Mr. Reed

Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and AP Chemistry Teacher

Head Coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team

Room 0202



This is my 24th year of teaching at Grand Haven High School.  My teaching schedule for the first trimester is:


1st – Honors Chemistry A


2nd – Honors Chemistry A


3rd – Honors Chemistry A


4th – Planning and Lunch


5th – AP  Chemistry


AP Chemistry Documents:


Chapter Notes Pages

1.      Introduction to Matter and Measurement

2.      Atoms Molecules and Ions

3.      Stoichiometry

4.      Reactions in Aqueous Solutions

5.      Thermochemistry

6.      Electronic Structure of Atoms

7.      Periodic Properties of the Elements

8.      Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding

9.      Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories

10.   Gases

11.   Liquids and Intermolecular Forces

12.   Solids and Modern Materials

13.   Properties of Solutions

14.   Chemical Kinetics

15.   Chemical Equilibrium

16.   Acid-Base Equilibria

17.   Additional Aspects of Aqueous Equilibria


19.   Chemical Thermodynamics

20.   Electrochemistry




24.   The Chemistry of Life: Organic and Biological Chemistry

Reference Documents

AP Objectives, Science Practices and Chapter Correlations

Metric System Prefixes

Table of Ions

Monatomic and Polyatomic Anions of the Nonmetals

Nomenclature of Simple Inorganic Compounds

Nomenclature of Some Organic Compounds

Mole Map Diagram

Stoichiometry Conversions Diagram



Here are some interesting and helpful chemistry web sites.  Please take some time to look at them.


World of Chemistry – the textbook companion site for Chemistry A and Chemistry B:


Chemistry: Principles and Reactions – a textbook companion site for Honors Chemistry A and Honors Chemistry B containing a set of 27 easy-to-use essential videos you can purchase and download to your video iPod or portable video player.


AP Chemistry Course Home Page – the official College Board site for AP Chemistry


California State University, Dominguez Hills: Chemistry Electronic Homework - a series of exercises covering 88 different chemistry topics


ChemTutor – a very popular site for chemistry help


List of websites for chemistry students – another site to direct you to help for specific topics


Avogadro - a site with topic specific information


Web - the periodic table on the Web


Periodic - the photographic periodic table of the elements


American Chemical Society Interactive Periodic Table


The Elements: a song about the elements on the periodic table by Tom Lehrer


American Chemical Society National Historic Chemical Landmarks


ACD Labs: 3-D molecular model creation site: ACD/ChemSketch Freeware (free download)


Atomic Spectra (absorption and emission):


Eric Weisstein’s World of Science:  The most extensive online science encyclopedia:


Michigan High School Curriculum Content Expectations in Chemistry


Michigan High School Curriculum Content Expectations in Chemistry Clarifications Companion Document




This is my 17th year as head coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team and my 24th year overall working with the GHHS team.  The history of our team goes back to 1986.  Our team has won 22 regional championships, 16 state championships, and three national championships.  We have competed at the National Science Olympiad tournament each of the last 23 years and we have never placed lower than 12th in the nation.


2013 Science Olympiad Results


March 23rd, Michigan Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament at Grand Valley State University – Grand Haven High School First Place

April 27th, Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament at Michigan State University – Grand Haven High School First Place

May 18th, National Science Olympiad Tournament at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio – Grand Haven High School Eleventh Place


2014 Science Olympiad Dates


March 29th, Michigan Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament at Grand Valley State University

April 26th, Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament at Michigan State University

May 17th, National Science Olympiad Tournament at University of Central Florida, Orlando





What is the Science Olympiad?

(Taken from the National Science Olympiad website)


The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events that students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. In addition, during the day there are open house activities that consist of science and mathematics demonstrations, activities and career counseling sessions conducted by professors and scientists at the host institution occurring concurrently with the events.


Many states and regions have organized physics, biology or chemistry Olympiads, but few have combined all disciplines in one large Olympiad. The excitement of many students from all science areas competing and cheering one another on to greater learning caused one school district to coin the phrase "intellete". When they searched for a place to house their newly won Olympiad State Championship trophy, the only location available was outside the principal's office in the "athlete" showcase, so they convinced the school board to build an "intellete" showcase. An intellete is any person who demonstrates outstanding performance in an academic or intellectual pursuit (in this case, science). One of the goals of the Science Olympiad is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs. 


The Science Olympiad Mission:


          To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation.


The Science Olympiad Vision to accomplish this mission is:


1. To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.

2. To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving skills and hand-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials to thousands of teachers.

