Week of September 21, 2015

This week marks the second half of first quarter. Time flies when you’re doing physics! (or when you’re a Time Lord)

This Week in AP Physics
We will take our unit 2 test on Monday and will then dive into a major unit, unit 3 on mass, force, and Newton’s laws. This week we will perform an experiment on Inertial Mass vs Gravitational Mass and will tackle at least one if not two homework assignments. Allons-y!

This Week in Physics
Please follow the instructions for your class period:
1st Period: On Monday we will finish assignment 4 and will cover free fall. We will have a quiz over the kinematic equations on Tuesday and will do assignment 5 together in class. You have no podcasts due as homework. Expect the unit 1 test on Thursday or Friday. Allons-y!
3rd Period: Assignments 2 & 3 are due as homework. We will go over these in class on Monday so that you can take a quiz over acceleration on Tuesday. Next we will cover the kinematic equations and will complete assignment 4 together in class, followed by a quiz on the day after we finish the assignment. For that same day, please take notes on Podcast 9 – Introduction to Free FallPodcast 10 – Free Fall Sample Problems, and Pocast 11 – Terminal Velocity. We will cover these and do assignment 5. Ideally we will take the unit 1 test on Friday. Allons-y!
6th Period: on Monday we will take a quiz over acceleration and will then do assignment 4 over the kinematic equations. We will take a quiz over the kinematic equations on the day after we finish the assignment. For that same day, please take notes on Podcast 9 – Introduction to Free FallPodcast 10 – Free Fall Sample Problems, and Pocast 11 – Terminal Velocity. We will cover these and do assignment 5. Ideally we will take the unit 1 test on Friday. Allons-y!

Cool Science of the Week
Doctor Who’s new season begins this weekend, and I don’t know about you, but I’m pumped! I love science fiction because it reminds us that our biggest scientific advances come from imagination. Sometimes it works the other way, and our imaginations are inspired by science. Check out these examples of Doctor Who science in the real world. (My favorite is that the Weeping Angels are based on the Quantum Zeno Effect.)