This Week on Physics For Tuesday please complete Unit 4assignment 1andgoal set 1. (Both are due at the start of class on Tuesday.) We will take a quiz over goal set 1 on Wednesday or Thursday, as announced in class. For Wednesday please take notes onPODCAST 2: Work-Energy Theorem. We will go over this and will then doassignment 2. Time-permitting we will perform theWork-Energy Theorem experiment. (If we don’t get to it this week, we will do it next week.)
Cool Science of the Week I don’t know about you, but when it’s as cold outside as it’s been lately, I love to comfort myself with a nice, sugary, hot beverage. One chilly day in 2016 an engineer poured himself a latte and discovered a strange phenomenon:The latte formed striped layers! Being an engineer he used his scientific resources to figure out why and ultimately discovered that lattes can undergo a process that involves both fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, a process called double-diffusive convection. This process is similar to the one that creates the weird hot/cold layers that freak you out when you swim in Lake Erie!
Cool Science of the Week Check out Time Magazine’sBest Inventions of 2017, including a better football helmet, a real-life Wonka-vator, a hijab for women athletes, Halo Top ice cream, AND the ubiquitous FIDGET SPINNER!
This post covers the remaining two weeks of second quarter as well as winter break.
Exams: The exam schedule is below. Our exam will cover all learning goals from units one through three. Your study guide is your learning goal packets. We will take our exam during our regular class period and not during our lab periods. All school policies regarding exam procedures apply. Please be sure to bring a working calculator and a number two pencil.
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These Weeks in Physics First period: On 12/11 you will take notes on podcast 6in class because there will be a sub. Assignment 6will be due for homework on Tuesday. (It’s six questions, so chill. 🙂 ) On 12/12 we’ll go over all of this, dogoal set 6, and will do a lab activity (no lab report.) On 12/12 we’ll take the unit test. That will leave us two days for exam review! That’s not like me, but you earned it with your efficiency! 🙂 Your physics homework over winter break is to relax, take care of yourself, and enjoy being with people you love! Third period: On 12/11 you’ll doassignment 5andgoal set 5in class with the sub. For 12/12 take notes at home onpodcast 6and finish assignment 5 and goal set 5 if you didn’t finish in class on 12/11. On 12/13 we’ll take the goal set 5 quiz and doassignment 6, squeezing ingoal set 6 when we can. Your test will be Thursday or Friday. We’ll also fit in a lab activity (no lab report.) Your physics homework over winter break is to relax, take care of yourself and enjoy being with people you love! Fourth/Fifth period: Oh, wait. I don’t have a class that period. Sixth/Seventh period: What’s wrong with me? I don’t have a class this period, either. I should probably eat lunch. Eighth/Ninth period:Assignment 5is due on 12/11. We’ll go over this and will then dogoal set 5 to get ready for a quiz on 12/12. For 12/12 please take notes onpodcast 6.On 12/12 we’ll doassignment 6. Goal set 6will be due for 12/13, and then we’ll do a little lab activity (no formal lab report.) Our unit test will be Thursday. You’ve also worked really efficiently, so we’ll be able to do a tiny bit of exam review on Friday. Come prepared with questions! Finally, your physics homework over winter break is to relax, take care of yourself and enjoy being with people you love! Eleventh period: For 12/11 goal set 5 is due. We’ll also take a quiz over this goal set on this day.Podcast 6is also due for 12/11. We’ll go over this in class and doassignment 6in class.Goal set 6will be due for 12/12, and then we can do a little review for the test that we will take on 12/13. On 12/14 we’ll do a small lab activity (no formal lab report) and will actually have a tiny bit of time for exam review on Friday. Come prepared with questions! Finally, your physics homework over winter break is to relax, take care of yourself and enjoy being with people you love!
Cool Science of These Weeks Recently NASA’s Juno Mission provided us with AMAZING images of Jupiter’s surface unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. The high-def detail is just gorgeous.Check the pics out for yourself! Here’s just one! Look at the depth! The different colors come from different gases with different densities and concentrations, giving us the marbled appearance. See how some of the gasses are more transparent? You can see deeper through some of them! Cool! PLUS look at how the storms can go either counterclockwise or clockwise… right next to each other! That doesn’t happen on Earth! You can ask me why in class! I’d be happy to geek out about it!
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There are two weeks remaining before semester exams, which run December 18-20. Please begin to study if you haven’t done so already. Also be sure to stay on top of all second quarter assignments and check PowerSchool regularly. No missing assignments will be accepted after December 13.
