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  1. Alayna C.

    Hey Mr. Crockett ,
    Im not sure what all we were supposed to put up here, but I do have a question! As far as memorizing and studyinq goes for chemistry, what is the easiest way to get the information down and understand it? I am nervous about the class this year because i know it is difficult, so if yu have any ideas could you please let me know? Thank You !
    Oh! Nice website . =]

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      The best strategy is to stay interested and make connections to everyday life. That way the knowledge will stick. We’ll do lots learning in class too.

      Great question. Thanks.

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    2. Mr. Crockett Post author

      We’ll also use mnemonic devices to help you remember information. Here’s one for our upcoming topic on measurement:

      [K]ing [H]enry [D]ied, [d]rinking [c]hocolate [m]ilk; this mnemonic device is a representation of the metric prefixes in descending order.
      Kilo
      Hecto
      Deca

      deci
      centi
      milli

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  2. Torin m. 5th

    What made to want to become a chemisty teacher after sailing around the world and having your own graphic disign company?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Well, the graphic design company is really my wife’s operation; I just help run it. Teaching was an opportunity for me to serve the community on my own terms.

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  3. Britt

    Hey Mr. Crockett, you said I’m missing a couple assignments from the days I was absent. But after looking at the current assignments page, it seems as if I’ve turned in/ done everything I needed too.. ?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Savannah,

      They’re on the rubric. The only thing is that you don’t have to worry about the “mass number” and the “energy levels”. Please make your drawing on computer paper, or something similar. Use color. Make it 3D. Make sure the protons, neutrons and electrons are the correct relative sizes and are the correct charges and in the right places.

      If you can do all of those things, it actually satisfies a Georgia Performance Standard, so that’s why I count it for an assessment grade.

      Thanks for the question.

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Brianna,

      Be sure to review your notes, homework and the quizzes that we did in class. Also peruse chapter 3 in your textbook.

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  4. Brianna

    Can you start making a study guide with an answer sheet that goes with it that you pass out a day or two before each test? Ms. Lane does this for her students and it has been very helpful.

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    1. Leanna L

      i don’t understand how to put a mole in the mole. all of the things i looked up were to big…. what do I do?

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      1. Mr. Crockett Post author

        Hi Leanna,

        We’re not doing that anymore. From now on it’s just a regular ol’ mole with no mole inside. I think you gathered that, judging by your Mole-a-Lisa! Yay.

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  5. Brianna

    Did you grade The Mole Lab and pg 886 #108-113? Because I logged on to my PowerSchool account and it shows that there is not a grade in there for it. I know I completed and turrned them both in. I am just worried that they will pull down my grade if they are not put in.

    Thank You,

    Brianna, 5th period

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  6. Falls Kennedy 5th

    Hey Mr. Crockett! Hope you had a great weekend! I was reviewing my notes for the quiz tomorrow, and I realized that I don’t really understand the part about Louis deBrogle’s wave-particle duality of the electron. Could we go over that and do some review in class before taking the quiz please? I’m in fifth period. Thank you so much! See you tomorrow!

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  7. Mercedes B.

    Hey Mr. C!!
    um…I know u gave us the things that r due nxt week( purpose, hypothesis, etc..) but do u want us to have the whole project done? (im tlkin about the tryptic and all of that) or do u just want us to bring in a copy of the info so u can check it?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Mercedes!

      Just bring a copy of the listed items so that I can check them and make sure that you’re on the right track. You certainly don’t have to have your experimental data (just the data sheet) or your tryptic (great word).

      So, for Monday/Tuesday, students need to turn in the following:
      Purpose
      Hypothesis
      Resources
      Materils List
      Step-by-step method for the experiment
      Identify control/variable
      Data sheet

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  8. Garrett S.

    Hey Mr. Crockett! So I’m having a tough time finding a good science fair topic. I’ve looked in the mad science book and everythings too dangerous. Are there any good websites or books you can point me too? Or any ideas?

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      1. Mr. Crockett

        Hi Garret,

        I’d be interested to see what your plan is. Maybe bounce it off someone in your home before you bring your proposal in to class.

        Also be sure you’ve put in safety measures.

        Mr. C

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  9. Falls K.

    Hi Mr. Crockett! For the list of things that are due tomorrow for science fair, you had something called resources listed on the board. What do we need to do for those?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      What books, magazines, professionals, experts, scientists or internet sites do you intend to refer to in putting together your project?

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    2. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Falls. Are you still doing the diamonds in a microwave experiment? Have you thought about doing a project on the Photoelectric Effect? Remember the cool apparatus on the video we watched in class made of a coke can, tin foil and a styrofoam cup? That’d be a very cool experiment and one that you could create without too much trouble.

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      1. Falls K. and Victoria B.

        We were actually thinking about using a decibel meter to measure the sound level of different shoes such as stilettos, cowboy boots, sperrys, tennis shoes, flip-flops, ballet slippers, and ugg boots with different walking techniques to see which was the loudest. We were confused on what we would say for the list of resources though.

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        1. Mr. Crockett Post author

          That’s an awesome idea Falls and Victoria. I love it!!

          You could list the shoes and a decibel meter as resources.

          You might put an orthopedic shoe specialist on your list, and ask if there’s any correlation between foot pain and shoe loudness. That might be a cool angle for your analysis portion.

