Week of April 27, 2015

Guess what Friday is…MAY!!!

This Week in AP Physics
For Monday please take notes and do the assignment associated with Unit 16 Podcast 4. Also for Monday please do Unit 13 Homework 4. (It’s short.) On Monday we will go over these and will begin to cover physical and geometric optics (very short units 14 and 15.) There are two very short homeworks associated with unit 14 and one medium-length homework for unit 15. If possible we’ll do some of those during class time to lighten your load. Unit 16 Podcast 5 is due on Thursday. With the rest of our time, into next week, we will review and try to relax a bit! To see the AP exam schedule, you can click here. Our AP Physics 1 test is at noon on Wednesday, May 6th, and our AP Physics 2 test is at noon on Thursday, May 7th. Be sure to come get some pancakes from Momma Burgess during 4th/5th on those days!

This Week in Physics
(Sixth period, your schedule is different from the one below but will follow the same topics. Tune in during class to find out what’s expected of you and what your due dates are. However, you DO have the quiz described below on Monday.) On Monday we will take a quiz over the introductory topics related to electric circuits. Then we will complete an activity to analyze the behavior of a type of circuit called series circuits. For Tuesday please take notes on Podcast 3 – Series Circuits and Podcast 4 – Series Circuits Sample Problem. We will go over these in class and will then do assignment 2 followed by a quiz on the day after we finish the assignment. Next we will do another experiment to analyze the behavior of a different type of circuit. You will need to take notes on Podcast 5 – Parallel Circuits and Podcast 6 – Parallel Circuits Sample Problem for the day after we complete that activity.

This Week in Astronomy
On Monday we will take our eclipse unit test. Please do the eclipse homework as review. These are due at the start of class before the test. Be sure to check out the podcasts on our webpage for the unit if you need some extra review. Next up we’ll explore the universe in all of its depth! Finally, remember that your moon unit outdoor lab is due this Friday.

Cool Science of the Week
A volcano, dormant for 43 years, suddenly erupted this week in Chile. Check out the Calbuco volcano‘s beautiful display.

Week of April 20, 2015

This Week in AP Physics
For Monday please complete your guided notes for unit 16 podcast 2 and do homework 2 right in the guided notes packet. For Thursday you will do the same with unit 16 podcast 3 and homework 3. (Looking ahead, podcast 4 will be due next Monday, April 27, and podcast 5 will be due on Thursday, April 30.) The College Board has recently made changes to what you are expected to be able to do with regard to quantitative data analysis. Using the packet I gave you in class, you can complete this online activity to help ensure you have reviewed all of these skills. The online activity is not due until the end of the quarter, but it will help you prepare for the exam, so consider doing it before May 6th. This week we will complete our unit on wave motion and sound. Anticipate homework 1 to be due on Tuesday (if announced) with homework 2 due Wednesday, and homeworks 3 and 4 due on Thursday, Friday, or next Monday.

This Week in Physics
On Monday we will dive into introductory materials and activities for our electric circuits unit. For Tuesday please take notes on  Podcast 1 – Circuits and Current and Podcast 2 – Resistance and Ohm’s Law, which we will follow with assignment 1 and a quiz as announced. Next we’ll experiment with series circuits to determine their properties. When assigned, please take notes on Podcast 3 – Series Circuits and Podcast 4 – Series Circuits Sample Problem but do not take these notes before they are assigned, or you will ruin the fun of our activities. 🙂 Later this week we will do assignment 2 and possibly another quiz, if announced, and another experiment to analyze a second type of circuit.

This Week in Astronomy
We will finish analyzing the four types of solar eclipses and will then turn our attention to lunar eclipses. Anticipate a test over the eclipses unit by the end of this week or into next week. Three podcasts on our eclipse unit webpage will help you study. Please remember to work on the moon outdoor lab for unit 3. It takes several weeks and will be due on Friday, May 1.

Cool Science of the Week
The age-old question, “Do animals really have emotions?” came closer to an answer this week when researchers revealed that dogs produce the hormone oxytocin when gazing into the eyes of their owners. (Oxytocin is the hormone associated with the bond of love between a parent and a child in humans.) When you and your dog look into each other’s eyes, it truly just may be that your pup is actually feeling the same loving feelings that you are. In other words, maybe you are more to your dog than just the Benevolent Giver of Treats.
Josie and BlueJosie (December 29, 2000 – February 26, 2015) and Blue (May 10, 2003 – March 30, 2015)…Two pairs of eyes I’ve gazed into many times

Week of April 13, 2015

We’re in the final stretch! Keep going strong! 🙂

This Week in AP Physics
On Tuesday homework 1 from our magnetism unit will be due. Expect us to finish the magnetism notes and homeworks by the following Monday. Due on Wednesday: Please watch Podcast 1 – The Nature of Light from unit 16. You should fill out your guided notes including the example problems and do homework 1 by Wednesday. When you do homework 1, please do it right in the guided notes packet in the space provided.

This Week in Physics
6th period: On Monday and Tuesday we will go through electric potential energy, electric potential, and assignment 4. You’ll be ready for the electrostatics unit test by Tuesday or Wednesday. During the rest of the week we’ll start working through electric circuits. The lab report for your Electric Fields Lab is due on Friday, April 17, with the hard copy due at the start of class and the upload to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day.
10th period: On Monday we’ll begin to work through electric potential energy and electric potential and will possibly get to assignment 4. On Tuesday we will do the Electric Fields Lab. The lab report for this lab is due on Tuesday, April 21, with the hard copy due at the start of class and the upload to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. We will take the electrostatics unit test on Wednesday or Thursday and will then begin electric circuits. Due the day that we start electric circuits, please take notes on Podcast 1 – Circuits and Current and Podcast 2 – Resistance and Ohm’s Law.

This Week in Astronomy
Eclipses! These are super cool…We’ll spend the week exploring the mechanism of solar eclipses and what they look like. Very fun! Remember 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.) In addition, you’re now ready to begin the moon outdoor lab for unit 3. Feel free to get started on it. It takes several weeks and will be due on Friday, May 1.

Cool Science of the Week
Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine…science fiction or possible science fact? Until this week, scientists believed only uninhabitable gas planets could orbit binary stars systems, which are systems of two stars that orbit each other. However, just this week researchers from the University of Utah announced that their mathematical models predict that rocky, habitable planets orbiting binary stars are not only possible but are most likely widespread. Imagine life with two suns!