Monday, March 29, 2010

Scholarship Opportunity

Samsung Techwin America's Electronic Imaging Division today announced that it is offering an opportunity for seven high school students to each earn $1,000 scholarships.

Students interested in participating should submit up to a 300 word essay answering the question "Is technology a good investment for schools? Why or why not?" The papers will be judged on original thinking, relevance to the real world, and writing quality. The deadline is midnight PST, May 28, 2010 and the awards will be announced June 30, 2010.

Visit to submit an essay.

See me if you want to do this and need some help. Here are some links to help you:

Bridge Project

Today you start the Bridge project. Go to the site below and carefully follow the instructions. Through this webquest, you will get the information and resources needed to design your bridge.

UPDATED! Fixed links on webquest.

Go through all the instructions and sites on the webquest. Answer the questions and submit as a comment to this blog post. (anonymous)

When you are finished with the webquest, you may go to the site below and start researching more information for your project.

I highly recommend checking out this site too:


The bridge that can hold the most weight wins.

Bridges have to be between 250mm and 300mm long and width must be between 50mm and 75mm wide. The bridges must be less than 100mm high.

The only materials you will have are a knife, working surfaces, ruler, 15 pieces of balsa wood, and glue.

You will also be given a handout with more information and tips when you start building.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Stress/Strain virtual lab

The following will let you experiment with different stresses on materials.

Novell Screen

Multimedia Science School





Stretching Materials

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Physics Gravity Assignment

REMINDER: Both classes had to finish the problems that we did not go over from the Gravity packet. I will be checking them on Friday.

After we go over the Universal Gravitation homework, each class will be working on the computers.

Multimedia Science School
Gravitational Fields

Each group must submit a summary of what they learned, including comments about something completely new or surprising that they found out. The summary must include each student's name and then submit via comments to this posting. Submit as "anonymous".

If you finish that assignment before time runs out, go to the website below for a great review of the material.

Lesson 3 – Universal Gravitation
Lesson 4 – Planetary and Satellite Motion


(Review packets #6 and #7. Go here to review also - )
Lesson 1 and 2 are Circular Motion. (Lesson 3 and 4 for Gravity are listed above.)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Class update - Friday, March 12th, 2010

Today both periods finished the data collection for the Centripetal Force Lab. You must finish the calculations and analysis over the weekend. The lab's are due on Monday.

Monday we will start a new section: Universal Gravitation.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


There are a lot of summer enrichment programs out there for high school students. Here is a list. Make sure you check costs, financial aid, and what age/grade is accepted.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

(this is where I went for my engineering degree)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Preface Program (engineering/tech):

University of Connecticut (UCONN)
BRIDGE program (for students interested in engineering) -

Check these out - see if there is something that you are interested in. These programs can help you prepare for college.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Physics class update

Period 1 - we will meet again on Thursday, March 4th. You have to report to school by 9:30am.We will finish up the labs on that date. The lab packets will be due by Friday, March 5th.

Period 2 - we will continue the labs tomorrow, Tuesday March 2nd. You should be able to finish them both by the end of the period. We will not meet again until Friday, so don't waste any time tomorrow. You have to be in school by 9:30am tomorrow.

The LAB sheets are available online. They are labs 32 and 34.