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Chemistry is the study of how, what, why matter can be manipulated.  The class utilizes inquiry and problem solving for understanding.  The Scientific Method is the basis for learning in this class.  "Living by Chemistry" by Angelica M Stacy is the text used in class as a reference which follows and utilizes the Scientific Method.

The calendar of topics, assignments, expectations are written on the white board every Friday previous to the week ahead. Students are expected to write this in their daily planners so they know what is going on in class and can come to class prepared even when absent. Often additional information will be added so students need to read the board every day as well, as they come into class, making adjustments to the schedule as needed. I will include on the website an overview of the activities for the week including assignments and tentative due dates.  Since there is more room here on the website to write than on the board in class, more information about assignments and what is expected in class may be found here.  Students should have friends in their period as well as possibly other periods of chemistry to discuss material if the student is absent from class. Students need be aware that on any day there may be an unscheduled quiz on any material. Keeping up with daily work, being fully engaged in class activities and discussions and understanding material as we go determines student success in this class.   I do not expect that students would work ahead, however if you wish to work ahead, you may get more meaning out of class discussions.  You may not turn in assigned work before that work is asked for on the whiteboard.

Students are to check their grades for accuracy.  Grades are most often updated on the weekends. 

Parents if you wish to contact me, I would ask that you use e-mail;   wbeeson@osd.wednet.edu.  Students know to ask questions in class or come in before or after school.  I am also available during "Bear Time" on Fridays.             

March 27-31

Monday :  Read Lessons 9, 10, and 11 for review of moles from last unit.   Be able to answer any of the questions after the reading of each section.  We will do review mole problems in class.  Lethal dose problems

Tuesday:  More discussion of types of chemical reactions and writing of chemical equations.     Mole problems.       Lethal dose problems

Wednesday:  Read Lesson 12 and Section II Summary.  More equations and mole problems 

Thursday:  Completion of Section II.  Start Prelab for Solution Concentration page 401.  Think through all of the expected prelab expectations. Do not start writing your lab report.

Friday:  Section II Quiz.  Continue to prepare for doing the Solution Concentration as an activity on Monday when you return from Spring Break.  You will only be turning in a data table and conclusion for this after observing for 3 days.  

Have a great Spring Break!

Monday(4/10):  Observe solutions of different concentrations.   Start Prelab for Double Replacement Lab Activity.  (The double replacement lab is not in your book.)

Tuesday.  Observe solutions made yesterday and do Double Replacement Reaction Lab Activity.  Write out all double replacement reactions.


March 20-24

Monday:  Read Lesson 5.  Polyatomic ion and naming elements/compounds quiz.  (20 points)

              Writing and identifying types of chemical reactions.

Tuesday:  Read Lesson 6  Write out answers to questions 1-7.  Due Wednesday.

              More writing and identifying types of chemical reactions.        

Wednesday:  Completion of Section I    Chemical reactions

Thursday:  Section I Quiz  Read Lesson 7.  Write out answers to Questions 1-5 including research.  Due Monday.  (Research rules are given in syllabus.)

Friday:  Read Lesson 8.  Write out answers to questions 1-11.  Due Monday.


March 13-17

Monday:  Last class day for review.

Tuesday:  Unit 3 Exam.    Scan Unit 4.  Review Copper Cycle lab and chemical equations.  Read Lesson 1

Wednesday:  Read Lesson 2.  Reminder to check your knowledge after reading by answering the book questions to yourself.  Write out if helpful in your studying.

                  Chemical Equations.

Thursday: Read Lesson 3.   Chemical Equations

Friday:  Read Lesson 4.  Chemical Equations

Monday:  Read Lesson 5.  Polyatomic ion and naming elements/compounds quiz.  (20 points)

March 6-10

Monday :  Ideal Gas Law.  Read lesson 18 and start to write out answers to questions 1-10.  Remember to thing from the perspective of a particle.

Tuesday:   Complete writing answers to questions 1-10.  Due Wednesday:

Wednesday:  Humidity and gas law problems 

Thursday:   Read Lesson 19, Section III Summary and Review.  More practice problems, Review.

