Week of February 17, 2020

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We will continue to work through unit 10 on electrostatics with remaining notes, homework, problem sets, and a lab. Please complete homework 1 for Wednesday. Expect the unit test next week. Unit 9 test corrections are due on Thursday of this week.

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Due to scheduling conferences, please do NOT take notes on video 2 for Tuesday. You will do this in class. On Tuesday we will complete goal set 1 in class, go over it, and take the goal set 1 quiz on Wednesday or as announced. As the week progresses we will examine lab data to analyze the role of kinetic energy in a variety of collisions and will complete assignment 2 from goal set 2. All resources can be found on our momentum unit webpage.

Week of February 10, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day week!

This Week in AP Physics
On Monday we’ll take a test over our thermal physics unit and then will begin our exploration of electrostatics. (Shocking!) We’ll take notes, do tremendously great problems, a smidge of homework, and a lab, natch!

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We’ll begin the week by doing assignment 1 from our momentum unit on Monday, so please bring your books to class. When announced we’ll take a quiz over goal set 1. By the date announced in class please take notes over video two from the momentum unit. We’ll also most likely get to a conservation of linear momentum lab this week. All resources may be found at the unit five webpage.

Week of February 3, 2020

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We will continue to work through thermal processes and the first law of thermodynamics with lecture, tremendously great problems, homework 3, and a lab. Following that we will begin to explore the remaining laws of thermodynamics with a special application to the function of engines. This will take us into next week when we will also take the unit test. Note: Your lab report on the behavior of gasses experiment is due at the start of class on Tuesday.

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On Monday we will tie up loose ends in our energy unit and will test on Tuesday. By Wednesday please take notes from video one from unit 5. We will begin to move through this unit on momentum with assignment 1, goal set 1, and a quiz, and we will do a mini-lab on collisions as the week progresses.

Week of January 27, 2020

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We will continue to explore thermal physics by looking at methods of energy transfer, the kinetic theory of an ideal gas, and (just barely by the very end of the week) the laws of thermodynamics. Expect some tremendously great problems and a couple of nights of homework problems. Labs (and most likely the unit test) will be the week of February 3. That’s lit!

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We will finish assignment 3 from unit 4 and do a short experiment on the law of conservation of mechanical energy followed by a quiz over unit 4 goal set 3. When assigned please take notes on video 4 from unit 4. We will do assignment 4 and will then take the unit 4 test, most likely by the end of the week. Yay! Links to all relevant materials may be found on our unit 4 webpage.

Week of January 20, 2020

This is a shortened week as we take Monday to observe and appreciate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week also marks the start of third quarter and second semester. Halfway, peeps!

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On Tuesday and Wednesday we will complete our work on fluid flow and will take the unit 8 test on Thursday. Then from the cold of the early week we will heat things up alongside the weather forecast as we begin unit 9 on thermal physics. Caliente!

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We will complete the formal lab report for the work-energy theorem experiment. As you write be sure to use the lab report writing guide and the lab report rubric to guide your work. Your reports are due printed (one per writing team) at the START of class on Wednesday. We will spend class time on Tuesday writing. Additionally, 11th period opted to take the
goal set 2 quiz on Tuesday, so please be prepared to take that at the start of class if you’re in 11th period. During the remainder of the week we will explore concepts and problems related to video 3 from unit 4 and will complete assignment 3 followed by goal set 3 and, time permitting, a quiz over goal set 3. Expect the unit test the week of January 27.

Week of January 13, 2020

This is the last week of second quarter. Any missing work is due no later than Tuesday, January 14 (unless you were absent for multiple days this past week.)

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We will continue to swim through unit 8 on fluid mechanics. The first book assignment for unit 8 is due on Monday. The second one will be due on Tuesday, but you should wait to start it until we’ve finished taking notes on Monday. We will complete two labs this week, one on mass density and the other on buoyancy. By the end of the week we will explore fluid flow. Expect the unit 8 test by the middle of the week of January 20.

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All resources for this week are available on our unit 4 webpage. This week we will perform an experiment on the work-energy theorem. We will complete assignment 2 and take a quiz over goal set 2. By the date announced in class please take notes on video 3.

Weeks of December 9 & December 16, 2019

Exams run December 18-19. Please check the schedule on our school website. You will take your exam as follows:
3rd period physics takes it 3rd period.
11th period physics takes it 11th period.
AP Physics takes the multiple choice 6th/7th and the FRQ 8th/9th.
Remember that the quarter does not end until January 17, so regular quarter grades will continue through that time.

