Chemistry Blog

Teachers’ Day

Teacher’s Day haul this year: Incredibly, the student who gave me the bubble tea i’ve only ever taught her ONE lesson before. The tuition centre staff who baked cookies for me i only got to know her last month in person. The students who wrote the card, i only taught them 2 lessons before. Moral […]

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Organic Deductive Questions

Organic Chemistry Deductive Questions – Side Reactions When you have only one C=C in the organic molecule and question says that when the compound is heated with acidified manganate (VII), 3 fragments are obtained. This means that there was actually TWO cleavage of bonds. But shouldn’t it be only two fragments since the oxidative cleavage […]

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Third Term swings into gear!

Reminder: Third Term is here. If you haven’t been putting in 100% into your studies, now’s the time to start! Remember to pace yourself though, studying late into the night makes for unproductive school day the next day. Weather’s also erratic and there’s some flu clusters around in schools. Please have at least 2L of […]

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Random Musings

The Random Recently, i received a colorful brochure in my mailbox of a particular pre-school/kindergarden in Central Tampines. It is glossy with a lot of infographics and photos, about 5-6 pages long, A4 size. Being a business owner now, i thought to myself this publicity would have cost thousands of dollars. I read through the […]

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Strength of Hydrogen Bond

Strength of Hydrogen Bond Qn: Which of these compounds has the strongest hydrogen bond, HF, H2O or NH3? How do we estimate the strength of hydrogen bond? Ans: HF. Due to the largest electronegativity difference between H and F. Followed by H2O and then NH3. Qn: But then why does water have the highest boiling […]

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Common mistake in drawing hydrogen bond

Common mistakes in drawing hydrogen bond One of the most common mistakes is to write the dipole across the hydrogen bond, e.g. A dipole exists as a pair, partial positive and partial negative. It also depicts the uneven electron density distribution in a covalent bond thus it first forms in a single molecule where the hydrogen […]

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My Last Class T-shirt

Thankful that i had the chance to teach such a wonderful bunch of students before i left the college. Even though i told them i didn’t need one as i wouldn’t have any occasion to wear it. Thank you 17S305, for my last class t-shirt 🙂 Home

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