H plus H plus equals H two plus plus h nu

I just like how nonsensical that sounds. It makes much more sense when you write it out properly…
H + H+ → H2+ + hν
In other words, I’m on to astrophysical revision. Solid State and Quantum Chemistry are both almost wrapped up. Rough notes and plans are all done, and all I have left to do is to write up the smart notes.

I have a system for note taking… Kind of a flow of information, if you will. If being an undergrad taught me anything, this is it.

  • Primary Source – books, lectures, etc.
  • Copied Notes – Simple, linear and relatively disorganised
  • Rough Notes – Transcribed and ordered from the copied notes
  • Skeleton – Identify key topics and areas and map out how they fit together
  • Smart Notes – Drawn out as mind maps. Organised according to topics and related topics

Yeah, maybe it seems like warped thinking to actually write out more or less the same notes 3 times over, but believe me — by the third time, it should be carved somewhere into your memory. Hopefully, permanently.

Now where was I…? Ah yes… Radioastronomy and carbon monoxide…

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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