Chemistry 10-18-19 Classification of Matter

CHEMISTRY: Here’s a mixture that looks like it might be worth investigating – bacon caramel popcorn! I mean, I like bacon and I like caramel popcorn, but bacon caramel popcorn? Hmmmm….

So now that you know about mixtures, could you figure out how to separate one? Keep these notes handy!


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Chemistry 10-16-19 Chemical Properties & Changes & Energy

CHEMISTRY: So how do you know if something is a physical or a chemical change? Applications, applications! Make sure you can apply what you learned today. Ditto on the law of conservation of mass.

Don’t forget that we will do the thLab: Candle Observation in class tomorrow. Make sure you have a printed copy!


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Chemistry 10-10-19 Physical Properties & Changes

CHEMISTRY: So how do you know if something is a physical or a chemical change? Applications, applications! Make sure you can apply what you learned today!

Don’t forget that we’re changing the syllabus – we’re doing a lab, but not the one on the syllabus, and you don’t have to print it.


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Chemistry 10-9-19 Intro to Chemistry

CHEMISTRY: We’re finally starting what chemistry is all about! Here’s the lesson from Wednesday. Can you apply the branches of chemistry and types of scientific work? As you go through the chapter, make sure you have the vocab down, and be sure you’re able to apply what you learned each day!

Now….how would you describe this copper ore? Let’s talk about that tomorrow!


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Chemistry 10-8-19 Graphing Exercise 1 Recap

CHEMISTRY: How’d you do with your Google Sheets or Excel graphs yesterday? Make double dog sure you followed the instructions that I gave you in the video. I won’t accept your graph if you didn’t!

For Tuesday, bring your Google Sheets or Excel graph to me to check. While you are waiting, you can be working on the questions for the Graphing Exercise 1. Questions must be typed, but Question A and any work for calculations can be scanned.Have you thought about how you are going to answer question A? Could you use what you know about scanning??? Hmmm…..

And now, it’s time to put it all together! IMPORTANT: Check the project sheets for the exact order of how you turn in everything!! After you assemble everything in a doc, then make sure the heading and title are correct on the first page (do this like you would a lab report). Finally, you’ll save it as a PDF and turn it in two both your Google Drive Shared folder and turnitin.com.

It must be submitted by this coming Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 A.M. Again, check the Project sheets for the exact order of how you turn in everything!!ame>

Chemistry 10-7-19 Making Excel & Google Sheets Graphs AND Graphing Exercise 1 – 2

CHEMISTRY: Today you are going to learn (or review) how to make graphs on Excel or Google Sheets (or other data analysis software) by watching the video below at your own pace.

Here are the instructions for Monday. (You are going to be dreaming about graphs before it’s all over!)

IMPORTANT: Don’t let the assignment confuse you! Check the project sheets for the exact order of how you turn in everything!! What it basically means is that you will make two graphs – one hand drawn and one Excel. And then, you will answer some questions about the graphs and turn in the whole assignment as a PDF – it must be submitted by this coming Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 A.M. Again, check the Project sheets for the exact order of how you turn in everything!!

You can do this assignment at school or at home with your own computer. If you use any device other than a PC or any graphing tool other than Excel or Google Sheets, you may need to modify the instructions to fit your device.

  1. Under the worksheet tab, open these three graphing handouts – note, there is no handout for Google Sheets:
  2. Watch one of the vodcasts below for a tutorial on how to make graphs in Excel or Google Sheets.
    • My advice is to use a split screen view on the laptop with the video on one side and Excel open on the other side of your laptop screen. Watch the video and at the same time pause it as you follow along with the steps in Excel. Holler if you need me to show you how to do a split screen view. Or Google it! πŸ™‚
  3. When you begin working on the Graphing Exercise 1 assignment, pay very close attention to the instructions. Also, pay close attention to the sheet on How to Construct a Line Graph, and How to Make a Best Fit (Scatter Plot) Line Graph in Excel 2010 – UPDATED to make sure you have all the parts of the graph covered.
  4. Google Sheets only: If you ever need to add subscript or superscripts to the axis labels in Google sheets, try copying and pasting whatever number you need from this set in to the axis title in Google sheets: β°ΒΉΒ²Β³β΄β΅βΆβ·βΈβΉβ‚€β‚β‚‚β‚ƒβ‚„β‚…β‚†β‚‡β‚ˆβ‚‰
  5. Now go forth and conquer graphs!!

