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Posted by Koeniou (Member # 3024) on November 03, 2004, 23:06:
 
no kidding.

This afternoon I had double chemistry. Today is the day that we do experiments in pairs.

We're studying thermochemistry at the moment. We were testing endo & exothermic reactions when neutralising acids.

Anyway, there's an uneven number of girls, so I went with a guy (Matt). Matt is generally considered to be quite smart & is doing lots of maths/science subjects next year. But after today i'm suprised he hasn't blown the chem (or physics) lab up yet.

The first few bits of the experiment went well. Matt was acting a little childish- i swear he looked like a 3 year-old when he went to read the thermometer at one point. This is where the fun starts. Matt had slowly but surely started to get just a little more hyperactive, but i thought he'd calm down when we started using acid. Man, was i wrong.

I went over to the hydrochloric acid to get what we needed to get. I bring it back to the work bench where Matt is waiting with bated breath.
I go to go and pour the acid into the container we were using, when Matt pips up with "please can i do it, please" & i assumed that he'd be compentant enough to be able to transfer liquid from one container to another.

I hand over the container and he proceeds to pour it in- but he doesn't do it gently or with any reverence to the fact its acid. He doesn't even put out a hand to steady the other container. Over the container goes. I had just realised that he wasn't going to hold the second container, so i reach forward my hand to hold it still before disaster struck, unfortunaetly i was too late. i got about 100ml of hyrdochloric acid poured on my hands.

I immediaetly washed my hands a few times with soap. While i was doing this, Matt got distracted by something, and had turned around quickly, knocking over a glass beaker, which proceeded to break in the pool of hyrdochloric acid.

The teacher & a lab tech came over to clean it up while i was still cleaning my hands. They gave us the all clear to start again so i went over to go get more of the acid for it. I then succesfully completed that part of the experiment, with some of Matt's help (or is that hindarance?).

For the next part of the experiment we were to use Nitric Acid, which i went over & brought back. While i went & got the akali to neutralise it, Matt must have gotten bored. Behind we i heard Matt say "if you hold it up to your ear, you can hear it make sounds". I turned around to see that he was walking around the room with the container held up to his ear. I rush over and take the container off him, while the rest of my class was just laughing at us now.

Matt's response to me telling him off? "i'm sorry, i didn't realise it was acid". My response to this? "when i told you i had just got the nitric acid what part of acid didn't you get. It's the acid part that gives it awway that it's an acid." Blank looks ensue.

We did manage to finish the experiments with out any more major mishaps, but now my chem teacher has decided that Matt & i "work so well together" that we'll be lab partners for the rest of the school year. Thank godness it's only 3 weeks.

I hope it's a nice & simple experiment next week [Frown] .

I also wonder how Matt is going to survie all next year doing chem & physic without causing a mutilation of some description.

I'll keep you posted
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on November 04, 2004, 05:42:
 
hydrochloric is really good for cutting break lines (I'm married to a cop I hear about this stuff all the time) Because they can tell if it has been cut in anyway and if they see it looks like acid burn they will just think something happened with your battery (Or an old one you have replaced) since it takes a wile for the acid to actually burn the line.

(I am NOT responsible for anyone that actually does this. Just posting for statistical porposes only. Please do not try this at home)
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on November 04, 2004, 05:59:
 
Nice tip, Mac D - your assistance in the revolution will be appreciated.

- I hope you realise that you've just committed a crime under your beloved Republican Patriot Act. Bin nice knowin' ya.
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on November 04, 2004, 06:01:
 
If that where the case they would arrest anyone working for a T.V. network that made a show about a detective. They tell you all sorts of things on thoes shows. CSI tells you all sorts of things.
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on November 04, 2004, 06:08:
 
Be sure to remind them of this when they're cavity searching you.
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on November 04, 2004, 06:23:
 
Maybe I like cavatiy searches
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on November 04, 2004, 06:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mac D:
Maybe I like cavatiy searches

Now we're talking!

"Recreational enema, Mr Spungo?"
 
Posted by Aditu (Member # 2340) on November 04, 2004, 08:51:
 
Ouch! I am glad that you are okay!
 
Posted by Alan! (Member # 1261) on November 04, 2004, 08:57:
 
Mentally, he's not.
 
