Monday, December 22, 2014

chemistry club visits!!!

Alejandro Torres helps students identify their fingerprints. 

Kristian, Alejandro, Paige, and Kennedy prepare a physical and chemical properties lesson....

Students work on identifying elements using flame tests.

Payton prepares the students for their handprint reactions....

Kara shows them how to prepare their handprints....

Kaitlin prepares a chemical reaction for the kids....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Higgs Boson discovered! June 2014 article

extreme tech article
Two years after CERN announced that it had discovered a particle that was probably a Higgs boson particle, the folks at the Large Hadron Collider have now confirmed that the newly discovered particle is definitely theHiggs boson as predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. On the one hand, this is obviously a huge win for science — but on the other, there will be many scientists who are disappointed that, yet again, the Standard Model has held up to another round of immense scrutiny. If you were hoping for the Higgs boson to be the weird particle that led us towards the weird and wonderful nether regions of science beyond the Standard Model — supersymmetry, dark matter, dark energy — then sadly this is not the particle you were looking for.

This new study, published in Nature Physics, is confirmation from the LHC’s CMS experiment that the particle observed in 2012 decays into fermions. Previously we had only confirmed that this particle decayed into bosons. Bosons are force-carrying particles (like photons and electrons), while fermions are mass-carrying particles (like protons and neutrons). The Standard Model predicted that the Higgs boson is the particle that actually gives fermions their mass — and now, by smashing protons together at the LHC, the CMS detector has finally confirmed that Higgs bosons decay into fermions (bottom quarks and tau leptons). [doi:10.1038/nphys3005 - "Evidence for the direct decay of the 125 GeV Higgs boson to fermions"]

Following this study, we now have confirmation that this is the Higgs boson as predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. It sits in the mass-energy region of 125 GeV, has no spin, and it can decay into a variety of lighter particles (pairs of photons, fermions, etc.) This means that we can say with some certainty that the Higgs boson is the particle that gives mass to… well, everything “Our findings confirm the presence of the Standard Model Boson,” says Marcus Klute of the CMS Collaboration. “Establishing a property of the Standard Model is big news itself.”

There are two key takeaways here. First, it’s hard not to be slightly disappointed that the Higgs boson is behaving exactly as expected. If its decay path had been slightly different — if it coupled with fermions slightly differently — then whole new avenues of research would’ve opened up. This confirmation from CERN’s CMS detector, though, reaffirms that — yet again — the Standard Model stands up. On the flip side, it means we’re no closer to pushing beyond the Standard Model. The Standard Model doesn’t account for gravity, dark energy and dark matter, and some other quirks of reality.

While we can only really guess at what causes these quirks, one of the most popular theories is supersymmetry. Supersymmetry postulates that every Standard Model particle also has a superpartner (called a sparticle, believe it or not) that is incredibly heavy (thus accounting for the 23% of the universe that is apparently made up of dark matter). It is hoped that when the LHC turns back on in 2015, after upgrades that will almost double its collision energy to 13 TeV, that it will have energy to discover these sparticles. If that doesn’t work, supersymmetry will probably have to wait for LHC’s 60-mile-long successor, which is already being planned.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lesson Plans for December 8th - 12th

Lesson Plans for Chemistry I for December 8th – 12th
1.       Atomic Quest Back
2.       Conversion factor unit notes
3.       Worksheets 1 and 2 due on Tuesday
1.       Worksheets 1 and 2 grade
2.       Worksheets 3 and 4 due Weds
1.       Grade 3 and 4
2.       Pop quiz
3.       Worksheets 5 and 6 due tomorrow
4.       Test on Friday
1.        Quiz back
2.       Grade 5 and 6
3.       5 and 6 due tomorrow
4.       Test tomorrow over conversion factors
Friday:  Conversion factor test

Adv. Chemistry Lesson Plans for Dec 8th – 12th

1.  final review - pages 1-3 due Monday, pages 4-7 due Tuesday
2.  Acid/Base Pre-Lab

1.  Acid/Base notes
2.  Acid/base lab – Lab report due Thursday with Friday midnight
3.  H+/OH- worksheet due Tuesday

1.        Finish acid/base lab
2.       Work on lab questions, data, and H+/OH- worksheet

1.       Continue notes on acids/bases
2.       pH paper due Wednesday
3.       Grade H+/OH- worksheet
4.       Acid/Base Lab due Thursday with turnitin due Friday midnight
5.       Continue notes
6.       pH paper due Wednesday

1.       Grade pH paper
2.       Continue notes
3.       Bases review due Tuesday
4.       review pages 1-3 due Monday
5.       review pages 4-7 due Tuesday

AP Chemistry Lesson Plans for Dec 8th – 12th

1.  go over redox 11-20
2.  redox ornament lab due Thursday

1.  Cliff’s PT quiz with free response
2.  Grade PT worksheets
3.  Ch 4 part II homework due Thursday

1.  go over Chem Club labs and demos for this week
2.  notes on part II of redox
1.  ready for chem club visit 6th hour tomorrow
2.  redox pop quiz I
3.  holiday ornament redox lab due

