Monday, October 31, 2011

F (edited)

I hope not but:

we never discussed ring closing (with amines no less), the mechanism or the required mats... but it was there on the exam and worth 15 points

we discussed opening epoxides for 5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes, on Friday, very little on the mechanism, and even less so on attributes to know (acid opens most substituted side, base opens the less substituted side) and that, my dear readers was worth 20 points

35 points and I have no idea if I got one point on them despite doing ALL the homework problems, really mastering it again yesterday, and spending this morning making sure I could work my way around the homework assigned.

We covered E&Z for 5 minutes with TAs about 4 weeks ago; worth 10

we covered R&S for about 5 minutes with the TAs about 4 weeks ago; worth another 10 points

And last, we covered how to end a product or a reaction or make the mats to do it worth 45 points.

No idea.  I am just hoping most of the class (this sounds really, really mean), I'm just hoping I did not make the curve for the class and they did for me instead.

60+ hours studying ochem to have my arse handed to me on silver platter...

I could cry.  I could drink.  I could do both :)
Professor sent out an email less than an hour after grading started (paraphrased):


Grading is under way.  Exam key is online for you to review.  As you have probably guessed, I took most of the problems from the textbook so you can review the solutions manual for guidance 

(HUH?!?!?!?  NOT that I could see!).

For now, shelve this and go enjoy halloween if that is your thing.

No office hours today or tomorrow, we'll see you on Weds!

Signed, Professor"

I am thinking the grading is horrible right now and he felt compelled to prevent mass exodus from his class; otherwise, why send out a perfunctory email less than 1 hour after the exam ended and after grading has started?


Because I hate being down in the dumps, and I need to live resilience, not just pretend; from one of my all-time favorite movies (and one of my all time favorite soundtracks); could be tops for one of the best lines:


XOXO Dr. Kay Elizabeth said...

Well I hope you passed especially if you did everything in the book.

A Doc 2 Be said...

The questions in the book, I did just fine.

The exam questions were on steroids.

Dihalide on a chain with N in the middle linked to an ethyl group with Methanol for the reagant:

make a ring with two N, one ethyl group and one methyl group para (we have not covered para in ochem 1, I just remembered it from ochem 2 when I sat through it).

It doesn't look good for me.

Insomniac Lab Rat said...

I think those are the worst kind of exams.

I had 2 finals my first semester of college that went a similar way-one I thought I still did okay, since I had learned the material in HS, the other I was sure I had failed (I didn't, but I didn't get an A, either).

I thought I was just young and naive, and I hadn't studied right, but more and more I've found that some professors are really hard to study for. I wonder if they've been through the material so many times, that when they sit down to write the exam, they can't keep straight what the students should know.

I hope it works out!