New Physical Education Teacher Instructs a Seventh Grade Class

On Wednesday, January 14, the new middle school physical education teacher, Kathleen Pizzello, guided seventh grade students in playing volleyball. Pizzello first began teaching at MERSD on December 8.

As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzella instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the students came into the gym, physical education teacher Pizzello instructed them to start the warm-ups for the class. She watched as they moved across the room and made sure that they were doing the warm-up correctly. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzella had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzella came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After warm-ups Pizzello had the students make a circle in the middle of the room and explained the rules and safety precautions for volleyball. Pizzello came from the MASCO school where she taught history. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzella played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh graders split up into groups to practice hitting the volleyball. Pizzello played pop music during the class, which she controlled from her iPad. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzella asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class.  Pizzella is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello asked the students to reiterate the safety rules of volleyball to her and then chose groups to begin a few games for the rest of the class. Pizzello is also a yoga teacher at the MAC. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

During the game Pizzella helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzella helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During the game Pizzello helped seventh grader Jackson Strout with serving the ball. Pizzello helped many of the students in order to improve how they played the game and gave many words of encouragement to the students. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Girls JV Basketball Fight till the Final Buzzer

On Friday January 16th, the Hornets faced the Triton Vikings. The Hornets played aggressive defense and moved the ball well on offense. Throughout the entire game, both teams battled on the offensive end keeping the score within 2 or 3 points. At one moment the Hornets would be up and at another Triton was ahead. Unfortunately in the final seconds, the Triton Vikings scored a basket putting them up by three. The girls JV team put up a great fight but fell short with the final score being 37-34. The Hornets face Pentucket at home on Monday, January 20th and Masconomet away on Friday, January 23.

 

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Loyd Waites Presents at ASR Alumni Seminar

After conducting research on MHD radiation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lloyd Waites presents his finding to several classes at the High School including ASR teacher Maria Burgess. He explained the effect of radiation on asteroid orbits.

Waites is enrolled in his second year as a sophomore at RPI in New York. He is a graduate of from Manchester-Essex as of two years ago. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Waites is enrolled in his second year as a sophomore at RPI in New York. He is a graduate of from Manchester-Essex as of two years ago. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To introduce his research, Waites began talking about the origins of the solar system. He further discussed life on earth with the students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
To introduce his research, Waites began talking about the origins of the solar system. He further discussed life on earth with the students. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a result of Waites research, he learned that when a conductive object moves through a conductive fluid, it will emit MHD radiation. This causes the orbit to decay and can drastically alter its position. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As a result of Waites research, he learned that when a conductive object moves through a conductive fluid, it will emit MHD radiation. This causes the orbit to decay and can drastically alter its position. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is the simple, algebraic equation representing the rate at which the asteroids decay. In the case of an orbit, the orbit will then decay until it falls into the center. This would affect asteroids, dust, and other components of the early solar system, from the movement of organic molecules, to the formation of planets. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
This is the simple, algebraic equation representing the rate at which the asteroids decay. In the case of an orbit, the orbit will then decay until it falls into the center. This would affect asteroids, dust, and other components of the early solar system, from the movement of organic molecules, to the formation of planets. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Towards the end of the presentation, Waites discussed the importance of taking Authentic Science Research while he was in high school. The class gave him an opportunity to expand his knowledge in different fields of study outside of school. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Towards the end of the presentation, Waites discussed the importance of taking Authentic Science Research while he was in high school. The class gave him an opportunity to expand his knowledge in different fields of study outside of school. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Middle School Band and Chorus Perform at Winter Concert

The two middle school choruses and the middle school band performed at the Winter Concert on January 15th. The auditorium was packed with those who came to hear the students sing and play.

