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stenopushispidus wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:33 pm
AstroClarinet wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:32 pm
stenopushispidus wrote: May 11th, 2021, 11:52 am also, i don’t understand: if mendeleev made the periodic table to group elements according to their properties so it would be easier to know them, then why do chemistry teachers make us memorize them all?? isn’t the point of the periodic table so that you don’t have to memorize it all and the elements are ordered according to properties??
I haven't had to memorize the periodic table yet but memorizing the symbols for each element is pretty useful
yeah but like the bonds and groups and valence electrons and all that stuff??
Ok I agree with you on that; asking people to memorize that type of info is definitely going too far
And please don't tell me you literally mean memorizing that info for "all" the elements... since memorizing the valence electrons of Nihonium is even more utterly pointless
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Fyren wrote: May 12th, 2021, 5:39 pm
stenopushispidus wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:32 pm chemistry is the the scarlet letter of science. it’s unnecessarily complicated and boring, the vast majority of people hate it, and very few people remember anything about it after high school/college other than ‘it sucked’

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stenopushispidus wrote: May 11th, 2021, 11:52 am also, i don’t understand: if mendeleev made the periodic table to group elements according to their properties so it would be easier to know them, then why do chemistry teachers make us memorize them all?? isn’t the point of the periodic table so that you don’t have to memorize it all and the elements are ordered according to properties??
I don't think it's very common practice for students to memorize it, but rather, people get used to seeing it, and they remember things that way.
stenopushispidus wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:32 pm chemistry is the the scarlet letter of science. it’s unnecessarily complicated and boring, the vast majority of people hate it, and very few people remember anything about it after high school/college other than ‘it sucked’
Because I know for certain that you're not joking about this, I'd highly recommend Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon. Chemistry isn't my forte but it's a really good read, especially for people who don't want to go into chemistry :)
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The Disappearing Spoon is seriously one of my favorite nonfiction books, I would lend anyone who wants to read it my copy but there are some geographical complications ]:)
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Pi-Bot wrote: May 13th, 2021, 11:10 am
Fyren wrote: May 12th, 2021, 5:39 pm
stenopushispidus wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:32 pm chemistry is the the scarlet letter of science. it’s unnecessarily complicated and boring, the vast majority of people hate it, and very few people remember anything about it after high school/college other than ‘it sucked’

physics is like the infinite jest of science. most people don’t care to read beyond the first chapter, it’s far too complicated and long, and if you understand it you’ve probably ascended beyond this astral plane.

marine ecology is the Starbucks of science. it’s awesome and so are otters.
If we're doing this then paleontology is the Lord of the Rings of science. Everyone generally appreciates it but few people actually care enough about them to go in-depth/be a fan of either. Most people also only like watching the movie version of LoTR and, similarly, most people only really like going to museums and seeing dinosaurs.
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thegroundsloth wrote: May 14th, 2021, 6:54 am The Disappearing Spoon is seriously one of my favorite nonfiction books, I would lend anyone who wants to read it my copy but there are some geographical complications ]:)
OMG YESSSSSSSS it's such a good book!! There are lots of good science books that cater to a general audience, but honestly The Disappearing Spoon takes the cake for most interesting and down to Earth
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gz839918 wrote: May 13th, 2021, 3:33 pm
stenopushispidus wrote: May 11th, 2021, 11:52 am also, i don’t understand: if mendeleev made the periodic table to group elements according to their properties so it would be easier to know them, then why do chemistry teachers make us memorize them all?? isn’t the point of the periodic table so that you don’t have to memorize it all and the elements are ordered according to properties??
I don't think it's very common practice for students to memorize it, but rather, people get used to seeing it, and they remember things that way.
stenopushispidus wrote: May 12th, 2021, 1:32 pm chemistry is the the scarlet letter of science. it’s unnecessarily complicated and boring, the vast majority of people hate it, and very few people remember anything about it after high school/college other than ‘it sucked’
Because I know for certain that you're not joking about this, I'd highly recommend Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon. Chemistry isn't my forte but it's a really good read, especially for people who don't want to go into chemistry :)
but i just started reading the otter book i got from alaska :<
oh- and kinda unrelated but i’m super excited about it: i found this highly accredited lgbtqia+ novel and i’m super excited to start it!
i will put that book on my reading list though :)

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what is the name of the otter book?
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