Monday, February 28, 2011

Bridges Project

Bridges Project

You will start be exploring bridges and their structure:


There are links on this site for you to go to also. You need to go to each of the links on the site. 
You should be taking notes and coming up with ideas for your bridge.

Bridge Links
There are tons of links on this site for you. Go through as many as you can. Take notes.

I will be checking the notes your group is taking about bridge design and construction. You must keep these notes written down and must have a drawn design before you may start construction.


The requirements for the bridges you will build are listed below.

You must have a design drawn before you may start construction.


Rules and Requirements

Students will then build model bridges. 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. The balsa wood pieces are 61 cm long and 4mm square.

You will not have to build any legs or supports - that will be done with books.

We will start building the bridges after you have done your research and designed your bridge.


Your design should be well thought out. You should have drawing of your design (3 views - side, top, front). You should estimate how many different pieces of different size cuts of wood you will need.

You should also create a template where you can lay the wood on the paper and then glue it.

Great Site for Study Skills help

Here is a great site with links to a ton of resources that will help you with study skills.

Check it out and bookmark it for future reference.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Multimedia Science School Assignment

Novell Screen

Multimedia Science School





Stretching Materials

- read each page and try out each animation multiple times to see what happens.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Schedule Update

Today in Periods 2, 3 and 6 we did the lecture on Matter - Density and Stress.

The slides are available here:
(Physics - Density-Solids-Liquids-Gasses - part one.pdf)

Homework is Packet 9, #1-9 (1st section). You can find a copy of the packet here:
(Physics - Packet 09 - Solids-Liquids-Gases.pdf)

Period 5 and 7 will do this tomorrow.

Period 5 - also remember you had to finish Packet 7 for tomorrow!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Physics Update and Info

Today we went over Universal Gravitation, which you were working on while I was on jury duty.

The slides are available here:

Packet 7
Period 2 - #1-6   we will finish the lecture on Monday
Periods 3, 5, 6, 7  #1-14 (whole packet)

Next week we will go over the homework and see some videos on Universal Gravitation.

For those of you who never got to the Online Gravity Force Lab (3rd assignment from last week), you should work on it on your own and you will get a little bit of time next week to finish it. 

Here is the online lab assignment: 

Click “Run Now” and then follow the instructions on the lab sheet which you can download from here:  “Universal Gravitation PhET Lab.doc”. Add your names to the top of the document, fill in the data as you complete the lab, save the file and then email it to me when done. Do not print it out! (printer is still broken).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Period 6 Physics work for Thursday, Feb 10th

Multimedia Science School – software on computer – on Novell screen. You have used this before.

 Click on Physics, Fields, Gravitational Fields, Lesson, Gravitation

Go through all 14 pages. Try out each simulation multiple times with different variables. Read all of the pages. Write up a summary of what you learned and what you saw happen in each simulation. Do NOT copy the summary from the software. Submit the summary and what you learned via email in a Word document. Include the names of everyone in your group and the date.