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

Now that we have established the idea of a “Concept Album”, one that tells a story and is not just merely a collection of unrelated songs, we need to step it up and go to the mother of all concept albums. Many bands realized that it was important to develop not just their recorded music but also their live shows. In fact several bands that we will talk about went into the studio only after spending great amounts of time perfecting their live performances of the music they wanted to record. This made is much easier for them to record since they had already written the music and rehearsed it endlessly.

Pink Floyd had worked up much of the music for “Dark Side of the Moon” in anticipation of performing it live. They recorded it in 1972 and early 1973. The album then went on to stay in the charts for 741 weeks! It is the longest charting album of all time. It has sold over 45 million copies.

When I was a freshman in college in 1984 there was a bizarre version of Six Degrees of Separation that was played where everyone in the dorm was interviewed and it was discovered that either you or your roommate had a copy. This album is an amazing treat for...(continued)