Entries by ruge@bc.edu

The 5 Ways to Make the Most of Orgo Lecture

So you’re enrolled in Organic Chemistry. You’ve heard the horror stories and sat down on the first day in shock and awe as some older, mumbling professor talked about chemicals with long names and their properties. It’s going to be a long year.   Organic Chemistry lecture can certainly be overwhelming—from the material itself to […]

Simple Organic Chemistry Tricks & Study Aids

Let’s face it, we’re always looking for organic chemistry tricks and study aids to get a grasp on what is considered one of the hardest — if not the hardest — but ultimately rewarding courses in college. This post will aim to accomplish just that: we’re going to discuss different ways to help master learning concepts ranging […]

Chemistry of Thrones

Winter is coming, but — unfortunately for us “Game of Thrones” nerds — we are in the dead of summer and will have to wait for winter again for another year. To deal with the “Game of Thrones” withdrawal, I found myself going through some of the greatest (read: saddest, or most intense) moments in […]

Get to know cortisone

You’re at the gym, right? You’re really working your tail off, pushing yourself to the limit and really testing your body’s pain threshold — when all of a sudden, your muscles and joints are on fire. You realize that they are so swollen, and the inflammation is really holding you back from truly experiencing a […]

Get to know chlorothiazide

Chlorothiazide — also known as 6-chloro-1,1-dioxo-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine-7-sulfonamide, or more commonly known as the commercial drug “Diuril” — is an organic compound that is used as a diuretic and an antihypertensive. The compound is a white, crystalline powder in physical appearance, and its functional groups and structure highlights its slight solubility in water and high solubility in […]

Breaking down the chemistry in ‘Breaking Bad’

Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past decade or so, then you have been well-acquainted with the classic modern tale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” the story of Walter White — cancer-stricken husband, father and high school chemistry teacher — who is willing to go to any (and every) length imaginable to provide for […]

Using Chemistry as the Cure to the Vaccine Debate

“How childhood immunization — once a given — crossed the divide from breakthrough science to public policy debate in the space of 50 years is a complicated picture,” Laura Parker of the National Geographic wrote about vaccines and the still-closely-contested controversy over their use (or lack thereof) in our society. The anti-vaccine movement is “rooted […]

Get to know myristic acid

Raise your hand (but keep the other one ready to scroll down the page and continue reading) if you’ve ever needed to use coconut oil for your skin because regular moisturizers just weren’t cutting it for your daily beauty regimen. Have you ever wondered what is in that coconut oil — as well as palm oil, […]

Memorizing ‘Don’t Memorize’: The Orgo Oxymoron

In a Reddit thread posted almost a year ago, user “james_ash” asked other users to help define what people mean when they suggest to new orgo students, “don’t memorize, learn the concepts.” Another user named “grimmra2” replied within the thread, “Organic chemistry is like a language. Your instructor wants you to learn it by trying […]