This week I will highlight a few moments from our Intro Chem lab. These students are non-majors, and about 1/2 of them are freshmen. For part of their lab this week, they were asked to weigh out 5 grams of sugar into a beaker. Seems simple enough, but...
2 different students asked the professor, "How do we know how much 5 grams is?"
One student brought their TA a 1 liter graduated cylinder (used for another part of lab) and asked if that was the beaker they were supposed to use to weigh their sugar.
The professor told the students that the sugar would be in the balance room. I overheard this conversation between 2 girls in the hallway:
Girl 1: Where do we get the sugar?
Girl 2: It’s in the balance room.
Girl 1: This is the balance room.
Girl 2: No, the balance room is in there (pointing towards the lab).
Gotta love these students! I have several more from this week, but I think I'll hold back a few just in case I need them later.