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Essay - Why I Chose Chemistry

Mar. 28th, 2011 | 10:24 pm

Why I Chose Chemistry
Or: Three times I almost changed my major, and why it never happened.

How many of us are there? How many of us are out there, hating what we do, waiting for somebody to tell us <i>why</i> we're in the field we're in?Collapse )

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Jun. 30th, 2010 | 06:33 pm

Hi everybody, in help_im_diene

I'm sorry for the 15 posts. >_> Really really sorry. I completely blanked on the fact that communities don't allow for back-logging, and the overflow of posts is completely my fault. I've tried to remedy this by making 5 of the 15 posts members-only, which should hopefully make it slightly better for those watching the comm. I'll do my best not to make stupid mistakes like that again! :)

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Apr. 9th, 2010 | 01:26 am

Hello everybody!

I've made my first story and explanation post over at help_im_diene. I would appreciate any and all comments you have. Even if you're not a science major, feel free to check out the community; hopefully by teaching concepts through fiction, they become more approachable and even if you're not really interested in them, you can become interested in them! ♥

I've drawn some sketchy art to accompany the story. I don't have a scanner at the moment, but when I clean up the picture, I'll scan it and link a clean version of this picture to the story.click for art!Collapse )

Thank you,

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Apr. 5th, 2010 | 11:46 pm


This livejournal account is primarily for use to teach general organic chemistry topics through fiction. This will be done through molecule personification to express various reactions and mechanisms, along with vignettes about essential concepts. Each story is supposed to be understandable for somebody who has never taken an organic chemistry course--they are supposed to introduce essential concepts to make learning the concepts later easier and more friendly.

Currently, my plan is to have the first story be a vignette about carbocation stability. That term sounds intimidating at first, but the goal is that by using extended metaphors to express the idea, the term will no longer be intimidating, but instead will be understandable and even friendly.

I believe that science, and chemistry in particular, should be a fun topic to study, and by using fiction as a medium to express and teach, other people will feel the same way.

Right now, the community help_im_diene is under construction, but please join it once it is up and running!

Thank you,

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