Week of November 11, 2019

This Week in AP Physics
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.

This Week in Physics
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.

Week of November 4, 2019

This Week in AP Physics
We will continue to explore
unit five on momentum. We will complete three experiments and will continue our routine of tremendously great problems, workbook, and AP Classroom resources. I’d like to share a few new resources for you, some of which you’ve seen already.
Flipping Physics is a fantastic resource of AP Physics videos.
Bozeman Science has a deep library of videos, as well.
OpenStax has a quality, free online AP Physics textbook (that your teacher helped edit!)

This Week in Physics
On Monday you will take your
unit two test over two-dimensional motion. For Tuesday (11th period) or Wednesday (3rd period) please take notes over the first video from unit three. We will go over these videos, do enrichment, and complete assignment 1 together in class. When announced, please take notes over video two from unit three.

Week of October 28, 2019

This week marks the start of second quarter… yay!

This Week in AP Physics
We will complete
unit four on energy ideally by Monday to test on Tuesday, but let’s get real. I’m probably overly optimistic as usual, so the test may be Wednesday. We’ll also begin unit five on momentum this week.Guess what we’ll do in unit five! Notes, tremendously great problems, workbook pages, AND three experiments! SO GOOD! To help you prepare for the unit 4 test, the progress checks are now visible on AP Classroom. There are two sets of multiple choice and one set of FRQs. No points will be awarded for doing these, but they are available to help you. Let me know if you’re stuck on any, and we can take a look at them.

This Week in Physics
On Monday we will complete
assignment 4 on upwardly-launched projectiles together in class. We will take a quiz over projectiles (goal set 2) on Tuesday, and on Tuesday into Wednesday we’ll complete an experiment on projectile motion. Our unit 2 test will be on Thursday. Next week: The *force* will be with us!

Week of October 21, 2019

This is the last week of the quarter. No late assignments (other than those due because of absences in the past week) will be accepted at this point. Let’s do a great job this week and finish strong! 🙂

This Week in AP Physics
We will explore conservative and non conservative work and will then do a lot with a major topic, the conservation of mechanical energy for closed systems. Time permitting we will also cover power. As always, expect some tremendously great problems and some workbook pages in small batches. Your lab report for the
Work-Energy Theorem experiment is due on Friday, October 25. (Remember to use the Lab Report Writing Guide and Lab Report Rubric when writing your report.) Expect the unit 4 test next week. Woot!

This Week in Physics
We will cover the quantitative analysis of projectiles and will do
assignments 3 & 4 from unit 3. If you have not yet taken notes from video 3 and video 4 from unit 2 you should do so for Monday by the start of class. Time permitting we will complete our experiment on projectile motion this week. Expect a test next week.

Week of October 14, 2019

This is the second-to-last week in the first quarter. All missing work (other than work due to absences that take place between this week and next) is due on Friday, October 18 if you would like to receive late credit.

On Wednesday we will not have class together due to PSAT testing.

Fun fact: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 was awarded this past week!

This Week in AP Physics
We will continue to work (pun intended) with the concept of energy and will cover the work-energy theorem and conservation of mechanical energy. Expect AP workbook pages, some tremendously great problems, and a lab over the
Work-Energy Theorem. A formal lab report for this lab will be due one week after we complete it. (Remember to use the Lab Report Writing Guide and Lab Report Rubric when writing your report.) Finally, corrections for your unit 3 test are due on Thursday, October 17.

This Week in Physics
Third period: On Monday we will go over vector resolution to prepare for a quiz on Tuesday.
Video 3 and video 4 from unit 2 will be due as announced. We will go outside to do a lab if the weather permits. By the end of the week we *may* begin assignment 3 from unit 3.
Eleventh period: On Monday we will go over
assignment 1 from unit 3 and will work in a couple of extra vector addition practice problems so that you will be ready to take a quiz over vector addition on Tuesday. By Tuesday be sure to have taken notes over video 2 from unit 2. We will begin to cover this on Monday and will complete assignment 2 plus additional practice problems. Watch for a quiz over vector resolution to be announced for Thursday. By the date announced in class please be sure to take notes over video 3 and video 4 from unit 2.

Week of October 7, 2019

There are twelve classroom days before the end of the quarter not counting PSAT testing on October 16. Be sure to check PowerSchool to ensure you are taking care of missing assignments. The last day to turn in missing assignments for late credit is October 18.

This Week in AP Physics
It’s time for energy! This major topic will consume us for the rest of this quarter. As usual, we will have some amazingly top-notch lectures, solve some tremendously great problems, and do laboratory work. SO GOOD! A couple of notes: Test corrections for the unit 3 test will be due on Monday, October 14 at 3:00. Also mark your calendars for our physics field trip to Cedar Point on Tuesday, May 19, 2020! You do not have to go, but everyone will do the same amount of work regardless of staying back or going. We will talk more about this in class as the date approaches. Please see me with any questions.

This Week in Physics
On Monday we will complete
assignment 1 from unit 2 and will take a quiz over vector addition when announced. Also by the date announced in your class period, please take notes over video 2 from unit 2, which covers vector resolution. We will do assignment 2 over vector resolution and will then complete the problems from learning goals set 1 prior to taking a quiz over both vector addition and vector resolution, as announced. It is possible that notes from video 3 from unit 2 will be due on Friday, so please stay tuned in class for that announcement. Also please note: Mark your calendars for our physics field trip to Cedar Point on Tuesday, May 19, 2020! You do not have to go, but everyone will do the same amount of work regardless of staying back or going. We will talk more about this in class as the date approaches. Please see me with any questions.

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.