1.  oxidation-reduction lab

2.  Monday meet at Carolyn Wenz

Monday, December 1, 2014

videos to watch for the journal assignment CHEMISTRY I


Write 5 complete sentences regarding the three videos watched in class on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Higgs Boson and Higgs Field, and the neutrino OR Google and write about them or the following:
OPERA experiment = Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus

Types of quarks, subatomic particles, beson, muons, gluon, etc…

Do not write:  "The Large Hadron Collider is neat." or something lame like that.  You will receive no points for that sentence....  Do not plagiarize.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lesson Plans fro Nov 24th, 25th, and Dec 1st thru 5th

Lesson Plans for Chemistry I for November 24th and 25th
1.  graded atomic masses worsheet
2.  notes on relative atomic mass
3.  worksheet I due tomorrow
4.  worksheet II due Monday after break
5.  atomic review II due tomorrow

1.  atomic review II due
2.  review for chapter due Weds after break

Lesson Plans for Chemistry I for December 1st - 5th
1.       atomic review II due
2.       grade worksheet I
3.       quiz tomorrow over conversion factors
4.       finish relative atomic mass notes
5.       relative atomic mass worksheet due Weds
6.       worksheet II due tomorrow

1.        grade worksheet II
2.       quiz over it
3.       finish relative atomic mass worksheet
4.       notes on conversion factors

1.       quiz back
2.       grade review sheet
3.       test tomorrow
4.       notes on conversion factors
5.       Worksheets 1 and 2 due Monday

1.  chapter 3 Test
2.  worksheets 1 and 2 due Monday

1.       finish conversion factor unit notes
2.       Worksheets 1 and 2 due Monday
3.       worksheets 3 and 4 due Tuesday
4.       worksheets 5 and 6 due Wednesday

Lesson Plans for Adv. Chemistry  for November 24th and 25th
1.  Fukushima notes and video
2.  Hazmat article due
3.  half life probs due tomorrow
4.  radioactive decay 1 and 2 due Monday after break
5.  review sheet due Weds after break

1.  notes on radioactive tracers
2.  radioactive decay 1 and 2 due
3.  review sheet due Weds
4.  test Thursday
5.  decay 3 due

Lesson Plans for Chemistry I for December 1st - 5th
1.  half life probs - grade
2.  half life quiz
3.  fusion and fission notes
4.  radioactive decay 1 and 2 due
5.  review sheet due Weds
6.  Skittles lab due Friday

1.  grade decay 1 and 2
2.  quiz over it
3.  notes on nuclear reactors
4.  radioactive decay 1 and 2 due
5.  review sheet due Weds
6.  test Thursday
7.  Skittles lab due Friday

1.  grade nuclear review
2.  test tomorrow
3.  Skittles Lab due Friday

Thursday:  Nuclear Chemistry Test

1.  finish test if needed
2.  Skittles Lab due
3.  Acid/Base - What it is pre-lab

Lesson Plans for AP Chemistry for November 24th and 25th

Monday:  redox sets #1-5

Tuesday:  redox sets #6-10

Lesson Plans for AP Chemistry  for December 1st - 5th
1.       Set #6-10 due
2.       Set I due Weds
3.       #11-15 due Weds
4.       electrochem homework part I due

1.  finish set #11-15 due tomorrow
2.  set I due tomorrow
3.  set II due Thursday

1.       Set I grade
2.       #11-15 due
3.       Set II due tomorrow
4.       set III due Friday
5.       #16-20 due Friday
1.        Grade set II
2.       11-20 due
3.       set III due Friday
4.       magic genie lab
1.        grade set III
2.       #16-20 due
3.       instant foam lab

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lesson Plans November 17-21

Chemistry I Lesson Plans November 17-21
1.       Continue ch 3 notes
2.       Mol Lab due Weds
3.       GTK ch 3 worksheet due Tuesday
4.       Set I and II due Weds
5.       Journal assignment
6.       Nuclear notation quiz tomorrow

1.       Grade GTK ch 3
2.       Nuclear notation quiz
3.       Continue ch 3 notes
4.       Electron, proton, neutron worksheet due Thurs
5.       Smart guys quiz tomorrow
1.       Grade sets I and II
2.       Smart guys quiz
3.       Continue notes
4.       mol lab due
5.       journals due Tuesday
6.       relative atomic mass worksheet due Friday
7.       quiz tomorrow over nuclear symbol and hyphen notation

1.       Grade electron, proton, neutron worksheet
2.       Continue notes
3.       Relative atomic mass sheets due Friday

1.       Grade  relative atomic mass  worksheet
2.       Ch 3 Test on Monday

Adv. Chemistry Lesson Plans for November 17-21

1.  grade radioactive figures worksheet
2.  continue notes on Chernobyl and half-lives
3.  Hazmat due Weds
4.  nuclear problems 1 due tomorrow
5.  review problem 2 due Weds

1.  grade nuclear decay problem 1
2.  quiz over it tomorrow
3.  continue notes
4.  half-life problems due Thursday

1.  Grade food irradiation worksheet
2.  quiz over nuclear decay
3.  Half-life worksheet due tomorrow
4.  Half-life quiz Monday
5.  Labs due Monday
6.  notes on Fukishima