 Friday: Completion of Unit 3.  Unit 3 Exam on Monday

 Monday:  Unit 3 Exam.  Scan Unit 4.  Review Copper Cycle lab (lab report) and chemical equations from your notes.


February 27 March 3

Monday:    Complete Section II.  Read Lesson 14 and summary for Section IIk

Tuesday:  Section II Quiz.  Read lesson 15.  Be able to answer the questions.

Wednesday:  The "mole" in Chemistry.   Avogadro's Law  Add this law to your reference sheet.

Thursday:  More work with the "mole".  Read Lesson 16.  I suggest writing answers to all questions at the end of the reading.

Friday:  More Gas Law Problems.  Read Lesson 17.   I suggest writing answers to these questions as well.


Monday 3/6:  Read Lesson 18.  Write out answers to questions 1-10  Due Wednesday:

Tuesday 3/7 Final Unit discussions.

Wednesday 3/8:  Completion of Unit 3.

Thursday 3/9:  Unit 3 Exam.


February 20-24

Monday:  Break

Tuesday: Break

Wednesday:  Gas Law Problems using Charles, Boyle's and Gay Lussac's Laws.  Read Lesson 12.  I suggest writing out answers to questions at the end of the reading.  (show all work)

Any questions you have can be asked at the beginning of class as is our class expectations.

Thursday:  Gas Law Problems.  Read Lesson 13.  Start writing answers to the questions.  Completion of the 4 flask observations will happen tomorrow.  At the end of the observations you will write a conclusion based on the data you have collected.  Due by the 25 minute mark of class.    Expect you to list data about volume, temperature and pressure of the gas particles as well as the flasks and balloons. 

Friday:   There will be class time to work on Lesson 13 problems.  Due Monday.

Monday:  2/27  Complete Section II

Tuesday 2/28:  Section II Quiz

Feb 13-17

Monday :  Section I Quiz.        Read Boyle's Law Lab on page 298.  I have a syringe that is attached to a pressure gauge that will be used in this lab not a bathroom scale.  Do not start writing a lab report, however start the prelab for the Boyle's Law Lab.   Answers to question #4 and #8 from Lesson 8 are due at the end of the period today.

Tuesday:  Pressure Demonstrations and discussion.  Continue/Complete  Prelab.  Start making/setting up tables for the Lab.  (only the tables) .  All expectations of a prelab are to be completed except the writing.  So students still need to know safety, have a hypothesis and procedure planned for this lab.

 Wednesday:  More demonstrations, making data tables and graphs.  Complete Prelab. Read Lesson 9.  Write out answers to questions #7 and 10.  Due Thursday.

Thursday:  Prelab Quiz:  Students will be filling in their data tables and drawing graphs for data demonstrated in class.  Mr. Beeson will be performing the procedure and student's will have approximately 25 minutes of class to complete their table(s) and graph(s).  This is expected to be completed in class.    Due Friday.  Read Lesson 10.

Friday:  Lab Discussion  Read Lesson 11.  Charles and Boyle's Law Problems.


Feb 6-10

Monday:   Snow day.

Tuesday:    Snow day   

Wednesday:  Thermometer Lab Report is due.  Lab discussion.  Have ways that you can improve your performance ready to include in the discussion.  Read Lesson 5.  Write out answers to questions #4, #8, and #12.  Being able to answer the other questions is expected as well.  Due Thursday.     

Thursday:  Read Lesson 6  Write out the answer to questions #4 and #6.  Due Friday.  Read Lesson 7.  Be able to answer the questions.

Friday:  Completion of Section I.  Read Lesson 8.  At the end of the period on Monday after the quiz answers to # 4 and #8 will be due.

January 30- February 3

Monday:  Discuss Semester Final.  Discuss Second Semester Expectations.  Consider need for new study strategies and or changes to current study practices.

