By: Cody Moezzi and Madelyn Lucas Let’s briefly imagine that you’re on an engineering team whose space orbit is 100 km closer to crashing into earth’s atmosphere, endangering lives, and costing NASA 125 million dollars. Except, we aren’t pretending here. This is the true story of a 1999 space orbit failure. As a biochemistry major, … More UNIT CONVERSIONS
Why Do We Feel Fatigued After the Thanksgiving Feast? Source: PopSci There’s an old wives’ tale roaming around that I always hear during Thanksgiving: eating turkey makes us feel sleepy because it contains Tryptophan. This is largely a false statement, and as Dr. Helmenstine points out, we would feel the lethargy after the Thanksgiving feast even … More Does Eating Turkey Really Make Us Sleepy?
by Catherine Uher and Sahlea Tubbeh, CAPS SI Leaders 1. Concept Maps Are Your Best Friend In biochemistry, the material quickly builds up and overlaps. One way to keep from getting overwhelmed with the amount of information is to make concept maps. This will help you remember the information as well as make the information … More 6 Tips and Tricks for Biochemistry 423
1. Don’t fall behind. This is definitely easier said than done, but it is very important. If you are always trying to catch up, you will not be able to learn the new, current material and it will be harder to do well in the class. To keep up with the course load, it is … More 5 Tips for Succeeding in General Chemistry
What is IR Spectroscopy? IR Spectroscopy works with the infrared region of electromagnetic spectrum, basically wavelengths that are bigger than the one in the visible light spectrum. IR Spectroscopy is heavily based on absorbance and can be used to identify and study chemicals. It can be used on gases, solids and for labs many students … More Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy
Rate laws can be confusing for students, but they don’t need to be. Let’s try to walk through some problems that will hopefully clarify what these problems are and how to approach them. Rate laws appear in the following form: Rate laws can only be determined via experimentation, never from the chemical equation alone. Take … More Chemical Kinetics: Determining Rate Laws