Welcome to Chemistry and AP chemistry.
My name is Mrs. Hier and I am happy to be teaching Chemistry and AP chemistry this year. We are all new to this virtual setting and though I do miss meeting you in person I know this year will be a great adventure. Chemistry is a course that requires creativity, curiosity and logical thinking and for that reason plays an important part in your development. I hope to inspire you to consider an interesting and rewarding STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) related career for your future.
Chemistry is a lab based physical science course where we study how chemistry is involved in all parts of our lives from the smallest building blocks of matter to how chemistry technology can help us have cleaner water and a healthier planet. We will think like scientists, practice the scientific method and use evidenced based argument and research. We will conduct experiments, collect data, and analyze and explain the results using a variety of virtual and online methods.
AP Chemistry is a second year, in depth, fast paced College level Chemistry course that prepares students for the college board AP exam in May. Normally a minimum of sixteen college board AP recommended labs are completed with at least six being Inquiry in style. In order to allow for completion of all labs and activities, AP chemistry is a 2 period class. This year many of the labs will be completed virtually or though demonstration using Vernier's Pivot Interactives and FlinnPrep Inquiry Labs.
I look forward to a great year with you! Don't worry! We've got this!
You will need the following class materials:
a chromebook or other computer with a camera and mic
a scientific calculator with EE or EXP button,( Avoid the TiXIIs or multi view calculator from Target if possible)
a spiral notebook and/or 3 ring binder with loose leaf paper to hold your work
blue or black pen
colored pencils or pens
Other optional items that will help you at home are: white printer paper, index cards, a stylus to write on a touch pad, a printer, a small white board, white out, scissors, a glue stick and post it notes.
I will try to make much of your work in goggle docs or forms but research shows you retain a lot when you write out your notes and I find it easier to do/compute math type problems using a pencil and paper.
AP chemistry class materials are the same as above except a graphing calculator is needed. TI-83 or more recent model.
My schedule this 2020-21 school year in D-9 is
Period 1 AP Chemistry
Period 2 AP Chemistry
Period 3 Preparation period
Period 4 Chemistry
Period 5 Chemistry
Period 6 Chemistry
We will be using Google classroom as our learning platform.
Assignments can be found on google classroom. Ask your child for the guardian code for our google classroom. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
When you struggle- We all struggle at times.
Chemistry can be a challenging class. We will work together and help each other but I encourage students to use the tutorials and other videos I have made and posted on google classroom for extra help when needed. Please ask questions in class when you want clarification or ask for time in an office hour. Sometimes you just need a little extra time, practice and discussion to clear things up. Other recommendations for assistance - You friends are a great source of help, homework hotline 1877-827-5462, Kahn Academy, Bozeman science for online tutorials.