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 activites that my students are involved in on a daily basis outsdie 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

Classical music is something that many students today do not get a proper introduction to. Ironically kids of my generation grew up hearing it in Bugs Bunny cartoons and when we were forced into music appreciation classes we already knew many of the classical pieces from hearing them while watching Bugs. If you are unfamiliar with “Kill the Wabbit” it was a great way to learn the works of Wagner.

So to completely change gears for this week we are going to focus on a classic piece of Americana with Aaron Copeland's two classical ballets called Rodeo and Billy the Kid. Released in the 1942 and 1938 respectively they have become true hallmarks of American Music. Usually both are packaged on the same CD and if you can locate it Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic is an utterly amazing rendition of both.

You have heard this music many times in your life because of its prolific use in commercials and movies. It is the real soundtrack to the southwestern United States of 100 years ago. Copeland was great at capturing a feeling and making it accessible to all.

Progressive Rock artists Emerson, Lake, and Palmer did an amazing cover of Hoedown...(continued)