twistor wrote:I took two semesters of general chemistry. I never liked it because I always believed I had a much deeper understanding of what was going on than the chemists did. It wasn't later until I realized why chemists memorize chemical equations and a multitude of other things that seem arbitrary; it is because resorting to the more fundamental theories (enter QM) is time consuming and a large body of knowledge has already been formed regarding how chemicals interact. If you think of chemistry as a description of how chemicals can interact and understand that physics is telling you why they interact that way then the problems disappear.
Also, the labs sucked.
mhazelm wrote:Also, I have noticed that there is a trend of math-phobia among chemists at my school. The other students in the class freaked out when there were logs - the TA had to reassure everyone that logs are okay. Logs! Even freshman physics students knew logs, back then it was the calculus we were still learning that might have been hard... but algebra? C'mon... so what's with the avoidance of mathematics?
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