- 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. Some students use these outlines during the units as well, since they often explain things in a different way than the class notes do.
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.
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...
"If you are going to be here.... you might as well be here! (Ryan Millar)