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