This Week in Physics If you have not yet done so please be sure to take notes on PODCAST 4: Newton’s Laws of Motion – First Law (Inertia)by Monday. Also for Monday only 3rd period and 8/9 period will take a quiz over elastic force (goal set 3). (The other classes have already taken the quiz.) We will do assignment 4 in class on Monday and Tuesday and will take a quiz over inertia and static equilibrium (goal set 4) as announced. When announced please take notes on PODCAST 5: Newton’s Laws of Motion – Second Law. We will work through many relevant practice problems and will complete assignment 5. Next week expect to do the final podcast and assignment from unit 3, perform an informal experiment regarding Newton’s second law, and take the unit 3 test.
LAB REPORTS: 1st period’s are due Tuesday, 11th period’s are due Wednesday, and 3rd and 8th/9th periods’ are due on Thursday. One hard copy is due per writing team at the start of the class period on the due date.The documents you will need are:Friction Lab,Lab Report Writing Guide, andLab Report Rubric. Be sure to share your document with me at email@example.com and upload ONE copy of your document to TurnItIn.com by Thursday at 3:00.
Cool Science of the Week The Earth is round, Kyrie. Don’t believe it? Here are easy tests you can do right here in Avon Lake to confirm it for yourself.
Happy Thanksgiving! This blog covers the week of and the week after Thanksgiving.
These Weeks in Physics We will do assignment 2, which covers friction, and our Friction Lab. There will be a formal lab report for the friction lab, and the due date will be one week after your class period completes the experiment. We will also take a quiz over friction (goal set 2) as announced. When announced please take notes on PODCAST 3: Elastic Force. We will do assignment 3 and take a quiz over elastic force (goal set 3) as announced and will likely also begin to cover PODCAST 4: Newton’s Laws of Motion – First Law (Inertia), so please take notes on that if announced. Looking ahead remember that semester exams are BEFORE winter break this year on December 18-20, so you might want to begin reviewing topics from earlier in the year to make your lives easier next month.
Cool Science of these Weeks Meet the Balloonatics! This is the team of people who engineer the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and believe it or not, they use PHYSICS…some of the same physics we’ve been learning, in fact! Here’s a short video fromScience Friday that shows you how it’s done! Below the video I’ve included the science of cranberries, which I think is really cool.
The science of CRANBERRIES! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to make homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. Did you know that cranberries are grown in BOGS? They’re grown on vines like strawberries, but they thrive if those vines are planted in wetlands. That’s cool. Also, 60% of our cranberries come from Wisconsin, while 25% come from Massachusetts, and if you have the chance to head out to those states, you can go to a cranberry farm (like we go to blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry farms here.) Here’s alittle more informationand a couple of awesome pictures.
A reminder: Your lab report over the Human Cannonball Projectiles Lab is due on Thursday at the start of class. One hard copy must be handed in at the start of your class period, and by 3:00 on that day one (and only one) copy must be uploaded to TurnItIn.com. You also must share your Google Doc with me as an editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: This is not my primary email address.) Additional documents you will need are the Lab Report Writing Guide and the Lab Report Rubric. You will need to create a scatterplot in Excel and copy-paste it (and your data tables) into your Google document. Here’s a handy video tutorial that shows how to format your data tables and make a scatterplot.
Cool Science of the Week Can science and technology help counter climate change? This article identifies seven megatrends that provide some hope, including dramatically falling costs for generating energy from solar and wind sources, including making batteries that store more energy (increasing the efficiency of electric cars), and including …brace yourselves… lab-grown meat!
This Week in Physics By Monday be absolutely sure to take notes on PODCAST 4: A Quantitative Look at Projectile Motion. We will be working with that material all week as we analyze projectile motion. Expect a test at the end of this week or the beginning of the next. Depending on timing we may do ourHuman Cannonball Projectiles Labthis week before the test or next week after the test. (Note: Third period can wait to watch the podcast one extra day.)
This is the last week of first quarter. Can you believe it?
This Week in Physics By Monday please be sure to take notes onUnit 2 Podcast 2: Vector Resolutionand bring your books to class on Monday so that we can completeassignment 2and an additional vector resolution activity. Following that we will take a quiz over all ofgoal set 1as announced, and this will be the last grade for this quarter. We will also go outside to do an outdoor vector lab, weather permitting, during one of your double period classes as announced. By the end of the week by the date assigned in class please take notes onPODCAST 3: A Conceptual Look at Projectile Motion. On the following day be sure to take notes on our last podcast for the unit, PODCAST 4: A Quantitative Look at Projectile Motion. Next week we will complete an experiment on projectiles and will finish unit 2.
Cool Science of the Week Have you ever questioned the old saying that if you dig a hole straight through the center of the Earth, you’d wind up in China? Now you can find out for certain where you’d wind up with thisantipodes map. What’s an antipode? It’s the diametrically-opposite position on Earth from a particular location. Before you test our own Avon Lake on this map, make a guess first to see how right you are!