| The summer has past and a new year at Cayuga Secondary is upon us.
For my grade 10ís and 12ís this is a familiar time of the year when you have the opportunity to renew friendships
and get back to the task at hand.
The vast majority of you have not had me for a teacher before. I am looking forward to getting to know more about each of you and I am sure that you will quickly recognize some of my quirks.
My ultimate goal in teaching you science is to ensure that I make the course material as interesting , fun and exciting as possible. I desperately want EVERY person in my classes to take as many further science classes as is possible so that you too may come to appreciate science and the scientific method.
Make no mistakes though, I EXPECT you to provide me with 100% of your effort. Science can be very exciting but that requires a great deal of effort from me and you.
|| Chemistry provides students with the opportunity to understand fundamental
relationships which the descriptive sciences often times do not offer. .|
This course will cover 5 main areas: structure and properties, rates of reactions, equilibrium, organic chemistry and finally electrochemistry.
We will begin the year with a unit on structure and properties. This will introduce you to quantum theory and mechanics and also molecular orbital theory.
The rates of reactions unit will delve into the concepts of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics related to chemical reactions.
The equilibrium unit will explore concepts involved when chemical reactions are dynamic or do not go to completion.
The organic unit involves the understanding of the naming of organic compounds and their functional groups which are commonly found throughout society.
Finally, the last unit, electrochemistry, will be an extension of the Gr.11 curriculum. Electrolytic cells and REDOX reactions will be the main focus.
| Science, for some students,can be an intimidating subject. Endless reams of formulas and mathematics can drive some students to dislike the subject without ever really exploring
it. Grade 9 science will not bombard you with formulas. It is in fact a very enjoyable course.
We will begin the year with a unit on chemistry and then proceed on to ecosystems, space
and finally electricity.
The chemistry unit deals with the physical and chemical properties of matter as well as
the atomic structure of matter.
The ecosystems unit explores issues related to our environment. Most senior biology
courses examine ecological issues and population dynamics in greater detail.
The space unit covers aspects of our solar system, galaxy and universe.
And finally, the electricity unit deals with types of electrical circuits and the role of
Within each one of these units you will conduct lab investigations, write short quizzes,
tests, and participate in an end of the unit activity.
| The grade 10 science course is a very interesting
and challenging course. The material covered in this course requires students to
devote time and effort to insure their success.
In this course we will explore 4 units: chemical processes, motion, the sustainability of ecosystems and weather dynamics.
The chemical processes unit will explore some concepts dealing with chemical reactions and the factors which influence their rates of reaction. These coupled with the grade 9 chemistry unit form the basis for any further chemistry courses.
The motion unit is mathematical in nature and requires students to manipulate equations, solve problems, and graph data results. This knowledge will greatly enhance a students ability to succeed in further physics courses.
The ecology unit explores issues related to our environment. Most senior biology courses examine ecological issues and population dynamics in greater detail.
In the final unit weather dynamics we will focus on the mechanisms which are responsible for weather patterns. In addition we will analyze trends in local and global conditions required for forecasting.
By the end of this course I hope that you as a student will have learned the fundamentals necessary for further senior science courses.
| I encourage all parents to communicate
with me any time you may have questions or want to know how your
son/daughter is doing. You can contact me at the
This site will provide you with the vast majority of specific information pertaining to the course, including: current grades, sample quizzes and tests, and assignment due dates. It allows parents and students greater access to what is currently going on in the course and what will be happening in the future.
I will include an email address on the parents page to allow easier communications during non-school hours.
∑ BE IN CLASS ON TIME
∑ DO NOT MISS CLASSES
∑ HAND IN ALL ASSIGNMENTS
∑ HAND IN ASSIGNMENTS ON THEIR DUE DATE
∑ HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK