Ken Bowen

Science Department Chair
Chemistry Teacher

My name is Ken Bowen.  My room number is 323 and I teach Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry.
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1st - UIL Academics
2nd - AP Chemistry
3rd - AP Chemistry 
4th - AP Chemistry 
5th - Conference
6th - Honors Chemistry 
7th - Honors Chemistry

I have duty on Tuesdays, right before and right after school.

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Honors Chemistry News

This week we are venturing into a new unit over solids and liquids.  We will use our recent skills at molecular geometry and polar molecules to predict and explain properties of liquids and solids.  On Monday we will learn about intermolecular attractions.  On Tuesday and Wednesday we will look at properties of liquids and structures of solids and relate them to the attractions discussed on Monday.  On Thursday we will have our test over the unit that we have recently finished over chemical bonding and structure.  On Friday we will begin some preliminary prep work for a paper chromatography lab.  Students should be completing independent work reviewing the gas laws.  The last test of the semester will contain material from our new work on liquids and solids and their review work over gases.

 AP Chemistry News

This week we will continue with our unit over nomenclature and reactions, which we started in earnest on Thursday.  The big focus this week we will be on learning to write names and formulas for ionic compounds.  Early in the week, students will make sure they can write binary and ternary ionic formulas.  They will quiz over these skills by Wednesday.  As the week progresses, students will make sure that they can also write names for ionic compounds.  They will quiz over their skills at ionic names and formulas by the end of the week.  
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Below are 5th grade GT student questions from Veramendi Elementary School after watching the virtual field trip through Lockheed Martin at

Why do people stay in space for years at a time?

Can you play an instrument in space?

How was the sun formed?

Why do you have to be physically fit before going into space?

Is there wifi in space?

What’s the longest amount of time you can be in space?

What’s infrared?

Will the sun eventually grow too large and swallow the other planets?

How do you eject satellites into space to collect all of this data and photos?

What’s a mega-pixel? A giant pixel?

Do satellites break down in space?

What’s a probe?

How do you stay clean in space?

What is a 3-D printer? How do you use one?

Why do we NEED to research the sun?

How long has the sun been there?

What are space weather effects?

What do you wear in a spaceship and do you get to wear pj’s?

Why do some say it’s a sad life to be stuck in a lab without seeing daylight if you choose the job/life of a lab scientist?

What is a diode board and what are scientists doing welding cells on them?

How do you go to the bathroom on a spaceship?

What’s musical energy?

What are weather patterns?

Does the sun really evolve over time?

How do you put a fish in a bowl in zero gravity without the water floating away?

What is an electron?

Do satellites come back to earth?

How long do satellites stay in space?

What is a particle accelerator?

Can we live with no sun and stay inside all the time?

How much work do astronauts do?

Is it possible for the planets/moons to fall out of orbit?

How hard is it to make space stuff to explore space?

How do you learn to make robots capable enough to go to space and survive?

What is a spark lab?

How do you make the telescope thingy?

How much data is received on the world every day from satellites? How long does the process take?

How long does it take to get space data? Weeks? Months? YEARS?!

Probes go into orbit, right?

How much data can one probe hold?

How do people get rocket ships into space?

How do you learn on a spaceship?

How long does it take to make a large space telescope?

Is it possible to explore the solar system?

Can I eat space ice cream?

I don’t understand why you want to make your telescope so small.

How are stars made?

How many satellites are in space?

Is making a satellite hard?

Is there a space academy?

What are particles?

How was robot technology discovered?

What kind of chamber? What sorts of work? (???)

How easy is it to live in space?

What does machining mean?

What is microgravity?

How did the moon get there?

How many moons and planets combined are there in the solar system?

What is solar wind?

Why does it appear from space that earth is glowing?

How can you predict tornadoes from lightning?

What are galaxies made of?

What is a solar simulator?

How can scientists predict weather? What gives it away?

What’s a solar cell?

What is plasma?

Why can’t you create only 1 eye instead of lots of eyes (like a spider) on the new kind of small telescopes?

How does a room full of foam spikes (as shown in the field trip) catch waves?

What is a GLM video camera?

Not related to topic: If scientists today can build a very complicated robot and more, why can’t they try to make a superhero instead of looking at space?

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