Week of August 31, 2015

Welcome to the THIRD week of school! The gears are really turning now! (Physics humor)

This Week in AP Physics
We will complete our first experiment and spend some time in the computer lab learning the technology procedures and lab report guidelines as we begin our first lab report. This lab report will be due on Wednesday, September 9 with a hard copy turned in at the start of your class period and an upload to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. (For TurnItIn.com, the class ID is 10522469, and the password is Tesla.) Later in the week we will complete our unit 1 notes and do homework 3 along with the second lab for unit 1, Lab 2 – Acceleration due to Gravity. Expect a test next week.

This Week in Physics
We will complete our first experiment and spend some time in the computer lab learning the technology procedures and lab report guidelines as we begin our first lab report. This lab report will be due on Friday, September 11 with a hard copy turned in at the start of your class period and an upload to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. (For TurnItIn.com, the class ID is 10522458, and the password is Einstein.) Later in the week, when announced, please take notes on Podcast 4 – Slope of Position vs. Time Graphs. We will go over this, do an online activity, and complete assignment 2 together in class. This will likely take us into next week.

Cool Science of the Week
You may have heard of the new Lexus hoverboard. Check out how it works!

Week of August 24, 2015

We’ve made it through the first few days and are ready to get moving! (Physics humor)

This Week in AP Physics
Please go to our main class webpage and familiarize yourself with the resources there. In particular, please read the AP Physics Course Policies and Procedures document and then print and sign the only last page. (I gave you a copy of this in class that you can use.) This signed page is due by Friday, August 28. On Monday we will continue Unit 1: Newtonian Mechanics – Motion in One Dimension. You will do homeworks 1 & 2 when assigned. We will also get our hands on some lab equipment this week as we perform graphical analysis of uniform and non-uniform motion in our first experiment.

This Week in Physics
Please go to our main class webpage and familiarize yourself with the resources there. In particular, please read the Physics Course Policies and Procedures document and then print and sign the only last page (in black and white.) This signed page is due by Friday, August 28. For Monday please take notes on Motion in One Dimension Podcast 1 – Distance v. Displacement and Motion in One Dimension Podcast 2 – Displacement & Direction. We will work through that material and do some practice problems followed by a quiz as announced. Next, when announced, please take notes on Motion in One Dimension Podcast 3 – Speed vs. Velocity and Motion in One Dimension Podcast 4 – Slope of Position vs. Time Equals Velocity when I assign them. After going over these podcasts we’ll get our hands on some lab equipment by performing our first experiment, the Analysis of Uniform Motion Lab.

Cool Science of the Week
Space research organizations throughout the world are on a search for exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system. We now know of over 2000 exoplanets, but they all have goofy names like OGLE-2012-BLG-0563Lb. The International Astronomical Union is trying to change all that by holding an online naming contest for some of the more prominent planets. Voting runs through October 31, so make your voice heard among the universe!

Week of August 17, 2015

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This Week in AP Physics
This week we will take a 90-minute assessment to provide data required by the State of Ohio. We will also take an AP Physics readiness assessment. Let me reassure you that neither of these tests will count for a grade. They are merely skills and prior knowledge assessments. With any time we have left, we will begin to explore Unit 1: Newtonian Mechanics – Kinematics in One Dimension.

This Week in Physics
This week we will take a 45-minute assessment to provide data required by the State of Ohio. We will also take a physics readiness assessment. Let me reassure you that neither of these tests will count for a grade. They are merely skills and prior knowledge assessments.With the time we have left, we may begin Unit 1 – Motion in One Dimension. By Monday please take notes on Motion in One Dimension Podcast 1 – Distance v. Displacement and Motion in One Dimension Podcast 2 – Displacement & Direction. We will work through that material and do some practice problems followed by a quiz later in the week of August 25.

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