Start Unit 3.   Start Prelab for Thermometer Lab      2nd Semester PreTest      Reminder:  A pretest is to show what you know at this time and gives ideas of what is to be learned going forward.  I expect that this test is taken this week (Due Monday Feb 6) and you will continue checking and correcting as we proceed through the semester.

This unit I suggest flash cards on key words, gas law equations including the proportionality constant, equation variables and moles.

Tuesday:  Thoughts of how weather could be connected to chemistry.  Read Lesson 2.  ( Reminder when you have completed the reading you are to read and check your understanding of the reading by the questions at the end of the reading.  If any questions these are to be brought up at the start of the next class period.) Continue Prelab for Thermometer Lab.

Wednesday: Measurements, Significant Figures.  Read Lesson 3  Write out the answers to  questions #'s 4, 6, and 8.  Due Thursday.  

Complete Prelab of Thermometer Lab.

Lab report rubric

Thursday:  Prelab Quiz.  Do Part I of Thermometer Lab.  Complete write-up of this part in lab report.  Reminder this lab (both parts) is one lab report and lab report format is required.j

Friday:  Do Part II of Thermometer Lab.  Lab report should be complete by the end of the period.  Due Monday.  Read Lesson 4

Monday:  Lab discussion.   Kelvin Scale.  Read Lesson 5

Jan 23-27

Monday:  Time for students to ask review questions and study for Final Exam.  

               Students may use for the final:    Calculator, Class Periodic Table, Stability Chart, Straight Edge and one handwritten 3x5 card.

Tuesday:  Time for students to ask review questions and study for Final Exam

Wednesday:  Study and Final for Periods 3 and 6    After taking the test, scan Unit 3. Read again Course Syllabus.  Sign Syllabus again on second line provided and date.

Read Lesson 1 in Unit 3.

Thursday:  Study and FinWrite out the answer to question #4 and #6.  Due al for Periods 4 and 5

Friday:  Finals for Periods 1 and 2

Jan 16-20

Monday:  Martin Luther King Day.   No School.

Tuesday:  Absolute last day to turn in extra credit.  Some class time to double check Lewis Structure assignment for tomorrow.  

Wednesday;  Lewis Structure assignment due  (30 Points)  Mirror Images.  Read Lesson 20.

Thursday:  Completion of Mirror Images.

Friday:  Completion of Unit 2.  Time for students to ask review questions for Unit 2 which is part of Semester Final.

Jan 9-13

Monday:  Completion of Section II.  Time for students to ask review questions.  

Tuesday:   Section II Quiz.  Read Pages 214-224.  

Wednesday:  Electronegativity Differences.  Dipole Moment.  Partial Charges.  Polarity.    Read Lesson 16

Thursday:  Polarity and Smell.  Read Lessons 17 and 18.  Include Partial charges, Polarity to right side of your Lewis Structure assignment.  Last substances (41-50) for Lewis Structure Assignment.

Friday:  Read Lesson 19.  Complete Lewis Structure Assignment.  Due Wednesday Jan 18.  Start/Continue review of the material from semester one.

For the Final you may bring along with your calculator, stability chart, straight edge, a handwritten 3x5 note card.  Anything that you can write on one 3x5 card can be used during the final


Any material from safety, labs, reading in the text and class discussions or activities may be on the final exam.  One individual 1-3 minute procedure or lab activity will also be on the Final.  

The final will be of the same format as the Unit 1 Test with, multiple choice, short answer, drawings, fill in the blank and True or False questions.  Expect test to be 140-160 points.

Organic Naming Practice                         Study Ideas

January 3-6

Happy New Year!

Monday:  No  Class

Tuesday;  Molecular shape continued.  Draw showing shape, distance between atoms, bond strength, bond angles, shape and size of molecule.  

Wednesday:  Ester naming, synthesis and reactions check.   Read Lesson 11.  More drawing of Lewis structures with shape.  

Thursday: Read Lesson 12 and 13.  Continue to make flashcards of substances.  References include functional groups, number of carbons, names and characteristics. 

Friday: More Lewis Structures  (31-40).  Complete Section II.  Section II Quiz Tuesday.


