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