Week of May 28, 2012


JUNIORS… Congratulations on reaching the last week of the course! We’re almost there, so let’s finish strong with a great final exam! To prepare, please go to the Exam Review Guide. I recommend at least four to six hours of concentrated study and practice. It’s worth it!

FUN SCIENCE OF THE WEEK: Are invisibility cloaks possible? It appears scientists have developed them…

Week of May 21, 2012

What a great week last week! We finished our electric circuits unit, and the physics classes enjoyed a truly beautiful day at Cedar Point. Kudos to all of you on the great effort you put into your Cedar Point lab packet. I know it was challenging. You deserve to feel proud!

This is the last week for our seniors! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! We will miss you!

That brings up the issue of reviewing for the exam. Please click the Exam Review Guide link at the top of this page for information on exam preparation. Seniors, your exams schedule is below. Be sure to turn in your book to me in my classroom BEFORE you take your exam.

1st period: 8:35-9:55 on Thursday
3rd period: 10:10-11:30 on Friday
6th period: 11:45-1:05 on Wednesday
10th period: 10:10-11:30 on Thursday

THIS WEEK IN PHYSICS: We will review for the final and cover magnetism in class conceptually in accordance with the state standards. The intent this week is to keep you focused on a strong finish with an emphasis on consolidating all we’ve learned. Fun fun! 🙂

THIS WEEK IN CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS: We have our electric circuits test on Monday. After that our plan is the same as for physics.

SCIENCE FUN OF THE WEEK: On Sunday evening there will be an annular solar eclipse passing from China over the Pacific and into the western United States. This is the first time in eighteen years that an eclipse of this type has crossed over the continental US. Cool! An annular eclipse looks like this…

Beautiful! To find out more, check out NASA’s map that shows the path of the eclipse or Mr. Eclipse‘s awesome webpage…or take Astronomy with me next year!!! 🙂

Week of May 14, 2012

Only two weeks left!?!? Where did the time go? I’m missing you already.

THIS WEEK IN PHYSICS we will do the compound circuits homework (homework 4) on Monday and do extra practice as well, extending through Tuesday. Our electric circuits unit test is Wednesday. (If you have an AP exam this week, please do NOT let this test take your attention away from preparing for your AP exam. See me, and we can arrange for you to take your physics test after your AP exams.) On Thursday we’re doing something important…um…what is it? OH! I REMEMBER! WE’RE GOING TO CEDAR POINT!!!!!! Prepare to have the way you experience Cedar Point changed forever! You’ll love being able to figure out how these rides work…seriously! 🙂 To prepare for the trip, please be sure to watch the three podcasts on Cedar Point physics.

THIS WEEK IN CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS we will learn about electric power, short circuits, safety features, and power grids. Be sure to watch podcast 8 and podcast 9 by Tuesday at the latest. We’ll do homework 4 in class and then do a review packet. You’ll take your electric circuits unit test on Thursday. On Friday we’ll begin exploring the magnetic world of magnetism!

FUN PHYSICS OF THE WEEK – Design your own roller coaster. Be careful! It may not work if you don’t obey the laws of physics!


Week of May 7, 2012

Three weeks left? I know it’s sad, but not to worry. There’s still plenty of physics fun to be had!

This week in physics, we will watch the podcast 7 on compound circuits for Monday and then practice them over and over (and over!) We’ve postponed our quiz on parallel circuits (podcasts 5 & 6) to Tuesday in order to be humane to all of you who are taking the AP Psychology exam on Monday. You should watch podcast 8 on electric power and podcast 9 on safety features by Wednesday to prepare for our final homework of the unit, which we’ll do in class on Wednesday and Thursday. Depending on your AP exam loads, we’ll discuss whether we want to do the unit test on Friday or the following Monday.

This week in Conceptual Physics, we’ll do a lab on series circuits. Be sure to watch podcast 3 by Tuesday, when we’ll also have a quiz over electrical resistance and Ohm’s Law (podcast 2.) We’ll then do homework 3 in class on Tuesday and Wednesday (quiz on Thursday,) followed by another lab, this time on parallel circuits. You should watch podcast 5 by Friday.

Are you as pumped as I am about The Avengers coming out this weekend? I’m sure if you watch it, you’ll ponder the physics involved in some of the things our heroes will do. Here’s a fun article about Hulk Physics