• Question: What’s your least favourite part of chemistry ?

    Asked by mss1638 to Sylvia, Sumit, Martin, Kate, Bryony, Aryanne on 7 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: Kate McGonagle

      Kate McGonagle answered on 7 Mar 2019:


      Definitely writing up all the reports for the experiments you do. I don’t know if you’ve had to do this yet in your science classes – everything has to be written up and recorded accurately. I find that bit pretty boring! I’d rather just be doing the next experiment! Although, it is important…if I have to repeat an experiment I’ve done a few months ago there is no way I would remember!

    • Photo: Sylvia Soldatou

      Sylvia Soldatou answered on 7 Mar 2019:


      Cleaning the glassware I use for my experiments…

    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 7 Mar 2019:


      When I was a student, I used to leave the organic and inorganic teaching laboratories with really bad headaches – almost migraine like. This happened for 4 years as an undergraduate, until early in my PhD I realised that it was ether that triggered those headaches. The smell of ether and related compounds is still my least favourite chemical thing!

    • Photo: Bryony Hockin

      Bryony Hockin answered on 7 Mar 2019:


      I don’t like having to clean up lots of glassware when I finish experiments, but there is something satisfying about having a nice clean laboratory when it’s all done 🙂

    • Photo: Sumit Konar

      Sumit Konar answered on 7 Mar 2019:


      i never wanted to memorise anything; always tried to understand based on logic; but in chemistry few things need to be memorised.. this part i do not like..

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