Excel Graph Tutorial Below

Google Sheets Graph Tutorial Below

Chemistry 10-2-19 A Look at Hand Drawn Graphs (& Due Dates)

CHEMISTRY: Were you happy with your hand drawn graph? Here’s the very short review today of good and some examples of not so good graphs.

HOMEWORK INFO: Monday – Hand drawn graph (J) and Exercise 2 are due.
Tuesday – Excel/Google Sheets graph (K) is due. (We’ll start these graphs in class on Tuesday.)
WEDNESDAY- The whole graphing project is due – all three pages turned in as one PDF.

Speaking of the first graph – be careful with your hand drawn graph! Watch this vodcast for good and bad examples. Carefully review the instructions on how to draw them. Common mistakes – switching independent and dependent variables, the scale on an axis not consistent along the axis, graph too small, line not a best fit, forgetting to label the axis, etc.

And finally – NEATNESS is very important!!


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Chemistry 10-1-19 Fundamental Science Skills Graphing Activity

Quick – list 10 things you remember from the 8th grade about interpreting and reading graphs! Not to worry – today you’re going to begin reviewing those important concepts and techniques. Here is your assignment for today, Tuesday:

IMPORTANT: Today’s assignment is one that you will have to complete at school. The program is on the school laptops and on the computers in the computer lab.

  1. Find the “Fundamental Science Skills” program on your computer.
  2. In the Graphing Skills section, click on “Graphing Data Points.” Read through and practice in each section VERY CAREFULLY!
  3. After you have completed each review section, go to the exam and complete it.
    • You must enter your name in the exact format you do when you title a lab – including the title of the activity.
    • Click on “Check Your Answers.” When you have 100% accuracy, bring your lap top to me to check your Check Answers Results Sheet. If you are doing the assignment outside of our class period, print off your exam results sheet and bring it to me to check.
    • IMPORTANT: Your answers and the format of it all must match exactly to receive credit. (Sometimes being exactly correct is extremely important!)
  4. The Graphing Data Points assignment is due by the end of the class period today.
  5. When you finish, next go to the Worksheet Tab and begin Graph J on Graphing Exercises 1 & 2.

Holler if you have any questions!

Hon Chemistry & Chemistry Assignment for Monday

Here is your assignment for Monday. You’ll be working on your extra credit Science In the News assignment today.

IMPORTANT guidelines for the assignment:

  • For today, you can use the laptops in the back of the room, or you can also use your own laptop
  • You will have to print the article at another time. You cannot go to the computer lab today to print your article.
  • Find your article on sciencenewsforstudents.org or sciencenews.org. If you already have an article printed from one of these sites, you can use it.
  • Make sure you pick an article you find interesting and that you understand!!
  • Make sure you pick an article that you can use to answer the questions on the Science In the News sheet. If there are questions you cannot answer with the type of article you have – pick another article!!!
  • The SItN assignment must be handwritten on notebook paper – you may write on the back
  • Check the syllabus for the due date for extra credit.

IMPORTANT #2: When you are finished today, put your laptop up in the correct slot and plug it in!!

Chemistry 9-20-19 Technology 101 & Lab Reports

CHEMISTRY: Great job today beginning the journey of learning to write digital lab reports. Be sure and follow very carefully the directions in the Tech 101 Assignment sheet. Everything in the Tech 101 assignment is there to teach you something that you will need to know how to do to write up lab reports.

Two GREAT apps for your phone that will make your lab report writing life SOOOO much easier are the Google Drive app and Scannable (iphones) or CamScanner (android phones.) With the Google Drive app you can send lab photos from your phone directly to your drive and then insert them directly into your lab report. Huge time saver! With the Scannable app, you will be able to scan in your handwriting, calculations, etc., without having to use a scanner. So very helpful for this year – and I use it all the time in my every day life!!

For the future, here’s an overview of your workflow as you write up labs:

  • First, you’ll write your lab in Word or Google Docs, CAREFULLY following the Digital Lab Manuscript Form guidelines
  • Convert your Word document or Google Doc to a PDF
  • Upload the PDF to Google Drive in your Class Shared Folder
  • AND upload the PDF to turnitin.com

Instructions for using turnitin.com are on the Tech 101 sheet. If you already have an account you can use it – you don’t have to set up a new one. Here are the class codes – be sure and use the code for your class period!!

Chemistry 3 – 21813772
Chemistry 4 – 21813776
Chemistry 6 – 21813804
Chemistry 7 – 21813849