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100% consumption of starting materials does not necessarily mean good reaction15880 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A little contaminant makes a huge difference in color158192 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Time is one thing you can never get back.15272 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because you found it in literature doesn't mean it's correct146210 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No project is ever finished faster than you thought it would be.139136 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
You can never have too much starting material.141179 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Just because your advisor references a paper and so does your book doesn't mean the reaction works135284 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
If you spend all day on the internet...you may not graduate in time.132274 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Extractions and Columns always take longer than you think129357 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups115180 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Getting a PhD isn't about intelligence, it's about perseverance.111491 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
No one leaves details out of a paper without a reason.99407 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.99228 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The best solution to handwaving is DTFE ("Do the F*&ng Experiment")88245 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Yields go down faster, easier, and with less warning than they go up.87215 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.86327 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
reactions do not run themselves82444 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
First time reactions are best run on a few mg's, no matter how simple they seem.80436 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.80186 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Expensive glassware begs to be broken842813 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.66314 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Its always the last but one step of the synthetic scheme that doesn't work763117 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are NO trivial reactions.733615 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).64219 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The success of a reaction is inversely proportional to the value you attach to it633810 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 FUN752727 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.651923 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
There are two kinds of people, those who finish and those who do not.532913 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Anything is possible with a small equilibrium.532714 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Everyone's got problems - only Chemists have Solutions!553116 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The flask is our canvas...the periodic table is our paint.471425 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
It's not how many decisions you make; it's their outcome that matters most..1070 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
A Ph.D. guide is a person whom you have to guide332225 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Dropped glassware always breaks on the third bounce.512045 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Gut feelings are a useful compass.5102 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
The yellow fraction on a chromatography column is almost never the product.310 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
chemistry16515 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Five times 20%25 yield equals quantitative329 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Work could not be published on JACS is not good work109 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
Only a dry solvent is a good solvent.403551 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
five percent equals ninety five percent! It is only a question of optimization...283256 Absolutely true Something to think about Nonsense
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