Weeks of November 23 & 30, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Please note that this blog covers two weeks worth of excellent education.

These Weeks in AP Physics
We will finish unit 5 on momentum with a couple of excellent problem sets and two fantastic experiments (Conservation of Momentum and Qualitative Analysis of Elastic, Inelastic, and Totally Inelastic Collisions.) We will also begin unit 6 on circular and rotational motion.

These Weeks in Physics
1st period: We will continue to explore inertia and will do assignment 4 followed by a quiz as announced. To study you may want to explore Podcast 9 – Inertia and Podcast 10 – Static Equilibrium. Next we will cover Newton’s second law and will perform an informal experiment along with assignment 5, followed by a quiz as announced. Note: Your lab report for the Friction Lab is due on Wednesday, December 2. (Remember that the hardcopy will be due at the start of class on the due date; an 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. Be sure to use the lab document as well as the lab report writing guide and lab report rubric as you write.)
3rd period: On Monday we will finish going over friction and will take a quiz over friction on Tuesday. For Monday please also take notes on Podcast 7 – Elastic Force and Podcast 8 – Elastic Force Sample Problems. We will go over these and will do assignment 3. Tuesday’s quiz will also cover elastic force. For the following Monday please take notes on Podcast 9 – Inertia and Podcast 10 – Static Equilibrium. We will will do assignment 4 followed by a quiz as announced. Next, when announced, please take notes on Podcast 11 – Newton’s Second LawPodcast 12 – Elevator Problem part 1, and Podcast 13 – Elevator Problem part 2. We will go over these, and then on the following day please take notes on Podcast 14 – Terminal VelocityPodcast 15 – Kinematics Problem with Newton’s Second Law part 1Podcast 16 – Kinematics Problem with Newton’s Second Law part 2, and Podcast 17 – Complex Problem. We will go over these and will do assignment 5 followed by a quiz as announced.
6th period: On Monday we will take a quiz over elastic force. Also for Monday please take notes on Podcast 9 – Inertia and Podcast 10 – Static Equilibrium. We will go over these and will work on assignment 4 followed by a quiz as announced. Next, when announced, please take notes on Podcast 11 – Newton’s Second LawPodcast 12 – Elevator Problem part 1, and Podcast 13 – Elevator Problem part 2. We will go over these, and then on the following day please take notes on Podcast 14 – Terminal VelocityPodcast 15 – Kinematics Problem with Newton’s Second Law part 1Podcast 16 – Kinematics Problem with Newton’s Second Law part 2, and Podcast 17 – Complex Problem. We will go over these and will do assignment 5 followed by a quiz as announced. this may take us into the following week. Note: Your lab report for the Friction Lab is due on Thursday, December 3. (Remember that the hardcopy will be due at the start of class on the due date; an 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. Be sure to use the lab document as well as the lab report writing guide and lab report rubric as you write.)

Cool Science of the Week
Meet the Balloonatics! This is the team of people who engineer the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and believe it or not, they use PHYSICS! It’s some of the same physics we’ve been learning, in fact! Here’s a short video from Science Friday that shows you how it’s done! Below the video I’ve included the science of cranberries, which I think is really cool.

The science of CRANBERRIES! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to make homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. Did you know that cranberries are grown in BOGS? They’re grown on vines like strawberries, but they thrive if those vines are planted in wetlands. That’s cool. Also, 60% of our cranberries come from Wisconsin, while 25% come from Massachusetts, and if you have the chance to head out to those states, you can go to a cranberry farm (like we go to blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry farms here.) Here’s a little more information and a couple of awesome pictures.