WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY!
Organic chemistry is a growing subset of chemistry. To put it simply, it is the study of all carbon-based compounds; their structure, properties, and reactions and their use in synthesis.
The application of organic chemistry today can be seen everywhere you look, from the plastic making up components of your computer, to nylon which make up your clothes, to macromolecules and cells that make up your very body! Organic chemistry has expanded our world of knowledge and it is an essential part of the fields of biochemistry, biology, industry, nanotechnology, rocket science, and many more!
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Take a break and prevent your head from exploding.
1. When you don't know what you're doing, do it neatly.
2. Experiments must be reproduceable, they should fail the same way each time.
3. First draw your curves, then plot your data.
4. Experience is directly proportional to equipment ruined.
5. A record of data is essential, it shows you were working.
6. To study a subject best, understand it thoroughly before you start.
7. To do a lab really well, have your report done well in advance.
8. If you can't get the answer in the usual manner, start at the answer and derive the question.
9. If that doesn't work, start at both ends and try to find a common middle.
10. In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
11. Do not believe in miracles---rely on them.
12. Team work is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.
13. All unmarked beakers contain fast-acting, extremely toxic poisons.
14. Any delicate and expensive piece of glassware will break before any use can be made of it. (Law of Spontaneous Fission)
It has been long known = I haven't bothered to check the references
It is known = I believe
It is believed = I think
It is generally believed = My colleagues and I think
There has been some discussion = Nobody agrees with me
It can be shown = Take my word for it
It is proven = It agrees with something mathematical
Of great theoretical importance = I find it interesting
Of great practical importance = This justifies my employment
Of great historical importance = This ought to make me famous
Some samples were chosen for study = The others didn't make sense
Typical results are shown = The best results are shown
Correct within order of magnitude = Wrong
The values were obtained empirically= The values were obtained by accident
The results are inconclusive = The results seem to disprove my hypothesis
Additional work is required = Someone else can work out the details
It might be argued that = I have a good answer to this objection
The investigations proved rewarding = My grant has been renewed
Synthesised according to standard protocols = Purchased
Remember, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate!
Never replicate a successful experiment -Fett's law.
It takes alkynes to make a world.
A couple of months in the laboratory can frequently save a couple of hours in the library.
Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!
Old Chemists never die, they just fail to react.
First law of Laboratorics: Hot glass and cold glass look alike!