Welcome to our class website! This the home base for Ms. Wnorowski's Chemistry I and Physical Science classes . Here you will find all PowerPoints from class, the syllabus, calendar, and additional resources. Please feel free to email me with questions, and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
Why is learning chemistry important?
As a biology undergraduate student, I will never forget the number of times chemistry concepts popped up over and over. So many of our daily processes, from eating to breathing to using our phones are based on these incredibly complex systems that are all rooted in atoms. As a department, our goal is to guide students in first off learning about the intricacies of the world around them and how to ask questions about why and how things work - all for the greater purpose of helping them realize how beautifully complex yet systematic and intentionally planned God's creation is.
From "Reasons to Study Chemistry" by ThoughtCo:
- Chemistry helps you to understand the world around you. Why do leaves change color in the fall? Why are plants green? How is cheese made? What is in soap and how does it clean? These are all questions that can be answered by applying chemistry.
- Basic knowledge of chemistry helps you to read and understand product labels.
- Chemistry can help you make informed decisions. Will a product work as advertised or is it a scam? If you understand how chemistry works you'll be able to separate reasonable expectations from pure fiction.
- Chemistry is at the heart of cooking. If you understand the chemical reactions involved in making baked goods rise or neutralizing acidity or thickening sauces, chances are you'll be a better cook.
- A command of chemistry can help keep you safe! You'll know which household chemicals are dangerous to keep together or mix and which can be used safely.
- Chemistry teaches useful skills. Because it is a science, learning chemistry means learning how to be objective and how to reason and solve problems.
- Helps you to understand current events, including news about petroleum, product recalls, pollution, the environment and technological advances.
- Makes life's little mysteries a little less.... mysterious. Chemistry explains how things work.
- Chemistry opens up career options. There are many careers in chemistry, but even if you're looking for a job in another field, the analytical skills you gained in chemistry are helpful. Chemistry applies to the food industry, retail sales, transportation, art, homemaking... really any type of work you can name.
- Chemistry is fun! There are lots of interesting chemistry projects you can do using common everyday materials. Chemistry projects don't just go boom. They can glow in the dark, change colors, produces bubbles and change states.