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I enjoyed chemistry up until biochem. I like to learn principles and apply them, but biochem didn't seem to have much of that.Speaking of chem, my freshman year chemistry prof was missing a couple of fingers on one hand from a lab accident, in which he was holding something that blew up. Someone told me that's fairly common among chemistry profs, almost a mark of distinction.
Engineering porn, how?
Organic chem was hard, but biochem was even worse
As a strange perversion, I liked organic chem at Berkeley. In my last class, I was second from the top in the final exam in a huge class. I got rather adept at doing synthetic pathways. Probably should have made a fortune manufacturing meth instead of the grind.
Probably should have made a fortune manufacturing meth instead of the grind.
@richwicks“ Chemistry was just enormous amounts of memorization. Why does Carbon react with Oxygen and not NItrogen?”Once you get to Physical Chemistry, you get heavily into the calculus of probability, all about determining reactivity and predicted reactions. So it definitely goes far beyond memorization.
Is your career related to organic chemistry now?
Most chemists older than 50 incl me became interested in chemistry because they were blowing stuff up as kids or teenagers.
In high school chem I realized that I could dissolve and mix the lead nitrate and potassium iodide that I had in my chemistry kit at home to create potassium nitrate, a component of gunpowder. And it worked, I made gunpowder by mixing in charcoal and sulfer. Then I had horribly orange lead iodide as a byproduct which I threw out hoping my parents wouldn't find it. Probably poisoned some landfill, though it wasn't a large quantity.
Prof only gave one one A per class.