Welcome to Pre-AP Chemistry!
Tips for Success:
If you are having trouble with something, get help immediately. My ordinary office hours are 8:10-8:45 and 4:20-4:55 unless I am at duty or a meeting. If I am not at my desk, wait a few minutes; I may be running off copies or in the prep room. If you still can't find me, check down in E215. I may be down there setting up for AP Chemistry. Every chemistry teacher in the building is an excellent instructor and will be willing to help you. Please see the posted schedules for chemistry department tutoring. Any teacher in the department can help with concepts from the class.
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I give almost daily quizzes and it's not because I love grading. We go through them in class almost every time, so you will know before you go if you did well or if you don't understand the concept yet. If you do poorly on a quiz, it's a sign to head up to my first paragraph above-- get help, now!
Philosophy: I love putting chemistry and growth-oriented students together. In all of science, but especially in chemistry, your analytical brain and your creative brain are constantly talking to each other. Physical science, develops the connections in your middle brain, and helps you to learn higher-order thinking skills. That will be invaluable in every area of life. This is one of the reasons most high school students study chemistry.
Chemistry is useful to everyone. From cooking to fertilizing your lawn to roach-proofing your house or apartment, chemistry can find practical application in your life daily. It can help you make political decisions. If you understand energy flows and data, for instance, you can intelligently look at the debate about global warming, nuclear power, offshore oil drilling, “fracking” for natural gas production, and other important issues of the day.
Chemistry is especially important in certain professions. Yes, it can help you get and retain a job. Certainly we all know that doctors, dentists, nurses, rehab specialists and pharmacists constantly use chemistry. But lawyers, accountants, university professors, engineers and architects do as well. In the trades, horticulturists, pest-control specialists, hardware vendors and restaurateurs all need to understand chemical principles and techniques. Don’t close any doors to your future! If you don’t know chemistry, you are closing hundreds of doors to careers and opportunities that may not even exist yet. Know chemistry and open all those doors to your future!