Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Association of Professional Chemists and Chemical Engineers of Malawi (APCCEM) has launched their website at http://www.apccem.org/ The mission of APCCEM is to promote the application of chemistry and chemical engineering in the socio-economic development of Malawi.
Having done chemistry up to second year of my undergraduate studies at Chancellor College (University of Malawi), I am still fascinated by chemistry as an exciting subject. I always remember the lectures of Dr. Chokhotho and the late Dr Elizabeth Henry. The analytic skills I learnt in those chemistry classes still help me in my career as a computer scientist and how I generally understand issues in scientific circles and public life.
By the way the following story is true: Gotcha!
There were these two fairly average college students taking the required chemistry course at their school one semester. They were both pretty good at chemistry, so by the end of the course they both had A averages. The final for this class was on a Monday. Since they were both doing well, they figured that they could go to a party that weekend up at another school. Well, obviously they didn't quite make it back.
So they decided they would tell their lecturer that they went up to another school that weekend, had a flat tyre on the way back, and couldn't get help for a long time so that they just didn't get back in time. The lecturer thought about it and finally decided to let them take the final the next day. So they went home that night, studied hard, and went to bed early. The next day they went in, the lecturer gave each of them a copy of the final, and put them in separate rooms. So they started the exam. The first page had one problem worth five points, and it was a fairly simple problem dealing with moles and molarity. So they figured this would be an easy exam. The second page also had one question. It was worth ninety-five points: "Which tyre?" Original author of story: Unknown