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 Attention!   Click Here for the 2016-2017 Bell Schedule.
Chemistry A: 3
Instructor: TIMOTHY RIDGWAY   

WELCOME TO Chemistry A!
Room G-118
 
Contact Information
       Teacher: Tim Ridgway
 
       REV Phone: (909) 389-2500 ext. 32618
 
       School email: tim_ridgway@redlands.k12.ca.us
       Email is the fastest and the best way to reach me!
  
About the Course
       Chemistry A is a college preparatory laboratory science course that explores the nature of matter and its interaction with energy. 
       This course concentrates on laboratory techniques and experiences. 
       This course will fulfill the laboratory course requirement for most four-year universities and colleges.
 
A Typical Lesson
       ChemCatalyst
       Notes (vocabulary)
       Activity
       Wrap-up
       Homework
 
How to be successful
       Be in school every day
       Bring your notebook, scientific calculator, and school supplies everyday
       Get extra help before and after school and during Intervention Times when needed
       www.studygs.net
 
What to expect
       Students will have approximately 10-35 minutes of homework every night.
       If a student does not complete an assignment in class, he/she is often required to finish it at home.
       All assignments are to be done in the student’s notebooks. Notebooks will be graded periodically through out the semester.
       Each unit is divided into sections. Each section will have a quiz, and there will be a final unit test for each unit.
 
Absences
       It is the responsibility of each student to make-up work missed during absences. Students must ask for missing assignments, and make up work according to the district policy. If a student is absent on the day of a laboratory experiment, he or she will need to come in before school or during intervention time to get the data that was missed.
 
When to get help
       Every morning from 7:00am – 7:20am
       After school Wednesdays through Fridays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
       Intervention Times on block days.
 
Grade Breakdown
       Exams                  50%      
       Experiments          30%      
       Assignments          10%      
       Final Exam             10%
 
What’s my grade?
       Check the Aeries/ABI Parent Portal
       Send teacher an email requesting a grade breakdown
       Call teacher and leave a message
       Have your student bring home a grade print out
 
 
Announcements
NOTE:
This is the web page for both of my Chem A classes, periods 2 and 3.

Since I started with this class at the semester, they didn't make a separate page for period 3.
How can I bring my grade up?
“How Do I Bring Up My Grade?”
I am asked this question frequently. Here is my best answer:
  1. Tutoring-- Tutoring is usually available through the Career Center. The tutors are student volunteers who have taken the class before. One Paid tutors that I know of is: Heather Murillo, 909-709-4977, heathermurillo@gmail.com, She has been helpful to students in the past.
  2. Come in to see me in the morning. I’m here usually around 7 every morning. If your grade is low I would recommend coming in once or twice a week for a while. You could: ask questions about the homework, work on your homework and ask questions as you go along, and practice working calculation problems on the board.
  3. Complete all assignments.
  4. Sometimes students say that they finish all the homework, but still do poorly on tests. Just because you can answers the questions with your book or notes open in front of you, doesn’t mean you can remember it all when the test comes around. You need to remember everything without looking at the book. Here are a few tips:
    1. Make flash cards for vocab. Use them to study. I have been known to give extra credit for flash cards turned in.
    2. Practice doing the calc problems without looking at the book or your notebook. (Yes, that means doing some of the ones you already did.) If you can do them without looking at the book, you are going to pass. Come in before school and do a couple problems at the board.
    3. Look at www.studygs.net. This web site was created by a professor at a university in Minnesota. It contains many tips and techniques. Try one or two. If they work, keep doing them. If not, try another.
    4. Create a study group. Sometimes it’s best if your bestest friends are not in your study group because when you are with your friends you don’t always stay focused. Members of a study group can help each other be accountable. They can help each other understand.
    5. Sitting and watching TV with your book open in front of you does not constitute “studying”. Studying takes place with the TV OFF and your phone/iPod/music OFF.
  5. Some people find Chemistry difficult. All of you are capable of succeeding, but it may take some extra effort. If you’re not willing to put in the extra time, you are going to struggle.

If I think of anything else, I’ll update this list.
NOTEBOOK REQUIRED FOR CLASS
All students need a spiral-bound notebook for use in Chem A.  It can be wide-ruled or college-ruled, 1 subject or more.  A 5 subject size, 180 sheets, will probably be enough to get through the year.  If you get the smaller ones, you will probably need more than one.  I want to start using it on Thursday the 9th.

Discussion Topics
Files
 Balancing Equations
Notes on how to balance chemical equations
 California Standards Test
REView stuff for the CST
 California Standards Test
REView stuff for the CST
 Chapter 15-A
Chapter 15 stuff
 Chapter 4--A
Chapter 4 stuff
 Final Exam - 1st Semester
Stuff to review for 1st semester final exam
 Final Exam - 2nd Semester
Stuff to use to review for the 2nd semester final exam
 Heat/Rate/Equilibrium
Heat, Rate, and Equilibrium stuff
 Setting up notebook
here are the papers for setting up the homework notebook
 chem A exercise package C.pdf
Here is the big file of Chem A exercises
 COMMON ION CHART.rtf
Here's a common ion chart that you can print out for yourself
 curriculum paper chem A.doc
Here is a copy of the Curriculum Paper for Chem A
 Exercise on P 268 Mole House answers.pdf
Here are the answers for the exercise on page 268 in your yellow lab manual. The exercise is on the Mole House!!
 How to get an A or B in chemistry a 2.rtf
How Do I Get An A or B In Chemistry???
 Tips to prepare for a test.rtf
Tips for Preparing for a Test
Homework
No "Homework" exist(s)

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