Carr, Andrew

Chemistry with Carr

"If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generations of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis (or the atomic fact, or whatever you wish to call it) that all things are made of atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied."

Richard Feynman
Lectures in Physics

What are we doing in chemistry right now? 

What color are the stars? How can astronomers possibly estimate the age of the universe? Both these questions and more about our solar system and beyond can be answered with a basic understanding of light (more accurately categorized as electromagnetic radiation). Our current unit explores the properties of electromagnetic radiation and its origin within subatomic particles of atoms (electron and protons). It's sure to be an illuminating experience! 

Unit Assessment is Tuesday and Wednesday November 21 & 22. Here is an overview of what to study

Class Notes & Materials
If you are absent, or just need to review notes from class, I post each day's PowerPoint notes as a .pdf file on my documents page. Class handouts from Monday Sept. 25th onward can also be downloaded using that link.

All coursework assignments (those tracked on stamp sheets) can also be downloaded via Skyward by clicking on the assignment, and then the paperclip icon.

Online Resources

There are numerous online resources available to supplement our course content. Below are my personal favorites. 

Resource Description
Bozeman Science Paul Anderson is a science teacher from Bozeman, Montana who's pioneered the "flipped classroom" concept. That's where students view lessons online at home, then come to class prepared to apply and discuss those concepts. Go to the video link on his page and check out both his Chemistry and AP Chemistry lessons. 
 Tyler DeWitt  Tyler's style is quite energetic, and students find his problem solving videos especially helpful.
 Crash Course Chemistry  Funny and entertaining videos on everything from the nucleus to stoichiometry.  The BEST online periodic table available. If you've got a question about an element, this is the place to go!
 UC Davis ChemWiki  For those who want to know more! This is a college level online textbook resource, one that I utilize regularly when planning lessons and when a student asks me a particularly good question for which I don't have a good answer. 

Contact Information

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions about assignment, coursework, grades, etc. I will respond as soon as possible. 

Andrew Carr
(360) 396-3399

Office Hours

  • Tuesday after school (2:30-3:30)
  • Wednesday & Thursday morning tutorials
  • Thursday afternoon study hall and after school (2:30-3:30)
  • Friday after school (2:30-3:30)
  • Other times by appointment only please

Mission Statement:
I teach to empower my students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills to meet the learning objectives of this class and the 2012 goals of the National Research Council, which states: 


" the end of 12th grade, all students [will] have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn about science outside school; and have the skills to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology."