Week of Halloween 2016

Welcome to the first week of a new quarter! Grades are starting fresh!

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This Week in Physics
If your class hasn’t already done so, we will finish assignment 3 followed by a quiz over goal set 3 as announced. Next we’ll examine upwardly-launched projectiles and will do the Human Cannonball lab (which is a lot of fun!) We are aiming for our unit 2 test by Friday.

Cool Science of the Week
In the spirit of the season, let’s talk about BEING AFRAID!
What’s the one weird thing ALL humans fear?

What’s with the fear of clowns?

So…How can we get over our fears?

These videos are created by the DNews YouTube channel, which answers questions such as Can Dogs and Cats Be Left-Handed? DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else. New videos every day of the week!”

Week of October 24, 2016

This is the last week of the quarter, so be sure to check PowerSchool for any missing/late assignments.

This Week in Physics
1st period: On Monday you will take a quiz over all of goal set 1. Then we will continue debriefing podcast 3. When announced please take notes on podcast 4. We will spend the week analyzing conceptual and quantitative projectile problems. This will include doing assignment 3 and taking a quiz. Expect your unit test and a lab next week.
3rd period: We will continue to explore projectile motion by analyzing conceptual and quantitative projectile problems. This will include doing assignment 3 and taking a quiz. When announced please also take notes on podcast 4. Expect your unit test and a lab next week.
8th period: See 3rd period. You’re totally going to copycat them.
11th period: Please take notes on podcast 3 for Monday. We will explore projectile motion by analyzing conceptual and quantitative projectile problems. This will include doing assignment 3 and taking a quiz. When announced please also take notes on podcast 4. Expect your unit test and a lab next week.

Spooky Science of the Week
Why does monster movie music scare us? Or why do screams make us shudder? And what’s it like to unwrap a 3000-year-old mummy? Most important, how can I make bloody-broken glass cupcakes? Ask Ira Flatow of NPR’s Science Friday radio show! NPR (public radio) has a weekly show called Science Friday that plays every Friday from 2:00-4:00 on our local NPR station (90.3 FM.) It’s a great show with lots of cool stories about science news. And, yes, in months other than October they cover LOTS of fantastic science stories that are not at all spooky!
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The music from the movie classic Psycho typifies sounds that alarm our species.

Week of October 17, 2016

There are two weeks left to this quarter, so let’s finish strong! Note: On Wednesday we will have significantly reduced time together due to the special bell schedule associated with the administration of the PSAT.

This Week in Physics
We will finish assignment 1 together in class, and then on the day after we finish that assignment we will take a quiz over everything from goal set 1 except for vector resolution. Also for the day after we finish assignment 1, please take notes on PODCAST 2: Vector Resolution. We will do a short assignment (assignment 2) followed by a quiz on the day after that assignment is due. When announced please take notes on PODCAST 3: A Conceptual Look at Projectile Motion. Reality check: With all of the challenges to our schedule in the past few weeks due to testing, assemblies, and field trips, it is highly unlikely that we will have our unit 2 test before the end of the quarter. Therefore please be sure to study well for the quizzes described above.

Cool Science of the Week
Recently one of our classes was talking about nature’s toughest critter, the 1mm long tardigrade. Fun fact: It can be almost completely dehydrated so that it is, in essence, a non-functioning life form, yet it can later be re-hydrated, at which time it reassembles itself and goes on with living! Fun fact: It can go into outerspace and not only survive completely exposed to the low temperatures, vacuum, and extreme radiation of space living, but it can even lay eggs in outerspace…and the eggs hatch, and the babies live! Fun fact: Some research on the tardigrade genome map suggest that up to 17% of its DNA is foreign, meaning it does not match any potential evolutionary ancestors! All of this has led some true believers to conclude that tardigrades are an alien species brought to Earth on a meteor. Admittedly they certainly look unlike any other critter, but truth or fiction? You decide! 🙂

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Animation credit: Science Alert, November 25, 2015

Week of October 10, 2016

This week is only THREE DAYS LONG for students! I’m sorry you’ll have to miss so much school! Please remind your parents that parent-teacher conferences are this week. They can drop-in without an appointment on Wednesday evening or schedule an appointment for Thursday’s daytime conferences.

This Week in Physics
1st and 4th: For Monday please take notes on Unit 2 PODCAST 1: Introduction to Projectiles. We will discuss this podcast and then do some practice problems and assignments 1 & 2. There will be a quiz over goal set 1 on the day after we finish those assignments. This will likely take us well into next week.
8th and 11th periods: Due to field trip, assembly, and testing disruptions, if you are in 8th or 11th period, your unit 1 test is on Monday. Use your learning goals as your study guide. Please be sure to complete your learning goal packets to turn in on the day of the test. Then For Tuesday please take notes on Unit 2 PODCAST 1: Introduction to Projectiles. We will discuss this podcast and then do some practice problems and assignment 1 & 2. There will be a quiz over goal set 1 on the day after we finish those assignments. This will likely take us well into next week.

Cool Science of the Week
OK, admittedly this is cool MATH of the week, but we love analytical skills in physics, and Cleveland loves a champion, so we’re going with it! You may have heard of the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog. This website uses complex statistical algorithms to make predictions about everything from sports to elections, and this blog is famous for being spooky right with its predictions. Math works! With the Indians in the playoffs, I’m open to any encouragement I can get, and right now FirveThirtyEight predicts that Cleveland will beat Boston. Yes, please!