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

This week we will look at the influence The Beatles had on other artists. After hearing Rubber Soul, Brian Wilson the creative force behind The Beach Boys, decided it was time to change direction. He went into the studio, hired session players, and tried to create a totally new sound for the band. The resulting album was pure genius and totally different then any other album before it. The album was called Pet Soundsand it told the tale that so many young people live through. Your parents just don’t understand, your girl friend does, and wouldn’t it be nice to just walk away with her and ignore your parents. It contained no songs about surfing or cars.

There is no way to this album justice in the printed word. It has been hailed as the best of the best by the best of the best. Paul McCartney said that he played it so many times that John Lennon had to be influenced by it. It shaped the sound that became the Beatles next Masterpiece.

Eric Clapton, Elton John, and even Bob Dylan praised it (read here).

Pet Sounds has been ranked by many as either the best album ever or at least the second best ever released. It usually occupies the top of the list with...(continued)