Dec 12-16

Monday:  Reminder:  Absolute last day for turning in extra credit is January 17.   Check Syllabus for ideas and rules.  If you wait till January 17 to turn in extra credit the maximum that will be accepted is 12 points worth.

                Prelab Ester Synthesis.  Write out the Title, Heading, Questions, Hypothesis, Procedure, (detailed step by step of what you are going to do. Remember safety and disposal go in the procedure.                     Include the chemical reactions as well.) and your setup for your data table(s).  All categories are to be labeled to show all the observations and data you expect to collect.   Due Wednesday   

               More Lewis Structures                

               Read Lesson 7.

               Students planning on a test retake need to come in person and discuss their correctives.  Do not wait till the last minute.  Last day to retest is Wednesday                  and discussion of correctives must occur before the retest.

Tuesday:  More Lewis Structures.   Completion of Prelab.    Look ahead to lesson 8.

Wednesday:  Prelab is due.  Class discussion of Prelab.   Read Lesson 8

                      Last day for Unit I Retakes

Thursday:   Section One Quiz.  Read Lesson 9 

Friday:  Molecular Shape.  Use molecule kits to make models.  Read Lesson 10.

 Happy Holidays.  See all next year.


Tuesday:  Jan 3, 2017      Lewis Structures, shape and making models.

 Reminder:  Absolute last day for turning in extra credit is January 17. 

Dec 5 - Dec 9

Monday:   Read Lesson 3.  

Check all answers and review your thoughts about the questions on the test after you get the Unit  1 Test back.  Review the rules for unit tests in your course syllabus.  If you you earned a grade lower than a "C-" you can do correctives and do a retest if completed within one week of getting the test back.  Correctives involve writing a detailed reason why your answer was wrong and what you need to remember to find the correct answer (given in class).  After completing this, students are to personally bring the correctives sheet to Mr Beeson for discussion and correcting (allow at least 10 minutes).  A score of 75% or  higher on the retest raised your first test score to 66%.  (Reminder:  30-60% of this material will be on your semester final.)

Vials used for smell tests will remain out till break for students to use as controls and review.

Tuesday: Lewis Dot Structures and  Lewis Structures.   Read Lesson 4

Wednesday:  Lewis Structures. Read Lesson 5

There are graduated cylinders, beakers and blocks at lab station 9.5 for practice making measurements.  

You may do before/after school, late start 8:20-8:40am and Bear Time.

Thursday: Complete Lewis Structures.  Read Lesson 6.    Start Prelab for Ester Synthesis Lab (page 173)  Do not start writing a lab report.  When you start a prelab your focus is on thinking through ideas, questions, a hypothesis or two, manipulated variables and procedures.    

Friday:  Prelab Ester Synthesis.  Write out the chemical reactions that are expected in the lab.  Read Lesson 7.  Do not start writing a lab report for this lab.

Reminder:  Absolute last day for turning in extra credit is January 17. 

November 28-December 2

Absolute last day for turning in extra credit for first semester is Tuesday January 17.

Monday:  Observe and write reflections/observations of Electroplating demo.        Nonmetal compound naming review and practice.

Tuesday:  Review of Unit 1.  (Students asking questions and leading discussions.)

Wednesday:  Review of Unit 1.

Thursday:  Unit 1 Test. (125 points)  Approximately half multiple choice questions.  The other half include a 1-3 min. lab activity, fill in the blank and short answers with calculations.  Read Lesson 1 Unit 2.  Reminder to be able to answer the questions after the reading for understanding.

Friday:   I suggest making flash cards for all compounds given in this unit.  Flash cards can include name, formula, functional group, smell, number of carbon hydrogens oxygens etc,  Read Lesson 2.  Write out answers to questions 1-6.  Due Monday

Vials used for smell tests will remain out till break for students to use as controls and review.

Monday (12/5)  Read Lesson 3.

Nov 14-23

Monday:   Naming Compound Quiz (20 points)       Complete Electron Configurations    Prelab.  Unit 1 Test is next week so reminder to review notes and ask clarifying questions at the start of class.  Help available before/after school and Bear Time.

