Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Summary of Gravity from board

Here is a summary of the Gravity formulas and data from the board in class:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Universal Gravitation - QUIZ Friday too!

Today, Monday, Jan 30th, we went over the torque review problems and then did the lecture for the Law of Universal Gravitation.

The lecture notes are here:
Physics - Universal Gravitation.pdf

Homework is Packet #7 , #1 - 14 - whole packet. Do NOT do the extra sheet that got stapled on at the end with the "A" problems. Just 1 - 14.

On Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, we will go over the homework and then do two virtual labs on Gravity.

FRIDAY - QUIZ - Circular Motion, Torque, Gravity! Review packet #6 and #7 and the two review sheets we did last Friday/Today.

Period 4 Quiz will be next Monday.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The grades for the Midterm Exam have been posted on PowerSchool.

There was no curve. The grades ranged from an 11, up to a 93.

I was very pleased with some of your performances and very disappointed with many of you. Many students did not even try to do the problems. This lack of effort is unacceptable, especially from seniors. You should have the self-respect and self-discipline to do your best on everything you do and many of you did not even try.

Also, many of you did not show your work on the exam. I instructed you that you must show your work to get credit. Just writing an answer is not acceptable.

The midterm was made up of past homework, quiz and in-class examples or problems that were very close to those. I only had 2 students come and ask for help before the exams. I was very disappointed in the lack of effort put in by some of you.

Results by Period

Period     High score     Low score

1                 93                33
3                 86                11
4                 82                13
6                 87                14

1. Always put forth your best effort on everything you do. Don't get lazy. Take pride in your work.

2. Study. You can not learn and understand just by showing up for class. You must do all of the work, you must review your notes and you must study for exams.

3. Ask for help. Only 2 students out of 90 came for help the week before exams, yet a large number of students failed the exam. I am here after school everyday. Come and ask for help. There are help resources on the class site and on this blog site (see the right side menu).

I'm hoping to see more effort on your next quiz and for the rest of the year. Remember, you need to keep working and putting in the effort all the way to the end of the year. College will be even harder.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Circular Motion MSS Assignment

Circular Motion
Multimedia Science School Assignment

Per 1, 3, 6 - start Friday, 1/20, finish Monday 1/23.
Per 4 - do entire thing on Monday 1/23

Novell Screen
Multimedia Science School
Physics
Fields
Motion in a Circle
Lesson
Circular Motion

Go through lesson, taking notes on major points. Also comment on anything surprising you learned and describe something you see or do everyday that has Circular Motion.

Submit notes, comments and everyday item as INDIVIDUALS. Each student must submit there own paper.

You may submit via email, Word document emailed to me, share a Google Doc, or on paper.

NOTE: If your computer gives you a license error for this software, do the same assignment in terms of what you are doing and handing in, except, go here: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/circles/ and do lessons 1 and 2 instead of using the software above.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Google Science Fair - enter and win big prizes

The second annual Google Science Fair is open. Google started the science fair last year and it was a huge success. Students enter their projects and can win some really great prizes. The projects from last year were pretty impressive too.

Students simply register online, get parental consent, do their project site online and then submit the project.

The site has great tips and resources for students and educators. There are three age categories 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 and prizes in each category. The one grand prize includes a trip to the Galapagos, a \$50,000 scholarship, and a hands on experience at either Lego, CERN or Google. Other prizes include \$25,000 scholarships, Chromebooks and Chromebook kits for their classroom, intern experiences and much more.

This is a great way for students to work through a science project and have it viewed internationally and have the chance to win some great prizes.

Doodle 4 Google - be creative and win a scholarship

Google is once again hosting a Doodle 4 Google contest for K-12 students in the US. Students create a doodle of the Google logo based on this years topic "If I could travel in time, I'd visit...". The winner gets their design on the Google homepage and gets a \$30,000 college scholarship along with a \$50,000 technology grant for their school.

The theme, "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..." could mean visiting past, present, or future setting. Last year's contest had over 100,000 entries, so competition is fierce. There will be one winner per state and then from those 50 State winners, the 5 National Finalists and the National winner will be chosen.

This year the winning Doodle will also appear on a special edition Crayola 64 crayon box!!

To enter, you just need to submit your artwork by March 20th with a signed and completed entry form.

There will be some celebrity judges along with the Google employee judges. They will determine the State finalists. On May 2nd, the State finalists will be up for public vote.

Being a finalist is pretty cool and all 50 state finalists will get flown to New York city for the national awards ceremony on May 17th. The winning Doodle will appear on May 18th and all of the 50 state winning doodles will be displayed at the New York Public Library.

Complete rules, prizes, and registration information is available at the Doodle 4 Google site.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Solutions posted

The solutions for the Work, Power, Energy and Momentum quiz are posted along with the make up work for the WPE Lab and the WPE Multimedia assignment. If you didn't have to do the make up work, you can use them for extra practice. The answers are included.

All three things are posted here:

• Physics - Work-Power-Energy-Momentum Quiz Answers 2011-2012.pdf
• WPE Lab Makeup and answers- a.pdf  --  Make up for students who missed WPE lab. Other students can use it for review. Includes answers.
• WPE Multimedia Assign make up and answers - b.pdf  --  Make up for students who missed WPE Multimedia Science School assignment. Other students can use it for review. Includes answers.

Don't forget to review for the midterm. Scroll down on this site and look at past links and resources too.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Schedule update

Tuesday 1/10

Period 1 - finished Circular/Rotational Lecture. Homework is packet 6, #18-23

Physics - Circular and Rotational Motion - part 3.pdf

Period 4 - we will go over the homework (packet 6, #1-12) and then do parts 2 and 3 of the lecture
Homework will be packet 6, #13-23

Period 6 - we will finish the lecture. Homework will be packet 6, #13-23

Wednesday 1/11

Period 3 - we will do the last part of the lecture. Homework packet 6, #18-23

Thursday 1/12

Periods 1, 3, 4, 6 - we will go over the homework, you will get back your last quiz with the solutions, and I will answer any questions you have before the midterms.

Friday 1/13 - Midterms begin

Monday, January 9, 2012

Reminder - missing/make up work due by midterm

Reminder, any student owing me missing work or make up work must turn it in by their classes midterm. Once the exam starts, all missing work will become a "0".

This work should have been turned in within a week of the assignment or your return to school after missing an assignment. Remember, you need to come to me and ask what you missed when you are absent. Do not wait for me to come to you. You should also be checking PowerSchool on a regular basis.

Good luck studying for mid terms. Don't forget to look at the posting below on the site for resources and tips for the midterm.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Schedule Update Thu 1-5

Physics class schedule update.

On Thursday 1/5, Monday 1/9 and Tuesday 1/10 we continued Circular Motion and did torque. The second part of the lecture notes are posted here:
" Physics - Circular and Rotational Motion - part 2.pdf"

Homework for this part is packet 6, #13-17

We will continue with this topic up until the midterm and it will be included on the midterm. The midterm schedule, what's on the midterm, and some study resources were posted on 12/26 (and can be viewed HERE).

Make sure you start reviewing now, so that you can come in next week, before the midterms start, and ask questions. There will NOT be a review in class, but I will answer any questions students may have next Wednesday and Thursday.

Period 4 - we will be doing two parts on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Schedule Update

Physics class schedule update.

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good holiday break.

This week on Tuesday 1/3 and Wednesday 1/4 we will start Circular Motion. The first part of the lecture notes are posted here: