Chemistry 3 Homepage 2008 - 2009

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
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

Assignments listed in chronological order:

First Quarter


Lab: Observing a Candle (html)
Lab: Measurement and Significant Figures
Lab: Density (html)
Lab: Atomic Mass & Average Atomic Mass

Math Skills

Group Activity: Scientific Notation (html)
Additional Examples for Scientific Notation (html)
Homework: Scientific Notation
Project: Choose your own experiment (html)

Group Activity: Dimensional Analysis (html)
Homework 1: Dimensional Analysis
Homework 2: Dimensional Analysis
Homework: Metrics
An activity about measurement, precision, significant figures, and accuracy.
Homework: Square and Cubic Units

Group Activity: Density (html)
Homework: Density
Lab: Density

Second Quarter

Atomic Structure

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

Lab: Conservation of Matter (html)

Group Activty: Average Atomic Mass (html)
The homework assignment is here.

Lab: Atomic Mass and Average Atomic Mass

A lab (no online handout) about electric forces of attraction and repulsion. This will include a demonstration of the van de Graff generator.
Group Activity: Introduction to Nuclear Chemistry
Group Activity: Radiation 1 Alpha and Beta Radiation
Group Activity: Radiation 2 Positron and Electron Capture Radiation and Radiation Exposure
Lab: Geiger Counter
Homework: Radiation

Lab: The Geiger Counter (Carried out as a demonstration in class).

Lab: Hard Water an investigative style lab in which you must create your own procedure.

Third Quarter

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: Intro to the Bunsen Burner

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.
Here is an assignment which uses an online applet to help you learn how to build ionic compounds from their ions. This is homework if not completed in class.
And the third.
Lab: Solubility of Ionic Solutes

How to Draw Lewis Diagrams
Molecules to Draw Lewis Diagrams for
Homework: Drawing Lewis Diagrams

Lab: Glurch and Oobleck a fun activity in which the properties of colloids and polymers are investigated.

Group Activity: Light

Fourth Quarter

Homework: Light

Hydrogen Atom Simulator Game
Rules of the Game
Examples for the calculations required in this game
Rules for Referees
Score Sheet
Backs of Playing Cards
Playing Cards Page 1
Playing Cards Page 2
Playing Cards Page 3
Playing Cards Page 4
Hydrogen Atom Energy Level Diagram Playing Board
Emission and Absorption Spectra page

Pre-lab: Flame Tests due on the first day of the lab
Lab: Flame Tests
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).

The Mole
Lab: Moles, Molecules, and Grams
Homework Assignment: The Mole and Molar Mass
Balancing Chemical Equations
Homework for Balancing Chemical Equations
Basic Stoichiometry
Homework Assignment: Stoichiometry (aka Chemical Ratios)
Moles, Empirical Formulas, Stoichiometry, Limiting Reagents

Lab: Salt, Ice, and the Coldest Mixture

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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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2008