The sixth grade chorus started off the night singing “My America” by M. Carey and S. F. Smith. Following “My America” were three other song selections directed by choral director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth grade chorus started off the night singing “My America” by M. Carey and S. F. Smith. Following “My America” were three other song selections directed by choral director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth graders concluded the night singing And All that Jazz by E. Ebb and J. Kandler. Following their performance was the large seventh and eighth grade chorus. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The sixth graders concluded the night singing And All that Jazz by E. Ebb and J. Kandler. Following their performance was the large seventh and eighth grade chorus. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The crowd applauds the overall performance of the sixth grade chorus as they leave the stage. They stay seated for the next performance directed by O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The crowd applauds the overall performance of the sixth grade chorus as they leave the stage. They stay seated for the next performance directed by O’Neil. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh and eighth grade chorus begins the night singing The Tiger by L. Bernofsky. Betsy Vicksell accompanies the singers through all four songs of the night on the piano. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh and eighth grade chorus begins the night singing The Tiger by L. Bernofsky. Betsy Vicksell accompanies the singers through all four songs of the night on the piano. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After enjoying refreshments in support of the 2015 Washington D.C. trip, the band directed by Joseph Sokol came on the stage. This was his final time directing the Middle School Winter Concert since he is retiring this year. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After enjoying refreshments in support of the 2015 Washington D.C. trip, the band directed by Joseph Sokol came on the stage. This was his final time directing the Middle School Winter Concert since he is retiring this year. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The middle school band played a total of 6 songs for the night. They finished the concert with “Jangle Sleigh Ride” by Nicholas Forte. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The middle school band played a total of 6 songs for the night. They finished the concert with “Jangle Sleigh Ride” by Nicholas Forte. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

 

 

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Industrial Design Students Create 3D Prototypes For Midterm Exam

This year in art teacher Caroline Epp’s STEM and Industrial Design, students were asked to make a 3D prototype for a creative new item. Like past projects in Epp’s class, the students had to research building techniques before starting the blueprints of their projects. Each project had to include at least two principles and elements of design as well as following the design process. The STEM and Industrial Design class is a one semester class so these projects will act as one of their final grades for the course.

Junior Amanda Loebelenz works on her lamp model during class. Each student had to make four thumbnail sketches and then discuss with peers for feedback and critiques along with their 3D prototype for this final exam. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Amanda Loebelenz works on her lamp model during class. Each student had to make four thumbnail sketches and then discuss with peers for feedback and critiques along with their 3D prototype for this final exam. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Loebelenz decided to create a lamp modeled after the deep sea fish with a light on its antenna called the anglerfish. The students were given the option to research and create a model of a form of transportation, a piece of furniture, or a lamp. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Loebelenz decided to create a lamp modeled after the deep sea fish with a light on its antenna called the anglerfish. The students were given the option to research and create a model of a form of transportation, a piece of furniture, or a lamp. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter also chose to create a lamp for her project. This is the outline of the head for her thought cloud wall lamp, where she will put clouds around the head. The smallest cloud acts as the on and off switch. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter also chose to create a lamp for her project. This is the outline of the head for her thought cloud wall lamp, where she will put clouds around the head. The smallest cloud acts as the on and off switch. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Eddie Beauregard cuts a piece of wood to fit the measurements for his item of furniture called the Couchformer. Industrial design teacher Caroline Epp allowed her students to use any materials that are available in the classroom. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Eddie Beauregard cuts a piece of wood to fit the measurements for his item of furniture called the Couchformer. Industrial design teacher Caroline Epp allowed her students to use any materials that are available in the classroom. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, works on his prosthetic ankle with small pieces of wood and hot glue. Driscoll decided to think outside of the box and make a prosthetic as a mode of transportation based on his prior knowledge. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brendan Driscoll, a junior, works on his prosthetic ankle with small pieces of wood and hot glue. Driscoll decided to think outside of the box and make a prosthetic as a mode of transportation based on his prior knowledge. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Nathaniel Rautio looks over the sketch he made be for starting the actual building process. Each student was asked to make a couple sketches before starting as well as create a poster to present to the class during exam block. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Nathaniel Rautio looks over the sketch he made be for starting the actual building process. Each student was asked to make a couple sketches before starting as well as create a poster to present to the class during exam block. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Some of the students made multipurpose items like junior Alex Beckmann. Beckmann crafted a chair on top of a large skateboard as a different and safer way for people to get around. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Some of the students made multipurpose items like junior Alex Beckmann. Beckmann crafted a chair on top of a large skateboard as a different and safer way for people to get around. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The projects progressed throughout the week and they will be ready by the exam block.  Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The projects progressed throughout the week and they will be ready by the exam block. Credit: Kara Hersey for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Returning Students Talk About College Transition

On Friday January 9th, some MERHS alumni returned to talk to current junior and seniors about the transition to college. There was a variety of questions asked and topic cover from roommates to types of college classes. This question and answer session was very informative, giving seniors a peek at what to expect when going to college next year.