Tuesday: :  Completion/Review of Section IV    Complete Prelab

Wednesday :  Section IV and prelab Quiz   Complete prelab lab report.

Thursday:  Do Classifying Substance Lab.  Lab report due Friday.

Friday:  During Bear Time available for help on naming compounds.   Lab Discussion.  Read Lesson 25.

Monday:  Read Lesson 26.  Write out answers for 1-10.  Due Tuesday.

Tuesday:  Read Lesson 27.  Electroplating Metals demonstration.

Wednesday:  Thanksgiving Break

Monday 11/28:  Naming Nonmetal compounds.  Start review of Unit 1.  Unit 1 Test scheduled for Thursday 12/1. ( Unit 1 Test is over all material this school year.)

Some Naming compound notes and practice


Nov 7-11

Monday:   Naming compounds.  Read Lesson 23.    Naming Practice  Continue to review element names symbols and spelling, polyatomic ions symbols and names.

Help available before/after school and during Bear Time.

 Tuesday:  Polyatomic Ion and Naming compounds Quiz (20 points).  Electron configurations.

Wednesday:  Electron Configurations.  Read Lesson 24.  Start Prelab for  "Classifying Substances" lab on page 125. 

Thursday:  Electron Configurations  Continue Prelab

Friday:  Veterans' Day

Monday (11/14):   Naming Compound Quiz (20 points)       Complete Prelab

Tuesday (11/15):  Completion/Review of Section IV  

Wednesday (11/16):  Section IV and prelab Quiz


Oct 31- November 4

 Monday:  Section III Quiz and prelab quiz

Tuesday:  Do Flame Test Lab.  Lab report due Wednesday.

Wednesday:  Lab discussion and Lab reflection.  Read Lesson 17.   Naming Compounds

Thursday:  Polyatomic Ion Quiz (20 Points).  Read Lesson 18.  Write out answers to questions 3-7.  Due Friday.   Naming Compounds.

Friday:  Read Lesson 19 and  Lesson 20.  Naming Compounds.  Review elements and polyatomic ions.

Monday (11-7):   Naming compounds.  Read Lesson 23.    Naming Practice


Oct 24-28

Monday: Nuclear Reactions.  Keep studying elements and polyatomic Ions.  Element quiz Friday 10/28 (20 points).  Polyatomic Ion Quiz Wednesday 11/2 (20 points).

Start prelab for Flame Test Lab on page 86.  Check MSDS.  Review Prelab and Lab Report Format.  

Reminder that we only write a conclusion based on the data in the data section of the lab report.

Tuesday: Read Lesson 15.  Be able to answer questions.  Continue Prelab

Wednesday:  Read Lesson 16.  Be able to answer questions Continue Prelab  

Practice Nuclear Reactions

Thursday:  Complete Section III  Quiz Monday 10/31  Continue/complete Prelab

Friday:  Element Quiz.  Student led review and questions.  

Monday (10/31):  Section III Quiz and prelab quiz

Tuesday (11/1):  Do Flame Test Lab.  Lab report due Wednesday.

Oct 17-21 

Monday :  Read Lesson 11 and be able to answer questions at the end of the reading.  You may do the research questions for extra credit.  If you are not sure how to do research and extra credit review this section in the syllabus.   

I suggest making flash cards for the 7 atomic models in Lesson 11.  You need to know the order but not necessarily the dates for the series of atomic models.  If you do memorize the dates then you can determine the order from the dates.

Making flashcards for the elements in the first 4 rows of the periodic table may be useful later when reviewing.  Know the name, correct spelling and symbol for the elements.  More elements will be added next week.  

Making flashcard for the polyatomic ions used so far in class (Flynn Catalog disposal method 26a and equations from the copper cycle lab) will also be useful in the future.  More will be added next week.

Tuesday:  Read Lesson 12. Be able to answer the questions at the end of the reading.  The questions are examples of quiz or test questions.

