You may have heard the term around campus. Undoubtedly, you are familiar with the concept.
However, just like sleep, the actual experience of “being chill” remains unfamiliar to many science students. What exactly does it mean to ‘be chill’? Is it like a fully developed frontal lobe that you can only get when you’re in your early 20s and most likely completed your undergraduate degree? Is it something that went out of style in the 1980s? As Netflix & Chillz experts, we will run through the basic procedure to enter the state of ‘chill’.
Ingredients to Chill, In the Comfort of the Lab
- Barium Hydroxide (32 g)
- Ammonium Chloride (10 g)
- Wooden Block (1 block)
- Water (10 mL)
Obtain 10 mL of distilled water and pipette it carefully onto the wooden block.
Place a beaker on the wooden block where water has been pipetted.
Create a mixture of barium hydroxide and ammonium chloride in a beaker. Stir until consistency of mixture changes as water is formed in the reaction.
Pick up the beaker and wait.
To identify how much chill you are experiencing, you can use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the beaker both before and after the reaction. It’s very, VERY cool!
Feel free to watch an instructional video for the experiment here.
This reaction can help control any sporadic increases in temperature as things get heated up in your university experiment. By using different objects as surfaces for water pipetting, you can experiment with chilling any relevant part of your life. Having a consistent temperature is essential for safety and for the reaction to proceed.
It may also seem like other experiments in the lab are operating at faster rates - this is normal, as they may be done under different conditions and be catalyzed by different enzymes. In the end, they are all data points among a scatter plot.
Although this type of chill has many biological applications like sweating in your chem midterm, chilling has many applications in other fields too, such as business. Networking is essentially a fancy word for chilling. Except instead of chilling with your homies, you’re chilling with people who are definitely not your homies, wear suits and have briefcases.
In case you didn’t get our message...Not everything has to be serious. Chill out. Take a day off. Sing High School Musical with your friend on Skype. Eat KFC with your roommates. Go swing dancing with many boys. It’s okay to do nothing sometimes.
Channel your inner Ferris Bueller & we’ll see you next week.