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

Revolver and Rubber Soul

 

The first two albums that really invented this genre are by the Beatles. Before them an artist would go into the studio and record one or two songs that they "focused on" and then the producer would have the artist quickly record a bunch more to fill out an entire album. Often these songs were written by someone else and really had no similarities to the others on the album. But not this time!

The Beatles Rubber Soul and Revolver are where we begin.  Rolling Stone magazine called Rubber Soul the fifth best album of all time. Time magazine called it the best. Revolver has repeatedly been chosen as one of the best of all time and it was Rolling Stone's choice as number one.

Rubber Soul had influences in it not regularly heard in rock and roll. At this point in time rock songs were only 2-3 minutes long and used only three chords. If you used four chords, to quote Pete Townsend, you could be "hauled up in front of the committee". These songs got longer. The lyrics went much deeper than had been heard in music before. Usually you just talked about how pretty the girl was and that was it. Now...(continued)