Week of October 13, 2014

This will be a short week with some scheduling hurdles, so be ready to focus and work hard so we make the most of every minute! 🙂

This Week in AP Physics
There is no school on Friday, and our class won’t meet on Wednesday, as first and second periods are not meeting due to the PSAT. With just three days together, we have to work very hard to keep on pace. On Monday we will finish debriefing homework 2 so that we can quiz on Tuesday over Newton’s second law, normal force, and tension. On Monday and Tuesday we will cover friction and terminal velocity so that we can do homework 3 over the long weekend (due Monday.) On Thursday I anticipate that we will perform our second unit 3 lab, Newton’s second law. Your lab report on gravitational mass vs. inertial mass will be due on Thursday (not Friday as planned, since we don’t have school on Friday.) Remember to share your writing with me via Google Drive (alhsgb@gmail.com) and submit to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 on Thursday.

This Week in Physics
If you are in 6th period, for Monday please take notes on Podcast 10 – Projectile FormulasPodcast 11 – Projectile Sample Problem part 1, and Podcast 12 – Projectile Sample Problem part 2. By Wednesday we will do assignment 3 and will begin to experiment with our awesome laboratory projectile launcher!
If you are in 10th period, on Monday we will take a quiz over vector resolution. ( Podcast 5 – Introduction to Vector Resolution and Podcast 6 – Vector Resolution Sample Problem will help you study.) Also for Monday please take notes on Podcast 7 – Introduction to Projectile Motion part 1Pocast 8 – Introduction to Projectile Motion part 2, and Podcast 9 – Introduction to Projectile Motion part 3. For Tuesday please take notes on Podcast 10 – Projectile FormulasPodcast 11 – Projectile Sample Problem part 1, and Podcast 12 – Projectile Sample Problem part 2. By Wednesday or Thursday we will do assignment 3.

This Week in Astronomy
Well, sadly, we had some disruptions this past week due to special bell schedules, field trips and the like, so we are continuing with our plan from last week. You can follow the blog (below) from the week of October 6 for details.

Cool Science of the Week
This past week on Tuesday, October 7th, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to three scientists who in 1994 invented the blue LED light. WHAT?!? A Nobel Prize for a blue light? Well, yes, actually! Read to discover why! (Hint, it was really hard to do, and you use blue LEDs all the time…)