The returning alumni included Fiona Davis, Vanessa Kelley, Evanthia Boiling and Lea Manzo. Depending on the question they all had different answers which were helpful to students listening because of being able to hear about different experiences. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The returning alumni included Fiona Davis, Vanessa Kelley, Evanthia Boiling and Lea Manzo. Depending on the question they all had different answers which were helpful to students listening because of being able to hear about different experiences. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Senior Courtney Macdougall was on the panel that asked a series of questions, alongside senior Ariana Jackson. Questions varied from asking about dorm life to how college classes are structured. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Courtney Macdougall was on the panel that asked a series of questions, alongside senior Ariana Jackson. Questions varied from asking about dorm life to how college classes are structured. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy adds in that there is no one in college that will monitor students getting to class. The alumni strongly suggested that even if a student feels sick or tired to go to class anyway because in the end students will be better off. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Assistant Principal Paul Murphy adds in that there is no one in college that will monitor students getting to class. The alumni strongly suggested that even if a student feels sick or tired to go to class anyway because in the end students will be better off. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

One of the questions asked about how long it takes to become adjusted to college and the alumni answered that it took about 2-3 weeks for them to become adjusted. The alumni also talked about how it was strange to go from being around their friends all the time at college to going home and seeing their families after it being a few months. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
One of the questions asked about how long it takes to become adjusted to college and the alumni answered that it took about 2-3 weeks for them to become adjusted. The alumni also talked about how it was strange to go from being around their friends all the time at college to going home and seeing their families after it being a few months. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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High School Class Dissects A Pig

High School students learned the muscle parts of a pig. Two groups of senior students dissected piglets and had to find all the muscle parts.

While dissecting the piglet, students used a handout of the pigs muscles. Students could reflect back to the handout any time during the dissecting process. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While dissecting the piglet, students used a handout of the pigs muscles. Students could reflect back to the handout any time during the dissecting process. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each group of students had to dissect a piglet. When dissecting, the students had to match each muscle from the handout. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each group of students had to dissect a piglet. When dissecting, the students had to match each muscle from the handout. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The first group of seniors helped each other define what each muscle was. Students would take turns cutting and looking at each muscle. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The first group of seniors helped each other define what each muscle was. Students would take turns cutting and looking at each muscle. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Biology teacher Maria Burgess helps students define what muscle are which. Burgess would help the students cut any muscle out of the body. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biology teacher Maria Burgess helps students define what muscle are which. Burgess would help the students cut any muscle out of the body. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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While dissecting the piglet, students used a handout of the pigs muscles. Students could reflect back to the handout any time during the dissecting process. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While dissecting the piglet, students used a handout of the pigs muscles. Students could reflect back to the handout any time during the dissecting process. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Students research health in a holistic fashion

In health teacher Eric Magers’s class, freshmen, sophomores, and a junior create powerpoint presentations on certain topics relating to healthy or unhealthy aspects of human life.

Sophomores Amber Paré and Madeleine Conway present their research on proper nutrition and diet.  Paré and Conway stress the importance of a healthy diet, which refers to eating full, nutritious meals that include all of the food groups.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Amber Paré and Madeleine Conway present their research on proper nutrition and diet. Paré and Conway stress the importance of a healthy diet, which refers to eating full, nutritious meals that include all of the food groups. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Avery Shaw and Annabelle Lord-Patey inform their class about healthy and abusive relationships and bullying.  Bullying is a major problem, as more than 1/2 of students have personally witnessed bullying at their school.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Avery Shaw and Annabelle Lord-Patey inform their class about healthy and abusive relationships and bullying. Bullying is a major problem, as more than 1/2 of students have personally witnessed bullying at their school. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Tommy Tofuri and junior Nathaniel Evans educate their peers on the topic of the human life cycle.  The main stages of the human life cycle are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Tommy Tofuri and junior Nathaniel Evans educate their peers on the topic of the human life cycle. The main stages of the human life cycle are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Samuel Prudden and Matthew Kenney display their knowledge about lifestyle diseases.  Lifestyle diseases are caused by actions, behavior, and choices in one’s everyday life.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Samuel Prudden and Matthew Kenney display their knowledge about lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle diseases are caused by actions, behavior, and choices in one’s everyday life. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Robbie Sarmanian and Christian Hadagh exhibit their information on personal safety.  Sarmanian and Hadagh explain an acronym that outlines what one should do in a survival situation:S.T.O.P.  The S stands for sit down, the T is think, the O is observe, and the P is plan.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Robbie Sarmanian and Christian Hadagh exhibit their information on personal safety. Sarmanian and Hadagh explain an acronym that outlines what one should do in a survival situation:S.T.O.P. The S stands for sit down, the T is think, the O is observe, and the P is plan. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomore Ethan Ketchum and freshman Jared Zaval explain learning disabilities.  Ketchum and Zaval describe ADHD, (which is attention deficit hyperactive disorder), autism, (which affects communication and social skills), and dyslexia (which is a developmental reading disorder).  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Ethan Ketchum and freshman Jared Zaval explain learning disabilities. Ketchum and Zaval describe ADHD, (which is attention deficit hyperactive disorder), autism, (which affects communication and social skills), and dyslexia (which is a developmental reading disorder). Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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ME swimming and diving won their second meet in a row