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You will complete videos 5 & 6, assignments 5 & 6, and goal sets 5 & 6. Expect your unit test toward the end of the week of December 9 or at the start of exam week.
Exam information: Your exam covers all content in units 1-3. The learning goal packets are your study guide. If you’ve lost yours you may print new ones on each unit’s web page.

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For Monday please do the torque and rotation workbook pages 203-204 and 197-198. We will finish our unit notes on Monday. After (only after) finishing our lecture on Monday please watch the following videos from the outstanding resource Flipping Physics:
1.) Angular Momentum of Particles Introduction
2.) Common Point Particle Angular Momentum Triangle (a bit more complex than we need but helpful overall to show us the L = pR = mvR relationship)
3.) Rolling without Slipping Introduction and Demonstrations
On Tuesday you will do a rotational equilibrium lab and will then continue with a few more workbook pages and a packet of tremendously great problems. Expect the unit 6 test on or around Thursday. After that we will begin unit 7 on simple harmonic motion and will then prepare for the exam.

Weeks of November 25 and December 2, 2019

We are now entering the second half of second quarter, as the interim was Friday the 22nd. Exams are coming up on us fast, so you might want to use a little time over Thanksgiving break to brush up on past topics. Exams take place December 18-20.

This assignment blog covers two weeks because of the amazing Thanksgiving vacation we’re about to have. Enjoy your time off! 🙂

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For Monday 11/25 do pages 62-64 in the new workbook. We will cover circular motion and do additional workbook pages, tremendously great problems, and a SUPER fun lab. After that we’ll take a spin into the topic of rotational motion and torque. We’ll follow the usual routine with that. Scavenger hunt! There is an Easter egg relevant to our current topic somewhere on my website. See if you can find it!

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On Monday 11/25 we will take a big quiz over goal set 1, so be sure to prepare well for that. This quiz will be worth twice the points of a normal quiz. Goal set 2 is due on Monday for 3rd period, and we will take a quiz over it on Tuesday. Eleventh period will take the goal set 2 quiz after break. (Remember we missed Friday’s class due to the pep rally.) We will also do a lab on friction. When announced please take notes on video 3 from unit 3. We will go over it in class and will complete assignment 3, goal set 3, and take a quiz.

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 from Science 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 a little more information and an awesome picture!

Week of November 18, 2019

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For Monday please do workbook pages 137-143 and page 150. For Tuesday please do pages 151-152 and 155-156. For Wednesday please do pages 153-154, and we may or may not do pages 161-163, so stay tuned on those last ones. This week we will complete a small set of tremendously great problems and will do our final lab for the momentum unit. Expect a test Thursday. Next up: circular and rotational motion.

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For Monday please take notes on
video two from unit 3. As announced in your class period there will be a quiz over learning goals set 1. This week we will cover friction with assignment 2 and possibly a lab (more likely for third period based on when double period labs fall. Eleventh will possibly do the lab next week.)

Week of November 11, 2019

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We will continue to explore the topics related to
momentum in unit five. For Monday please complete the first packet of tremendously great problems. Beginning on Monday we will cover the conservation of momentum in closed systems through notes, another experiment, and more tremendously great problems and workbook pages. By the end of the week we will start looking at the role of energy in collisions, which is the last phase of this unit. Expect a unit test during the week of November 18. Test corrections for the unit four test are due by Thursday at 3:00, and your impulse-momentum theorem lab report is due by the start of class on Thursday. (Your revenge will be my burial in grading.) Be sure to use the Lab Report Writing Guide and Lab Report Rubric to guide your writing.

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Please read the assignments for your class period. We may not get to all of this during this week, but it will be fun to try!
3rd period: Your human cannonball lab is due on Monday. We will continue to debrief
video one from unit three and will begin assignment 1 in class followed by a quiz over goal set one as announced. By the date assigned in class, please take notes on video two from unit three covering friction. We will complete an experiment and assignment 2 in class.
11th period: On Monday we will complete the human cannonball experiment and will likely work on that during class on Tuesday, as well. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will continue to debrief
video one from unit three and will complete assignment 1 in class followed by a quiz over goal set one as announced. By the date assigned in class, please take notes on video two from unit three covering friction. We will complete an experiment and assignment 2 in class.