Time for a reality check here. I've found that much of our younger
generation didn't take chemistry, and it's a mystery (and often
evil) to them.
This type of scientific ignorance is by no means typical of younger
generations, or limited to them. Just look at the age range of the
tea partiers and others trying to ignore the science of climate
change. Or the amazing percentage of the worlds population that still
gives credence to and believes in Astrology, while viewing with
bewilderment and suspicion any attempt to explain current
understandings of physics or cosmology. These span all age groups.
More difference, I think, between some cultures, than between age
What one might notice, though, is that a certain higher percentage
(than the general population) of the folks who gravitate to careers
in the arts, might also have done less well, or not been attracted to
the sciences. The percentage of jewelers who’ve never taken Chemistry
classes is no doubt higher than the percentage of engineers, and this
likely holds true for any age group you might choose.
Boric acid dissolves pretty well in methanol, it dissolves less
well in ethanol (denatured alcohol, when it's denatured). It's
essentially insoluble in water,
Oh really? If this were true, John, the Boric acid in my Prips flux
would drop right back out of solution upon cooling. It does not do
so at all. Boric acid might not be as soluable as table salt, but it
does dissolve in water. Either that or what comes from my tap isn’t
water, or what’s in my jar of Boric acid powder, isn’t. And if you
go to the pharmacy and buy a jar of boric acid for use as an eye
wash, they don’t tell you to dissolve it in any alcohol. It’s a water
based solution, I promise you.