Lost in the Don Juan Basin – The Last Weekend!!!

It’s you last weekend to work, so how’s it going with the Lost in the Don Juan Basin Project? Remember, first and foremost this is a CHEMISTRY project. You must talk about all 23 items – why they would be good to use or why you would not want to use them. NEVER ever say, I had no use for the item.

Here are a few other things to remember – a long list to review, but very important, so READ IT ALL! TWICE!

1. Save, save, save, save, save, save, save, to several different places because your computer wants to eat your project!! Email your latest copy to yourself – label it with the date so you’ll know it’s the latest one, or put it in Google Drive or use a flash drive, or Google Dropbox – and use the date thing when u save it. And printing out the latest copy is also a great idea!

2. Your printer and the printer at your parents’ job will die/ run out of ink/ jam/ run out of paper/ explode, etc., so don’t wait until the last minute to print things out. And save, save, save, save, save, save, save, to several different places because your computer wants to eat your project!!

3. Make sure you make printed copies of the sources each source you use. Copy the first page and the page that you use, and highlight the portions that you use. Staple multiple pages.

4. Your copied sources should be in the order that the items they refer to occur in your paper. If you have the same source for different items, you must have different copies.

5. Your paper must be in general manuscript form – typed, double spaced, last name and page number on each page, etc. Each section of your paper should start on a new page. And you must have a title page! Google it!

6. The first time (or even every time is okay) you mention one of the main 23 items in your paper, highlight it so it will be easy to see. If you use the item again later in your journal for a different reason, highlight it again.

7. Always use the title of a website article if it has one or the name of the organization that produced the website if it doesn’t, and the published or copyright date in your internal documentation & your Works Cited if your source is from the Internet. One difference between them, never use the URL in the internal documentation, but always include the URL in the Works Cited – and you can use just the first part of the URL since the whole thing may be really long.

8. Speaking of that, what you have listed in your internal documentation should match the first thing you have written in each entry of your Works Cited. For example, the author, the name of the book, the Internet title, dictionary entry, etc. Never, never, never include JUST the URL for Internet sites in your Works Cited. You must include the other important information as well. Follow the MLA guidelines Purdue Owl if you have any questions. And don’t forget to reverse indent your Works Cited!

9. Make sure you write the internal documentation for your illustrations BOTH on your illustration and also in your paper. And don’t forget to include it in the Works Cited!

10. Your Works Cited entries should also be in the order that they occur in your paper.

11. Double check to make sure you don’t have anything in the internal documentation that isn’t in your Works Cited, and vice versa.

May God bless you as you work!! I love you and I’m praying for you!!!

Hon Chemistry 4-19-18 Limiting Reactants

HON CHEMISTRY: So if you have 11 roller wheels, how many roller blade skates can you make? You know, really, limiting reactant is almost that simple. Well, the concept is anyway! You deal with limiting reactants in your life all the time. Now we’re just applying that same concept with chemical reactions! πŸ™‚

Hon Chemistry 4-24-17 Limiting Reactants from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

flickr photo by muffytyrone

  • Chemistry 4-16-18 Ionic Bonds

    CHEMISTRY: Isn’t this a beautiful crystal of copper sulfate pentahydrate? Since we’ve been talking about crystal lattice structures, I thought you might like to see something different than salt!

    Here’s the lecture on ionic bonding and writing equations for ionic bonds. Remember, when you write ionic bonding, you’re not trying to arrange a single structure like you do with Lewis structures. Instead, you’re writing an equation that shows electrons being lost by one atom and gained by another atom. And make sure you put the dots in the right order!

    Chemistry 4-9-16 Ionic Bonds from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

    Hon Chemistry 4-12-18 Nova: Search for the Super Battery

    PHYSICS: A most awesome application of honors chemistry! Does it inspire you? Could you make your own battery? Let’s check in to that tomorrow! (You don’t have to print the lab sheets, I’ll have them for you this time.)

    You can click below or go to this site to finish watching Nova: Search for the Super Battery. Good stuff!!

    Physics 4-12-18 Characteristics of Light & Plane Mirrors

    PHYSICS: So much fun with light! Here’s the lecture on the characteristics of light, polarization, reflection and plane mirrors. We’ll play with mirrors and the reflection of light a bit more tomorrow!

    Physics 4-4-16 Characteristics of Light & Plane Mirrors from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

    flickr photo by My Standard Break from Life

    Chemistry 4-13-18 Dipoles & Intermolecular Forces

    CHEMISTRY: So why is molecular geometry important? Here’s the beginning of the answer! Great job on drawing dipoles. And thanks for helping me pick up all that water!

    We’ll continue our discussion with intermolecular forces tomorrow, and also tackle ionic bonds!


    flickr photo by grewlike

    Chemistry 4-9-18 Molecular Geometry

    CHEMISTRY: Great job with polyatomic ions and molecular geometry today! Who knew we’d be doing geometry in chemistry?!?

    For tomorrow, be sure and print and read the cLAB: 3D Molecules! Also, getting a head start on the worksheet will save you some time tomorrow. Advice for Lewis structures – don’t forget to count the electrons! And then double check the number of electrons. And when you think it’s right, count the electrons!! πŸ™‚

    Advice for molecular geometry? Make sure you know how to draw Lewis structures, then determine the type of ABE structure and you’ve got it. Easy-peazy!

    BONUS – kind of: At the beginning of this vodcast – til about 16 minutes, there are some questions and answers about the Lost project – might be helpful!!

    Physics 4-5-18 Harmonics & Beats

    PHYSICS: So why do instruments that are playing the same note sound so different? Here’s our discussion of harmonics and beats.

    Speaking of discussion – what did you think about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge? Any ideas on an explanation? Here’s a link, if you’d like to see it again: Tacoma Narrows Bridge

    Lab update – Friday’s lab has been changed to the thLAB: Waves and Interference.


    Photo by Roberta Sorge on Unsplash

    Chemistry 4-5-18 Resonance & Polyatomic Ions

    CHEMISTRY: Wow! Lewis structures, multiple bonds, and now resonance and polyatomic ions! That’s a lot you’ve conquered in the last couple of days!

    Here’s some good advice – don’t take shortcuts. Learn the proper steps on the easier molecules, and you’ll be able to do the hard ones. And if it’s still all Greek to you, don’t worry! Keep practicing and you’ll get it, I promise!! Don’t forget to count electrons and don’t forget CONS!

    Physics 4-4-18 Sound Intensity and Resonance

    PHYSICS: Great discussion of intensity and resonance today! Were you okay with the problems?

    Couple of items to apply for further contemplation – so how does the whole hearing thing work? I mean, I know the little bones in your ear move, but why? Is resonance involved? Great item for application/discussion! And here’s another – so how in the world did that crystal glass shatter?


    flickr photo by Morning Guitar