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Amazing! This Chem Student Inadvertently Learned Metric Conversions by Dealing Ganj


Photo by Cannabis Culture / CC BY 2.0

Bradley Shazer (C ‘22), a CHEM 001 student, impressed his professor Dr. Richard Mackey last Monday when he was able to instantly convert any metric weight into its imperial equivalent.

Despite receiving a 51 on the class’s first exam and missing two homework deadlines, Shazer redeemed himself in the eyes of Dr. Mackey with his outstanding performance in their last class. 

It began when the professor asked if anyone in the class knew how many grams were in an ounce. Shazer immediately raised his hand and answered, “Twenty-eight point three five. There are 28.35 grams in an ounce.” Shocked, Dr. Mackey decided to press the boy further to see if he maybe just got lucky.

“Very good,” Dr. Mackey said. “Now, how many ounces are in a pound?”

“Sixteen,” Shazer responded. “Right again!” shouted back the exuberant Dr. Mackey. “Now then, how many grams are in 3/8th of an ounce?” inquired Dr. Mackey.

“Um..10.63,” Shazer replied.

“And if it were mid, how much could I get an eighth for?” the professor asked.

Well, it’s been a slow week so probably $35,” Shazer responded.

“Hm, I’ll have to think about that. See me after class Bradley,” said Dr. Mackey.

Shazer was proud of his performance in class that day. “I think I’ve found the right major,” Shazer laughed. “If this is what chemistry is all about, college is about to be a piece of cake.”