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

In the early 1970’s a new breed of musician and new genre started to emerge, Art Rockers. David Bowie was a great example of the artist and musician who wanted to make the music a little more complicated and a little more creative. The stage show needed to much more than a guy with a guitar singing to his audience. Many people described this as Glam Rock because of a high interest in platform shoes, outrageous costumes and lots of glitter. Out of this very British scene came Roxy Music.

Brian Ferry was the main driving force behind Roxy Music for their entire run. Early on the band also had a true creative genius in Brian Eno who went on the produce Devo, Talking Heads, U2, and a host of bands you have herd regularly played in my classroom. Their final studio album released in 1982 was called Avalon. It was quite a departure from their earlier work and had a more sophisticated and grown up sound. This departure was what they truly needed for their major breakthrough.

Bryan Ferry started working on the material for Avalon while staying at Crumlin Lodge on the west coast of Ireland. The album cover artwork featured the same lake that can be seen from...(continued)