A while back, one of my friends from the Chocolate Society was desperately bored and decided to join me in my Signals and Systems lecture. Unsurprisingly, she discovered a new level boredom, one which all leading scientists are still trying to quantify (as, thus far, it defies all known laws of time, conservation of energy and neurone activity in the brain). Today I returned the favour by coming in an hour early and attending a biology lecture. So the next instalment of the “On Location” series comes to you from inside a biology lecture hall.
Fortunately for me, it was a fairly easy one on redox reactions. I hadn’t had the prerequisites of A Level biology and chemistry, but I was still able to keep up with the general direction of the lecture. Dr. Steven Cook talked about Oxidation (loss of electrons) and Reduction (gain of electrons) and gave a few examples of when that happens using colour images and big diagrams of complicated molecules, but nothing so challenging that a layman like myself couldn’t follow along. Not once did I have to resort to my usual means of lecture-procrastination, my iPad Mini. The general atmosphere was far more relaxed than my usual, even the lighting had a cheerful disposition and the hour drifted it’s way through time unimpeded. I also had a wide smile every-time the word voltage was mentioned, as effectively, redox reactions are what happens in old-style batteries. It was also very nice to be in a lecture which had a fairly even spread of ethnicities and more than 10 females (as 2nd year ISE consists of 20 people, all with fully functional Y chromosomes).
What I took away from the lecture is that Biology is far nicer than anything we experience in the EEE department. That’s not to say I will continue this blog next year as a Bio student; I definitely find ISE more manageable and enjoyable. But I will be so bold as to say that we have a much harder route to our degrees!!
I want to start asking more questions in my blog posts, just to spice up the comments sections a little bit. I may also start bribing you all and offer a packet of skittles to whoever gives me the most hilarious answer
What do you think is the hardest subject at Imperial?
Thanks for Reading,