Weeks of May 25, 2015 and June 1, 2015

This is it! This is our last week of classes! What an unbelievable year…Thank you for being such a great group of people to work with – I’ve had a blast!

This Week in AP Physics
We will debrief the Cedar Point lab and will then finish any remaining lab activities. We might even have time for some (gasp!) FUN!*
* By my definition, fun involves physics. 🙂

This Week in Physics
We will debrief the Cedar Point lab and will then prepare for our final exam.

This Week in Astronomy
There are only three of you, since the seniors are gone. We have covered everything in the curriculum. Let’s watch some cool videos about outer space and have deep conversations!

Cool Science of the Week
In astronomy we’ve been exploring the solar system, so I thought this fun tidbit might be appropriate. Did you know that it (probably) rains diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn? How cool and sparkly is that?

Week of May 18, 2015

SENIORS!!! THIS IS YOUR LAST WEEK OF CLASSES!!!!! WOW!!!

This Week in AP Physics
We will continue to do lab stations and will also prepare for Friday’s Cedar Point day lab.

This Week in Physics
We will take our electric circuits test and will then begin preparations for our Cedar Point day lab.

This Week in Astronomy
On Monday we will do our planet presentations and will then analyze the motion of the superior planets. We’ll also take a look at the other inhabitants of our solar system: asteroids, comets, and the like. Expect a test by Friday.

Exam Information
Senior ExamsJunior ExamsCool Science of the Week
In honor of prom week, let’s revisit the viral blue/black-white/gold dress phenomenon. Researchers have actually spent time on this, and results published this past week have identified a few psychological mechanisms that explain the discrepancy. What do you see?
dress

Week of May 11, 2015

With just two weeks to go before senior exams, things are winding down fast! Be sure to take time to enjoy these last few weeks together.

This Week in AP Physics
We will lab, lab, lab. Then we will lab. We will also begin preparations for Physics Day at Cedar Point, which is next Friday, May 22nd.

This Week in Physics
If you have not already done so, by Monday please take notes on Podcast 8 – Electric Power and Podcast 9 – Circuit Safety Features. We’ll discuss these, complete the remaining homework assignment for this unit, and prepare for the unit test, which will be Wednesday or Thursday. We will also begin preparations for Physics Day at Cedar Point, which is next Friday, May 22nd.

This Week in Astronomy
On Monday we will take the test on our universe unit. (There is no homework due with this test. 🙂 ) Then we will examine the solar system in a way you most likely have never experienced before. Yes, we will do a project on the characteristics of the different planets, but we also will figure out how to find the planets in the night sky. Good stuff!

Uncool Science of the Week
A metastudy released in the journal Science on May 1st suggests Earth will see accelerated extinction due to climate change. The conclusion based on analysis of 131 studies is that one in six species will likely disappear if cilmate change is not halted. I find this sobering news! What do you think?
CUTE FROG

Week of May 4, 2015

There are only THREE more full weeks of school before exams…Can you believe it? Senior exams start on May 26, and junior exams start on May 29th.

This Week in AP Physics
It’s GO TIME!!! You each have a lot to be proud of. You’ve worked very hard all year. Now it’s time to finish strong! I’ve sent you all an email with the Google Voice number that I use for professional purposes. If you’re stuck on anything, you can text me there, and I’ll get back to you asap. On Monday and Tuesday we’ll simply review. In addition, on Monday and Tuesday after school we can stay and review until about 4:00 or 4:30. For the full AP exam schedule, click here.

This Week in Physics
We will finish going over the information on parallel circuits from Podcast 5 – Parallel Circuits and Podcast 6 – Parallel Circuits Sample Problem, which we started going over on Friday. Next we will complete assignment 3, which covers parallel circuits. On the day after we finish that assignment, please take notes on Podcast 7 – Compound Circuits and also prepare for a quiz over parallel circuits. Finally, when instructed, please take notes on Podcast 8 – Electric Power and Podcast 9 – Circuit Safety Features. We’ll discuss these, complete the remaining homework assignment for this unit, and prepare for the unit test, which will most likely be next week.

This Week in Astronomy
We will finish exploring the universe by examining black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, pulsars, galaxies, and other myriad cool topics related to the size, shape, behavior, and content of our universe. So rad. Expect a test by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

Cool Science of the Week
For those of you who have subscribed to this blog all year, this is a repeat. However, in astronomy we have just had some cool discussions about the shape of the universe, namely that there is no “outside” and that it is finite, yet without an edge. Brain-numbing stuff! Here are the first two parts of a three-part series of short, fairly understandable videos explaining different theories about the shape of our mysterious home. (Part 3 isn’t released yet.)