- LPHSChem.com: Learn it, Live it, Love it.
- Hover over the current term, and the units covered this term will appear as a drop-down menu.
- Hover over the current unit name (in the term’s drop-down menu), and a “Day-by-Day” tab will appear.
- Clicking on the name of a unit will take you to that unit’s main-page, which lists all the work assigned that unit in one column, and all of the notes in another column.
- Clicking on a unit’s “Day-by-Day” tab will take you to a page that lists each calendar day for that unit and indicates what was turned in, what was assigned, and what notes were taken. (This is the most convenient way to find out what you missed if you were absent, what assignments were given, etc.)
- All class notes and all handouts are available on this website for viewing or download.
- All class handouts appear as links which are printer-friendly pdfs, so if you miss class or lose your assignment, you can print one from home.
- All class notes are linked in three formats so if you miss class and need the notes, need to review or see an example problem, or want to print a copy of the slideshow to simplify notetaking, you can do so easily.
- The name of the notes links to the full PowerPoint presentation. If you have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download this version, which allows you to go through example problems one click at a time, just as we do in class.
- The “pdf” link is a full color version that gives the final appearance of each slide. We have tried to minimize and/or eliminate “layered” slides so that you will be able to get all the information without the full PowerPoint file.
- The “printer-friendly” version is the same final slides as the “pdf” version, but has them converted to black-and-white only, and prints two-slides per page in order to save your ink cartridges if you choose to print the full slideshow for notetaking. (Some students find it helpful to print this "printer-friendly" version to take notes on during class so that they don’t need to write as much.)
- All test dates, late-work deadlines, and test-retake dates are already listed both on the individual unit pages and on the class calendar.
- You can subscribe to the class calendar if you have a Google account. (Instructions are at the bottom of the calendar page.)
- Suggestions for success in chemistry:
- When we correct a quiz in class, the teacher’s goal is to explain how you should have found the answer. If you are struggling, make sure you pay close attention during the correcting of the quiz! (Also remember that quizzes are open-note unless you are specifically told otherwise.)
- There are tutorial applets linked with many concepts—these appear both on the unit’s main-page and on its Day-by-Day page.
- There is an outline-style review posted with every unit—it is frequently labelled “Study for the Unit ___ Test!” These are summaries of all the information students are expected to know for the unit tests. The frequently explain concepts in a different way or with different examples than the class notes, which can be helpful.
- You are always encouraged to write notes on one side of a 3”x5” card for unit tests.
- Online homework can be saved without submitting it. An excellent strategy is to start your online homework the day it is assigned, then save it and write down (or print or screen-cap) the questions you are uncertain about. Go to your teacher with your questions the next day before or after school. That way you can get help before the online homework is due and earn better scores.
- Questions from online homework very frequently appear on unit tests, and can be viewed again later, as long as you did the original assignment on time.
- After you complete an online assignment, you can click the score report to see which questions you missed.
- Some students print or screen-capture these reports so that they can easily ask their teacher for help on questions they can’t figure out on their own.
- It is always the case that the vast majority of questions from a unit’s online “Unit Review” homework will also appear on the unit test.
- Always do the Unit Review! Do it the day it is assigned so that you have time to ask your teacher about any questions that stump you.
- Those questions will be on the test—make sure you know how to answer them correctly. (Check your score reports!)
- The "day-by-day" page for each unit already shows what we will be doing each day (all the way to graduation!) so you can always work ahead if you need to.
- Your teacher is always willing to help you if you are willing to come in and ask questions. If you are struggling, come in and ask questions before or after school! The sooner you ask, the better. Don't wait and get behind-- that will only make it worse!
- There are three chemistry teachers at LPHS (Berrett, Wagner, Wentz). All three use the same curriculum—same assignments, same class notes, same assessments. If your teacher is not available, you are welcome to go to one of the other chemistry teachers with your questions.
To access your detailed score reports go to alpine.masteryconnect.com. Login with your SKYWARD student login information-- that username and password is already set up to work on your Mastery Connect account.
Your Mastery Connect student account shows your overall test score, but it also breaks down your score by standard so that you know what specific areas you need to work on most (this is particularly helpful when studying for a retake).
We are offering 16 sections of introductory chemistry at LPHS in the 2016-2017 school year. The three teachers work collaboratively and use the same resources, assignments, and schedule. There is at least one section offered every class period.
This year's classes start on Monday 8/22/16.
In this course, you will learn about the physical world around you. Substances can be described by their chemical structure or properties. Substances can be made of molecules and these molecules are made of atoms. When parts come together, the whole often has properties that are very different from its parts. The formation of compounds results in a great diversity of matter from a limited number of elements. When matter combines, energy is absorbed or released and matter is rearranged to make new substances with new properties.
Chemistry employs algebra to describe and predict relationships between variables. Throughout the year, you will be applying the basic algebra skills you've learned in math.
Come to class prepared with:
You must have internet access to succeed in this course-- online homework is a staple, and all class resources are linked through this website. If you do not have access at home, make sure you have completed AUP paperwork and plan to spend time in a school computer lab or the media center at lunch or after school.
Thanks for a fabulous year full of chemistry.
When in doubt, convert to moles!
Please be aware that 3rd term comes to an end on 3/18/16.
Unit 13 (Nuclear Reactions) is the final unit on your 3rd term grade. We will begin Unit 14 (Electrochemistry) on Day 64, but it will be posted on the 4th term grade.
You may retake ONE unit test on 3/17 or 3/18 if you wish.
Please be aware that Unit 9 (Electrons in the Atom) will be recorded on your 2nd Semester (3rd term) grade despite the fact that we will begin Unit 9 before the semester changes on 1/13/16.
If scheduling conflicts require you to change teachers at the semester, YOU will be responsible to retrieve your Unit 9 work from your Semester 1 teacher and deliver it to your Semester 2 teacher.
We hope you all had a great summer break. We're excited about our new year and look forward to teaching and discussing science concepts with you. We ask only that you come to class with a mind open to inquiry and a work ethic that will reflect an individual who desires to make the most out of your time spent in my class and learning the subject.
It will take work to do well in this class. You will have homework, you will be asked to read to gain further knowledge. You will be asked to be a student.
A student is defined by a person engaged in study; one who is devoted to learning; a learner; a pupil; a scholar; especially, one who attends a school, or who seeks knowledge from professional teachers or from books...
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