Chemistry for me had always been a nightmare. I could never get the hang of reactions, the atomic interactions and I especially detested the Periodic Table. Chemistry was, and still is, the stuff of nightmares.
I was a pretty good student of Mathematics and Physics, but the classes of Chemistry would usually find me dozing, surprisingly at no fault of the teacher. Almost all of my Chemistry teachers were very good who generally maintained an interesting class, yet the subject would put me to sleep.
In the Chemistry practical exam, I was given a mixture and I had to find the components. I tried all the experiments I knew and zilch was the result. I tried to convince the lab attendant that I had been given some obscure, yet to be discovered compound to which he snickered & guffawed and I was left with nada again. One of my close friends, Gaurav, took pity on me, did some quick experiments and told me the composition. A heartfelt thanks later, I discovered a major problem – I had to write down the whole experiment and submit it – On Paper!. I had no clue what chemicals Gaurav had used, what reactions had taken place, was the colourless liquid in brown bottle an acid or a base, and was I supposed to heat the mixture, or was I supposed to pass that filthy smelling gas through it? A pssst and a nudge later Gaurav was few feet from me and that day my auditory senses were tested to the hilt. Every whisper was duly copied and pasted down on the examination paper. Thanks to Gaurav, I passed that examination.
I was so happy to have left Chemistry behind, and would take sadistic pleasure on seeing people studying it; but now I am truly sorry for them, I really pity them. Only because of this:
Courtesy: NY Times
After this makeover of the Periodic Table goes through, a new side-effect of studying Chemistry would soon emerge: Vertigo. The going round and round to study the elements would surely be spinning quite a few heads – literally and metaphorically, both.
I pity the new Chemistry students.