1.  grade half-life problems
2.  quiz tomorrow over it
3.  Skittles Lab – due Monday

1.  quiz on half-life
2.  fusion notes
3.  labs due Monday

AP Chemistry Lesson Plans for November 17-21
1.  go over oxidation numbers rules
2.  redox rules and notes on the ion-electron method
3.  electrochemistry homework from AP book
4.  practice probs 1-3 together

Tuesday:  fingerprinting and genetics lesson prep for Friday’s visit to Crestwood

1.      Finish practice probs 1-3
2.      Continue Redox rules and notes
3.      Problems 1-5 due Monday

1.      Continue notes on redox
2.      Problems 6-10 due Tuesday

Friday:  fingerprinting and genetics activity at Crestwood

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lesson Plans November 10th - 14th

Chemistry I Lesson Plans November 10-14

1.      Grade Measurement Review
2.      Measurement Test on Weds


1.      Measurement Test
2.      Getting to Know Ch 3 due Friday

1.      Notes on ch 3 the atom
2.      electron, proton, neutron worksheet due Monday
3.      Grade Getting to know Ch 3 due tomorrow

  1. Grade getting to know ch 3 worksheet
  2. Notes on smart guys
3.      electron, proton, neutron worksheet due Monday
  1. Work on Sets I and II
  2. Start Mol Lab Rotation

Adv Chemistry Lesson Plans Nov 10th – Nov 14th

1.  tests back
2.  notes on Three Mile Island

Tuesday:  No school Veteran’s Day

1.      Three Mile Island video and discussion
2.      Grade radiation article worksheet Friday
3.      Decay and Bombardment notes
4.      Nuclear decay worksheet 1 due Friday
1.      Grade nuclear stability worksheet and quiz
2.      Video and discussion over Chernobyl
3.      Nuclear decay worksheet 1 due tomorrow
4.      Worksheet 2 due Monday
1.      Grade nuclear decay worksheet 1
2.      Worksheet 2 due Monday
3.      Continue discussion over Chernobyl

AP Chemistry Lesson Plans Nov 10th – Nov 14th

1.  organic test back
2.  organic AP quiz from Cliff book

Tuesday:  No School Veteran’s Day

1.  Stoichiometry homework due
2.  finish Cliff organic AP quiz
3.  begin Barrons organic AP quiz

1.  go over Cliff’s AP quiz
2.  oxidation numbers lecture

1.  go over Barron’s AP quiz
2.  oxidation numbers worksheet due Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Density Column Winners!!

Chemistry I students made three layer density columns out of sugar, water, and food coloring to practice lab techniques and use their inquiry skills.  Here are the winners from each class:

top dogs

2nd hour represents:  Bandit, Tanner, and Anna (class winner)

4th hour winners Teri-Rae and Andi
Andi won the smarty pants for all the columns made!

5th hour superstars:  Sharkisha and Ariel

5th hour weiner Cam Daughtery with his patriotic test tube

7th hour represents:  Hans, Brenna, Lydia (I enjoyed her candy corn column), and Roberto

My 7th hour deviants worked very hard to clean their lab tables until they were spic and span!

so much so that we licked them.....

Lesson Plans for Nov 3 - 7


1.  Finish Specific Heat Lab due Friday
2.  specific heat worksheet due
3.  worksheet 1 and 2 due tomorrow
4.  metric worksheets 5 and 6 due Thursday

1.  quiz over sig figs and rounding
2.  grade specific heat worksheet
3.  labs due Friday
4.  worksheet 5 and 6 on metric due Thursday
5.  metric quiz tomorrow
6.  measurement review part 1 due Thursday, part 2 due Friday

1.  labs due Friday
2.  worksheet 5 and 6 due tomorrow
3.  metric quiz
4.  grade worksheet 1 and 2
5.  work on measurement review

1.  grade worksheet 5 and 6
2.  questions on measurement review
3.  Specific Heat Lab due tomorrow
4.  start chapter 3 notes

1.  Specific Heat Lab due
2.  Grade measurement review page 1 and 2
3.  review pages 3 and 4 due
4.  Measurement Test on Wednesday
5.  getting to know chapter 3 due Thursday
5.  continue ch 3 notes

Adv Chemistry Lesson Plans Nov 3rd – Nov 7th

1.  grade gas law review
2.  test tomorrow over gas laws
3.  labs due!!

2.  pick up carbon dating article
3.  worksheet over carbon dating due Friday

1.  notes on nuclear stability
2.  nuclear stability worksheet due Friday
3.  quiz over it Friday

1.      Notes over radioactivity history
2.      Effects of radiation article and worksheet due Monday

1.      grade Nuclear stability worksheet
2.      nuclear stability quiz
3.      Three Mile Island video and discussion
4.      radiation article worksheet Monday

AP Chemistry Lesson Plans Nov 3rd – Nov 7th

1.  amine quiz
2.  finish organic review
3.  test Thursday over organic

1.  questions over organic review
2.  review due tomorrow

Wednesday:  grade organic review

Thursday:  Organic Test

1.  redox notes
2.  set I redox problems due Thursday

3.  stoich review book problems due Weds