Archive for ‘Chemistry’

October 15, 2015

Thursday Quote Du Jour: Nature is no dummy

by Janie Jones

I stumbled upon this quote, in all places, on the lid of my yogurt

Nature is pleased with simplicity.  And nature is no dummy. 

-Issac Newton


Now, any one who believed nature to be simple, much less pleased with simplicity, has never studied Biochemistry.  Nothing in how nature works at the microscopic/molecular level is simple.  It’s actually quite astounding how complicated the things are that we observe as the simple color blue, eating a ripe apple, or even just breathing.  It may appear simple because we are only seeing the outcome of a million things happening “behind the scenes,” as it were, to make these things possible and we have grown up taking them for granted.  But, I assure you my friends these simple actions are not simple at all.

So, sorry Mr. Newton.  Had you known about Biochemistry you would not have felt this way about nature loving simplicity.  But you were most definitely right in that she is no dummy.

By the way, I actually did well on my first Biochem test.  I’m no mother nature, but not so much a dummy either.  I was a nice four points above the average.  While my teacher was disappointed with what she felt was a low average, in a tough subject that gets the short end of the the homework time stick, I was pleased to be above average, even if just by four measly points.

June 30, 2015

Tuesday Titters does Chemistry Cartoons

by Janie Jones
analytical chemist cowboys
degenerate orbitals
gnome chemists
pool party
Cartoons pulled from Google search: chemistry cartoons
June 30, 2015

Updates from the Great White North

by Janie Jones

Sorry bloggy buddies.  I know I have been an extremely lax blogger of late.  Not that things haven’t been happening which would make great blog fodder.  I have just been way too distracted.

Tomorrow is my Quantitative Chemical Analysis class final.  I have a B+ going into the class.  There is not enough points possible on the final to earn an A, even if by some miracle I get a 100%.  Hell would have to freeze over before that could happen.  But, if I can manage not to totally botch the final I can hold on to my B+ and be quite satisfied.

So thanks for all your comments.  I’ve been reading them, but the whirlwind of summer school and the Spud and it now being Flea Market season has me totally slacking here.

Hopefully after tomorrow I can regain some scraps of sanity.

June 10, 2015

Here’s one for Sheri49: Beware! There’s Hydronium in your Starbucks

by Janie Jones

Next time you order your Starbucks, be sure to ask for your brew to be Hydronium free.  If your barista laughs, you know they have a grasp of chemistry.  If they look nervous and embarrassed, then you’ll know they have absolutely no clue.

H3O+ is the Hydronium ion.  Adding an acid to water, by the Bronsted-Lowry definition of acid, adds extra H+ ions and generates H3O+, or Hydronium ions.  But, water is a polar molecule and exists in a state of constant flux between what we know as H2O and it’s parts, H+ and OH-.  So water is always freely and instantaneously changing between states and sometimes you actually have H3O+ even when no extra acid is present.

And that’s your chemistry lesson for the day.


June 9, 2015

Tuesday Titters

by Janie Jones

We are studying acids and bases, solubility constants, buffers, and all that fun related stuff. It is all very fascinating, and at the same time very, very frustrating. I think my brain has been buffered. There is no change in my enlightenment coefficient.

Some chemistry cartoons stolen from the internet:

polar bears


May 28, 2015

Just pretend it’s Tuesday, here’s a joke, or two, or three

by Janie Jones

Quantitative Chemical Analysis is how I am spending the first seven weeks of summer.  It’s like math camp for chemistry nerds.  It’s all about measuring chemical compounds and solutions to within insanely tight tolerances, and solving for the composition and concentration of unknowns using standardized chemicals.

I don’t think anyone actually enjoys it.  Not even the lab teacher.  She said she kinda hated it when she took it too.

This was in the front cover of my text book:chem cartoon textbook0001This is Janie in the first three labs:

a pinchQuestion asked right before lunch:  what is the common name for NaC2H3O2?

Did someone say nacho?  Is it Taco Tuesday in the cafeteria?  I could totally do nachos.

If you think this post is Fluorine Uranium Nitrogen Nitrogen Yttrium, click like.

March 26, 2015

Thursday quote du jour has been preempted in favor of jam session

by Janie Jones

We don't play heavy metal