Week of August 28, 2017

Great job on your first week of physics! Now we’re ready to roll!

This Week in Physics
For Monday please take notes on PODCAST 1: Displacement and Velocity. We will discuss this podcast and will then complete a quick assignment together in class. Following that excitement we’ll learn how to use our physics laboratory software, which is called Capstone, and by the end of the week we’ll complete our first experiment. Nothing but awesomeness ahead!

Cool Science of the Week
We discussed multiple dimensions in class this past week, but it sure is a hard thing to imagine for us four-dimensional mortals. This video helps us begin to grasp how additional dimensions may be possible. Of course, we can only prove the existence of four dimensions, but physics speculates that there could be many more!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
~Albert Einstein, What Life Means to Einstein (1929)

Week of August 21, 2017

Welcome to another great school year! If you are new to my classes, please be sure to subscribe to my blog by entering your email along the right side of this webpage. Then be sure to check your inbox for an activation link. 

This Week in Physics

  • This week we will take a 45-minute assessment to provide data required by the State of Ohio. We will also take a physics readiness assessment. Let me reassure you that neither of these tests will count for a grade. They are merely skills and prior knowledge assessments. Please bring your calculators and #2 pencils.
  • By Friday you must review the Physics Course Policies and Procedures document with a parent or guardian and print/sign the final page. This signed final page is due by Friday, August 26.
  • Please be sure to sign up for Remind for our class using the codes given in class.
  • Please be sure to have a composition notebook for this course by next Monday, August 28.

Cool Science of the Week
As you know, this week Cleveland experiences a fairly decent partial solar eclipse. This diagram gives us a quick glimpse of why we’re experiencing a partial eclipse and not a total eclipse. We are in the moon’s partial shadow, or penumbra, which is relatively large. The moon’s total shadow, or umbra, is very, very small compared to the size of the Earth itself, so only a tiny portion of Earth is exposed to a total eclipse. Click on the image for more information.
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