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November 25, 2013

The Study of Change

“Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” – Walter H. White

As I sit here writing my lab report for Chemistry 103, well actually taking a short break to write my blogpost, it dawns on me that this if my second to last lab – number eight out of nine.

103The end is near. I am currently working on a lab report based on last week’s lab: Redox Reactivity and Electrochemical Potentials. The lab itself was one of the shortest yet – only 2.5 hours as opposed to the longer 5.5 hour labs. The experiment involved testing the relative reduction potentials of five unknown metals. The reduction potentials were tested qualitatively by observing the reacting metals in solutions and quantitatively tested using a voltmeter connected to electrochemical cells. This particular reaction of AgNO3 and copper wire looked like a caterpillar!

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Silver Nitrate Solution and Copper

Chemistry has been, by far, my most challenging class this semester. We meet four times a week in addition to our lengthy lab on Tuesdays. Though demanding, I could not be happier that I chose the course and stuck with it. We have learned so much in such a short timespan, and there is a fabulous sense of camaraderie among the approximately 17 students. Tomorrow we have our final lab of the semester, right before Thanksgiving break. I look forward to working my way through Organic Chemistry next semester with the same people.

On an entirely different note, I did yoga on Friday at Bullock Hall. My friend Laura and I participated in the “Winter Wellness Fun with your Favorite FYE RAs.” The class was held on the third floor and yoga mats were provided. To my chagrin my body has changed and is no longer as flexible as it once was when I was cheerleading every week. I often found myself losing my balance, but all in good fun of course. I definitely plan on fitting yoga in my schedule in the future. :)

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