- Make sure the email addresses listed in Skyward (for both student and guardian) are accurate!
- Do not allow yourself to fall behind. Concepts build upon prior knowledge, so if you don't do the homework at the beginning of a unit, odds are good that you will struggle with concepts for the rest of that unit because of it.
- Watch the calendar! Units are frequently very short. Generally there is a new test or late-work-deadline (or both) every week. All of these are already marked on the calendar. Being unaware of a deadline will not get you an extension! Add the calendar to your gmail account.
- There will be homework. Every day. Plan on it. We will learn new things. Every day. Plan on it. Choose to be excited to learn new ideas and skills. Polish up your work ethic and enjoy the opportunity to grow, because that is what school is all about.
- Use the resources that are available. All class notes and all handouts are available on this website for viewing or download. There are tutorial applets linked with many concepts as well. Some students find it helpful to print the "printer-friendly" versions of the PowerPoints to take notes on during class. There is an outline-style review posted with every unit. 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. The "day-by-day" page for each unit already shows what we will be doing each day so that you can work ahead if you need to. Your teacher is always willing to help you if you are willing to come in and ask questions.
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.