d randomly bought one day because it was just so great, and I got more attention than I expected. I mean, of course I was expecting the occasional “I like your dress,” but some people I don’t even know came up to me and they were like, “OMG THAT’S THE COOLEST DRESS I’VE SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!” and Jocelyn couldn’t stop staring at it. Hehehe. It was so comfortable, too. It makes me happy. I twirl around in it.

Yaay, sometimes life seems great. Other times it doesn’t. Clearly, the hating never ends… nor does loving, of course, so they cancel out. *grin* But I don’t know. I think it doesn’t completely cancel out, though. It’s like titrating a weak acid (love) with a strong base (hate). It’s not that there are more things to hate, it’s just that that’s how it works out.

I want to make/do random things. But, before that, I need to do not-so-random things.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2002

Yahoo! Search Results for oil-pants, Yahoo! Search Results for crazy things to do at sleepovers, Google Search: +”The Rhythm of Life” + download, Yahoo! Search Results for nil karaibrahimgil.

So we finally took the dreaded AP Chemistry final, and hah, I feel so proud because I didn’t rack my brains studying all day like everyone else. I’d brought my Cliffs book to school but I really didn’t feel like looking at it. Heck, I wasn’t even stresed about it. Some people stress so much before, take it, and stress a lot afterwards. For me, it was just how I expected it to be and there were no surprises. I timed myself well. I believe I got most of the things right. So why even think about it anymore?

The only chem I’ll look at will be the solubilities and the equations. I hope I do well on the AP.

My hair looks very unusual today, like it’s been curled. There are NO frizzes and it’s so shiny. It looks like those carved statue ringlet hairstyles. Hah, so crazy. It’ll get messed up as soon as I go to bed.

Monday, May 13th, 2002

Google-Suche: pekinel picture

I’ve been sitting here doing chem on and off all day. It’s actually quite fun when I do it like this. I do some for a while, take a break, go online, write some stuff on my blog (have I written too much today?), then go back to work. I don’t know how productive it is, but I sure feel more confident as I go.

So, from what I’ve heard, today has been the hottest day here in a while. Good thing I didn’t go out! I don’t really like the sun. It irritates me. I’m just sad that it’s never going to rain again until, like, next year.

I can’t wait until after the APs. I’ve planned all of my drawing for next Friday.

Next week will be a pretty kick-back week. I’m not planning on doing any more intense studying after tomorrow’s final. I might look over some last-minute memorization stuff, like formulas and stuff, but I’m not going to bust out with the books and do exercises from Cliffs every day. I don’t know if that will be worse than studying every night, but right now it seems like the most sensible thing to do. So maybe I’ll draw then, but probably not.

Life seems alright. Maybe it’s because of this techno music that’s been droning on and on since morning when I turned it on. It’s fun. I like the ones where there’s little to no percussion, and they have this person saying random stuff. It’s sexy. 😛 I want to make a collection of any song of the like and listen to it. But bah, too lazy.

My eyes are aching, probably from a combination of sitting too close to the screen and staring at text on chemistry. But man! I LOVE BEING A HERMIT! Exactly a year ago, I would probably have gotten sad when I read people’s blogs and they all said, “Yeah, I went to a party last night, and this morning to a brunch with my friend,” or something of the like. Now I have no resentments about my social life and what I do in my free time. It’s partly because I don’t like people much. The other reason is that I love being by myself. That’s sort of different than not wanting to be with others, because there was a time when I hated being with others but I hated being by myself, too. I bored myself so. But now, no. Not at all. MUWAHAkaka.

Sleep is better than anything else, though.

Monday, May 13th, 2002

Hey, guess what. I just took a diagnostic multiple choice for AP Chem, and if I only do the multiple choice section and don’t even look at the free response, I’ll get a 3!

So there is hope!