Carr, Andrew

Carr's Chemistry Chronicles

A Personal Note from Mr. Carr

As some of you may have heard, Friday June 22 is my last day here at Kingston High School. I was offered and accepted a teaching position at Bainbridge High School. This was not an easy decision; I’ve grown very fond of my students, colleagues, and our Buccaneer community over the past four years. I will never forget the support my family and I received during my stepson’s serious illness/kidney transplant and the recent death of my mother. Thank you!

must stress that my departure has nothing to do with money (if it was I would never have become a teacher ;). It also is not because I dislike or have a particular "issue" here at KHS. For me it's about accepting new challenges and opportunities. My early professional experiences as an actor instilled in me a nomadic spirit, and I've never been one to stay in a specific job for an extended period of time. I will definitely miss you all, and if you’d like to keep in touch look me up on Facebook. In the meantime, I hope to see you out-and-about in the community, and I look forward to seeing you at your graduation in a year or two!   

Andrew Carr
June 20, 2018

Semester Final Exam: Wednesday June 20/Thursday June 21


End of Year Class Photos-- available on Friday June 15th's class PowerPoint

Fundamentals of Nuclear Chemistry (June 6-June 15)
Unit learning objectives: students will 1) Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay, 2) Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation, 3) Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements. 

Coursework for this Unit:
Coursework Stamp #27 & 28
Why Does the Sun Shine? article and discussion questions
Link to Wonders of the Universe: Stardust that we watched in class on Friday June 15

Thermochemistry (energy changes in chemical reactions) & Kinetics  (reaction rates): May 15-June 5

Unit Learning Objective:
students will learn the differences between exothermic vs. endothermic reactions, the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, and how the specific heat capacity & bond energies of compounds influence reactions. 

Assessment Review with Answer Key

Coursework for this Unit:
Coursework Stamp #21
Coursework Stamp #22
Coursework Stamp #23
Coursework Stamp #24
Coursework Stamp #25
Coursework Stamp #26

The Chemistry of Smells April 23-May 14

Unit Assessment was given on Tuesday May 15. They will be returned on Monday May 21st. If you were absent, please make arrangements to take it ASAP.

The Chemistry of Smells Kahoot Challenge- play & study at home
The pin is 0248517. You'll need to download the app to play on a handheld electronic device. Active until Friday May 17 at 11:00pm

Unit Learning Objectives
: students will learn how functional groups (specifically arranged clusters of atoms in a molecule) affect molecular properties--particularly their smells

Coursework for this unit:
Coursework Stamp #17- Structures in Two Dimensions
Coursework Stamp #18 (part 1& 2)-Connect the Dots, Part 1 & 2
Coursework Stamp #18 (part 3)-Connect the Dots, Part 3
Coursework Stamp #19-Two's Company
Coursework Stamp #20- Let's Build It

Be sure to check class notes (PowerPoints) if you were absent (available via Documents page)
Chemical Quantities March 21-April 20

Unit Learning Objectives
Reassessment Ticket- required for those who did not meet standard on the unit assessment and who want to reassess. Optional, but recommended, for who want to take the Level 3 or 4 assessments

Coursework for this unit:

Video Links for mol/gram/liter conversions (Level 2), stoichiometry (Level 3), and Limiting Reactants & Percent Yield (Level 4)

hemical Reactions February 26-March 16

Unit learning objective
Reassessment Ticket
Reactions Key & Naming Flowchart

Coursework for this unit:

PhET Balancing Equations Simulation & Game

Video links for balancing chemical equation instructions:

Wayne Breslin

Professor Dave Explains

Melissa Maribel

Bozeman Science (Paul Anderson)

 Video link for balancing chemical equation practice

 Tyler DeWitt

Chemical Bonds/Naming Compounds January 29-February 23

‚ÄčReassessment Ticket

Coursework for this unit:

  1. Naming Compounds and Acids worksheet* (here's the answer key to check your answers WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED!)
  2. What's in the Bottle?(questions 1-7) and notes from class to help you through it
  3. Relative Strength of Chemical Bonds and answer key to check answers WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED!)
  4. Covalent Bonds, Ionic Bonds, & Intermolecular Forces (the slime lab)- no answer key provided for this lab.

Unit Assessment Study Packet
Level 4 question


*Stuck on naming? Check out these video resources for writing the names & formula of compounds and acids (flowcharts are available on the documents page)
Covalent Molecules
Ionic Compounds
Ionic Compounds with Transition Metals
Polyatomic Ions

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. 

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."