Chemistry Pre-Course Assignments

As you know, Harrison has pre-course assignments for most academic classes. Chemistry Pre-Course

You will need a good scientific calculator for this course and the knowledge of how to use it properly. It is not necessary to have a graphing calculator but you can use that if you already own one.

Be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare for class so that YOU are successful. There will be an in-class quiz (8/31) over the 30 listed elements and symbols. There is an on-line quiz on Schoology to take about math concepts, an on-line quiz about significant figures, and an on-line quiz about safety. Some of the content regarding protons, electrons, and neutrons will also be on the first test. See you on Monday, August 17!

Schoology and Harrison Chemistry

Ladies and gents, it was fabulous to meet you today! I look forward to working with you this semester. Please visit Schoology to join our class. You received the necessary code in class.

Honors students, you should be working on learning your element symbols, taking your dimensional analysis quiz online, taking your significant figure quiz online, reviewing algebra, reviewing metrics, reviewing Roman numerals, reviewing atomic structure, and watching the safety movie and taking the online safety quiz. Also, please remember to join UT Quest per directions on Schoology.


After you are all enrolled in Schoology, I will NOT be using this blog except to post Hoya Block notes. Please see the updates on Schoology for up-to-the minute info about our class.

Element-ally Speaking :-)

On Schoology, I asked you to learn the symbols for 30 of the elements on the periodic table. These include hydrogen through calcium (the first 20) AND iron, nickel, copper, tin, silver, gold, lead, zinc, bromine, barium, and iodine. You need to know the name and the symbol for each of these elements. There will be a quiz on Friday, January 17, in class. Make flashcards. Practice with a friend 🙂

Chemistry Preparation with Metrics

Students, if you want to be ahead when the semester begins, you can work on learning your metric prefixes. Please visit The prefixes for which you’ll be responsible are from tera- to femto-. We will use centi-, milli-, micro-, and nano- extensively in class and you’ll need to know how to convert easily to and from the base unit of liter/meter/gram.

You will need a scientific calculator in order to be successful in honors chemistry OR in STEM Honors chemistry.

Communications on Schoology

Third day in – I’m moving over to use Schoology for our class and not posting here on the blog. The exception will be HOYA Block days where I will post those notes here so that all chemistry students will have access as needed.

You’ve joined our Schoology class. You’re working on your pre-course work. Have you registered for Quest? See the how-to’s on Schoology.

Parents, if you did NOT get an email from me, please adjust your email on Synergy. I’ll be emailing again soon and don’t want you to miss out.

The Key to Success

You have everything in your hands to be successful on the final exam. If you have used the Final Review and worked every problem and practiced the concepts that gave you grief and reviewed your polyatomics and come in confident and prepared, you are ready to do a great job on the final exam.

I have enjoyed teaching you this semester – immensely! It has been a great semester watching you grow and mature and learn to use your brains to analyze situations. I hope that you carry these skills with you as you move forward. Stop in and let me know how you are on occasion. Many thanks for the wonderful semester!