Leave this chemistry section of the website and sign in to the resources section using your student sign in.  Upload the stability chart and make one or two copies. You will be allowed to use a clean copy of this sheet on quizzes and test.   Having a second copy gives you a copy to write notes on and to review.

Wednesday:  Read Lesson 13.  Write out answers to questions 6-9.  Due Thursday.

Thursday:  Read Lesson 14

            Polyatomic Ion list

Friday:  Write out answers to questions 4-12.  Due Monday.  

             Nuclear Quest

Monday:  Nuclear Reactions.  

More elements and polyatomic ions to learn and memorize. Quizzes on parts of these will start Friday 10/28.  Mastery of the elements and polyatomic ions along with naming rules for compounds are necessary for success in chemistry.  After the element and polyatomic ion quizzes, there will be naming of compound quizzes.  


Oct 10-14

The Pauling Award.  Check out the following website: 


lab report rubric

Monday:  More about Data Tables.  Be able to answer the questions from the reading on Friday.  Do #7 and on a clean sheet of paper write out the answers based on the different version of the Periodic Tables that you find.  Due Wednesday

If you do not know the names and symbols for the first 4 rows of the periodic table I would suggest learning them now.  Know how to correctly spell the names as well.

Tuesday:  Periodic Trends.  More examples of data tables and ideas for writing data tables.

I suggest reading lesson 10 and being able to answer the questions.  Know all the parts of the periodic table.

Wednesday: Complete section II  Extra time for students to ask questions and review.

Thursday: Section II Quiz (20 points)  

Friday:    no classes

Monday 10/17:  Read Lesson 11 and be able to answer questions at the end of the reading.  You may do the research questions for extra credit.  If you are not sure how to do research and extra credit review this section in the syllabus.  

I suggest making flash cards for the 7 atomic models in Lesson 11.  You need to know the order but not necessarily the dates for the series of atomic models.

October 3-7

Monday:  Do Lab and fill in lab report.  Read Scan Lesson 6.  In all reading remember you are to be able to answer the questions even if I do not say.  

          Being ready for lab

Tuesday:  Complete lab and complete lab report.  Read Lesson 7.  

Wednesday:  Read Lesson 8.  Draw out the copper cycle on a clean sheet of paper (use all of one side of the clean sheet of paper).  Label all parts.  Write out chemical reactions in symbols and names.  Write out all chemical and physical changes for each step.  Due Thursday.

Thursday: Lab report is due.  Lab discussion.

         Copper Lab reflections

          Copper Cycle Reactions

Friday:  Data Tables  Read Lesson 9

Monday 10/10:  More about Data Tables.  Be able to answer the questions.  Do #7 and on a clean sheet of paper write out the answers based on the different version of the Periodic Tables that you found.

Next Science Café of Olympia -- 11 October 2016

 When:  7:00 PM, Tuesday October 11th, 2016

Where:  Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, Phone 360.352.0123)

Topic Is:  Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory – Forensic DNA Evidence


Sept 26-30

Monday 9/26:  Read Lesson 5.  Be able to answer questions.  (There will be a quiz on all material so far in class and reading through Lesson 5 on Wednesday.)  You may want to check the syllabus for taking quizzes in class.  If absent there is no makeup and will be one of the quizzes that are dropped. If you know you are going to be absent then take the quiz after school on Tuesday or before school on Wednesday.

Students are to start their prelab for the Copper Cycle Lab on page 26-27.  Students need to have passed the safety quiz, (turned in all safety quizzes) and have turned in a complete Lab Safety Contract to participate in this lab.

       Pre-lab            The first lab is longer than most we will do this year.  Also the first lab has more substances and MSDS to be read and followed.   Due to these factors and since this is the first lab, 2 extra days of time are being given.  Save all your MSDS notes on the chemical substances used in this lab since all of these substances are used again in future labs. Do use your time wisely because your success in lab is based on how well you prepare and question the steps you will perform.

Continue to come to class prepared and use the first 5 minutes of class to ask questions.  When asking your questions, explain your thoughts and reasonings and possible arguments that you are considering. 

