Week of September 30, 2019

For your reference, there are eighteen days left in the quarter. Woot!

This Week in AP Physics
We will complete unit 3 with an exploration of Newton’s third law, some tremendously great problems, workbook pages, and a progress check. On Tuesday some workbook pages will be due, so feel free to start early. The pages are 33-34, 40-46, and 53-56. (The remaining pages will either be done in class after we cover the third law or will be skipped because they are horribly, viciously long.) Our unit 3 test will be Wednesday. Next up will be energy! Due on Friday: your formal lab report for the
Newton’s Second Law lab. Remember (please, for the love of all that is good in the world) to use the Lab Report Writing Guide and the Lab Report Rubric. Please note the statement in the writing guide: “When writing a lab report for physics, you will type your reports using Google Drive. All partners must write while signed individually into Google Drive, and there must be evidence in the revision history that partners contributed equally.” I will be checking the conclusions for evidence of equal writing/editing effort. Also there will be no rewrites this time. (Besides, I know you’ll do great on the first try anyway, champs!)

This Week in Physics
Please read for your class period…
Third period:
Assignment 4 and goal set 4 are due on Monday. We will go over these in class and will do some extra practice. Your test over unit 1 is Tuesday. For Wednesday please take notes over video 1 from unit 2 by the start of class. We will do assignment 1 from unit 2 by the end of the week.
Eleventh period: We will do
assignment 4 and goal set 4 in class on Monday. Your test over unit 1 is most likely going to be on Tuesday but could be switched to Wednesday. Due the day after our test: notes over video 1 from unit 2. We will do assignment 1 from unit 2 by the end of the week.

Week of September 23, 2019

It’s fall! At 3:50 a.m. on Monday morning Earth’s axis will be momentarily tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, making the sun’s position straight above our equator. Read more here and check out a cool map here. See you in the fall!

This Week in AP Physics
Due Monday: pages 30-32 of the unit 2 “workbook.” On Monday we will conduct an experiment on
Newton’s Second Law for which you will write a formal lab report ( Lab Report Writing Guide AP Physics and Lab Report Rubric AP Physics.) The next topic will be tension (physics tension, not emotional tension, although perhaps they accompany one another.) Then we’ll slide into friction during the last part of the week. The unit test will be next week (roo doo doo doo doo!)

This Week in Physics
On Monday we will take a quiz over
learning goal 3. Also for Monday please take notes on video 4 from unit 1. We will spend the first part of the week working with the kinematic equations and exploring free fall. This will include completing assignment 4 together in class. It is likely we will have the unit test on Friday.

Week of September 16, 2019

This Week in AP Physics
We will continue to force our way through unit 3 with notes, a lab that will help us distinguish between gravitational and inertial mass, and some tremendously great problems to solve.

This Week in Physics
We will discuss the material from video 3 covering acceleration and will complete some lab activities in class. We’ll also complete assignment 2. If announced, please take notes on video 4 from unit 1. We are accelerating toward our unit 1 test, which most likely will be next week.

Week of September 9, 2019

This Week in AP Physics
You have arrived at the week of your first real test. Woot! On Monday Phase 2 of your Tremendously Great Problems to Solve, which was handed out on Friday, is due. We will go over this in class on Monday and will then begin our unit 2 lab,
Horizontal Ranges Analysis of Upwardly-Launched Projectiles. Due on Tuesday by the start of class is the multiple choice Unit 1 progress check from AP Classroom. (Note that it says unit 1, but it covers what we’ve done in both of our units 1 & 2. We are only doing the multiple choice.) Additionally due on Tuesday is your lab report from our second unit 1 lab, Acceleration due to Gravity. On Wednesday we will take our unit 2 test, and this will be comprehensive, covering both unit 1 and unit 2 material. Thursday brings the start of unit 3 in which we’ll begin to examine dynamics, the study of why things move. Yay!

This Week in Physics
This week we will continue to examine graph interpretation with online activities, unit 1
assignment 1 from the book, and a formal quiz over goal set 2, which will be announced in class ahead of time. (It will not be on Monday.) By the date announced in class, please take notes on video 3 from unit 1.