Monthly Archives: August 2010

Fern Baby Fern

Synthesis of Plant Auxin Derivatives and Their Effects on Ceratopteris richardii: A Collaborative Experiment between Undergraduate Organic and Biochemistry Laboratories. By Corey E. Stilts and Roxanne Fisher in J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84, p. 999. I was especially impressed by this experiment. It combines a couple of very interesting aspect. The first aspect that intrigues […]

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

In the popular TV series “The Magic School Bus,” the teacher Ms Frizzle, the consummate elementary school teacher, encourages her class to do science by saying “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”  Organic chemistry lab has the potential to be an environment where the thrill of discovery is accompanied by an opportunity to participate in […]