Last week, the chem 30s completed their midterm exam, which was (for the most part) well done. It was obvious many students put in the work in preparation for this diploma style exam. I am happy with the average of 71% in one of the classes, and 63% in the other class. This discrepancy is common between classes, and is mainly due to the variety of student learners within the two classes. As per the course outline, the in class final exam is able to replace a student's midterm mark, if it is an improvement in the grade.
Once the stress of the midterm was finished, we got into Organic Chemistry (Unit C). Now I should be clear that I have a super soft spot for Organic Chemistry, as my undergrad is a double major in Industrial Organic Chemistry (and Human Physiology)... So, this is my favourite unit. So when I overheard students saying "This is actually fun" and "I actually like this"; you can see why it made my day! This unit is heavier on material theory and understanding, and less focused on labs. For that reason, Unit C is comprised of quizzes, assignments, one 1/2 lab and a project, prior to the unit test. So none of your kids should be complaining about lab work, unit December. The students have also been provided with the tentative class schedule for the rest of semester.
This week is sort of a funky mess due to 2 separate assemblies going on this week, so the two classes will have a slightly different plan. In any case, we will be doing a lot of learning how to name organic compounds. The students will be given the ochem project details this week, in case they want to get started on it ahead of time.
I should mention here that if your son or daughter is failing chemistry, you would have received a message from the school. This is because first term is officially over, and therefore we are half way through the semester. In order to do better in chemistry, students should take advantage of all the opportunities provided to them: rewriting quizzes and unit tests, coming in for extra help during flex, watching my 10 minute tutorial videos online and attending the newly created study group on Friday after school. Last week I had 8 kids attend the study group, in which we went over the midterm thoroughly and went through the Friday exit slip. This week we will be reviewing alkenes, aromatics and functional groups, as well as working out the kinks in naming organic compounds.
This week in Chem 30
Monday: Topic 5 Alkenes and Alkynes
Tuesday: Work Period
Wednesday: Remembrance Day
Thursday: Topic 6 Aromatics
Friday: Topic 7 Functional Groups
Upcoming Due Dates
Tues Nov 10: Unit B Electrochem Rewrite AFTER SCHOOL 4pm-5:30pm
Wed Nov 18: OChem Quiz 1
Mon Nov 23: Ester Quick Lab due
Mon Nov 30: Industrial OChem Project due
Tues Dec 1: Unit C Organic Chem Test
Ms. Kendra Mogck