Week of October 19, 2015

This is the last week of the first quarter grading period. Be sure to check PowerSchool to look for any gaps.

This Week in AP Physics
We will finish our unit on mass, force, and Newton’s laws by completing our notes and homework 4. Expect a test in the second half of the week. (This test will not go on the first grading period because you need time to make test corrections.) Up next: ENERGY!!! 🙂

This Week in Physics
1st period: We will finish working on projectiles by doing assignments 3 and 4 and will most likely take our unit 2 test in the second half of the week. This will be the last grade of the first grading period.
3rd period: On Monday we will work on unit 2‘s assignment 2 followed by a quiz as announced. For Tuesday please take notes on  Podcast 7 – Introduction to Projectile Motion part 1, Podcast 8 – Introduction to Projectile Motion part 2, Podcast 9 – Introduction to Projectile Motion part 3Podcast 10 – Projectile Formulas, Podcast 11 – Projectile Sample Problem part 1, and Podcast 12 – Projectile Sample Problem part 2. We will go over these in class during the remainder of the week and will do assignments 3 and 4.
6th period: On Monday we will finish our projectile sketch activity and will then dive into the math related to projectiles, doing gobs of practice problems. This will lead us into assignments 3 and 4 and, most likely, our unit 2 test in the second half of the week.

Cool Science of the Week
What can be boiled, completely dried out, or sent into the vacuum (and crazy radiation) of outer space and SURVIVE? Why the humble tardigrade, of course! These 500 million year old tiny critters, nicknamed “water bears,” are perhaps the toughest creatures on the planet. They also have an incredibly unique physiology and anatomy, very unlike all other species. Some people speculate, therefore, that if they are so unique and can survive in space, perhaps they’ve traveled here on a meteor, raising the question…where FROM? Mwwaaahahahaha!!!

Paramacrobiotus craterlaki (Credit: Eye of Science/Science Photo Library)

About 1mm long, tardigrades love mossy damp places and were first found in rain gutters.