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 Welcome to my home page! The most important links to visit are the calendar and those for your specific class. 
The MyHomeworkApp should also be a place you frequent to make sure you know what is coming up in all of your classes and when these tasks are due.
Tutorial times are in the morning on  M, Th, and F from 7:30-7:55 AM, Tuesdays during Advisory Period, and most days after school until about 4:20 PM. 
Dr. McPhee hosts the Science Olympiad team in his classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch and may also host the FIF group with Mr Parsons on Mondays and Wednesdays.   I prefer to keep my room a place of learning during the lunch hour (not a video game hangout).
We can always use more nitrile or non-latex examination gloves--we do lots of labs!


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Information for 2017-2018 AP Chem Students

If you will be taking AP Chemistry for the 2017-2018 year, see the instructions below for actionable items to complete before we convene in just over two short months from now.  We will hit the ground running and work hard for the entire year. 
 1  obtain a UTEID to allow you to do the Quest HW's; you will do so at this address:  http://quest.cns.utexas.edu/student
This is imperative.
Once you have done this, you can sign up for my AP class.  The name is AP Chem and the course number is 12345.   Once you sign up, I will approve you as a student.  click this link for quicker access:
The first HW will be due the first week in August.
2.  you will need to purchase a lab notebook similar to this one:
(the 100 page version will serve you better than the 50 page version; we will do enough lab work to justify the 100 page lab notebook)
3.  go ahead and print out the Pre-AP Practice Final that will be posted to the my web site to gauge how much chem you remember.
4.  locate your Pre-AP or regular chem polyatomic list and start studying it for a quiz the first week back--email me if you need another copy.  you also need to memorize the formulas and names for the 7 strong acids.  The 7 strong acids in case you forgot are:  hydrochloric, hydrobromic, hydroiodic, sulfuric, nitric, perchloric and chloric acid.

Dr McPhee's Tutoring Day is Tuesday

Starting this year, NYOS secondary school students will have the opportunity to attend tutoring with their teachers during their advisory period on select days.
Dr. McPhee's tutoring day during advisory period is TUESDAY.
Note that this time is in addition to the tutoring times listed on this website.

How Do I Find out What is Due and When?

That is a great question!
The answer is any of these three places:
1.  in the classroom on the whiteboard
2.  on this website calendar
3.  MyHomeworkApp (everyone except AP); AP students will use Piazza

Stoichiometry Re-Quiz this Friday

will be uncurved and will not have quiz corrections;
if your score is better than your first stoich quiz grade, then this will supercede that grade in the gradebook;
please come to tutoring this week prior to taking the re-quiz
(PreAP:  re-quiz is over stoich only, not metal ion complexes)
*this is likely to be the only re-quiz of the year*

Where Do I Find Important Dates?

Answer:  3 places,
a.  on white board in classroom
b.  on teacher website calendar
c.  on Dr McPhee's MyHomeworkApp website

Supply List for 2015-2016 School Year

The list below applies to all regular and pre-ap chemistry students and those in IPC.  The AP class has a separate list of items to bring and things to do--check the AP class page for those instructions.     


*Boys:  please bring 1 pack of black dry erase markers (Expo or similar).  Office Depot has the best deals on packs of black erasers.  We will use lots of them!!!


      *Girls:  please bring 1 box of ‘one size fits all’ disposable laboratory gloves such as those found in the health section of HEB.   Look for these:  ‘Ultra-Soft’ Synthetic Gloves made from PVC’


      2 inch binder to hold your class notes and handouts, graded quizzes, exams and homework, and returned lab reports.


      Scientific Calculator, such as a TI-30X which are readily available from Wal-Mart, etc. for less than $20.  If you already have a good calculator from one of your other classes, show it to Dr. McPhee—it will likely suffice for any calculation you will perform in this class. 


      Suggested Items:  a planner to keep track of assignments; dividers for your ring binder; pencils and pens (blue or black only, please); notebook paper.


AP:  please return your textbooks starting on Wednesday May 18, 2016.
Regular and Pre-AP:  return your textbooks starting on Tuesday May 17, 2016 if you have exempted the Final Exam.
If you are NOT exempting the Final Exam, you are welcome to hold onto the textbook until the day of the Final Exam or return it early if you wish.
Light Blue Paperback Study Guides: Most AP students were issued one of these as well as some regular and Pre-AP students:  I need these back as well.
**These textbooks are very expensive--make sure you return any that have been issued to you!

!!!Stoichiometry Re-Quiz Opportunity!!!

