Week of April 18, 2016

Greetings! As you know, we have limited time together this week due to state testing. Please be sure to know the special schedule so that you know where to be when.

This Week in AP Physics
We will tie up loose ends with wave motion and sound and will then begin optics. Our optics labs won’t likely happen until next week, though, so during our brief time together, we’ll mostly do notes. Expect a very small amount of problems as homework due either Friday or over the weekend. Other reminders:
** Review sessions run Monday 3:00-3:45 pm, Tuesday 7:45-11:00 am, and Thursday 3:00-4:30 pm. (They aren’t mandatory, but they sure are awesome!)
** The Units 11/12 test is due on Friday, April 22nd.
** The Unit 16 packet is due next Monday, April 25th.
** Make your lives easier by reviewing half a unit per day starting last week. 🙂
** Finally, if you’re still in the market for a review book, you may want to check out these ratings. Not all review books are as good as others, and some are certainly not yet aligned to the new curriculum, regardless of what their covers say. Caveat emptor!

This Week in Physics
We will continue to explore electric circuits, which is SO.MUCH.FUN! We will finish two more virtual labs and will do two more assignments. For the day after we finish virtual lab 3, please take notes on  Podcast 5 – Parallel Circuits and Podcast 6 – Parallel Circuits Sample Problem. For the day after virtual lab 4, please take notes on the remaining podcasts from the electric circuits unit. Unless you have physics during one of the lunch periods, most of this won’t happen until next week.

Cool Science of the Week
Quiz! Who was Yuri Gagarin?
A. The first man in space
B. The first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics
C. My cousin’s neighbor who worked at NASA
If you answered A, you’re right! Fifty-five years ago, on April 12, 1961, the Russian cosmonaut became the first human to orbit Earth, igniting the “space race” and driving forward technology as never before. This weekend the Great Lakes Science Center will celebrate with all sorts of fun exhibits.