Classes

Jan. 23rd, 2006 09:13 pm
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So, classes so far:

Instrumental, with lab. So far, it's been E&M, Stems, and chemical instrumentation rolled up into one big blob of... something. Looks like it may well continue to be something, despite VR teaching it. There are also webquizzes. I suspect I'll like analytical from him, but I'm not sure about this class. The lab also has out-of-lab writeups.

Inorganic, with lab. From VH, which makes it good so far. A good chunk of the lab seems synthesis-focused to some degree, which I like. (Pretty colors, too.) The lab work is restricted to lab time, though lab time can run over. I suspect I'll have fun. He told us that he chose our book "because of the pretty colored pictures." And didn't seem to be joking.

Anth 3: Language, Culture, and Society. From Prof. Strauss at Pitzer. It focuses on sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, and has been quite interesting so far. It seems like the class would flow better if it were two and not three days a week, but her lectures are fairly engaging, the amount of reading is reasonable, and the material seems like fun.

Shakespeare. We've already read two plays, which feels ridiculously fast. Looks like fun, despite the huge class size.

Geochem. So far, p-chem but without any of the rigor (as in, not using activities for Keq and being sloppy with units). Interesting examples, and looks like it will be more interesting once the class gets into geology.

I found out this morning that I can be off the waitlist and into Science and Religion, co-taught by Olson and Su and the canonical Hum Class That Makes Me Win--on-campus seminar IE, quite possibly in my concentration. The downside is that it overlaps with geochem and that it *is* a seminar, so I would be left with two nontrivial chem classes, two labs, and three nontrivial hum courses. I also need to decide before 2:30 tomorrow, the next meeting.

My schedule certainly is strange--roughly 9-5 MWF, 11-noon and (potentially) 2:45-5:30 Tuesday, and nothing Thursday. I'd forgotten how draining lab can be.

In other news, I should get my proctor app in and I should finalize my list of REUs. Really not much else going on besides getting used to being back here. I suspect that I'll be more than ready to leave by the end of next year.

Date: 2006-01-24 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zixi.livejournal.com
Instrumental starts out clunky - it gets better and smoother, but it is the...um...harder to deal with of VR's two classes - I think largely due to the subject material and lack of good textbooks.
Teh lab however, rocks. At least it did several years ago.

VH? INORGANIC? What happened to Johnson????? Cause he was the awesomest thing that ever...awesomed.

Also, given that VH chose our P-chem textbook because it DIDN'T have color pictures, I'm cracking up over here.

Good luck!

Date: 2006-01-25 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quartzpebble.livejournal.com
According to VR, ours is one of the more readable textbooks. Judging from that, I don't think that's saying so much.

Johnson's on sabbatical for the year. He'll be back... but I figure since I didn't get p-chem from VH, it's my chance to have him for a class.

I remembered the story you told me and did a double-take when he said that (and thought you'd be amused). He uses powerpoint now, and not chalk, and thankfully uses colors in it...

Date: 2006-01-25 04:25 am (UTC)
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Instrumental starts out clunky

Really? I liked the op-amp part of instrumental. And the stems part. Learning about how all the various specific instruments worked was kinda neat, but the general (abstract) stuff at the beginning really appealed to me. I mean, how many kinds of Atomic Emission/Absorption-like things are there really, and who cares!

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