Week of November 10, 2014

Two-and-a-half weeks until Thanksgiving break…Let’s work hard to get a lot done! 🙂

This Week in AP Physics
For Monday please run through examples 8-13 from your guided notes. (For 13, assume the track has flattened out.) These are due at the start of class and will be checked, so be sure to give them your very best effort. Also over the weekend please play around with the first two websites linked from our energy unit webpage. They will hep you a lot, and they’re actually fun, and for once I’m not lying. On Monday we will run through conservation of energy and power so that you can do homework 2 for Tuesday. We’ll spend Tuesday and possibly Wednesday going over homework 2. The unit test will be Wednesday or Thursday. Your work-energy theorem lab report will be due one day after the test and should be uploaded to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. Finally, it’s always a good idea to refresh yourself with the guidelines for writing our lab reports so that you are true to the spirit of what’s expected.

This Week in Physics
Due to missing school on Tuesday when 10th period had lab, the assignments are different for each class section. Be sure to read your class section…
6th/7th: On Monday we will finish going over the friction lab and then will cover elastic force. Please take notes on Podcast 7 – Elastic Force and Podcast 8 – Elastic Force Sample Problems for Monday, when we will do assignment 3 followed by a quiz on Tuesday. Also for Tuesday please take notes on Podcast 9 – Inertia and Force Podcast 10 – Static Equilibrium. We will go over these on Tuesday and do assignment 4 on Tuesday into Wednesday followed by a quiz as announced. It is possible we may assign Podcast 11 – Newton’s Second LawPodcast 12 – Elevator Problem part 1, and Podcast 13 – Elevator Problem part 2 by the end of the week, but I make no promises, so don’t get too excited. 🙂 Finally, your friction lab report will be due on Tuesday, November 18 with an upload to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. Remember to follow the Lab Report Writing Guide and use the Lab Report Rubric to guide your writing, and use Google Drive (shared with me at alhsgb@gmail.com) for all of your work.
10th: On Monday and Tuesday we will finish the friction lab and will do assignment 2 followed by a quiz as announced. For Wednesday please take notes on Podcast 7 – Elastic Force and Podcast 8 – Elastic Force Sample Problems. We’ll go over these and then do assignment 3 on Wednesday into Thursday followed by a quiz, as announced. When announced please take notes on Podcast 9 – Inertia and Force Podcast 10 – Static Equilibrium. We will go over these and do assignment 4 followed by a quiz as announced. Finally, your friction lab report will be due on Tuesday, November 18 with an upload to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. Remember to follow the Lab Report Writing Guide and use the Lab Report Rubric to guide your writing, and use Google Drive (shared with me at alhsgb@gmail.com) for all of your work.

This Week in Astronomy
For Monday please do the Astronomy Unit 3 – Homework, which is due at the start of class. On Monday we will tie up loose ends with our moon unit and will take the moon test on TUESDAY. Remember that there are three podcasts on our unit web page. These cover everything except lunar geology and are an important study tool. On Wednesday we will begin our unit on eclipses with some notes and multiple analytical activities. Finally, please remember to work on your Unit 2 – Outdoor Lab. This lab requires you to take multiple observations at the same time of day for multiple days. Be sure to start it right away, since you’ll need to find five sunny days. This lab was announced on October 16 and is due on November 17.

Cool Science of the Week
YES! Today a movie of physicist Stephen Hawking’s life hits theaters in limited release. Starring Eddie Redmayne (Marius from Les Miserables) and Felicity Jones, the film is already generating lots of Oscar buzz following a great reception at the Toronto Film Festival, so keep your eye out for it to hit theaters in Cleveland sometime soon.