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The Big Scary First Day of P-Chem Speech

This is my big scary first day of class speech for P-Chem. Hope they take it seriously.

John Harkless

on 22 September 2015

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Transcript of The Big Scary First Day of P-Chem Speech

to Physical Chemistry 1

It's time for you to go pro.
This isn't like your other classes.
You will meet my standards.
Dr. John A.W. Harkless
Chem 171, Sec. 1
Office location: CHB, B13
Show you learned and the grade takes care of itself.
College is ending.
The pre-reqs are there for a reason.
MW 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Twitter @HUGenChem
and by appointment
MW 11:10am - 12:30pm
Office Hours:
In the next eight to twenty months, you should be a degreed chemist or chemical engineer. Get ready for that starting now.
Take this seriously.
Physical chemistry is the "heart-breaker" course in the chemistry major. This is true for a reason.
You can't do this without calculus. It's implausible without physics. You shouldn't try without chemistry.
There are no re-takes. There is no "easy summer version."
There is just me and the ample regular credit I assign throughout the semester.
I'm always bringing up old stuff.
I expect you to recall and apply material from your prior classes. My training preceded Google and Wikipedia. Remembering stuff is good.
There is no backdoor.
It's OK not to know.
That's pretty much the point of taking a class. Ask questions. I expect them to be good.
You will use complete sentences and reason.
That's how professionals do it. That's how I do it, and it's worked out pretty well so far.
It's not OK to stew in it.
I can only answer questions that I hear. One guarantee: unasked questions never get an answer.
No, seriously.
There are no trick questions. Even if there were, comprehensive knowledge is the best defense.
I don't curve.
Demonstrate understanding.
Thank Google for making memorization declassé. You'll need to know how to separate the good stuff from the junk.
Contact info
Accept responsibility.
Your outcomes in this class will be a direct result of your actions - or lack thereof. When you make better decisions, you make better grades.
Curving grades is bad for you. It creates needless competition, suspicion and acrimony.

It's also bad for Black America.
Don't be this guy.
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