Word of the Week

Check These Out!

posted Jan 5, 2014, 7:29 PM by Kaye Truitt

This semester in Chemical Reactions, we'll get down to the business of what happens when all these atoms and molecules we've learned about interact. Your project this semester will be to demonstrate a reaction and explain the chemical principles behind it. These sites are great places to find interesting ideas!



We'll discuss the project in greater detail in the coming weeks, but it's never too early to look for inspiration!

Fall Exam Schedule

posted Dec 2, 2013, 7:27 AM by Kaye Truitt   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 7:37 AM ]

Friday, December 13, 2013 Tutorial  Day   ( I will be OFF CAMPUS)
I WILL HOLD TUTORIAL HOURS ON MONDAY DEC 16th from 1:00-2:00 pm and 3:00-4:00 pm. 
        3rd period students should schedule office hours Monday-Weds of next week (I will be off campus Thurs and         Friday) for extra help.   

Monday, December 16, 2013
3rd    MWF 9:00 am - 11:00 am
3rd    TTH 1:00 pm -   3:00 pm
2nd    TTH 6:30 pm -   8:30 pm

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
4/5th MWF 9:00 am  -  11:00 am
   7th  MWF 1:00 pm  -    3:00 pm
8th  MWF 6:30 pm  -    8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
1st   MWF 9:00 am  -   11:00 am 
4th  TTH 1:00 pm  -     3:00 pm 
6th  MWF 6:30 pm  -     8:30 pm 

Thursday, December 19, 2013
2nd MWF 9:00 am  -  11:00 am
5th TTH 1:00 pm -    3:00 pm
1st TTH 6:30 pm -     8:30 pm
Friday, December 20, 2013
Makeup Exams 9:00 am  -   11:00 am 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  

Check THIS out!

posted Aug 29, 2013, 1:14 PM by Kaye Truitt   [ updated Aug 29, 2013, 6:47 PM ]

FALL PROJECT!!  Due TUESDAY OCTOBER 1: See the link below for details.

We've been discussing atomic structure and the TINY parts of the universe. This helps put it in perspective, but still kind of hard to wrap my mind around...
And, you have to see my favorite Chemical Wizard singing about the elements!


ONE more... if you have a hard time learning polyatomics, try THIS:

Great Links!

posted Aug 6, 2013, 2:01 PM by Kaye Truitt   [ updated Aug 8, 2013, 9:18 AM ]

Summer Adventures

posted Mar 27, 2013, 11:40 AM by Kaye Truitt   [ updated Jul 25, 2013, 10:33 AM ]

I've got some great adventures planned for this summer--what about you?  Here's what's keeping me busy:
  • Working on my goal of walking 1,000 miles in 2013 
  • Visiting with family in Portland, Oregon for a week in June
  • MSMS Summer Camp:  The Magic of Science in Harry Potter June 24-28
  • AP Chemistry Workshop July 8-12
  • BEACH TRIP to Florida: July 16-21
  • BACK TO SCHOOL (teachers) August 1

Everyday Chemistry

posted Feb 13, 2013, 5:52 AM by Kaye Truitt

Here are some websites that may help you get started.  PLEASE NOTE:  You may NOT pull demos and/or explanations straight from these websites.  You may get ideas here and adapt them to make them "your own".  Explanations must be in your own words as well.  






Chemical Reaction Adventures

posted Jan 4, 2013, 12:44 PM by Kaye Truitt

Here's a few links to watch some of the "magic" of Chemistry.  Plans are to create some of our own in the lab this semester! 

Briggs-Rauscher Oscillating Iodine Reaction:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyzhvMLImg

Mercury Thiocyanate Decomposition Reaction: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ritaljhhk7s

Burning Magnesium in Dry Ice:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xCbal2YyaE

Christmas Chemistry

posted Nov 30, 2012, 8:44 AM by Kaye Truitt   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 8:45 AM ]

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/10/131967516/Chemistry-Keeps-Christmas-Trees-Alive-For-Longer

http://icanhasscience.com/fun-stuff/christmas-chemistry/

Stoichiometry Demystified

posted Oct 25, 2012, 8:12 AM by Kaye Truitt

Here's a link for those of you who want to conquer your fear of that word that the seniors have used to intimidate you!

MOLE DAY APPROACHES!!

posted Oct 19, 2012, 5:47 AM by Kaye Truitt

Next Tuesday is MOLE DAY--and we get to share the amazement of Science with kids from all over this area!

Here's some fun Mole facts for you:
  • One mole of paper would make a stack that would reach to the moon more than 80 billion times
  • One mole of grains of sand would be more than all of the sand on Miami Beach
  • One mole of blood cells would be more than the total number of blood cells found in every human on earth
  • A one liter bottle of water contains 55.5 moles of water
  • One mole of inches would be1,616,434 light years, or across our galaxy and back 8 times
  • One mole of seconds is about 19 quadrillion years, 4,240,666 times the age of the earth, or 954,150 times the age of the universe itself
  • One mole of cents could repay the United States National Debt 86 million times

Here's a helpful site regarding Lewis Structures-- (thanks, Brendan!)
    http://www.kentchemistry.com/links/bonding/lewisdotstruct.htm


When I'm out for MSTA (Oct 29-30), you'll be watching "Hunting the Elements" in class, and writing an essay. Here's a link to the program, if you want to watch parts of it again.  
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-elements.html


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