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Study Tips '09
(updated version of post from Aug 20, 2008)An idiosyncratic assortment of suggestions and observations based on 23+ years of teaching…. Continue reading
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Did You Lose Your Section?
The Registrar's Office has reassigned lab and/or conference sections for several students. Please check your class schedule this weekend to see whether it has been affected. If changes were made, they were made for a reason. You must attend your… Continue reading
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Four Unsolved Problems
(initial version published Aug 20, 2008)Once you get used to them, you may find that the problems in your textbook have a game-like quality. If you make the right mental "moves", you will nearly always solve the problem. It's a… Continue reading
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The Joys of Being a Chemistry Student
(first published Aug 20, 2008)My first genuine taste of organic chemistry came in my sophomore year of college (73-74). I studied from a large (1000 page) textbook not too different from yours. There was a lot to remember, but I… Continue reading
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What's on deck for Fall '09?
This site will be updated periodically during summer '09. You can still look at the entire site, including all of the posts from '08-09, but not much has changed yet. Major changes will get announced by adding to this post…. Continue reading
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Have tunes? Gotta dance?
Piles of paper surround me. Wrapping paper for presents. Your exams and lab reports. (Not to worry, no one in the family received socks wrapped in a lab report.) And it's snowing. So what do I do?What would anyone do?Surf… Continue reading
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Rate of Nucleophilic Substitution Contest – My Response
If you recall, the winners of this contest were chosen by pulling cards out of a hat, an unusually large (size 7 3/4") black top hat. The questions asked by the winners* were:Fluffy C. – Are the low reactivity of… Continue reading
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Cations, crowns, and phase transfer catalysts
The following images (click image for full-size view) show potential maps (0 –> +1500), ball-and-spoke formulas, and space-filling formulas of(CH3CH2CH2CH2)N+ (top left)PhCH2N(Et)3+ (top center)18-crown-6(K+) (right)Li+, Na+, K+ (bottom left) The potentials surrounding the organic cations are more moderate, but not… Continue reading
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S/P electrophiles & crown ethers
The PowerPoint slides from today's lecture can be downloaded here. A couple of comments on each slide …… Continue reading
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From O Chem to the Oregonian
The Oregonian ran an article today titled, "Markets Threaten Oregon University Endowments" (Nov 30, 2008, Metro NW section, B-1). The article profiles Reed College's finances (which are gloomy, but probably no worse than anyone else's) and it features a nice… Continue reading
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