3. To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousands of certificates, medals and scholarships.

4. To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education. There are over 45,000 volunteers representing these groups at the Science Olympiad events.

5. To improve and restructure the way science is taught and learned by conducting staff development and curriculum development workshops.


The specific purposes of the Science Olympiad Tournaments are:


1. To bring science to life, to show how science works, to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts.

2. To develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students.

3. To make science education more exciting so more students will enroll in science courses and engage in other science activities like science reading, fairs, meetings and field trips.

4. To promote high levels of achievement and a commitment to excellence, to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpasses expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

5. To attract more students particularly females and minorities to professional and technical careers in science, technology and science teaching.


Science Olympiad and Grand Haven High School


The first Science Olympiad team at Grand Haven High School was in 1986.  No one knew how big Science Olympiad would become at Grand Haven High School.  The 1986 team won first place in their first regional tournament, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.  Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad teams have won tournaments at the regional, state, and national levels.  In fact, the Grand Haven High School teams have won 22 regional tournaments (the last 9 in a row), 16 state tournaments (the last 8 in a row and the most of any high school team in Michigan), and three national tournaments as well as having five second place finishes and two third place finishes and three fourth place finishes at the national tournament (that is, 13 top four finishes in 22 consecutive years of competing at the national tournament).  Science Olympiad teams from Grand Haven High School have competed in 22 consecutive national tournaments and have an average place of just over 4.7 against teams from across the United States.  Very few high school Science Olympiad teams in the country can match the record compiled by the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad teams.


What does it take to be part of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad Team?


To be part of the best Science Olympiad team in the state and one of the best teams in the country takes many hours of study and preparation.  We are looking for students who can dedicate and commit to putting all of their efforts into making the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team the best team.  We are looking for students who have a great interest in science and technology and have excellent academic preparation.  We need students who are self-motivated, responsible, honest, mature, and have a thirst for knowledge.  We need students who can follow directions easily and who can work well with others.


Students on the Science Olympiad team spend at least one hour per week with a coach and the other team members for each academic event in which they are practicing.  Outside studying is a necessity for success in Science Olympiad.  Students must learn as much as they can about their events in a short amount of time.  Practices begin in December and go until the end of the national tournament.  The regional tournament is normally held at the end of March at Grand Valley State University.  The state tournament is normally held at the end of April at Michigan State University.  The national tournament is usually held the third Saturday of May at a different university around the country each year.


For more information about the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team please contact Mr. Reed, the head coach of the Grand Haven High School Science Olympiad team, at 616-850-6245 or e-mail at



Regional Tournament Results

State Tournament Results

National Tournament Results

1986  1st

1987  4th

1988  2nd

1989  2nd

1990  1st

1991  1st      393 points

1992  1st      417 points

1993  1st      411 points

1994  1st      426 points

1995  1st      444 points

1996  1st      435 points

1997  1st      388 points

1998  2nd     411 points

1999  1st      435 points

2000  2nd     419 points

2001  1st      104 points

2002  1st      105 points

2003  1st      118 points

2004  3rd      101 points

2005  1st      64 points

2006  1st      68 points

2007  1st      59 points

2008  1st      67 points

2009  1st      98 points

2010  1st      85 points

2011  1st      43 points

2012  1st      66 points

2013  1st      60 points

1986  8th

1987  15th

1988  8th

1989  3rd

1990  9th

1991  2nd     315 points

1992  2nd     316 points

1993  2nd     285 points

1994  2nd     341 points

1995  1st      395 points

1996  1st      369 points

1997  1st      386 points

1998  2nd     332 points

1999  1st          547points

2000  1st      556 points

2001  2nd     245 points

2002  1st      223 points

2003  1st      196 points

2004  1st      161 points

2005  2nd     185 points

2006  1st      124 points

2007  1st      118 points

2008  1st      169 points

2009  1st      180 points

2010  1st      116 points

2011  1st        85 points

2012  1st      136 points

2013  1st      159 points






1991  10th    78 points

1992  8th      75 points

1993  1st      106 points

1994  1st      345 points

1995  4th      306 points

1996  2nd     390 points

1997  1st      367 points

1998  4th      618 points

1999  4th      575 points

2000  6th      625 points

2001  9th      437 points

2002  9th      438 points

2003  12th    418 points

2004  2nd     311 points

2005  7th      397 points

2006  2nd     212 points

2007  3rd      251 points

2008  6th      321 points

2009  2nd     205 points

2010  2nd     212 points

2011  6th      293 points

2012  3rd      235 points

2013 11th     399 points