Week of February 1, 2016

This Week in AP Physics
We will finish unit 8 on Monday and take the unit test on Tuesday. Next we’ll heat things up with our unit on thermodynamics. Expect notes, classwork, a smidge of homework, and possibly a lab this week. Finally, the lab report for your Bernoulli’s experiment is due on Friday, February 5. (Remember that the hardcopy of your lab 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 address 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.)

This Week in Physics
We will complete our unit on momentum by doing assignment 3 and then exploring the impulse-momentum theorem. Expect a quiz over elastic, inelastic, and totally inelastic collisions on the day after we complete assignment 3. For that same day, please take notes on Podcast 10 – Introduction to the Impulse-Momentum Theorem and Podcast 11 – Impulse-Momentum Theorem Sample Problem. We’ll go over these notes, complete assignment 4, and do an informal experiment on this theorem. Remember that your lab report for the Conservation of Momentum Lab is due on Thursday at the start of class. Details are in last week’s blog.

Cold Science of the Week
This is LITERALLY cool science that takes you on a “Snowflake Safari” to discover whether the old adage is true that no two snowflakes are alike.

Week of January 25, 2016

This Week in AP Physics
We will continue to go with the flow of unit 8 (fluid mechanics) by examining our last hydrostatics topic, buoyancy, with notes, an assignment, and an experiment. Next up we we will breeze through the topic of fluid flow continuity and Bernoulli’s equation. This will also include notes, an assignment, and an experiment. Expect a test early next week.

This Week in Physics
We will continue the topic of conservation of momentum by completing assignment 2 and our experiment. There will be a quiz over this topic as announced. The due date for the lab report is extended until next Wednesday, February 3. (Can you believe it’s almost February? (I can’t. That’s why I asked the question (obviously.))) When assigned, please take notes on Podcast 5 – Elastic Collisions part 1Podcast 6 – Elastic Collisions part 2, Podcast 7 – Totally Inelastic Collisions part 1, Podcast 8 – Totally Inelastic Collisions part 2, and Podcast 9 – Inelastic Collisions. We may begin assignment 3, time permitting. (Remember that the hardcopy of your lab 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 address 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
We’ve got a cool astronomical alignment going on RIGHT NOW!!! Of the eight planets in the solar system, six are visible without a telescope. One you are standing on, and the others are up in the sky. Usually they’re not all visible at the same time (as you can deduce from the second image below.) It’s very rare for all of them to be visible in the sky at the same time, but you, my lucky friends, have the opportunity to see just that very alignment if you look up before sunrise in the next few weeks. The first picture shows you what to look for. Happy viewing!
Planetary Alignment

Week of January 18, 2016

Welcome to second semester!

This Week in AP Physics
We will begin unit 8, which covers fluid mechanics. Expect a delightful lecture, an experiment on buoyancy (floating) as we take the “polar plunge” in Lake Erie and analyze our experiences, and do some terrific problem solving. (I may have lied about the Lake Erie part. Probably better just to float some objects in beakers in the lab.)

This Week in Physics
Fittingly, as we continue to cruise through the school year, we begin second semester with our unit on momentum. Our first topic will be covered in lecture, since I don’t give homework over long weekends, but if you’d like the podcast, click here. We’ll do assignment 1 followed by a quiz as announced. When assigned, please take notes on Podcast 2 – Conservation of Momentum part 1Podcast 3 – Conservation of Momentum part 2, and Podcast 4 – Conservation of Momentum Sample Problem. We’ll follow these with assignment 2 and a fun experiment. You will write a lab report for this experiment, and it will be due on Thursday, January 28th. (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 address 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
Every year Time Magazine selects the top inventions of that year. Check out their picks for the best inventions of 2015. Some are pretty popular, and some are pretty cool. (Think holograms!)