Tuesday:  Read Lesson 6.  Continue Prelab.  Read MSDS for all of the substances to be used and formed by any chemical reaction.  Since this is the first lab and multiple reactions occur, looking up all the information will take time.  Be sure to spread this and the other steps of your prelab out over the days given.   General ideas are given for safety and procedure for this lab.  You will want to consider the procedure you will follow for "careful handling".  Explain how you will be "careful" and what is to be done if spills occur.  How accurate is "approximately"?  What will happen if you do not make accurate measurements?  You are limited to the tools in your lab drawer and found in the room.  No pipets will be given.  The 8 M acid and base will be set out in a buret.  Only one sheet of filter paper per lab group.

Wednesday:  Quiz (20 points)  Continue prelab.  Plan out all steps.  Be prepared to predict (remember you predict based on some thought and reasoning not just a guess) have your argument planned for this prediction of time and a schedule for the reactions during your procedure.  I suggest that you may consider a "Plan A" and a "Plan B" for different circumstances that may arise or you think may happen.  Trying to write out equations for the reactions may be helpful.  Do not just look up the reactions, try doing this on your own and with your lab partner.

        Pre-lab lab report expectations

You will be given two days to complete this lab so know where and when safe to stop on the first day, how to store safely overnight and how to properly dispose and clean up any spills.  In lab safety you learned you are responsible for cleanup and spill and the only container on the supply table will be for your final product. There will not be any disposal containers for any other substance.

Thursday:  Writing lab Reports.  20-30 minutes to continue/complete prelab.


Friday:    Last minute considerations for lab as a class discussion.  Last 10 minutes of class for Prelab Quiz (5 questions, 5 points)  Prelab quizzes may be made up before doing lab if you are absent. (I suggest coming in before school to do in order to save class time for doing the lab.)

Monday 10/3:   WOW First Lab.  Lab report due Thursday.  If you have done as expected, your lab report should be completed 10 no more than 15 minutes after your final measurement which would be mid-class or at least by the end of the period on Tuesday.  That means that you started with your Heading Title, Question, Hypothesis, and Data tables written and ready for lab.  You wrote your observations and data each day as you did the lab and only have to write the conclusion to complete your lab report on the last day of the lab.  Since this is first lab, additional time to complete your lab report is being given.  Your lab report is to be handwritten and 3 pages or less of writing in length and in lab report format.  A page is one side of a piece of paper.   (You may turn in 5-6 pages however only 3 pages of writing on those 5-6 pages are allowed.)  

September 19-23

Reminder:  The schedule may change due to class discussions.  In most cases if extra time is given in class then scheduled, the listed topic or activity may not be done and would then be done on the next day.  If absent, check in with your study buddy to be ready for class.  After you receive your book, reading assignments are to be done on the day listed even if other material listed is not completed on that day.

Monday:  Completion of Lab Safety.  Safety Quiz.  Reminder:  If more than two questions are missed you will be required to take another safety quiz.  The first retake is free, each retake after the first loses 1 point from your score.  (ex. You score a 25/25 on the 5th retake.  Your score would be a 21/25.) After you have passed the safety quiz or safety contract is due.  A complete heading is needed when any material is turned in.  Passing of the safety quiz and turning in the safety contract are required before you may do the Copper Cycle Lab on page 26.

The lab fee may be paid in the ASB Office.  This is expected to be done by Oct 28.

Sometime this week read in the Flynn catalog safety procedures 26a and 26b.  

Tuesday:  Lab drawer equipment and check out will follow lab safety presentation.  Book checkout will be today or tomorrow so bring your ID.  When you receive your text Read Lesson I.  Be able to answer the questions at the end of the reading.  Writing the answers and keeping in your notebook are helpful in learning and review of this material.  If you have any questions or want clarity about the reading, ask questions at the start of class.

Wednesday:  Read Lesson 2.  Be able to answer the questions,  Do #3 Remember our research format is listed in the syllabus.  More than 2 paragraphs are expected. For one page of writing 3 sources are expected.  If you write more than a page and a half, more resources are expected.  Use M.L.A. format for your sources.

