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

I have been wanting to feature this album for awhile now but have been fearful of how to approach it. I am reminded of Ahab and his white whale but it is time so here goes our discussion of what might be the masterpiece of the 1970’s California sound, Hotel California.

Eagles started out backing up Linda Ronstadt and morphed into a truly exemplary example of the hedonistic Rock and Roll lifestyle that no one should idolize but they put out some amazing music. They self-destructed on stage in 1980 at the Santa Monica Civic auditorium and were apart for 14 years and came back together, sober and well rehearsed, to become what is probably the most formidable band on the music scene today. They reached their creative peak in 1976 with a release called Hotel California. They had just lost a guitar player named Bernie Leadon who had a strong country background and replaced him with Joe Walsh who by any definition was a Rock and Roll guy and the life of the party. In fact he had written and recorded the definitive rock and roll song about the lifestyle called “Life’s Been Good”. They put together what would be their fifth album of original material,...(continued)