Weeks of May 16, May 23rd, and May 30, 2016

Welcome to the end of the year! On Friday we will head to Cedar Point for some intense real-world physics investigations, AND this is the last full week of school for our seniors! With that in mind, I’m sharing the exam schedules. Senior exams run next week from May 24-26. In addition, junior exams begin next Friday, May 27 and continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1. Schedules are below.

Senior Exam Schedule

Junior Exam Schedule

Now for your assignments…

These Weeks in AP Physics
We will prep for Cedar Point by looking at the rides you will investigate. You’ll have a chance to brainstorm your experimental approach to each ride with your team. Don’t lose sight, though, of the fact that your technical drawings of your pinewood derby car need to be completed asap so that you can take it home to shape. You WILL need a parent acknowledgement signed and returned to me before you can take your car. It is important to get your car shaped as soon as possible so that you can (use your mating dimensions drawing) to assemble it and then do test runs. Our race will be the week of May 23rd, so stay on task. Remember also that you will have to write a scholarly journal article justifying your design and analyzing your tests. It ain’t over yet, angels! At least this is fun stuff, though. 🙂

These Weeks in Physics
Beginning on Monday we will begin to prep for Cedar Point by reviewing key concepts from throughout the year. Once we are done with that, we will continue our examination of waves, sound, and physics applications in musical instruments. Your mega-quiz on waves and sound will be sometime the week of May 23rd. After that we will begin exam preparations.

Cool Science of these Weeks
On Monday, May 9, Mercury passed directly between Earth and the Sun, creating something astronomers call “transit.” This time-lapse video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the event, which lasted 7-1/2 hours. It’s amazing to me to see the immensity of the sun in relation to this tiny world. You’ll notice in the video that NASA presented several views of the sun using different filters. Some of these filters give nice views of solar prominences, and other views allow you a to see sunspots.