Manchester Essex swimming and diving won their second meet in a row against Lynnfield 98-80.  The Hornets Varsity team won 10 out of 12 events.  State qualifiers in two events, Coleman Komishane and Captain James Phelan continue to be undefeated in the Cape Ann league in their events.  Nate Rautio has won all but 1 event for the Hornets thus far.   Elizabeth Athanas won the 100 breaststroke at a blazing speed to qualify for the State Championship.  Will Finn and Zanny Lee both dropped significant time in their events along with Josh Dobson, Kevin Hiselman and Nathan Duda.  Captain Erin Carlson continues to demonstrate her versatility swimming the 200 IM and 100 Fly placing 4 and 3rd respectively.  Becka Hille and Amber Shaw  continue to be powerhouse relay swimmers who score valuable points for the Hornets.  Maddie Carvalho duked it out with Lynnfield in a tremendous show of grit. The JV won 48-13 with the Hornets JV going undefeated in every event.   Santana Tosi, Anna Bonnacorso, Anna Arntsen, Annie Alfano, Sofia Puchniak and Emily Callahan had impressive performances in their individual events.  Jazmine Dort’s versatility is key for the Hornets with Per Hostage and Paul DIfluri  proving themselves as rock-solid butterfliers for the Hornets.  Pheobe Mulry continues to score key points and Paige Swanson posts her best performances each and every meet.  Will Cole and Dewey Komishane posted fast relay times and best times at this meet. The Hornets host Hamilton-Wenham on Monday January 12th at 7:20pm at CAPE ANN YMCA in Gloucester.

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Chemistry Class Compares the Ratios of Moles of Iron to Copper

On Tuesday December 16 and Wednesday December 17, chemistry students completed a lab finding the mole measurements of iron and copper sulfate. The lab taught the students how to accurately measure substances in order to receive the best results.

Juniors Hannah White and Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon set up the apparatus for the experiment.  The experiment consisted of reacting copper sulfate crystals and iron filings in water. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Hannah White and Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon set up the apparatus for the experiment. The experiment consisted of reacting copper sulfate crystals and iron filings in water. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch stirred the heated substance during the lab. It is important to continuously stir and to make sure that the substance does not boil in order to find the best results in this experiment. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Molly Lynch stirred the heated substance during the lab. It is important to continuously stir and to make sure that the substance does not boil in order to find the best results in this experiment. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in the lab had to stir the copper sulfate and iron mixture while it was heating for ten minutes with a Bunsen burner. During this time, the reaction made the substance turn red and the water turn green. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students in the lab had to stir the copper sulfate and iron mixture while it was heating for ten minutes with a Bunsen burner. During this time, the reaction made the substance turn red and the water turn green. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After letting the copper sulfate dry overnight, the students weighed its mass on a balance. Chemistry labs usually take only one day but the class completed this lab in two days. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After letting the copper sulfate dry overnight, the students weighed its mass on a balance. Chemistry labs usually take only one day but the class completed this lab in two days. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

After finding all of the data, the students in the class completed all of the calculations in their lab packets. Junior Caisi Calandra asked Chemistry teacher Keith Gray a question about how to find the ratio of moles of iron to the ratio of moles of copper.   Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After finding all of the data, the students in the class completed all of the calculations in their lab packets. Junior Caisi Calandra asked Chemistry teacher Keith Gray a question about how to find the ratio of moles of iron to the ratio of moles of copper. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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