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post #11 of 20 Old 08-09-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Absolutely! I don't know much about the other kinds of engineering, but I'll happily promote chemeng to anyone!

It really is an amazing subject. In my first year I've studied all sorts, including:
  • how to make beer
  • the thermodynamics of the Haber Bosch process (you will get so effing sick of haber-bosch ><)
  • how to blow up all of Kent
  • these really cool things called McCabe-Thiele constructions that really do blow my mind with how clever they are. They're to do with distillation columns :P
  • designing a plant for changing n-butane to iso-butane
  • all the amazing kind of membrane processes they use in the Middle East to get drinking water
  • designing and building a circuit that will pump water through various pieces of equipment to allow us to determine the characteristics of a given pump - and then finding said characteristics
  • valves and fittings and pumps and weirs and rotameters!
Probably sounds boring as hell to many people here, but it's been fascinating and fun for me!
Wow, that would be so much fun! But the thing is, I missed out on Chemistry when I was Junior in highschool, and they offer Pshyics this year (it switches every year), so I really don't know anything about Chemistry!

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post #12 of 20 Old 08-09-2008, 06:41 PM
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Ugh, I hate the idea of only offering specific sciences in different years >< I've done biology, chemistry and physics every year from when I was eleven to sixteen, and if I could have taken an extra A level during my last two years at school, it would have been biology (and then further maths, and then art xD). I did do a module in biology and bio-processes this year at uni.

I do think it's basically criminal not to offer all sciences all the time. We have nationwide tests informally known as SATs (sats, not S-A-Ts) at certain points in the lower years, and these are in English, maths and science - science is a core subject! And I am hugely passionate about it being taught well and hate it when people just dismiss it as 'hard and not worth my time'.

I absolutely adore chemistry, apart from my recent engineering chemistry module. I'd be doing chemistry if I wasn't doing chemeng.

As American universities don't require you to pick a major right away, unless you'd like to study engineering at a top uni you probably wouldn't need to have experience of chemistry. You could probably catch up in your first year or something? I don't know how the college system works outside of the general liberal arts sort of thing.

Engineering is a really good thing to look at, though. Do you enjoy maths and science? I'm one of those people with a really sciencey-mathsy brain. I yelled at a political science friend today for not using words precisely when she knows that makes me itch.

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As American universities don't require you to pick a major right away, unless you'd like to study engineering at a top uni you probably wouldn't need to have experience of chemistry. You could probably catch up in your first year or something? I don't know how the college system works outside of the general liberal arts sort of thing.
When I go to college, I will have 2 years of the General Education stuff. I know that they will offer Chemistry. Then, the next 2 years I can start working on my major.

The only reason that our school doesn't offer the sciences at the same time is because we are so small and only have 1 science teacher. Chemistry and Pshyics are offered when you are a Junior and Senior. I did take Biology when I was a sophomore, AND ABSOLUTLEY LOVED IT!, but my Junior year I was stupid and didn't take Chemistry, I took a study hall . My Junior year was pretty much easy.

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I'm going into my 3rd year of college. I have:

Anatomy and Physiology I W/ lab
Modification of Health Behavior
Ethical Theory/Moral Problems
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College Physics I W/lab

Only 13 credits...but my school is pretty tough so it'll be plenty. :) Plus I have to work during school, too.

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The only reason that our school doesn't offer the sciences at the same time is because we are so small and only have 1 science teacher.
That's horrible! However small the school is, they must need more than that! My first secondary school had five year groups each of 200 or so, plus the sixth form which had maybe eighty or a hundred students studying one or more science A level, and we had fifteen or so science teachers? And that was a rubbish school.

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The only reason that our school doesn't offer the sciences at the same time is because we are so small and only have 1 science teacher.
That's horrible! However small the school is, they must need more than that! My first secondary school had five year groups each of 200 or so, plus the sixth form which had maybe eighty or a hundred students studying one or more science A level, and we had fifteen or so science teachers? And that was a rubbish school.
We only have less than 25 students in our high school. Our whole school is Kindergatern to 12 grade, with about 60 students. Pretty sad huh? The whole town is about 300 people.

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That is small! But if it's that small, surely there's time to put on different subjects?

Oh well :( I am sorry you didn't get the opportunity to study chemistry. I adore chemistry; having studied it for eight years straight I don't know what I'd do without it!

So, what are your thoughts on engineering now? www.whynotchemeng.com really got me to decide on it as a degree.

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post #18 of 20 Old 08-10-2008, 02:01 PM
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My classes that I have are
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American Goverment
Geomentry

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Chemistery
Early Childhood 2
Us History
American Lit

So far I think its going to be a easy year I hope :)

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That is small! But if it's that small, surely there's time to put on different subjects?

Oh well :( I am sorry you didn't get the opportunity to study chemistry. I adore chemistry; having studied it for eight years straight I don't know what I'd do without it!

So, what are your thoughts on engineering now? www.whynotchemeng.com really got me to decide on it as a degree.
No, there is no time to schedule it in...but that's ok. I'm def. going to think about engineering. thanks for all your help!

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I'm a Jr. and my classes are

Geometry
Chemistry
English3
American History
Ag
Spanish

Most people I've talked to either took and chemistry and didn't like it and said it was hard, or they didn't take it at all. I was wondering what you all thought about it.
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