Thursday: Read Lesson 3.  Be able to answer the questions.  One or more demonstration will be shown and students will practice writing observations and hypothesis.  Data Tables and more reflection of the design you started the first week. 

Friday:  Read Lesson 4.  Be able to answer the questions.  Measurements.  Precision, Accuracy.

Even though past the late due date for the Pretest, turn in your pretest for half credit.  This pretest will be given back and used at the end of the semester.

Monday 9/26:  Read Lesson 5.  Be able to answer questions.  (There will be a quiz on all material so far in class and reading through Lesson 5 on Wednesday.)

                        Prelab Expectations.  Students are to start their prelab for the Copper Cycle Lab on page 26-27.  Remember you need to have passed the safety quiz, (turned in all safety quizzes the day you picked them up) and have turned in a complete Lab Safety Contract to participate in this lab.


September 12-16

Monday:   Chemistry Pre-test is due.  

                 Thinking and writing scientifically. (Review)   Discussion and questions about your designed lab procedure for identifying an unknown chemical mixture.

                Reflection questions.

Tuesday:  Start a "Map" of the room to show where all equipment and materials are found in class.  Lab safety.  

Wednesday:  Lab safety  Keep up with what you learn each day.

Thursday: Lab safety.  Ask about different scenarios you imagine and how to do safely.  Remember to always read MSDS for formulas, what effect the substance can have on you including the LD50, how to clean up spills and safely dispose.

Friday:   Lab safety.  Reminder that safety is a requirement and mastery/following of rules and procedures are mandatory.  


September 7-9

Wednesday        Welcome.  Problems Solving Activity.    Introductions.  Ideas for a successful school year.

              Scientific Method discussion.  Observations:  Qualify, Quantify, Use of your senses, and Time.  This discussion will continue and be used everyday in class this year.

              Start considering/choosing your lab partner.  This is  one time choice, so choose wisely.  Your best friend is not always the best choice.  Labs are successful when the lab group     bring different ideas, questions and thoughts to different situations. 

             I suggest that you keep notes each day of class.  I suggest Cornell Notes as you may already use in other classes.  Review and making applications each day to your notes will aid in your understanding. 

       Read Course Syllabus

       Read Science Literacy     

       About Science Cafe

The next Science Cafe:

When:  7:00 PMTuesday, 13 September 2016
Where:  Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, Phone 360.352.0123)

Our September Topic Is:  The Art of Explaining Science

Thursday:      Read course syllabus.  Download a copy.  Keep in your notebook and bring to class everyday.  Ask for clarification if you have any questions.

              Continue discussion of the scientific method.  Research a scientific question.     Questions written on the board, need be considered and I recommend that you write your answers and continue to review, reflect and revise your answers for the first several months of the class. 

What are you going to do to be successful in chemistry this year?

How are you going to be successful in chemistry class this year?

Why are you going to be successful in chemistry class his year?

               You may wish to read from the following link about students that have a fear of chemistry.


Make two copies of the safety contract.  Your parents and you are to read/sign/complete both copies.  You are to turn one into class and keep the other in your notebook.  You may not participate in lab activities until Mr. Beeson has your copy.

         Safety Contract

Friday:         Review of Writing Scientifically on a daily basis.  Writing Lab reports.  (Writing scientifically will be a common theme everyday in class.) 

             Chemistry Pretest;  due Monday.  This is to show what you know about chemistry at this time.   Do your own work and do not use any reference material or other students. 


Mon (9/12)       Complete any discussion or part of first lab demo started last week.       Lab safety.    I suggest making a map of the classroom and all safety features and rules to be followed.  At the end of the safety lessons (2-3 classes) students must pass a true/false safety quiz.   (To pass, a student must miss not more than two questions of a 20-25 question quiz.)  Students that do not pass, retake a different safety quiz until they miss no more than 2 question.  Students will not be allowed in lab until they pass the safety quiz and have approved safety contract turned in.