Exam Week and into SUMMER!

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This Week in Physics
We’ll take our exams according to the schedule for juniors shown in the second calendar pictured below.

Hot Science of the Week
With summer coming, it’s a great time to talk about global warming! Check out the lost glacial ice in Antarctica, shown below from the past decade. Scientists say major coastal floods are looming. See also these maps of melting glaciers in Glacier National Park. (In fact, scientists project that soon there will be no glaciers at all in Glacier National Park!) Who cares, right? Well, rising sea levels flood coastlines and allow saltwater to poison groundwater, making it useless for farming and drinking and creating climate refugees. As for us? We’re a coastal city, ya know 😉

Week of May 22, 2017

SENIORS!!! This is it!!! Congratulations!!! (I can’t BELIEVE our time together is over (SOB!!!)) And juniors, this is our last full week together before exams next week…SOB!!! I love you all and will miss you very much. Here is (sniffle) your exam schedule. Our exam covers Units 4 (goal sets 3 & 4 only), 5, 6, 7, & 8 (only 8.1 for seniors.)

This Week in Physics if You’re a Junior
There is no homework for Monday so that you can relax and enjoy prom weekend. 🙂 On Monday we’ll complete a virtual lab in class. For Tuesday please take notes on PODCAST 2: Series Circuits. We’ll do assignment 2 in class on Tuesday followed by a quiz over both goal set 1 and goal set 2 as announced. For Wednesday or Thursday, as announced, please take notes on PODCAST 3: Parallel Circuits. We will do another virtual lab in class along with assignment 3. Exam note: There will be no in-class review for the final exam. Please start reviewing on your own early.

Cool Science of the Week
Is fairness an evolutionary moral trait? You’ve got to see what these Capuchin monkeys do when they are treated unequally. Not just clickbait: This will make you laugh!

Week of May 15, 2017

It’s finally here! Cedar Point week is upon us! 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 run the following week from May 30 – June 1. Our exam covers Units 4 (goal sets 3 & 4 only), 5, 6, 7, & 8. Schedules are below.

This Week in Physics
Due for Monday: Please take notes on PODCAST 1: Introduction to Circuits, Current, Resistance, and Ohm’s Law. This one is a little long, so be sure to budget time for it. On Tuesday we will GO TO CEDAR POINT!!! YAY!!! 🙂 On Wednesday we will discuss what we learned at Cedar Point and will then continue to discuss the introduction to electric circuits. We’ll also do an online activity followed by assignment 1 and a quiz as announced. Time permitting please take notes on PODCAST 2: Series Circuits if assigned.

Cool Science of the Week
You will not believe what this puffer fish does to attract a mate! It’s amazing!