Welcome to Bravo's Chemistry Department

Hello and welcome to Morganchem, the home of all things NErDy at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School and the official web presence of Michael Morgan.

I take your child's education very seriously. It is with that intention that I have provided this webpage for you and your child to help get a better understanding of what goes on in their Chemistry class. Here you will find our weekly and semester long schedules, copies of all the homework assignments and laboratories, daily announcements, and important information to help parents keep their children on track. 

To learn more about my academic activities and the success of my students view my biography under the "about" menu. For those interested in the many different academic activities that my students are involved in on a daily basis outside normal class hours look at the Chem Club page on the "about" menu.

 

 

Album of the Week

Over the past twenty years music education has disappeared from our schools. This becomes obvious when listening to new music on the radio only to hear music that is  unoriginal or even bad. Most of today's so called artists do not write their own music or even play their own instruments.

So in the spirit of teaching you everything we can, this page features an Album of the Week. These are not ordinary albums in the history of music. These are the groundbreaking pieces of music that truly shaped how music was presented, recorded, and how it influenced other musicians and the public.

A few notes about the choices.  They are albums and not collections of single songs thrown together willy-nilly. They were meant to be played in order. They often told a story or set a mood. Some of them defined a genre and some defined a generation. I strongly recommend that you ask your Parents/Grandparents to dig through their record collections and find their old copies of these and put them on the turntable and experience them the way they were meant to be experienced.

Current Album

 

For this week we will look at a seminal album of my age group called Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. “Are You Experienced?” was the debut album from the trio and had an impact that very few albums could ever hope to have. Recorded in 1966 and released in the spring of 1967 the album climbed to number two on the charts behind only The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album.

 

Jimi was a truly gifted and innovative guitar player who brought an amazing new dimension to the scene and was highly respected by his fellow musicians. Eric Clapton has repeatedly said that Hendrix was his hero. The album, on its American version, opened with Purple Haze which is one of the best known tracks from the trio. It immediately grabs the audience and lets them know that Jimi is in charge. The amazing thing is that as you track through the album you find that all the follow up songs are just as good and just as innovative. The album rocks incredibly hard in songs like Manic Depression and Fire. It explores the more experimental side with tracks like Third Stone from the Sun and even has very mellow tracks like The Wind Cries Mary. Modern rock...(continued)