Chemistry 8-20-21 Derived Units & SI Measurements, Pt 2

CHEMISTRY: Great job with derived units and fine tuning how to properly write measurements so they’ll be easily read and understood! Now on to using what you know!!

BTW – How are you doing with getting ready for the QUIZ on SI prefixes, Quantities & Units? It’s a ton of important info to know for the rest of the year. Practice, practice, practice it and don’t wait until the last minute!!

If you’re unsure of what’s going to be on the quiz or how I’ll ask the questions, go back and watch the end of this vodcast. Great overview today! Here are the topics for the SI Quiz:

Everything in the SI Prefixes chart: symbol, exponent, meaning, and how many in one of a larger one. For example, 1 L is how many cL?
SI fundamental and derived quantities and their symbols
SI fundamental and derived units, their symbols, and the quantity they measure
SI standard unit for all the quantities

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Chemistry 8-19-21 SI Measurements, Pt. 1

CHEMISTRY – Hey guys, so is all the info on SI measurements starting to come back to you? Here’s the lecture from today – our beginning discussion of fundamental units. I’m sure it’s mostly review from your physical science days, but it’s a great opportunity to refresh what you’ve learned and to get ready to begin using it!

HOMEWORK UPDATE: I gave you incorrect codes for The Physics classroom. Here are the correct codes below. If you already signed up, I removed you so you can sign up again:
C1 – ncschemistry12021
C2 – ncschemistry22021
C3 – ncschemistry32021
C4 – ncschemistry42021

Did you remember the prefixes and units? Start work on memorizing them NOW – SI quantities, units, and SI prefixes. For the prefixes, also make sure that you can tell me how many of something in the larger one. (That’s what I explained in class.) The quiz on them will be Thursday, August 26.

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Chemistry 8-17-21 Using the Scientific Method

CHEMISTRY: Great review today of the scientific method! I know you’ve heard it for umpteen years, but it is super important that you can APPLY what you’ve learned about the scientific method.

Any questions about homework? The work from the textbook can be done with the online textbook. Follow the notes I gave you in class. Do it on notebook paper, and you can use the back of the paper. Just make sure you number listing down and not across – especially if there are a, b, etc., parts – list those down on separate lines, not across the same line. Also, skip a line between each question.

Tomorrow we’ll solve the mystery of Oobleck – using the scientific method! Fun times!! 🙂

So do animals use the scientific method? Hmmm…..

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Chemistry 8-16-21 Google Drive Check & Web Post Comments

CHEMISTRY: Happy Monday! Here is the overview of the details of the MOM Rainbow Assignment. First though, lets talk about weekly web post comments. If you need more info, scroll down to the post I’ve written for you on Web Post Comment Ideas

Today we also talked about doing a final check of your Google Drive. Have you double checked your Google Drive to make sure all the assignments you have there are correct? Here’s a quick list of things to double check. You have until class time on Tuesday to make any corrections.

1) Is is a PDF? Check to make sure it has the PDF symbol. Remember that when you download a doc as a PDF, you have to go back in and upload the new PDF to your Google Drive. It does not do that step automatically.
2) Does it have the correct title? After the class period and your name, make sure you have the correct title of the assignment.
3) Does it meet the requirements of the assignment? For example, does it have all the parts that it is supposed to have?

And last, but SUPER IMPORTANT, we also talked about the MOM Rainbow assignment. Watch the vodcast to get the details of the assignment or click here for a written copy. MOM Rainbow Assignment Summary

Web Post Comments & Ideas

In the future, you will probably be taking online classes where you will have to be part of online class discussion groups, and you’ll be graded on your comments and how you participate. Are you having a knowing where to post your web post comment or understanding what a good web post comment is?

Here is a plan that will help you! Your goal is to have STAR Web Post Comments. Hokey title, but maybe it will stick! Click here on the STAR Web Post Comments Idea Sheet under the Worksheets/Handouts tab for ideas for good comments that will receive credit. Be sure and check the syllabus every week for the topic for that week’s web post comment.

Here are some hints:

IMPORTANT: Make double dog sure you write your name in your web post the correct way. If your name/heading is not written correctly, you will not receive any credit for making the web post. Check an earlier syllabus for instructions on how to write your name.

Here’s what you do to post a web post comment:

  1. Click on the title of any web post from the week that I have made for your class.
  2. Scroll to the very bottom of it where it says “Leave a Reply” – you may have to scroll past comments from other people, but you can reply to those also!
  3. Enter your name correctly (check your syllabus) and your email.
  4. Type in your comment (see the info above.)
  5. Type in the Anti Spam characters in the space provided.
  6. Click Post Comment and you are done!

Chemistry 8-11-21 MOM Rainbow

CHEMISTRY: Great job today making observations! Pretty cool! Here’s the vodcast from class today, if you had to be absent. Don’t lose your observations, you’ll need them later this week.

How are you doing with finding things and knowing what’s due when? Let me know if I can help!


What a great first day! You’re off to a great start on a truly tremendous adventure. I’m so glad you’re in my class and that I’ll be able to share this adventure with you! Here is your assignment for tomorrow and for the next few days.

  • TODAY – Sign up for Remind. Follow the instructions on the Technology Overview sheet you got in class today. This sheet is also here on the website under the “Worksheets/Handouts” tab. (Your parents can sign up for this also.)
  • Read the class info sheet front & back – sign it and ask your parents to sign it (front & back!!!). Bring the Class info sheet to class by FRIDAY. You wil need it for an assignment in class. If you need an extra copy, the Class Info sheet is here on the website under the “Class Info” tab on the top left of this page and is also on PowerSchool Learning under Class Syllabus.
  • Enter your information in the form below. You may need to use the scroll bar on the right side of the form to get to the bottom of it. The form must be completed by 8:00 A.M., THIS Monday morning, but I encourage you to do it before then!
  • Check your syllabus daily to see what we are going to be doing in class this week, for homework, and for the due dates for class supplies!!

It’s Almost Here & I’m So Excited!!

I can’t wait! Summer has been great, but I am sooooooooo looking forward to seeing you and doing school with you!

Have you seen this? It is SO cool!! So, if you need a last minute summer project… Or maybe a project for my budding physics students?

Can’t wait to see you!!

Psalm 19: 1 -3, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”

Have you ever been on a hike and just stopped to appreciate the sounds of nature? from Terra Mar Entertainment on Vimeo.

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

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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