Last week was a big learning curve for the chemistry 30s, as they discovered the abstract concept of Enthalpy (potential energy in chemical bonds). Chemistry 30 is quite a bit more difficult than chem 20, and a lot of students are finding the jump significant! Not to worry! We will get through it together!
This week is an exciting week in Chem 30: WE START OUR FIRST LAB!!! Students will be asked to develop a procedure to test the enthalpy of two simple reactions. They will have to develop their own version of a Calorimeter, which they have not yet learned in class. This lab is inquiry based learning at its finest! The two day lab will be performed Tuesday and Wednesday, with an individual lab report due Wednesday September 17. Often times students find this lab difficult, as they are unsure of expectations and formatting for an official chemistry lab. For this reason, students are able to re-perform the lab and resubmit a lab report if they wish, according to the Science Department Assessment policy.
This week also marks the first official assessment for Chemistry 30. The quiz on Thursday, September 11 will be covering topic 1-4 of Unit A, and will be done on Moodle (so students need to bring their computers!)
Ms. Kendra Mogck