Week 4


  • CEM131 – Start Chapter 3, Daily Quiz
  • No later office hours, Curriculum Meeting


  • BIO220 – Exam 1 (starts at 9:00), Endospore Staining Lab
  • BIO161 – Exam 1, no lab


  • CEM131 – Daily Quiz, Continue in Chapter 3, Emission Spectra Lab


  • BIO220 – Start Chapter 5
  • BIO161 – Daily Quiz, Start Chapter 26

I misspoke in BIO220

On Thursday in BIO220 I misspoke.  I stated that the Exam would be on the date in the syllabus AND next Thursday.  These are two different dates.  The syllabus gives February 7th (Tuesday) as the first Exam date.  We will be sticking to this date.  That will allow us a little review time on Thursday this week.

Drop Date for Classes

Jackson College LogoNot that I think this applies to anyone, but in the spirit of information, the last day to drop any of my courses without receiving a “W” is Friday, January 27th.  After that point you will be considered Withdrawn (“W”) rather than dropped and that has implications on your transcript/financial aid.

Week 2 of Winter 2017

It is the second week of the term.  As we progress you need to focus on the Daily Quizzes (BIO161/CEM131) and think about the first exams coming up in a couple of weeks.

Monday:  CEM131-DQ2, Finish Chapter 1, start Chapter 2

Tuesday:  BIO220-Chapter 2 (Chemistry), Finish Nature of Science Lab, Microscope Use.  BIO161-DQ2, Chapters 21 (with some brought in from outside of the text and Chapter 20), Basic Techniques Lab (you should have the microscope labelled and metric system calculations done).

Wednesday:  CEM131-DQ3, Chapter 2 (Energy, Specific Heat), Dimensional Analysis practice, Specific Heat of a Metal Lab.

Thursday:  BIO220-Chapter 2(Chemistry)/Chapter 4(Cell Biology).  BIO161-DQ3, Chapter 21/22

Basic Website Navigation

Hello to all the new students.  This is my external website that I use as a Course Archive and Announcement page.  The website is based on a WordPress setup so many of you are probably familiar with the layout, but just in case here are a few pointers.

This is the Homepage.  Here is where I will post course announcements.  Each announcement will be tagged by class so you can use the tags to filter for your class.  You should keep this page bookmarked as it will have the most current status of the course, so if times get changed or class gets cancelled, it will be here first.

To the left (on a desktop/tablet) or in the hamburger menu (on mobile devices) are the individual course page listings.  Each class has its own archive.  These are where I will post the materials for the course and any handouts I may give.  I post all my PowerPoint files and numerous other files, but I do not provide a “course pack.”  I feel that such devices do not help you learn, but rather to simply memorize material.  In order to truly learn you must put information in your own context, not mine.  If you miss a class you are responsible to get the information (including schedule changes) you missed.  I will provide you with sections covered and schedule changes (if asked) but not notes for a missed class (ask a colleague).

Office Hours for WS17

This term I will be keeping the following office hours (posted outside my office at 136A McDivitt).

Monday: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM / 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (except every other Monday due to a Meeting)

Tuesday: No Scheduled Office Hours (I teach from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

Wednesday: 10:30 AM -1:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM / 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Friday: Only by Prior Appointment

Change Over for the Term

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It is that time, change of term.  The new term (WS17) at JC college starts on January 16th (yes MLK day, I don’t make the schedule).  This term I am teaching Introductory Chemistry (CEM131, M/W afternoon, Main), Introductory Microbiology (BIO220, T/R morning, Main), and General Biology 1 (BIO161, T/R afternoon, Main).  I have updated the syllabus downloads on the individual course pages, and posted them to the JetNet Syllabus archive.  Over the next few days I’ll be updating the rest of the content for this term.  See all of you on the 16th or 17th.