This seemed a fitting tree for me this year. I smiled when I saw it and had to pass it on here. I’d love to set up the tree this year, but it seems like a bit of a poor use of time when I have so much to do.
03 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
Well, today after work ( photo at right is my cubicle rosemary Christmas tree), and after eating supper…and watching Homeland… I was studying my Stats book. If I learned anything it was how to calculate the probability of a binomial. I learned that to do so, one must use the ‘nCr’ button. nCr simply means the ‘number of ways r (the outcome) can occur in n amount of trials. Or, in other words, how many paths to the outcome are there, (when thinking of the tree diagram).
So, perhaps I can’t explain it very well, but I know it way better than I did earlier tonight, which, perhaps might count for something!
02 Dec 2013 Leave a Comment
“I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptation. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience, etc., don’t get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time…The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give up.”
- C.S. Lewis, Letters, January 20 1942
Well, I don’t have much to say, even though it has been a couple days since I wrote in here…I slept in today, and then did some Stats homework. I did accomplish something, but at the end I was discouraged because it seemed like I had so little to show considering the amount of time. So, I’ve posted the above quote because I often feel like giving up… I’m off to bed, and I’ll pick myself up in the morning!
29 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Well, last night I had the inspired idea to get up early and get one of my lab experiments done. I had been speaking to my mom the other night, and she suggested that I do the experiments consecutively, if possible. For some reason that really encouraged me. I was feeling down because I its almost December-and I had hoped to be almost done the entire course, and instead I have the entire set of labs to do, plus so much more. I jumped out of bed (after lying in bed for half an hour or more after my alarm went off…) around 7:15 and got to work. It was a simple lab, meant to get me used to measuring using flasks, vials, pipettes and a pan balance. I measured a gram of carbon, a gram of tin, and 5ml of water.
Still took longer than it ‘should’ have, but at least it is progress. I still have some of the write up to do…ick.
27 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Well two days into the New Week. Today was my day off, so I cracked open the big ‘ol Chemistry Lab kit that I received a couple weeks ago. I did the first ‘make-sure-you-remember-how-to-do-a-lab experiment: The Candle Experiment. Its several simple exercises using a lit candle, some foil, ice and a couple jars. I really hoped to be done it real quick, so that I could do a ‘real’ experiment, but it took much longer than it was anticipated to and *should have* taken. I just uploaded it to my tutor now. I also went to class and did some stats.. But I’m constantly discouraged with myself for how little I get done.
Here’s some photos from my first ‘lab experiment’ Even though it was simple, I still learned something- tinfoil between the candle and the flame will actually cause the flame to go out. This is apparently because the combustion draws up oxygen, and so now the oxygen supply is cut off from the reaction. Something like that….
Well, I’m going to keep trying ~ harder~ Every day..
25 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
Oh, so close to a month away from Christmas! So close to the end of the year..
Today, being Sunday, I’m a bit more relaxed about how much I should be getting done.
I did the first 50 questions in a 1001 chemistry questions book.
Here’s to a new week!