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August 8th, 2003
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wheee!
Put the Chemistry class to bed today, so now I can write again!

Am contemplating what classes to take for fall (and where). Now, the sensible voice is pointing out that taking one lab class in double-time kicked my ass (especially so with not being able to stay home over my Tuesday-Wednesday "weekend"), and therefore the smart thing to do would be to take ONE lab class fall quarter (or semester, depending where I go).

However, the adrenaline junkie really, really wants to get the prereqs over so that I can get to the fun stuff. If I take two classes per quarter this coming year, then I'll be done with all the prereqs at the end -- and my friends will likely be done with me -- then I can spend next year fussing over the four upper-level courses I need. IOW, in the sanest possible reading, I am proposing to take both the first class in the bio major sequence, and the first organic chem class, at DeAnza, in the mornings (7:30am lab lecture, woo!). NB: I am supposed to have taken the 3rd class in the general chem sequence before organic, but assuming current schedule holds there is NO such class at any community college within reach of sanity that suits the schedule this fall. None.

*gibber* *gibber*

(Also, my Chem 1B prof assures me I can manage o-chem just fine without 1C. He understands my insanity.)

In other news, I gave birth to a bouncing baby 1.5hp well pump this afternoon, and boy did that hurt (my checkbook). But there is allegedly water at my house again. Must test this.

Plus the jewelry-making madness has struck again. I blame caredhel.

Current Mood: hyperhyper
Current Music: "Black Cow", Steely Dan, Aja

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From:tersa
Date:August 8th, 2003 05:51 am (UTC)
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Dunno if this will help, but my o-chem in college technically had a pre-req of 2nd semester inorganic entry-level chem, but my major (AnSci) course guidelines didn't even list the 2nd semester in their recommendations.

And, having been through the 2 years of college chem, I think I can safely agree with your Chem 1B professor that the 1C class is probably unnecessary for o-chem.

O-chem is so different from regular chem. You'll probably do fine, but I went from a straight-A, never studies inorganic Chem student, to a B in o-chem only because I was putting in 6-9 hours of studying per week.
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From:agrimony
Date:August 8th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
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*crosses chem courses off her possible sciene electives lists* :)
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From:tersa
Date:August 8th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
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*laugh* Don't do that, just on my account. I scare people about o-chem, because people *should* be scared. That way, if it winds up being !scary, well, at least they're prepared!

Inorganic is easy, though. And fun!
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From:ambar
Date:August 8th, 2003 11:49 am (UTC)
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Oh, I am studying my happy ass off, mostly because in my little delusion, grad school == better have straight As. Kindly, UCDavis only cares about your GPA over the last two years before you apply.
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From:rmjwell
Date:August 8th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC)
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What are considering the "fun stuff?" Chemistry of explosives? :-)
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From:ambar
Date:August 8th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
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Genetics! Embryology! Biochem! Applying to vet school!
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From:spenceraloysius
Date:August 8th, 2003 09:48 am (UTC)
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If you ever want to chat with/at someone about these, I'm here. You really do need organic chem for biochem, though. At least beyond the pure memorization part.

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From:ambar
Date:August 8th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
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I don't really know what to ask, I guess. What blindsided you that you would like to warn me about? :-)
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From:spenceraloysius
Date:August 8th, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Parts that I'm weak on electron movement during reactions and IUPAC nomenclature. The first part is a death knell in terms of acid/base catalysis. General acid/base catalysis, by which all biochemical reactions occur, is what organic chemistry is all about. Learn how to identify your Schiff base (I remember this showing up a lot in several synthesis reactions that you learn in biochemistry whose specific names escape me right now). If you are lucky enough to get a teacher that will demonstrate organic reactions using amino acids pay very close attention because biochemistry isn't just the basic organic reactions, it is also all the exceptions to the rule. In relation to that, really learn what pKa and pI means in terms of a reaction, protonation, and where charges go on your molecules. This is all stuff that you learn in organic that you end up using in biochemistry. Biochemistry will do general acid/base catalysis as an 'equation' and teach you about pH, but to really understand enyzmes work (and enzymatics is a huge part of basic biochemistry) and how biological cycles work (like the Krebs cycle or the electron transport chain in the mitochondria) then understanding which amino acid residues are holding the charges becomes really important if you want to get beyond memorizing all the names of the enzymes and the reaction they catalyze.

I had a crappy organic teacher and I suffer from that lack every single day of my life.
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From:tamago
Date:August 8th, 2003 11:21 am (UTC)
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then I'll be done with all the prereqs at the end -- and my friends will likely be done with me --

Hey, you know we still love you! Gambatte!
From:emeraldas
Date:August 9th, 2003 05:23 am (UTC)

yeah, yeah...

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Not like I ever see you anymore anyway... :P~~~
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From:ambar
Date:August 10th, 2003 11:59 am (UTC)

Re: yeah, yeah...

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we could do something about that ...
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