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Unit 1 - Chemistry Fundamentals

Every course needs a good starting point. For us, that starting point involves Chemistry Fundamentals ... a collection of core concepts and skills that will form the foundation for the rest of our experiences in Chemistry. The first unit will last approximately 9 blocks and will cover content found in Chapters 2-4 of your textbook. We will focus our attention on such concepts and skills as measurement, units and conversions, classifications of matter, chemical and physical properties, the periodic table, an introductory view of the atom, and compound formation.

Get to Know the Table

It's perhaps the greatest and most popular infographic of all time! It's called the Periodic Table and it falls within the realm of science. No - you don't need to "memorize the periodic table." But you do need to become familiar with it. And besides, what educated individual wouldn't want to know a bit about the greatest infographic of all time!

There's numerous Periodic Tables across the web. Here's one of your teacher's favorites - the Dynamic Periodic Table. Interact with it and start of learn. Curious minds need to know ... the periodic table.

The Dynamic Periodic Table

The End is Near

Test is ComingThe Unit Test is coming! On Thursday, September 27, we will have our Unit 1 Test covering all material discussed this unit. A well-kept unit packet, carefully read and understood textbook, and the answer keys from past-due WebAssigns are your best preparatory tools.

The Unit Test consists of 27 Multiple Choice questions and a 2-page Long Answer section with six (mostly multi-part) questions. You are allowed a strict 60-minute time block to complete the test. Done or not, all tests will be colleted at the 60-minute mark. Learn to pace yourself.

In-Class Activities for Friday, September 21

We will do the following two activities in class. As you complete each part of each activity, you will earn a Trophy. You will be rewarded credit as you show your teacher all earnde trophies.

Rutherford Simulation

Visit the following page to do Tuesday's Rutherford Simulation activity:

Hey Sugar ; ) Lab - New Due Date

Lab FC4 - the Hey Sugar ; )  Lab has a new due date - midnight on Friday, September 21. There should be one Google doc per lab group with both names showing at the top of the Google doc. Some class time will be allotted to the collection of data in class on September 18.

Hey Sugar ; ) Lab - Theoretical Values

Here are the theoretical values for % Sugar for your Lab FC4. Use these to calculate your percent error.

% Sugar (from Label)
Brisk Ice Tea 6%
Canada Dry Ginger Ale (red)
Gatorage (Orange)
Mountain Dew

Pop Quiz Answer Key

Your first Pop Quiz of the year was on Friday, September 7. The answer key can be viewed online at your convenience.

View Answer Key.

Concept Builder: Particles .. Words .. Formulas

Friday's lesson plan will include a Concept Builder that coordinates with last week's ChemThink.  It's called Particles .. Words .. Formulas.

Visit Particles .. Words .. Formulas.

Heads Up on Lab Notebooks

Lab notebooks will be collected for the first time on Tuesday, September 18. The plan involves grading the following labs:
A scoring rubric is available; it is  posted at the top of the Lab page for Unit 1.

Periodic Table - Terrific Triva

Origins of Elements NamesWe will be learning much about the Periodic Table of elements over the next few weeks. One of the most interesting sources of information is the Compound Interest website. It is definitely worth checking out ... and I don't get any $$ for saying so. At this point, you might be interested in finding out where all the names of elements come from? Click the link (or image) and find out:

The Periodic Table - Origin of Elements' Names

Lesson Plan for September 7

Today's detailed lesson plan is posted online. It includes the link to the ChemThink activity.

View Lesson Plan.

Google Classroom

At the start of class on Wednesday, September 5, we will join Google Classroom. The access codes are:

Block 1: 3rjmzu

Block 2: h95yke

Graphical Analysis

At the start of class on Friday, August 31, visit the Chrome Web Store and download a free copy of Vernier's Graphical Analysis program. We will use quite regularly to graph and analyze data on our Chromebook. Follow the following link to the page and then download/install the app.  Download Graphical Analysis.

More About WebAssigns

There will be two types of WebAssigns: Reading Guides and Practice Assignments. They are set up quite differently. Reading Guides will allow one attempt per question; you will not reeceive feedback until after the due date. They will be discussed after completion. They are graded very leniently; that is, your grade on the assignment will be much better than your grade on the WebAssign; think of them as being abnormally curved. NEVER worry about what your grade is on a Reading Guide; leave that worry up to me. Practice Assignments are the second type of WebAssign. You are more accustomed to this type from Physics. You receive immediate feedback. You are allowed multiple attempts. And your grade on the WebAssign is (for the most part) your grade on the assignment.

    Online Homework


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Today in Class

>> Friday, September 21 <<

Focus Question(s):
  • How can the structure of an atom be described in terms of its subatomic particles?
  • What is an ion and how and why would an ion form?
  • How do ions combine to form compounds?

  • Atomic Structure - p. 29, Q#2
  • Discuss Chapter 4.10-11 Rdg Guide (pp. 31-32)
  • Individual: Ions (p. 35)
  • Guided: Naming Ionic Compounds (p. 33)
  • Concept Builder: Particles, Words, and Formulas
  • Concept Builder:  Isotopes
  • As time allows: WebAssign - Isotopes



Next Time in Class

>> Tuesday, September 25 <<

We will start Unit 2, discussing names and formulas of molecular and ionic compounds. It will be a shortened period with time split between engineering and chemistry. Block 1 will include class and Block 2 will include an in-school field trip.

Periodic Tables

Are you in need of a periodic table?  Try one of the following websites:

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