Schoology and Harrison Chem

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, and watching the safety movie.

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.

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 over the 30 listed elements and symbols as well as a safety quiz. There is one on-line quiz to take about math concepts. Some of the content regarding protons, electrons, and neutrons will also be on the first test. See you on Monday, January 7!

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!

Two and a half weeks remain…..

We have two and a half weeks remaining in the semester. It is imperative that you put your best foot forward on each assignment. Please go ahead and review your polyatomics so that you are not caught unaware.

Your Dissolving Sugar labs that you completed are due on Friday, December 7.

There is a Quest assignment for this unit. Perhaps working some of those problems would be a good idea. Your Quest is due on Thursday, Dec 13.

The Prep of a Solution lab will be conducted on Monday, Dec 10, and due on Thursday, Dec 13.

All students will conduct a lab about colligative properties on Tuesday, Dec 11. The lab will be due on Wednesday, Dec 12.

We will have a titration quiz on Mon, 12/10, and we will have a pH quiz on Wed, 12/12. We will also conduct a virtual titration lab on Wed 12/12, which will be due on Friday, 12/14.

Your Student Growth Measure Test is on Thursday, 12/13.

The test for this unit is on Monday, 12/17. There will be one more literacy due on 12/18.

On Wednesday, 12/19, there will be an extra credit cumulative quiz opportunity available which includes acid/base, solutions, thermo, reactions, stoichiometry, and formula writing. It is completely optional. We will also answer questions from the final exam review available here on Course Sites.

Final exam for 1st and 2nd periods is on Thursday, Dec 20, and the final exam for 4th period will occur on Friday, 12/21.

There are many opportunities for your grade to rise. Be sure to put forth the effort needed to do so.

Weekend To-Do’s

Remember, I will NOT be communicating here with you after this week. Instead, I’ll do that on Course Sites, the location where our class can be found.

This weekend, please work on your atomic theory webquest so you have good notes for us to talk about Monday. You might want to try a few isotope questions on your practice packet to reinforce what we learned in class. Refer to the previous post regarding registering for Quest. You can certainly register and begin your unit homework. I have to approve you to be in the class but will be watching during the weekend to do so.

Thanks for a great start to school – I look forward to working with you this semester!

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, and iodine. You need to know the name and the symbol for each of these elements. There will be a quiz on Friday, August 10, 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.