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SENIORS!!! This is it!!! Congratulations!!! (I can’t BELIEVE our time together is over (SOB!!!)) And juniors, this is our last full week together before exams next week…SOB!!! I love you all and will miss you very much. Here is (sniffle) your exam schedule. Our exam covers Units 4 (goal sets 3 & 4 only), 5, 6, 7, & 8 (only 8.1 for seniors.)
This Week in Physics if You’re a Junior There is no homework for Monday so that you can relax and enjoy prom weekend. 🙂 On Monday we’ll complete a virtual lab in class. For Tuesday please take notes on PODCAST 2: Series Circuits. We’ll doassignment 2 in class on Tuesday followed by a quiz over both goal set 1 and goal set 2 as announced. For Wednesday or Thursday, as announced, please take notes onPODCAST 3: Parallel Circuits. We will do another virtual lab in class along withassignment 3. Exam note: There will be no in-class review for the final exam. Please start reviewing on your own early.
It’s finally here! Cedar Point week is upon us! AND this is the last full week of school for our seniors! With that in mind, I’m sharing the exam schedules. Senior exams run next week from May 24 – 26. In addition, junior exams run the following week from May 30 – June 1. Our exam covers Units 4 (goal sets 3 & 4 only), 5, 6, 7, & 8. Schedules are below. This Week in Physics Due for Monday: Please take notes onPODCAST 1: Introduction to Circuits, Current, Resistance, and Ohm’s Law. This one is a little long, so be sure to budget time for it. On Tuesday we will GO TO CEDAR POINT!!! YAY!!! 🙂 On Wednesday we will discuss what we learned at Cedar Point and will then continue to discuss the introduction to electric circuits. We’ll also do an online activity followed byassignment 1and a quiz as announced. Time permitting please take notes onPODCAST 2: Series Circuits if assigned.
The week of May 1 will be a significantly shortened week due tostate testingandAP testing. We will likely only have the equivalent of two quality days together. 🙁 Therefore this entry covers a two week span.
Cool Science of the Week Did you know plants have their own internet? Thin threadlike fungi that grow underground connect the roots of multiple plants, sometimes over vast distances, and allow the plants to send each other nutrients as well as warning signals. Weak seedlings are helped to survive by the shared nutrients, and plants that receive warnings of impending diseases or pests begin early immune responses to protect themselves.
Welcome to a very short week at ALHS! There is no school for juniors and seniors on Monday due to testing, the talent show bell schedule will be in effect on Thursday, and spring break begins on Friday. In essence, we have 2.5 days to get some stuff DONE! 🙂
These Two Days in Physics We will work onassignment 2, will do extra practice with Coulomb’s law if needed, and will take a quiz over learning goal set 2on Coulomb’s law. Good times!
Cool Science of the Week Going somewhere tropical over spring break? Alternately, want to feel passive aggressive satisfaction regarding those going somewhere tropical? Either way, you might find thisGlobal Shark Trackerwebsite fun and informative!
Cool Science of the Week With climate change on many people’s minds, a lot of people are looking forward to advancements in solar power technology. Boy, does Tesla’s Elon Musk have a cool new way to make your home energy independent (“off grid”):Solar roof shingles!Imagine having your entire roof become a solar panel while still looking like a regular roof. Pretty cool!Video link
Cool Science of the Week Baby sloths make the CUTEST sounds. Like, seriously. They’re basically squeak toys. Check outthis sweet videofrom theSloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, which focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation and research of sloths as well as conserving their rainforest habitat.
This is the final week of the third quarter grading period, so please check your assignments and grades on PowerSchool. All late work is due by Wednesday for partial credit. (Those who are have been absent in the past few days should see me to plan for your due dates.)
This Week in Physics On TUESDAY we will quiz over circular motion (unit 6 goal set 1) as covered inunit 6 podcasts 1 & 2. (First period: This is different from what I told you in class. I was a LIAR! It’s Tuesday.) If you have not completedgoal set 1, be sure it is done by Monday. You may find theCentripetal Force Awesome Rock ‘n’ Roll Songto be helpful if you listen to it a few times and learn the lyrics. Following the quiz we will quickly go through the material fromPODCAST 3: Gravitation & Planetary Orbitsto prepare forassignment 2, which we will do together in class. Because we will go over the material on gravity so quickly, it is imperative that you take notes on the very short podcast if you have not yet done so. We will also do an online lab on planetary motion and then will take the unit 6 test on Wednesday or Thursday. This will be the last grade for third quarter, so if you are absent on Thursday, please be ready to take the test on the day that you return. (If you are absent on Wednesday, as well, you may have until Monday to take the test.) END OF COURSE TEST: This comprehensive test covering material from all six units we’ve studied this year will take place on Wednesday, March 29.
Cool Science of the Week A classic sign of warm weather is the monarch butterfly, whose population worldwide just twenty years ago was over one billion. Sadly, due to deforestation (chopping down the world’s forests to make way for agriculture) and climate change,the population of monarch butterflies today is just 10% of its 1996 numbers. Just 10%! Consider that. Why does it matter beyond simply being sad? Scientists watch populations of small animals such as insects and amphibians in part because these animals are more responsive to environmental changes than we are, and therefore they areharbingersof changes that may affect humans.
There are just two weeks left to this quarter, so be sure to check PowerSchool for any late or missing assignments.
This Week in Physics On Monday we will finish discussing material from podcasts 1 & 2 from ourcircular motion unitand will completeassignment 1 together in class through Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. On Tuesday we will take a quiz over the concepts and calculations of frequency and period. On Thursday (or as announced) we will take a quiz over circular motion. When announced please take notes onPODCAST 3: Gravitation & Planetary Orbits. Expect the unit test by next Wednesday, March 22 at the latest. The End-of-Course “SLO” test will take place on the following Wednesday, March 29. Please begin reviewing your goal packets and notes from unit 1 through 6.
Cool Science of the Week Check out this beautiful archived visualization from NASA of our ocean currents. Turn your sound on and zen out 🙂Perpetual Ocean