Weeks of November 21 & 28, 2016

With Thanksgiving vacation coming, we only have two days during the week of November 21, so this entry covers the week of November 28, as well.

These Weeks in Physics
Morning classes: Your quiz over elastic force is on Monday. (Keep reading.)
Afternoon classes: Do assignment 3 as homework, due Monday 11/21 at the start of class. (8th/9th, you are basically done. Just be sure you’ve got it 100% complete.) Your quiz over elastic force will be Tuesday. (Keep reading.)
Morning classes: Please take notes on PODCAST 4: Newton’s Laws of Motion – First Law (Inertia) for Monday. (Keep reading.)
Afternoon classes: This podcast is due for you on Tueday. (Keep reading.)
All classes: We will discuss this podcast in class and will then complete assignment 4 together followed by a quiz as announced. When announced please take notes on PODCAST 5: Newton’s Laws of Motion – Second Law. We will discuss this in class and will then complete an activity and assignment 5 together followed by a quiz as announced. As discussed in class, we are delaying the friction lab until right after Thanksgiving break so that it’s fresh in your minds while you write the lab report. Expect to do this experiment on Monday or Tuesday upon returning, with a formal lab report due the following week.


Cool Science of these Weeks
Meet the Balloonatics! This is the team of people who engineer the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and believe it or not, they use PHYSICS…some of the same physics we’ve been learning, in fact! Here’s a short video from Science Friday that shows you how it’s done! Below the video I’ve included the science of cranberries, which I think is really cool.

The science of CRANBERRIES! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to make homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. Did you know that cranberries are grown in BOGS? They’re grown on vines like strawberries, but they thrive if those vines are planted in wetlands. That’s cool. Also, 60% of our cranberries come from Wisconsin, while 25% come from Massachusetts, and if you have the chance to head out to those states, you can go to a cranberry farm (like we go to blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry farms here.) Here’s a little more information and a couple of awesome pictures.