Week of December 17, 2018

Exams are next week, but our quarter grades will continue after winter break. The exam schedule is available at this link. You will take your exam during your class period, not your lab period. AP, you get to take an exam on both periods. Yay!!!

There is no homework over winter break. Nothing will be due until the Monday after we return. Enjoy a well-earned rest! 

This Week in AP Physics
Your exam will cover units 1-6. When we return from break you will have one week to make test corrections on the unit 6 test, and we will begin unit 7. We will most likely test unit 7 before the end of the quarter and will begin unit 8. (The unit 7 test, however, will go on quarter 3 so as to allow you time to make test corrections. )

This Week in Physics
Your exam will cover units 1-3. On Monday, January 7 we will take a test over unit 3.

Week of December 10, 2018

Exams are next week, but our quarter grades will continue after winter break. Exam reminder: The exam schedule is available at this link. AP Physics: Your exam will cover units 1-6. Physics: Your exam will cover units 1-3. Use your learning goal sets as your study guides.

This Week in AP Physics
We will complete unit 6. For Monday please do homework 3. On Monday and Tuesday we will cover angular dynamics with notes, a lab, and practice problems, Homework 4 is due on Wednesday, and our unit test will be Thursday. I’ve changed my mind and decided to cover unit 7 on Friday and the Monday before exams. Just kidding hahahaha! In reality we’ll use those two days to review.

This Week in Physics
If you are in my afternoon section, notes from unit 3 video 5 on Newton’s second law are due by the start of class on Monday. (Morning classes should NOT take notes on this video over the weekend.) We will analyze various problems involving net force and acceleration using Newton’s second law and will do assignment 5, goal set 5, and a quiz over goal set 5 as announced. When assigned, please take notes on unit 3 video 6. We’ll discuss Newton’s third law, do assignment 6, and hopefully get our unit 3 test in on Friday.

Cool Science of the Week
In 2015 two filmmakers went to the Nevada desert and crafted a perfectly-scaled, miles-long model of our solar system and then used a drone to make an award-winning video, which you can see here (or below). Their current project is a new video, To Scale: Time, in which they model time from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago to 2018, mapping out major events along the way. As far as I can tell this flick is yet-to-be-released, although you can read about it here in an article from a great magazine, Popular Mechanics.
To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.
On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.
A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh
Copyright 2015