I rarely do this, but will this time:  if you scored a 69 or below after the curve on the Stoich Quiz, you will be allowed to take a re-quiz (same format, different questions) on either Tue, Wed, Thurs or Fri AM before class this coming week of Jan 26th.
Please take advantage of this if your overall grade is below a 70.

Exam 2 Topic List and Strategy

We will have an exam over the course of 2 days next week covering Zumdahl Chapters 3 and 4.

*Scroll down for Learning Objectives

* How should you study this weekend?

1.  do the Quest that is due Mon night

2.  read, re-read and re-read again Chapters 3 and 4 in Zumdahl

3.  look at all returned quizzes and online HW since Exam I to ID the types of questions missed.

4. Do these problems in your study guide:  Ch3 (pp76-78):  83, 84, 88, 89, 93, 97, 103, 104 and Ch4(pp111-114):  58, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 70, 73, 74, 78, 81, 83, 84, 86-88. **I STRONGLY recommend you do these problems**


Topic List for Exam 2, Q1

Zumdahl Chapter 3

1.  Isotopic Mass and Mass Spectrometry


2.  Computation of moles from molar mass (Formula or Atomic Weight, FW or AW)


3.  Calculation of percent composition from a given molecular formula


4.  Calculation of empirical formula from percent composition or combustion data


5.  Calculation of molecular formula from empirical formula and formula weight (molar mass)


6.  Balancing chemical reactions


7.  Reaction stoichiometry using a balanced reacxtion, any of these as inputs (particles, liters of gas, grams) and any of these as outputs (particles, liters of gas, grams)

*think of the mole road map I handed out*


8.  Limiting Reactant and Percent Yield Problems


Zumdahl Chapter 4

9.  Identification of strong and weak electrolytes


10.  Calculation of molarity from grams or ppm or by using the dilution formula


11.  Calculation of molarity of ions given initial molarity and molecular formula or name


12.  Construction of a net ionic equation from given reactants (either as words or formulas)


13.  Balancing and stoichiometry of acid base reactions (including predicting products)


14.  Balancing and stoichiometry of redox reactions, including determining number of electrons transferred.

AP Chem IMPORTANT: Quest Sign Up

Quest is now online for HW and Quizzes--we will start using it the week of Aug 11

If you used Quest last year, you already have a UTEID   ID number and password; the course name is AP Chem and the course number is 12345.  Go ahead and sign up and I will approve you as a student.

You need to have a UTEID to access Quest to do the assignments.  Instructions can be found here below once you go to the Quest Student sign up page:  http://quest.cns.utexas.edu/student


Please do this ASAP!  Let me know right away if you have any problems.  

Also:  UTEID requires a high security password---you may need to try a few before one is accepted that has enough numbers, letters and special characters to be considered of high enough security--it is a bit of a pain.


Quest Learning & Assessment Help - The Univeristy of Texas at Austin

Quest Student FAQs

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Student Enrollment: UT Austin student  |  Off campus student
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Getting Started

Read the Student overview 

Quest Student Home page 

UT Austin Student Enrollment

  • Log into http://quest.cns.utexas.edu/student
  • Click on the arrow beside "Get Started"
  • Make sure that the "Hello" in the upper right-hand corner has your name.
  • The link to your class should be there under the MY COURSES tab.
    If not, please contact your instructor.
  • iClicker registration is done in the profile page if required by your instructor

Off Campus Student Enrollment

  • Obtain the unique number of your course from your instructor.
  • If you have not already done so, obtain a UT EID from http://www.utexas.edu/eid.
    If you give the EID system bogus information, you may not be able to retrieve your EID nor the password in the future. If your email address changes, you need to return to this URL and correct it.

    NEVER obtain a second EID, doing so can cause issues

  • Log into http://quest.cns.utexas.edu/student
    You will be sent to the EID system for your EID and password, then redirected back to us. If the redirection doesn't work, type in the URL again: http://quest.cns.utexas.edu/student
  • Click the arrow beside "Get Started"
  • Make sure that the "Hello" in the upper right-hand corner has your name.
  • Under the MY COURSES tab, choose "ENROLL IN NEW COURSE"
  • Supply the unique number in the box and choose "LOOKUP COURSE INFO"
  • Select the appropriate course (if more than one option) and choose "REQUEST ENROLLMENT"
  • Your instructor has to approve your request before you can proceed in the course.

Turn in Safety Contract and Contact Sheets


Please turn in your signed emergency contact and safety contract sheets to me ASAP.  I will need them before you can do lab next Thursday.

-Dr. McPhee

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I am a scientist who loves teaching. I will be teaching all levels of Chemistry, as well as IPC, this year at NYOS.