Week of March 7, 2016

We are two-and-a-half weeks away from the end of third quarter, so keep up your effort to finish strong!

This Week in AP Physics
Our electrostatics test is on Monday. Next we begin our unit on electric circuits, which I think you’ll find to be really fun! Your formal lab report for the electric fields lab is due on Thursday. For this lab only you can copy-paste the procedure, since it was already fixed for you due to safety precautions. If you are going on the chorale field trip but are in school on Thursday prior to our class period, you should turn in your lab before you go. (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 start the week by playing with ways to charge objects and doing assignment 1 followed by a quiz as announced. If you have not already done so, be sure to take notes on the following podcasts for Monday: Podcast 1 – Introduction to ChargePodcast 2 – Conductors, Insulators, and Charging, and Podcast 3 – Electric Force. After assignment 1 we’ll quickly examine electric force and segue into assignment 2 followed by a quiz as announced. When assigned please take notes on Podcast 4 – Electric Fields part 1 and Podcast 5 – Electric Fields part 2.

Cool Science of the Week
American astronaut Scott Kelly has returned to Earth after his historic “Year in Space” during which he lived aboard the International Space Station for 340 consecutive days. The main goal of his mission was to examine the effects of long-term space travel on the body. Scientists are now comparing Kelly to his twin, and they have found that Scott Kelly is now two inches taller than his brother! Now that he’s returned to Earth’s surface, where gravitational effects are stronger, his spine should compress back down to its previous height.


NASA astronaut Scott Kelly in the Cupola of the International Space Station with blue water of Earth visible through window