Week of October 5, 2015

As much as you love school, we have to ask that you stay home on Monday so that we can host parent-teacher conferences. Don’t worry, though…You can come back on Tuesday! 🙂

This Week in AP Physics
I over-planned for last week! We will finish exploring tension and will do assignment 2 and then an experiment for which you will write a formal lab report. This report will be due not on Thursday, October 8 but rather one week from the day we finish the lab, as announced in class. (Hardcopy is due at the start of class; upload  is due to TurnItIn.com by 3:00 of that day. Remember to write using Google Drive and share your document with me at alhsgb@gmail.com… Note that I do not use that for email correspondence.) Time permitting we will continue notes.

This Week in Physics
1st period and 6th period: We will finish assignment 1 from unit 2 and will take a quiz as announced. Please take notes on Podcast 5 – Introduction to Vector Resolution and Podcast 6 – Vector Resolution Sample Problem when assigned. We will then practice vector resolution in class and do assignment 2 followed by a quiz as announced. Time permitting, you may be assigned some of the remaining podcasts from unit 2.
3rd period: Your unit 1 test is Tuesday. Be sure to bring a calculator and a #2 pencil. For Wednesday please take notes on Podcast 1 – Vectors vs. ScalarsPodcast 2 – Vector Diagrams, Podcast 3 – Introduction to Vector Addition, and Podcast 4 – Vector Addition Sample Problem. We will go over these briefly in class and will then do assignment 1.

Cool Science of the Week
Lots of science fiction is fun and is also (definitely) minimal science and maximum fiction. The new Matt Damon movie The Martian, however, (mostly) has the approval of NASA scientists as being realistic! What I’ve found fascinating about Mars is that photographs taken by the Curiosity rover (a robot on Mars) look a whole lot like Arizona (minus the desert plants)!
Damon with rover
Matt Damon’s character gets stranded on Mars in 2035. This timeline and the science involved is pretty realistic according to NASA scientists!

A Martian selfie by the real-life Curiosity rover: Just another sunny day on Mars

The Curiosity rover looks back at the tracks it made while off-roading. Check out that blue sky!