Posted by FatGnome (Member # 1068) on November 04, 2004, 16:59:
 
well, that is debatable... but not by the sane
 
Posted by chick2geek (Member # 3052) on November 04, 2004, 22:09:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Koeniou:
my chem teacher has decided that Matt & i "work so well together" that we'll be lab partners for the rest of the school year. Thank godness it's only 3 weeks.

Maybe the next experiment will involve concoting a brew that creates SEVERE diarrhea and cramping so bad... that he will be bed-ridden for three weeks.
If not, you could always concoct something youerself being the Super Geek that you are!

Matt is evvviiiilllll, like the fruits (fruwets) of the Deviiiillllll!
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on November 07, 2004, 17:23:
 
/me remembers when dropping acid in class could get you in a lot of trouble [Cool]
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on November 07, 2004, 17:59:
 
Koeniou, for the safety of the entire school, please make sure your buddy understands how to work a bunsen burner before letting him near one. He sounds a lot like the jackass I had in one of the lab sections I TAed last spring. The kid, after sitting right in front of me as I demonstrated how to light and use a burner, apparently missed the part about how the burner is connected to the gas valve. He opened the gas, and as the gas came out of the valve, lit it. This resulted in jet of blue flame shooting across the bench. He promptly turned the gas off, and since he couldn't quite figure out what the problem was, this little genius did it again...while I was watching. I set him straight without the use of foul language (I should get some good karma for that) and then shuddered with relief that the back pressure on the valve was too high for the burning gass to backdraft into the gas lines and kill the entire chemistry department.

I hope the acid burns weren't too bad. Those can get pretty heinous.
 
Posted by Koeniou (Member # 3024) on November 07, 2004, 21:57:
 
I seem to have come out quite lucky- no permanent damage, jsut a little bit of imflamation.

I'll keep in mind the bunsen burner thing *shudder*.

There's is some good news though- Matt is on an excursion Thurs, meaning he wont be there for the experiment
 
Posted by Moe Monkey (Member # 1900) on November 07, 2004, 22:17:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
...shuddered with relief that the back pressure on the valve was too high for the burning gass to backdraft into the gas lines and kill the entire chemistry department.

I doubt you would have to worry about that -- there's no oxygen in the gas lines to support combustion. If there were, you'd run the risk of an explosion every time someone used a bunsen burner.

Hydrochloric acid burns are not too bad, all things considered. Sulfuric + nitric (mix of both, concentrated), now there's a good time. I once accidentally got a small drop on myself, and in the two seconds it took to get my hand under the tap, I could feel the heat...

Bonus marks if anyone can figure out what I was doing.

Moe
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on November 08, 2004, 01:15:
 
Er, were you trying to dissolve gold?
 
Posted by Stibbons (Member # 2515) on November 08, 2004, 02:26:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moe Monkey:
Bonus marks if anyone can figure out what I was doing

Nitration of benzene (trying to remember college chemistry, so be gentle). May not be the right name, its the one where you're adding an -NO2 group or two to the ring?
 
Posted by Swiss Mercenary (Member # 330) on November 08, 2004, 03:36:
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
/me remembers when dropping acid in class could get you in a lot of trouble [Cool]

/me remembers when making acid in class got you into even more trouble! [Eek!] [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] [evil]

And I was not allowed put it into the coffee machine in the teachers' lounge [cry baby] [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Moe Monkey (Member # 1900) on November 08, 2004, 04:02:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Stibbons:Nitration of benzene (trying to remember college chemistry, so be gentle). May not be the right name, its the one where you're adding an -NO2 group or two to the ring?
Close -- I was nitrating something, but it wasn’t benzene... Now I'm thinking I should let it drop, lest the kiddies get ideas.
[evil]

littlefish, dissolving gold requires aqua regia, which is hydrochloric acid and nitric acid.
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on November 08, 2004, 05:06:
 
I can never remember whether it's hydrochloric or sulfuric acid you add to nitric acid to make aqua regia. Thankfully I don't have to do any of that any more.
 
