A Tale from the Teaching Lab

Me: Have you noticed that your semi-log plots are non-linear at short times, giving a negative intercept ?

Student: Oh, yeah, they’re all a bit like that.

Me: Any idea why that might be?

Student: No

There follows a brief explanation by me on the idea of ‘probe response’.

Student: Do we have to put that into the report?

Me: No.

Cue look of bewilderment on face of student.

Me: I just thought you might find it interesting – you’re a good student.

Cue look of embarrassment on face of student.

All a bit awkward but a sign of the times.


About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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