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The struggle life of a physicist in a chemical oceanography course

This post might be aiming for a bit of a niche market out there, but I’m going for it. As a graduate student in the Department of Marine Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill, we have to take four core marine science courses: Marine Geology, Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, and Physical Oceanography (THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS). Suffice to say, there’s some bitterness in having to take a class (or two, or three) that aren’t directly related to your research. I’m currently twiddling my thumbs through my semester of chemical oceanography, and it’s tough ya’ll. I’m only joking – chemistry is important…and stuff. Here’s some of my many frustrations in GIF-form. If you can’t relate, feel free to keep moving right along.

 

There’s a reading assigned for every class?

toomuch

You want me to make a Bjerrum plot with 8 constituents of seawater?

nope

How this class compares to my last chemistry class (in high school)

board

I am overwhelmed by the Gibbs Free Energy Value Table. Actually, by all the tables. Why is ClO2-(aq) so different from ClO2(aq) anyway?

eric70s_overwhelmed

There are too many subscripts and superscripts and crazyscripts. Come up with something else!

complicated

The professor starts asking the class questions. And expecting answers

jim_embarrassed

You go through an entire seawater equilibrium problem and realize you added up your ΔGr wrong.

hades

What I imagine I look like when I’m flailing in attempting to do our problem sets.

shark

Mid-way through our double block on Thursdays.

arewedone

Oh it’s the thermodynamic equilibrium constant, not the apparent equilibrium constant. My bad!

side-eye

Can I please just go back to Small Scale Physics?

math

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