Chemistry 11-20-20 Binary Molecular Formulas

CHEMISTRY: Do you feel like you have letter and numbers swimming in your eyes? This is one of those times that paying attention to details is super, super important! Here’s the lecture from Friday on writing formulas and names for binary molecular compounds. Part of it’s really similar to what you learned to do for ionic compounds, but another part is totally different. Details!!

Make sure you keep everything straight. Do something that will organize all the information for you, so you won’t get confused. Also, don’t forget the lists you have to memorize – it’s getting larger and larger!! And practice, practice, practice!!!

Need extra practice? Another help session??


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Hon Chemistry 11-20-20 Polymers

HON CHEMISTRY: Oh, my word! We finally finished the chapter! Have you had a chance to check out the Chapter 7 Stuff to Know sheet?

Also amazing – did you realize molecules could be that large? And so many of them! Don’t you think polymers are some pretty unique compounds? Let’s play with them next week!

Some items for contemplation: why are certain plastics recyclable and others not…and what about dishwasher and microwave safe?


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Physics 11-19-20 The Work Energy Theorem & Conservation of Energy

PHYSICS: See?! I wasn’t kidding about the balancing rocks movement!

Great job today on making connections between work and energy! I think you’ll like using the work-energy theorem, it’ll save you some time and a couple of steps. Don’t forget about friction!


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Hon Chemistry 11-19-20 Molecular Formulas

HON CHEMISTRY: ANd now you’ve conquered writing molecular formulas! Here’s the lecture from Thursday. It’s just like writing empirical formulas but with a couple of extra steps at the end!

Have you started preparing for the test? It will be over ALL of chapter – plus the small bit from chapter 3. Be sure and checked out the Stuff to Know sheet for all of chapter 7 under the Test Info tab!


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Chemistry 11-18-20 Chemical Formulas with Polyatomic Ions

CHEMISTRY: Great job today! Do you understand better now? Remember it’s like baby steps, first binary ionic compounds, and now, formulas with polyatomic ions. Begin learning how to do them now! And practice, practice, practice!!

Speaking of – how are you doing with polyatomic ion memorization? Have you learned them for…ever?

Another great idea, click here for a copy of the Hints for Naming Chemical Formulas Flow Chart, or find it under the Worksheet/Handouts Tab. Follow it every time you name chemical formulas!!


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Hon Chemistry 11-18-20 Empirical Formulas

HON CHEMISTRY: Awesome job today!! You just about figured out how to find empirical formulas all by yourself! I love the way you were able to think through what you knew and what you needed to find a solution!

Be sure and practice – if you don’t it’ll get all turned around and you’ll end up leaving off an important step. The hardest part is that it’s not a set formula for you to plug and play, but if you’ll keep in mind that you’re really just looking for subscripts which are just moles, you’ll be able to think it through. Percent to mass, mass to moles, moles to smallest whole number ratio.

Are you starting to catch on to the steps? It will be good for you to memorize them, but would it not be just tons better to understand why you need each step – backwards and forwards, so then you wouldn’t need to memorize them at all!


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Physics 11-18-20 Work & Energy

PHYSICS: Funny thing about words, all this work you thought you’d been doing, was it work after all?

Great job today on making connections between work and energy! I think you’ll like using the work-energy theorem, it’ll save you some time and a couple of steps. Don’t forget about friction!

Physics 11-17-16 Work & Energy from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

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Hon Chemistry 11-17-20 Percent Composition

HON CHEMISTRY: Great job today! Way to apply chemistry to your everyday life!!

I think you’ll find that percent composition problems are super easy to catch on to. First, though, be sure you know which “type” of percent composition you’re trying to fine. Also make sure you can write chemical formulas (I won’t give them to you!) and that you’ve memorized the formulas for acids and those chemical names and formulas for common substances. It’s just plug and play from there! 🙂


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Chemistry 11-16-20 Writing Chemical Formulas

CHEMISTRY: Great job today writing chemical formulas! The key to getting good at it – practice, practice, practice!!

Check Evernote for your graded lab. The Wi-fi here at school kept blocking the initial set-up, but check at home. Go to your Gmail and find an invitation from me to share a notebook. Click on it, and then go to Evernote and click on Shared with Me. (You can find it under one of the menues). In a sec you should see a file from me that you can add, and then view. It may work better the first time on your computer than your phone. Try that.