Week of March 30, 2015

Spring break starts this Friday! We also have a shortened bell schedule due to Thursday’s spirit assembly, so let’s work hard during the time that we have. 🙂

This Week in AP Physics
On Monday we’ll go over circuits that contain both resistors and capacitors so that we can do homework 3 for Tuesday. After going over homework 3 we’ll begin our study of magnetism.

This Week in Physics
The 10th period class will take the Coulomb’s law quiz on Monday. All classes should take notes on Podcast 4 – Electric Fields part 1 and Podcast 5 – Electric Fields part 2 by Monday. This week we will do assignment 3 followed by a quiz over electric fields the next day. Also for the day that we do the quiz on electric fields, please take notes on Podcast 6 – Electric Potential Energy and Podcast 7 – Electric Potential Energy Examples. We’ll most likely finish the week by doing assignment 4. When we come back from break we’ll perform a very cool experiment and then test this unit.

This Week in Astronomy
We will continue to study the phases of the moon with notes and a final reinforcing activity. Podcast 2 – Lunar Phases and their Appearances and Podcast 3 – The Phases and their Timings will support your studies. We’ll round* out the week by looking at lunar geology (which I think should be called lunology.) Ideally we’ll take the unit test on Thursday. (Even though we have shortened periods. We should still be OK.) For the day of the test, please do the unit 3 homework. (Remember you don’t have to print it. Just write the answers on notebook paper.) Finally, be sure to continue working on your long-term outdoor lab for unit 2, which is due on April 13. (Be careful! Sometimes people will do the unit 3 lab, but it is the unit 2 lab that is due on April 13.)
* a pun! how awesome!

Cool Science of the Week
Traveling to some warm, sunny beach over spring break? Then why not check out which SHARKS have been swimming near your beach? (This is in no way passive aggressive on my part. 🙂 ) This cool website allows you to track sharks that have been tagged by scientists.
Sharks