Chemistry 4 Homepage 2007 - 2008

Course Overview Documents

SHS Chemistry 4 Overview
Lab Safety Rules (RTF file)
Three-ring Binder Information
Lab Notebook 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 Tu 10/16

Dimensional Analysis Homework (html)
Group Activity: Density (html) due F 10/5
Currently working on Chapter 2 in the text as a group activity.
Lab: Observing a Candle due M 10/22

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 Dec 14th.

Second Quarter

Preparing for the Lab: the Size of a Molecule
Lab: The Size of a Molecule
Our work on Chapter 2 in the text continues. I anticipate completing that work on or before Tues, Nov 20th. There will be a test on that material and dimensional analysis on that date.

Graphing Proportions (html) An activity to help students get better at making and interpreting graphs of scientific data.
Boyle’s Law Lab
We will begin work on Chapter 3 in the text during the week of 11/26. Some additional work to help with comprehension of that material:
A lab to help with the concept of molar mass. (not available online) Group Activity: Intro to Chemical Equations
Group Activity: Stoichiometry Problems (the problems in this activity refer to some of the chemical equations in the Intro to Chemical Equations Activity)
There will be a test on Chapter 3 and related material on Friday 12/21.
Lab: Intro to the Bunsen Burner and the Conservation of Mass (html)
Demo: The Can Crush A demostration of the power of atmospheric pressure and the incredible difference in volume between a liquid and a gas.

We will start chapter 4 in the text during the week we come back from holiday break. The exercises are due 1/7/08. We will work on the following problems at the end of the chapter in class until Tuesday, 1/15/08: 1-3, 5-10, 12, 14, 18, 21-24, 26, 29, 31-33, 35.
For homework, due Tuesday, 1/15/08, do 11, 13, 17, 19, 28, 30, 34.
A lab, not available online, will be done in class on Thursday, 1/10/08.

Third Quarter

We will work on some problems related to the semester exam and a recent lab during the first week.

Group Activity: Temperature (html)

Next we will work on Chapter 5 of the text. All exercises from the chapter should be complete by Monday, February 4th.

In-class problems for Chapter 5: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26, 32, 34, 38, 43.

Homework problems for Chapter 5: 9, 11, 14, 17, 22, 27, 30, 31, 40

Gas Laws Additional Questions Some further practice applying the gas laws to chemical problems

We will be doing a lab on the Empirical Formula of Iron Oxide (Rust) during the two weeks leading up to the February break.

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

Next we will work on Chapter 8 of the text. All exercises from the chapter should be completed by Tuesday, March 13th.

In-class problems for Chapter 8: 3-7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15-24

Additional problems will also be provided from the following activities:
Activity: Average Atomic Mass due Mon 3/24
Activity: Alpha and Beta Radiation
Activity: Positron and Electron Capture Decay with additional information about radiation safety
Activity: Mass Defect, Fission and Fusion
Activity: Half-life

The exam on these topics will be held during the final week of quarter three on Thursday, April 3rd

Fourth Quarter

Chapter 9 Exercises are due Tues 4/8
Chapter 9 in-class problems at the end of the chapter: 1 3 4 5 6 8 12 18 24 26 27 32 34 37
These are due Tues 4/15
Lab: Formula of a Hydrate due Mon April 28th
We will start work on Chapter 10 on Mon 4/28: Read the chapter and do the exercises by that date.
Chapter 10 in-class problems at the end of the chapter: 1-6 7 11 13 15 17 18 20 23 28 29
These are due Thurs 5/1
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 due W 5/28

Chapter 11 Exercises done by Tu 5/27
Chapter 11 Problems done by M 6/2: 2-8, 11, 13-17, 19, 20, 22-24, 26-29, 31, 33
Lab: Hydrogen Atom Simulator a computer-lab activity (We will spend one hour of class time on this lab).
Lab: Flame Tests and Atomic Emission Spectroscopy

Supplemental Materials, due Th 6/5:
Activity: Light and Atoms
Activity: Electron Configuration

A few useful links

Chemistry Links
Periodic Table (PDF) from Link goes outside the Scarborough School Department Web Site
Periodic Table Image suitable for printing
Periodic Table colored by groups from Link goes outside the Scarborough School Department Web Site
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.

Teachers and other Professionals:

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