Weekly outline

  • General

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    Welcome to Chem A! I'm am excited to meet you and get to know you. I'm eager to explore chemistry with you this semester, to better see and understand the incredibly tiny and complex building blocks that God used to piece together our universe. We (and our universe) are "fearfully and wonderfully made," and it's my hope that as our knowledge of chemistry grows, our awe of God grows as well!

    Chemistry can also be challenging (like learning a jump shot or crocheting or playing the banjo), so you will have questions, and when your questions aren't answered fully in class, come find me. 

    Before school I will probably be in room 219; after school, the science teacher work room. If you'd like to email, my address is gschemper@hollandchristian.org. Some questions are easier answered over the phone, so you may call be before 9pm at (616) 558-2697.

    When is Mr. Schemper Available this Week?

    • Monday: After school
    • Tuesday: Before & After school
    • Wednesday: After school
    • Thursday: Before school
    • Friday: Before and After school
      • *Where: Either in room 219, 216, or the science teacher office

  • November 12 - November 18

    Monday, Nov. 13:

    Tues/Wed, Nov 14/15:

    • "Bond Energy" document - at the Google Classroom
    • Calorimeter Activity (at the Google Classroom)
    • Assignment: (1) Be ready for SA 4.1 - 4.4 on Friday, Nov 17, and (2) finish "On Your Own" section on Bond Energy document - then check ANSWERS.

    Thursday, Nov 16:

    • Questions on standards 4.1 - 4.4
    • Start Unit 5: Kinetics
      • Learning about Airbags - Reading
    • Assignment: (1) Be ready for Tomorrow's assessment on SA 4.1 - 4.4. (2) Tomorrow is the final day to REASSESS.

    Friday, Nov. 17:

    • Last day to Reassess Unit 2 & 3 standards
    • SA 4.1 - 4.4
    • After discussing Reading on airbags, watch the following:


    Monday, November 20
    • Explain Kinetics Experiment (at Google Classroom) - choose Independent Variables
    • Work on Kinetics Experiment
      • Purpose, Materials
      • perform one trial & calculations
    • Assignment: Have Purpose, Materials, & Procedure completed on your Kinetics Experiment lab report (at the Google Classroom)


    • November 19 - November 25

      Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21:

      • Explain Kinetics Experiment
        • Purpose, Materials
      • Take Data 
      • Check your Calculations with Mr. Schemper!
      • Make Data Tables (Raw Data & Results)
      • Assignment: (1) Complete Purpose, Materials, & Procedure on your Kinetics Experiment lab report (at the Google Classroom), and (2) Have your Data Tables started/completed - if completed, make a Conclusion (claim with evidence)

      Have a great Thanksgiving break!


      • November 26 - December 2

        Monday, Nov 27:

        • Look at the Kinetics Experiment
          • What parts do you have completed?
        • Class Discussion: Collision Theory
          • Connect this to your data & conclusions
        • Assignment: Complete through "Data Table of the Results" section of your Kinetics Experiment (turn in by 3pm on Thursday, Nov 30).

        Tuesday, Nov 28:

        • Questions on Kinetics Experiment (turn in by 3pm on Thurs. Nov 30)
        • Class Discussion #1: Conclusion, Evaluation, and Further Question.
        • Class Discussion #2: Collision Theory & Reaction Diagrams
          • Check out this video: "Collision Theory"
          • Connect to Thermochemistry
          • Effect of catalysts (enzymes)
        • Character Cards
        • Class Discussion: Essential Questions
        • Assignment: (1) Prepare for SA 5.1 - 5.4 on Fri. Dec 1, and (2) "Turn In" (at the Google Classroom) your Kinetics Experiment by 3pm on Thursday, Nov 30.

        Thursday, Nov 30:

        • Reminder about Kinetics Experiment - due at Google Classroom by 3pm TODAY
        • Questions on standards 5.1 - 5.4
        • Start Unit 6: Chemical Equations
        • Assignment: (1) "Turn In" (at the Google Classroom) your Kinetics Experiment by 3pm on Thursday, November 30, and (2) Finish Drawing Chemical Equations - check ANSWERS

        Friday, Dec 1:

        Monday, Dec 4

        • December 3 - December 9

          Monday, Dec. 4: 

          Tuesday, Dec 5:

          Thursday, Dec 7:

          Friday, Dec 8:


          • December 10 - December 16

            *Last Day to Reassess Unit 4-6 standards is Friday, December 15

            Monday, December 11:

            • SA 6.1-6.4
            • Finish Nature of Science: Part 4 & 5 - using Notes page at Google Classroom
            • Assignment: Complete Parts 4 & 5

            Tuesday, December 12 (Snow Day!)

            Thursday, December 14:

            Friday, December 15:

            • Week wrap-up
            • Lab Clean-up
            • Assignment: (1) Work on Essential Questions, and (2) begin studying for the exam.

          • December 17 - December 23

            Monday, Dec. 18:
            Exam Review

            Tuesday, Dec 19:
            1st Hr exam: 8:45-10:15am
            2nd Hr exam: 10:30-noon

            Wednesday, Dec. 20:
            3rd Hr exam: 8:45-10:15am
            4th/5th Hr exam: 10:30-noon

            Thursday, Dec. 21:
            6th Hr exam: 8:45-10:15am
            7th Hr exam: 10:30-noon

            Friday, Dec. 22:
            8th Hr exam: 8:45-10:15am
            Make up exam: 10:30-noon