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100% consumption of starting materials does not necessarily mean good reaction15870 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A little contaminant makes a huge difference in color157192 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Time is one thing you can never get back.15172 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because you found it in literature doesn't mean it's correct145210 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No project is ever finished faster than you thought it would be.138136 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
You can never have too much starting material.140179 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because your advisor references a paper and so does your book doesn't mean the reaction works134284 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If you spend all day on the internet...you may not graduate in time.132264 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Extractions and Columns always take longer than you think128357 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups115170 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Getting a PhD isn't about intelligence, it's about perseverance.110491 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No one leaves details out of a paper without a reason.98407 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.98228 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The best solution to handwaving is DTFE ("Do the F*&ng Experiment")87245 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Yields go down faster, easier, and with less warning than they go up.86215 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
You don't have to be the smartest student in graduate school, just don't be the slowest buffalo in the herd.85327 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
reactions do not run themselves81444 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
First time reactions are best run on a few mg's, no matter how simple they seem.79436 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Hofstadter's Law: Everything takes longer than you think it will, even if you take into account Hofstadter's Law.79186 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Expensive glassware begs to be broken842713 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No one ever spends as much time in the lab as they think they need to-just more than they know they want to.65314 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Its always the last but one step of the synthetic scheme that doesn't work753117 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are NO trivial reactions.723615 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
your path to a PhD is a straight line between two dots. Most people follow a squiggle path. You DONT want to orbit (the first dot).63219 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The success of a reaction is inversely proportional to the value you attach to it633710 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Decomp is never that far away.56368 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Experiments should be boring - explosions are NOT FUN752627 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Projects take as much time as you give yourself.593112 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If it was easy it wouldn't be worth such a fancy degree.641923 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Anything is possible with a small equilibrium.532614 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are two kinds of people, those who finish and those who do not.522913 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Everyone's got problems - only Chemists have Solutions!543116 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The flask is our canvas...the periodic table is our paint.461425 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
It's not how many decisions you make; it's their outcome that matters most..970 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A Ph.D. guide is a person whom you have to guide332125 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Dropped glassware always breaks on the third bounce.502045 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Gut feelings are a useful compass.592 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The yellow fraction on a chromatography column is almost never the product.300 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
chemistry16514 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Five times 20%25 yield equals quantitative328 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Work could not be published on JACS is not good work108 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Only a dry solvent is a good solvent.403451 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
five percent equals ninety five percent! It is only a question of optimization...283255 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
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