Are You Ready for the Exam?!?

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WOW! It has been an incredibly awesome year for me, and I hope it has been for you too! God bless you as you are studying for your chemistry & honors chemistry exam! If you need a break, check out this awesome review of the elements: The Element Song or this New Periodic Table Song, but don’t get distracted by the challenge!!

EXAM ROOM ASSIGNMENTS are listed below. IMPORTANT – Bring your exam review packet to the chemistry room before you go to your exam room! (And the chemistry textbook if you checked one out!!)

It is super, super important so study YOUR VERY BEST and remember to practice, practice, practice! This exam can make a HUGE difference in your average. FINISH STRONG, like you’ve been working all year!! Make flashcards out of the vocab, formulas, types of chemical reactions, etc. Practice writing chemical formulas, balancing equations, working the problems – try the practice tests on the online textbook or on, they’ll be really helpful. And get yourself plenty of snacks! 🙂

How’s the exam review coming? You know, I don’t just give you that thing for the extra credit. I give it to you because it will help you get organized and help you remember everything that’s going to be on the exam. As you answer each topic, keep studying it, if you’re having trouble!

EXAM ROOM ASSIGNMENTS are listed below. IMPORTANT – Bring your exam review packet to the your exam room on TUESDAY. God bless you, I’m praying for you!!

Chemistry – 1st Period 307 Berryhill
Chemistry – 2nd Period 306 Fox
Chemistry – 3rd Period 309 Gray
Chemistry – 4th Period 308 Ainsworth
Honors Chemistry 303 A. Gold

Hon Chemistry 5-13-21 Chapter 6 Overview & Help Session

HON CHEMISTRY – Are you practicing for tomorrow’s test? And how are you doing with your own “Stuff to Know” sheet? Below is the help session from this morning. The audio didn’t record for the test overview today (my fault!), but I’ll post (when it renders) an old overview of chapter 6 that might help a little.

A couple of things to remember that are different from the old test overview that I posted. The test is over Ch 5 and Ch 6. For chapter 5, check out the “Stuff to Know” sheet. You don’t have to know any of the scavenger hunt, but you do have to know general properties of the groups of elements. You also need to know and be able to apply the information on periodic trends.

For chapter 6, you don’t have to use orbital notation to show covalent bonds. Also, hybridization won’t be on this test. Practice Lewis structures, molecular geometry, dipoles, drawing ionic bonding, and the discussion questions! There will be two on this test – one from chapter 5 and one from chapter 6. God bless you as you study and practice!

Help Session from Thursday morning:

Old Ch 6 Overview & Practice

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Hon Chemistry 5-12-21 Ionic vs. Covalent Bonds & Metallic Bonds

HON CHEMISTRY: Molten iron, wow! Here’s our review of drawing ionic bonds and our discussion of ionic vs. covalent bonding, followed by metallic bonding.

Aren’t you glad there are no structures to draw for metallic bonds?! Make sure you can use the electron sea model to explain the properties of metals. Also be able to compare and contrast all three types of bonds.

And whatever you do, stay away from bubble baths if you have mortal enemies – well, unless you keep a bag of sugar handy!

Chemistry 5-12-21 The Periodic Table

CHEMISTRY – Great overview of the periodic table today! Did you remember lots of it? You won’t have a chapter test on this information, but it will be on the exam.

Don’t forget about the special web post comment for this week – and to put it on the correct web post!

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Hon Chemistry 5-11-21 Intermolecular Forces

HON CHEMISTRY: So how ’bout Johannes van der Waals and those intermolecular forces? Tons of application, from bugs walking on water to little fishes breathing dissolved oxygen. Great job making applications!

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Chemistry – Your LAST Web Post Comment!!

Can you believe it?!? This is your LAST web post comment!! This is where you put it and here are the three things I want you to talk about:

1) How did chemistry grow you? What did you learn about yourself?
2) What advice do you have for future chemistry students?
3) What could we have done different this year that would have helped you learn chemistry better?

Can’t wait to hear from you!! 🙂

Hon Chemistry 5-10-21 Dipoles

HON CHEMISTRY – So why is molecular geometry important? What’s the big deal about knowing the correct shape of molecules? Here’s the beginning of the answer! Great discussion today and great job on drawing dipoles. We’ll continue with intermolecular forces tomorrow.

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Hon Chemistry 5-7-21 Molecular Geometry

HON CHEMISTRY: Who knew we’d be doing geometry in chemistry?!? Great job today! Lewis structures, multiple bonds, resonance, polyatomic ions, and now molecular geometry – wow, that’s a lot you’ve conquered in the last few days!!

Molecular geometry is super easy. Make sure you know how to draw Lewis structures, then determine the type of ABE structure and you’ve got it. Here’s a copy of Molecular Geometry Shapes – VSEPR handout. Be sure and memorize the shape and the ABE structure that goes with it. Easy-peazy!

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!

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Hon Chemistry 5-6-21 Multiple Covalent Bonds, Resonance & Polyatomic Ions

HON CHEMISTRY: Are your eyes playing tricks on you yet? 🙂 Great job working with multiple bonds with Lewis structures today! Here’s our discussion from on double and triple covalent bonds.

Be careful about getting too happy with double bonding – count electrons and don’t forget CONS. And what else? Oh yes, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

Chemistry 5-6-21 Chapters 3A & 21 Problems Review

CHEMISTRY: God bless you as you practice for the test. Friday’s short test is only chapter 3a. Monday’s short test is only chapter 29.

Use the Chapter 3A and the 21 Stuff to Know sheet as a guide for what you are memorizing and practicing.

Here is the review of the problems from today. Bottom line? Memorize everything and practice everything! And did I mention, PRACTICE!! God bless you! I’ll be praying!!