Friday, September 4, 2009

Work is like work

Sorry for my silence around here. I've been distracted by a few things. First, now that school is in full swing, I actually have to work again. I've forgotten what it was like. That has kept me busy.

Secondly, I've been computerless for a couple days. My hard drive went screwy and directories and the matrix were all messed up. I'm back up to speed now, but still shaking from computer withdrawal.

I taught my students about the Mitsunobu reaction today. That's a great reaction.


the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Yeah, it's a great reaction.

It's the getting rid of all of the triphenyl phosphine oxide that sucks.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Oh, and what the hell? First couple of weeks of school and you hit them with inversion of stereochemistry? Hard core, man.

Chemgeek said...

It was merely an iodination reaction (R-OH -> R-I) and it was in my advanced organic chem class.

In my sophomore level class, we're just starting alkanes.

Tiffany said...

Our classes started last Wednesday and we're working on drawing, reading and understanding organic molecules. I saw looks of fear with C-skeleton drawings. Hopefully with HW due tomorrow, we'll be ready to tackle functional groups and IR together.

I can't wait to get to MO theory (I hope they like it too) and mechanisms.

Lisa-tastrophies said...

You and Mjenks scare me some times with your chemistry speak. I tried to teach an intro to atoms section this week to go with our periodic table introduction. They aren't getting that the atom is the whole of the parts (proton, neutron, electron, etc) I am talking about, so I think I will hold off on the "inversion of stereochemistry" for a few days :-)