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  10. Hannah R. and Maddie H.

    Hey Mr. Crockett,

    We are doing a science fair project where we take swabs of different parts of the school and grow the bacteria in petri dishes. Is it possible for us to use class time to take the swabs?

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  11. Amber B. 6th

    Hi Mr. Crockett! I had a quick question about the science fair projects! I know that i have not turned my stuff in yet but will that effect my grade for not turning it in on time? I have my project topic and everything planned out, but i have been realllll busy these past two weeks but I will have the science fair stuff Tuesday! Oh and when are the science fair projects due?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      The 7 elements of the proposal need to be typed up.

      This moves you along because the text can be used in your presentation or for putting your data into Excel.

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  12. Mia C. 4th period

    Mr Crockett,

    May I do my science fair topic on which of four (maybe more) different sources of gas gives off the most carbon dioxide?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Mia,

      That could be a really cool project. By “gas”, do you mean “fuel”, such as diesel, gasoline, propane, methane, vegetable oil biofuel?

      You could calculate the theoretical amount of CO2 is given off (and even the energy produced, so you could then compute energy released per unit of CO2.) I could help you with this.

      What I’m having trouble with is how to do the experiment. Do you know how you might measure the CO2 given off? I can get how you’d measure the energy given off but not the CO2. Are you aware of any CO2 meters that we could get ahold of?

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      1. Mia C. 4th period

        NOOOO!!! by gas i mean automibile exhaust, human exhalation, etc. i would put the gases into a ballon, and use bromthymol and ammonia to test the carbon dioxide levels. The point is to see which gas releases the most carbon dioxide. The project is really about global warming.

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      1. Philip Panhorst

        Student Handbook? We have a student handbook for chemistry? I did not know that. if you don’t mind me asking, where or what is that?

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  13. Falls Kennedy

    Hi Mr. Crockett! Hope you are having a nice weekend! I had two questions about our research paper- are we allowed to use “I” and “you”, and do you want headings in it before each paragraph like Hypothesis and Results?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Falls,

      Hope you’re having a nice weekend too.

      The 5th edition of the APA Style Manual says it’s okay to use I as a pronoun if you’re the sole author . . . You might want to use, “we.”

      They also said you should ask your teacher. Since that’s me, I’ll agree that I like the sparing use of personal pronouns in papers where appropriate. Though I understand that some teachers and professors are superstitious about the pronouns “I” and “you” for some reason.

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  14. Jackie A. 2nd period

    Hi Mr. Crockett,
    I was wondering if each part of the research paper should be on seperate pages, or if they should just continue on the same page under different headings.
    THANK YOU!

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Jackie,

      I think it’s a good idea to have headings for each section, but it’s not necessary to separate them by page.

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  15. Charlotte F.

    Mr Crockett,
    For the childrens book I got Francium. I can not find any compounds containing this element.The rubric says the book should include 2 pages on this. What should I do?

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      If you have an element that just doesn’t form compounds, please do an “interesting facts” section. It can be the same length as the compounds section would have been.

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  16. Jake K

    Hey Mr. Crockett!
    Is there any way you could put the requirements for the childrens book on here? I left my rubric in the classroom Friday morning.
    If you could, that would be fantastic.

    -Jake.

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Jake,

      I don’t have a copy here. Maybe you could get a friend to read it to you on the phone or just research your element and study for Monday’s test.

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  17. Nathaniel F M

    Hey Mr. Crockett, about that test on Monday, what was the mnemonic device?
    the CrO MnO thing? and the odd three?
    i remember the numbers though.

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  18. Shannon G. 7th

    I have a quick question. I turned in some homework, because after progress reports were issued , you said I could turn in one of the homework assignments. But I didn’t remember which one you said, so I just did all of this marking period’s homework assignments on one paper. And I gave it to you in the hallway. I wanted to know if you had graded it, because I have that powerschool thing, and the grade is still the same.

    -Shannon

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  19. Falls K.

    Hey Mr. Crockett! Sorry to bother you, but I was reading through section 10.3 and 10.4 for our quiz tomorrow and it doesn’t seem to make ANY sense. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for learning the material other than the book, or if you could explain it in class before we take the quiz. Thank you so much!

    -Falls

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  20. Falls K

    Hey Mr. Crockett! Hope you’re having a great weekend! I was wondering for the exam study guide how in depth we should go for the characteristics of acid-metal and acid-base reactions? So far, I have only been able to find the products for these reactions, (for acids and metals: salt and hydrogen, acid and bases: salt and water).

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    1. Mr. Crockett Post author

      Hi Falls!

      Great to hear from you as always. That is a sufficient amount of detail.

      Best of luck to you!

      Mr. C.

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  21. wes witt

    Mr. Crockett today I couldnt find any of my hard back books.. i figured i left them at home. but when i came home they were no where to be found. Usually i would say i misplaced my book. but i lost 3 hard back books somewhere between thuresday and monday. I believe someone might have snagged them.This is a problem for me doing my homework… I drove to 2 different friends houses trying to find the book and work with them but of course they got the wrong book… Hopefully i wont get a zero? im ordering new books if they dont show up

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  22. Sean Kelley

    Hi Mr. Crockett, what did we do on friday? What were the tabs in the binder supposed to be devided into(?), i cant find it in the syllabus. i just got back in town and was wondering
    thanks

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