Chemistry 3 Homepage 2007 - 2008

Course Overview Documents

SHS Chemistry 3 Overview
Lab Safety Rules (RTF file)
Three-ring Binder Information
Common Lab Report Format (SHS) (Word doc)
Lab Report Writing Information (html)
Lab Grading Outline (html) How labs are graded
Alternate Grade Scale for Labs/Projects (html)
Personal Introduction Essay (doc)

Group Work Defined

Working in small groups to solve problems is a great way to learn science. Here are a few documents to give group work some shape and definition so that it can be a self-regulating learning tool:

Group Work Information
Group Work Evaluation Form
Group Work Presenter Grading Form

Assignments listed in roughly chronological order:

First Quarter

Math Skills

Group Activity: Scientific Notation (html)
Additional Examples for Scientific Notation (html)
Group Activity: Dimensional Analysis (html)
Lab: Density (html)
Project: Choose your own experiment (html) Due P3: Tu 10/16 P5 M 10/15

Dimensional Analysis Homework (html) Due P3: Tu 10/9 P5: Th 10/4
Group Activity: Density (html) also called Additional Density Problems.
While I am out on paternity leave you will be doing a research project:
Biography of a Famous Scientist First draft due Nov 2nd. Final draft due date P3 Dec 14th, P5 Dec 13th.

Second Quarter

Homework: Metric and Cubic Units (html)
First test: P3 Tues Nov 13th on Dimensional Analysis
P5 Wed Nov 14th on Dimensional Analysis

Lab: Observing a Candle (html)
Group Activity: Temperature (html)
There will be a quiz on the preceding material as soon as we have completed it.

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table (html)
Atomic Structure Homework (html)
There will be a quiz on the preceding material as soon as we have completed it.

Group Activty: Average Atomic Mass (html)
The homework assignment is here.
There will be a quiz on the preceding material during the last week before the holiday break.

Lab: The Soda Straw Balance this lab is due 1/2/08.

Group Activity: The Table of Isotopes
Homework: The Table of Isotopes
Group Activity: Radiation 1 Alpha and Beta Radiation
Group Activity: Radiation 2 Positron and Electron Capture Radiation and Radiation Exposure
Homework: Radiation

Third Quarter

Some work remains to be done to complete the lessons on nuclear chemistry and radioactivity. A lab (no online document available) involving a Geiger counter and a quiz will be completed before the Feb vacation.
Group Activity: Atomic Structure II Now we move on to cover the electron structure of atoms.
Homework: Atomic Structre II more work with atoms, electrons and ionic charges
Lab: Glurch and Oobleck a fun activity in which the properties of colloids and polymers are investigated.
Project: Red Cabbage a project for the third quarter: more at-home chemistry due March 18th

Lab: Introduction to the Conservation of Mass
Group Activity: Light
Homework: Light
Lab: Hydrogen Atom Simulator Do problems 1 - 5 for homework. The rest of the questions will be answered using an online simulator (link is on the lab page).
There will be a quiz on Light at the end of the last week of the quarter (4/4/08).

Fourth Quarter

Lab: Intro to the Bunsen Burner
Lab: Flame Tests
Lab: Hard Water an investigative style lab in which you must create your own procedure. Formal lab reports are due Monday, April 28th
Activity: Chemical Formulas and Compounds we will learn about bonding and ionic compounds
Here is the first homework assignment that goes with this group activity.
Here is the second homework assignment that goes with this group activity.
And the third.
Lab: Solubility of Ionic Solutes

Final Group Activity of the year:
Activity: Moles and Chemical Equations

These assignments will be given out as we complete the group activity:
Homework: Moles and Balancing Chemical Equations
Homework: Chemical Equations and Stoichiometry
Moles and Empirical Formulas

A few useful links

Chemistry Links
Periodic Table (PDF) from
Periodic Table Image suitable for printing
Periodic Table colored by groups from
A Reference Sheet of Common Atomic and Polyatomic Ions
Examples of Chemistry Problems
Vapor Pressure of Water Data
A fully-functional scientific calculator for chemistry including a table of useful constants.
A Partial Bibliography of works consulted
And here’s a useful download: a program that will quickly and easily convert units for you. Download and unzip to use.

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