25 July 2005
I like helping students make good graphs by hand. Sure,
they can do it with Excel or some other computer program, but it's
best to have the basic skills of using graph paper, so their
computer graphs make more sense. Same thing with chemistry lab techniques.
Many of the functions we teach in the introductory courses are done
by machines and instrumentation these days, but if they can actually
work a pipette or burette, fold and use filter paper, use a simple
centrifuge or analytical balance, they'll be more useful, innovative,
and imaginative when they leave our school. At least that's the hope.