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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
This week you have no classes on Thursday and Friday due to parent-teacher conferences. (See below under the Cool Science of the Week.)
This Week in Physics On Monday we will take our test over themomentum unit. For Tuesday please take notes onPODCAST 1: Circular Motion part 1 ANDPODCAST 2: Circular Motion part 2. These podcasts are longer than usual (about thirty minutes in total), but they comprise almost all of the material for this unit, which is very short. We will go over this material on Tuesday and will then doassignment 1, followed by a quiz on the day after we complete the assignment. Since this is a short week with a lot of material, it is possible we may not take the quiz until next week.
Cool Science of the Week Cool twin study time!From March 27, 2015 through March 2, 2016 astronaut Scott Kelly and Cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko spent a year living in space aboard the International Space Station. The purpose was to see how well the human body could handle possible future travel to other places, such as Mars. In a twist of super-convenient fate, Scott Kelly has a TWIN! His brother, Mark Kelly, is a retired astronaut, andNASA has released information about how their bodies compared after Scott’s year in space. Among many differences: Scott’s GENES changed while in space! Scott became TALLER than his brother! And many, many more…wild!Video link
Conferences: Avon Lake High School will be hosting parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 8th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 9th all day. You do not need to make an appointment for conferences on March 8th. Feel free to stop in anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to see your child’s teacher. However, if you will be joining us on March 9th, you will need to make an appointment by clicking THIS LINK. If you’re having trouble signing up, please give us a call here in the office and ask for Mrs. Wetzig. Just a reminder, there is no school for students on March 9th or March 10th.
Cool Science of the Week This week NASA announcedthe discovery of a solar system a mere 40 light years away (relatively close) that has SEVEN small, rocky planets, three of which are in the “habitable zone,” the region around a star in which a planet could have liquid water and a temperate climate and could, therefore, harbor life.* The system is called TRAPPIST-1, and the planets are so close together that if you lived on one, you’d be able to see other planets in the sky in such detail that you could see their atmospheres! Scientists’ next step is to analyze chemical signatures of the planets to determine if they have water along with other chemical conditions required by Earth-like life forms.Video link
Do you think if you lived there you’d take vacations from one planet to another?
*Given how close they are to the star, the intensity of the star’s radiation, and the potential for atmospheric composition, all seven could have liquid water!
This Week in Physics If you have not already done so (which would have been a mistake 😉 ) please take notes onPODCAST 2: Types of Collisions – The role of kinetic energyby Tuesday. We will go over the different types of collisions with an analysis of system kinetic energy and will then doassignment 3 together in class followed by a quiz overgoal set 2as announced. That should fill up our week, although it is possible that we will assignPODCAST 3: The Impulse-Momentum Theoremfor Friday. ~*Due on Wednesday*~ YourConservation of Momentum labreport is due on Wednesday (postponed from Friday the 17th.) A hard copy is due at the start of class, and an upload toTurnItIn.comis due by 3:00 on that day. Use our writing guides to organize and create your reports properly:Lab Report Writing Guideand Lab Report Rubric. As always, you must write while logged into your Google account on a shared Google Drive document. You must share your document with me as an editor. Use this email address: email@example.com.
Cool Science of the Week About a decade ago the BBC set viewership records with its series Planet Earth. Known for its extraordinary photography and storytelling, the show has finally returned withPlanet Earth 2, filmed inultra HD. Here’s a preview asa young sloth goes in search of love (awww!!!) The series premiers this Saturday, February 18th at 9:00 on BBC America.
This Week in Physics On Monday we will take a quiz overmomentum goal sets 1 & 2. Next we will crunch numbers from our momentum lab and analyze the role of kinetic energy in the two types of collisions we explored. When announced please take notes onPODCAST 2: Types of Collisions – The role of kinetic energy. Important notes: ~*1*~ This is course recommendation week, so expect significant disruptions to our physics work as we explore your many options for next year. I will conference with each of you individually to help you make informed decisions. Please spend some time looking through ourProgram of Studies. As seniors you will have more choices than ever before, and it’s worth taking time now to ensure that your senior year will be both productive and enjoyable. ~*2*~ Your Conservation of Momentum lab report is due on Friday. A hard copy is due at the start of class, and an upload toTurnItIn.comis due by 3:00 on that day. Use our writing guides to organize and create your reports properly: Lab Report Writing Guideand Lab Report Rubric. As always, you must write while logged into your Google account on a shared Google Drive document. You must share your document with me as an editor. Use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cool Science of the Week Did he flop? (link) The physics of inertia, energy, and momentum holds the answer! (Hint: Look at the inertia and momentum of the lower half of LeBron’s body when Draymond Green so viciously attacks him) P.S. LeBron is the GOAT
This Week in Physics For Monday (first period and eight/nine periods) or Tuesday (all youze other people) please take notes on Podcast 1: The Law of Conservation of Momentum from unit 5. We will go over these together and will then complete assignment 1 in class, followed by a quiz on the day after we finish. This will be a bit of a disrupted week due to the spirit assembly and other conflicts, so stay tuned in class for further instructions and assignments.
Cool Science of the Week In last week’s CSotW entry we mentioned climate refugees. A climate refugee is a person whose homeland becomes uninhabitable due to the effects of climate change. For example, Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana will soon be flooded with seawater beyond the point of habitability. Rising sea levels allow salty seawater to infiltrate soil and groundwater, causing plants to die and making agriculture impossible. It also “poisons” sources of drinking water with salt. Moreover these coastal areas are more susceptible to the stronger storms that come along with climate change. Some island countries are facing complete elimination as all of their livable land disappears. For example, the island nation of Kiribati used its remaining resources to buy land from Fiji to relocate their entire country. One of the most heartfelt problems faced by climate refugees is the loss not only of their property and economic stability but also the loss of their entire culture as people leave and move into the wide world. What solutions can you think of to help climate refugees?
This Week in Physics For Monday please finishassignment 3. We’ll go over this and do our goal packets on Monday in class. For Tuesday please take notes onPODCAST 4: Power.We go over this and will then doassignment 4together in class. On the day after we do assignment 4 we will take a quiz over the topics of power and the law of conservation of mechanical energy. This quiz will be worth twice the points of a normal quiz. Finally we will complete the Conservation of Energy Lab. Next up? Momentum!
Cool Science of the Week Or, rather, hot science of the week. Scientists this past week released 2016 climate data that shows that,once again, we’ve set another record for the hottest year ever. The global average temperature last year was 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average for the entire 20th century, and in some locales (notably near the poles) this average was around four degrees higher! Obviously this results in melted sea ice, which has reached its lowest values in thousands of years. (Melting sea ice is a major topic that we should dive into another time! Check out 2017 compared to 2016 in the second graph below!)