Chemistry class, it feels like everything has been said before- all we need to do now are write them down so they can never be forgotten again. But then came the day when peanuts made an appearance in our organic chemistry class.
I mean, what do peanuts have to do with anything related to organic chemistry?
Peanuts have a place in the organic chemistry classroom, but they are also a key component in some of the most critical reactions we learn about in this course.
The Diels-Alder reaction- is named after two scientists who discovered it while working on a peanuts project.
“Does anyone have a nut allergy?”
I raised my hand, but before I could even ask how this relates to the topic at hand–we were discussing lab experiments using nuts- everyone else had already jumped in with answers. It wasn’t until they explained that we would investigate peanut allergies, and all of their responses made perfect sense once considered from such a perspective – having grown up with one since 15 years old meant you just kind of get used to seeing peanuts everywhere! You know what it’s like living here long enough; anything can happen anytime, so there are no shocks anymore (even if things seem crazy). So, in a way, I welcomed the nut allergy discussion because it served as everyday objects and foods around us.
After class, I researched the topic and was surprised to learn just how complex peanuts are from a biochemical standpoint. For example, peanuts contain high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats and polyphenols- powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from damage.
All of this information shows that there is more to peanuts than meets the eye- and that they have a rightful place in the chemistry classroom. Thanks for opening.
My teacher knows that I have a peanut and tree nut allergy, so she decided not to make me do the lab. The other boy in my class with allergies is also allergic, but he’ll go to his friend who does labs for him during this part of the school year instead of being without food on top of things else happening at once. So, no harm done. It’s interesting to see people trying to avoid peanuts because so many people eat them without thinking- it’s not like there is a big sign on my forehead. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person outside of pictures, but they are prevalent where I’m from too. For example, the Bunsen burner was invented specifically for use in laboratories, but today it is a standard fixture in kitchens worldwide.
I will write about what happens on the day because it will be more complicated than just going to our local library. The whole classroom will be contaminated with something that can kill me. Still, like always – there’s nothing for us in this situation except figuring out how we’re going to handle ourselves and take care not to panic at any point during these events, which may become increasingly challenging as they progress over time; especially since she asks if experiments need conducting then, Clorox Wipes are required too.
Discuss with my parents after because it’s not like I can go to my brother and say, “okay, I need you to carry me to the library.” Instead, we should find ways for me to get there on my own while managing other things that are happening (such as other allergies) without expecting too much or expecting anyone else to help. Using that strategy could work out, although knowing how people deal with stressful emergencies may work better if someone is there next time- which will be tested.