Posted by Stibbons (Member # 2515) on November 08, 2004, 05:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moe Monkey:
Close -- I was nitrating something, but it wasn’t benzene... Now I'm thinking I should let it drop, lest the kiddies get ideas.
[evil]

So it was, er, dinitrobenzene you were nitrating? I know the stuff, not the name - a benzene with two -NO2 groups attached? Aiming for a well known TLA with three nitro groups?
 
Posted by greycat (Member # 945) on November 08, 2004, 05:40:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Koeniou:
but now my chem teacher has decided that Matt & i "work so well together" that we'll be lab partners for the rest of the school year. Thank godness it's only 3 weeks.

It sounds like your teacher has designated you his babysitter. Perhaps your teacher thinks you're the only one strong enough to handle him. I know it sucks for you, but at least you can take it as a compliment.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on November 08, 2004, 07:49:
 
TNT?
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on November 08, 2004, 07:56:
 
Don't know if this fits the chemical requirement, but as far as TLAs ... what was the topic again? Yup, that's my answer.
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on November 08, 2004, 08:22:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
TNT?

I'm DYNAMITE!
I'm TNT!
and I'll win that fight!

.. sorry.. got carried away.
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on November 08, 2004, 09:05:
 
quote:
Don't know if this fits the chemical requirement, but as far as TLAs ... what was the topic again? Yup, that's my answer.
FWIW (FLA) I think that TLA is something different in the UK. A TLA is a three letter acronym, beloved by one and all- DNA, TLA, TNA, RNA, MCP, PCP, WTF etc, are all TLA's (except etc which is an abbrev).
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on November 08, 2004, 12:46:
 
TLAs are 3-letter acronyms in the US, too.
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on November 08, 2004, 12:48:
 
<wwcvd>Does T&A count?</wwcvd> [devil wand] [crazy]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on November 08, 2004, 16:03:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
TNT?

<neddy-seagoon>
No thanks, I'm trying to give it up
</neddy-seagoon>
 
Posted by Moe Monkey (Member # 1900) on November 08, 2004, 19:22:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
TNT?

Not quite -- it was nitrocellulose, or gun cotton. Looks like fluffy cotton balls, until you heat 'em up or light them. If made properly, they give a nice little fireball with no solid residue.

Moe
/still have all my fingers
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on November 09, 2004, 08:48:
 
Funny...the only use I've ever seen for nitrocellulose was membranes to stick nucelic acids too.

Biochemistry is far too tame.
 
Posted by Moe Monkey (Member # 1900) on November 09, 2004, 22:41:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Funny...the only use I've ever seen for nitrocellulose was membranes to stick nucelic acids too.

I once discovered a box of nitrocellulose centrifuge tubes... Never could figure out why they were made from that. They burned nicely.

(Where's that pyromaniac gremlin when you need him?!)
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on November 09, 2004, 22:49:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moe Monkey:
(Where's that pyromaniac gremlin when you need him?!)

You called? Muahahahahahaha

 -
 
Posted by Moe Monkey (Member # 1900) on November 10, 2004, 12:24:
 
My goodness, it's like looking in a mirror, Cap'n!
 
Posted by R0x0r_G0dd3ss (Member # 3041) on November 16, 2004, 18:06:
 
Man oh man...I used to work with guys like that in my classes...like, before I graduated a year ago...and went into the real world...where there are still jackasses like that.
I thought I'd be rid of em, but nooo...
It's not getting better, guys are guys, and hell. Even some girls are like that...
(A certain soap project comes to mind...but I digress)..
It's sad, but true.
 
Posted by SpikeSpiegel (Member # 1452) on November 16, 2004, 18:17:
 
yay l33tness! welcome.
 
Posted by Colonel Panic (Member # 1200) on November 17, 2004, 21:33:
 
I don't know about having acid poured on me.

I vaguely remember the time I had acid dropped on me, though.

Whoa! Lucy, watch those diamonds in the sky!

Sorry, flashback. Chasing an Iron Butterfly.

U Godda Da Vida, baby?

CP
 
Posted by FatGnome (Member # 1068) on November 20, 2004, 11:45:
 
The acid I worked with must have been more concentrated. I generaly used some 50% stuff that I had to dilute way down to get the propper concentration for my labs. Nasty stuff that... and stink boy did it ever.
 


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