Welcome to Chemistry! My name is Lezlie Haynes and I am the instructor.
8/15–Today was another good day. Lab days are always enjoyable! In class, students took the first element quiz and the first quiz on dimensional analysis. Then, we went over significant figures, how to work our calculators (I think that was a hit), accuracy and precision. We performed a lab to reinforce how important it is to make accurate and precise measurements in science where we calculated Pi using circumference and diameter of different round objects. I handed out Wkst B and C, too.
8/8–Great first day! In class, we followed the agenda. We began to work on dimensional analysis problems and talked a little about scientific notation. We discussed the importance of accuracy in measurement then performed a short lab on Measurement. Those groups that did not finish today can come before Tutorial on Tuesday or Thursday to finish up. Lab handout is due in class next Thursday. Hwk is to follow the agenda. I discussed what the quizzes would be over, too. The first five on the Mod quiz are dimensional analysis (effort only–must draw T grid, label the given and what is wanted, and at least try to find a conversion factor) and the last set is scientific notation to standard and vise versa. The sci notation problems are for accuracy. The second quiz is the first Elements quiz. Check out my quizlet, sooners43, for study aids or to make your own notecards.
Class Information to read, print, sign and bring to first class:
Handouts: Print the items below, place in notebook and bring to class.
Welcome to Chemistry!
“This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course.” Apologia website
Organization is very important and students are required to keep a binder with sections for notes, quizzes/tests, and worksheets. Students should bring their textbook, student notebook, binder, calculator and pencils to every class.
This course has been formatted a little differently from previous Tutorial science classes. I have organized the content into units. Each unit will begin with lecture and a handout that covers the important concepts. For units with math content, multiple examples will be provided. Students will complete the On Your Owns in the textbook as well as Review Questions and Practice Problems. Additional worksheets will be assigned to reinforce difficult concepts or provide additional in-depth practice. Students will be quizzed multiple times per unit and quiz dates will be listed on the agenda. Multiple experiments will be performed that will enhance student understanding of chemistry concepts. Comprehensive final exams will be administered at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
This course has additional content added to enhance the content in the textbook. Serious thought and planning has gone into deciding what content to add and why. All added content will better prepare the student for college level chemistry.
I look forward to seeing each student in the Fall!