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This will be the last posting of the year! Most of you are getting ready for high school. Reflecting back on this year, what would you say is the most important concept you have learned and then tell us why you think it's the most
This week it's all about making choices in life. These choices can be about things as simple as doing your homework each night, or as important as who you may marry, but every choice is made better by examining your values. Without using names, discuss a choice you know was made and what values were involved that made it the right choice.
Later this week you will be receiving your egg "babies", what kinds of tough choices do you have to make when you have a baby? Or maybe better yet, what choices do you lose when you have a child at a young age?
Well, we've started our sexual education program, Values and Choices. SO, what we are going to do is shift gears to this topic. For this weeks postings I need two kinds of responses.
First, I want people to describe a bad situation that they have witnessed or experienced in middle school.
Next, I want someone to respond to the scenario with how the values we talk about in class are missing, and how it could have been handled better.
Do not post another situation until the first one posted is resolved.
Also, DO NOT post any names, even your own, in the situation. This will like how we speak in class, "Someone I know..."
All sorts of diets come and go swearing to make you more healthy, beautiful, or slim. Find a diet that you can examine. Using your knowledge of chemistry and nutrition, decide if it is a good diet, or if it poses risks.
1) Describe the basic idea of the diet.
2) Describe how it chemically/nutritionally gives you the desired results.
3) Discuss "the good" and "the bad" of doing a diet like this from a chemical/nutritional standpoint.
I'll leave this one up for the next two weeks, so you have some time.
For this blog entry I want you to consider the chemistry we have done so far. We've looked at characteristics of reaction, what happens to the atoms in a reaction, and some solution chemistry. Where in the universe (planetary, solar system, galactic, etc.) do acids and bases exist? and what atoms and molecules are involved? What organic molecules can be found off-Earth? Where are they? How do they form? This entry will be good this week and the week after break so you could work on it over break as well.
Okay, for the next two weeks we'll work on this blog entry for bonding. Remember that you can respond more than once to any blog. For this one I want you to think about some of the common compounds (molecules) that are found in our universe. Without repeating anyone else's work pick one molecule and
1) describe the elements involved and their type (metals or non).
2) describe what type of bonds hold it together
2.5) If ionic, describe the ionizations as well
2.5) If covalent, how many shared pairs as well.
3) what this compoun is useful for
4) where it is found on and off Earth
Is it a reaction or is it not? This is a difficult question to sometimes answer. This weeks' blog is all about chemical reaction around the home. What are things that happen in the kitchen, outside, etc. that are a chemical reaction and what are the observations that tell us they are? For a double hard question (and more points), what are those things that appear to be reactions, but really aren't
Atoms and molecules. We're transitioning into understanding how atoms combine/react to become molecules and where these molecules can be found. For this week I'd like you to do some research and find out what kinds of substances (elements and molecules) we can find on planets and moons. SO pick a moon or planet and ...
1) describe what part of the planet or moon you are describing (atmosphere, geosphere, etc.), and then
2) describe the substances. Be sure to express the substances by their chemical name and atomic make up (i.e. carbon dioxide CO2)
We know that heavier elements form in the core of stars like our sun and even bigger. We know that the process starts out as H turning into He, but what about the others. Research and find out what elements are formed next, but more than just the order, get the BIG points by describing why. There are many elements so there's lots to choose from.
This blog is for you...
Feel free to share some curious train of thought you have, as well as share your thoughts on others.