After the first few weeks of Carpinteria High School, Mr. Noe Gomez’s AP Chemistry class is prepared to tackle a number of topics, including reaction kinetics, inter-/intra-molecular properties, complex stoichiometry and thermodynamics. Gomez, who was trained as an agricultural biochemist, said he puts an emphasis on “the importance of application.”
“Pedagogical research dictates that applying newly-learned concepts greatly favors cognitive development,” Gomez said. “Therefore, in my class I strive to make sure that my students don’t just learn the how, but also the why.”
Gomez praised this year’s students for being “extremely inquisitive.” He also noted the teaching of their previous chemistry teacher, Mr. Westley Fairall.