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We are offering 16 sections of introductory chemistry at LPHS in the 2018-2019 school year. The five 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.
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