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Conceptual Physics: 3rd and 6th Hours

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ONLINE TEXTBOOK                      SYLLABUS


7 – 9 June 2010


You are now officially Seniors! Congrats class of 2011; make Washburn a better place and yourselves better people.


Enjoy the summer; it’ll be snowing before you know it  ;)


Monday, 7th

-LAB: Egg Drop Contest; Building your device


Tuesday, 8th

-LAB cont’d: Dropping your device


Wednesday, 9th

-NO SCHOOL!! (until Monday, 30 August)


“Deep summer is hen laziness finds respectability”

-Sam Keen


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”

-Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes)


“A perfect day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.”

-James Dent



31 May - 4 June 2010


One week left, study hard and make me proud!


Monday, 31st



Tuesday, 1st

-2nd Semester Final Exam Part 1 (4th quarter)


Wednesday, 2nd

-2nd Semester Final Exam Part 2 (3rd quarter)


Thursday, 3rd



Friday, 4th




"Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson."

-Vernon Law



24 - 28 May 2010


Two weeks left! Keep steady!


Monday, 24th

-lecture: Lenses

-classwork: CD 30-2

-HW: Read 30.1-30.4 Q#1,3-5,30,33 (due Wed.)


Tuesday, 25th

-classwork: Raytracing


Wednesday, 26th
-HW check @ bell

-Lab: Determining Lens Focal Length


Thursday, 27th

-mini-LAB: Make your own Telescope or Microscope

-Preliminary review for 2nd Semester Final


Friday, 28th

-Review for 2nd Semester Final



"We do not see the lens through which we look."

-Ruth Benedict



17 - 21 May 2010


Three more weeks, stay strong!


Monday, 17th

-Valleyfair prep (choosing rides, practicing with equipment)

-HW: Read 29.6-29.12 Q#13,15-17,19,21,23,28-30,38,40 (due Thursday)


Tuesday, 18th


-or Gizmo: Roller Coaster Physics


Wednesday, 19th

-lecture: How do prisms work?

-classwork: CD 29-3 Refraction part 1


Thursday, 20th


-HW check @ bell

-lecture: How does a rainbow work?

-classwork: CD 29-4 Refraction part 2


Friday, 21st

-Lab: Refraction of Light in Water and Oil



"But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."

-Stephen Hawking



10 – 14 May 2010


Monday, 10th

-NO SCHOOL (lucky you, we have mtgs in the morning)


Tuesday, 11th

-lecture: review of color

-mini-Lab: Spectroscopic Ken

-HW: Read 28.8-28.11 Q#22-24,43-45


Wednesday, 12th

-Gizmo: Star Spectra


Thursday, 13th

-review for Test tomorrow


Friday, 14th

-Test: Light & Color (chapters 27 & 28)

-3” x 5” card, your own calculator and pen/pencil



“Twinkle, twinkle little star

I don’t wonder what you are

For by the spectroscopic ken

I know you are hydrogen.”

-Lewis Fry Richardson



3 - 7 May 2010


Monday, 3rd

-Lecture: "How do we know light is a transverse wave?"

-classwork: worksheet CD 27-2

-HW: Read 27.7-27.8 Q# 20-23,46,47


Tuesday, 4th

-Lecture: "Orange isn't a real color."

-mini-Lab: Colored Shadows (CD 28-1)

-HW: Read 28.1-28.4 Q# 5-8,30,32


Wednesday, 5th

-HW check at bell

-Lecture: "Ever look inside a colored printer?"

-Gizmos: Additive and Subtractive Colors

-HW: Read 28.5-28.7 Q# 9,10,12-15


Thursday, 6th

-HW check at bell

-Gizmos continued


Friday, 7th

-HW check at bell

-Quiz: Polarization and Color

-mini-Lab: Polarization and Color

-Gizmo: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram (how color is used in astronomy)




"It's not easy being green."

-Kermit the Frog



26 - 30 April 2010



Monday, 26th

-Lecture: What is Light? How do we know?

-Video: "The Secret Life of the Electric Light"

-HW: Read 27.1-27.3 Q#1,5,7,57-59 (due Wednesday)


Tuesday, 27th

-Lecture: Red Monkeys Invest Vaguely Under Xerxes Goats?

-classwork: chap 27 packet (due tomorrow)


Wednesday, 28th

-HW check @ bell

-Lecture: Why can we see through glass, but not cinder blocks?

-classwork: finish packet (due at end of period)

-HW: Read 27.4-27.6 Q#10,12,13,16,17,18


Thursday, 29th

-Gizmo: Penumbra Effect


Friday, 30th

-HW check @ bell

-go over packet




"Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

-Dylan Thomas



19 – 23 April 2010


Monday, 19th

-HW check @ bell

-classwork: self-assessment quizzes for chapters 25 and 26

-Lab: practice with equipment for tomorrow


Tuesday, 20th

-Lab: Tones, Vowels and Cell Phones


Wednesday, 21st

-Lab continued


Thursday, 22nd

-Review for Test tomorrow


Friday, 23rd

-TEST: chapters 25 and 26

-bring your own calculator, pen/pencil and cheatsheet (3” x 5” card, both sides)


“The Three Laws of Thermodynamics: 1. You can’t win. 2. You can’t break even. 3. You can’t stop playing.”




12 - 16 April 2010


Valleyfair $$ and permission slips are due this Friday (no exceptions, no extensions). Tuesday's and Wednesday's schedules are messed up because of MCA testing. You'll only have periods 4,5,6 on Tuesday and only 1,2,3 on Wednesday.


Monday, 12th

-Gizmo: Doppler Effect


Tuesday, 13th (6th hour only)

-HW check @ bell

-Gizmo continued (due at end of hour)


Wednesday, 14th (3rd hour only)

-HW check @ bell

-Gizmo continued (due at end of hour)


Thursday, 15th

-Lecture: "What really is sound, and why isn't its speed constant, like light?"

-classwork: worksheet packet

-HW: Read 26.1 - 26.4, Qs #1,5,7,8,24,27 (due Monday)


Friday, 16th

-Valleyfair $$ and permission slips due today, no exceptions, no extensions

-QUIZ (Doppler effect and sound basics)

-classwork: finish packet (due at end of hour)



"I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons."

-Douglas Adams



5 - 9 April 2010


One more quarter left! "Keep your head down and power through."


Monday, 5th

-lecture: Intro to Waves

-classwork: CD 25-1 (due @ end of hour)

-HW: read 25.1-25.4 Q#2,6,7,8,34,38


Tuesday, 6th

-Virtual Lab: Waves


Wednesday, 7th

-HW check @bell

-lecture: Can two waves occupy the same space at the same time?

-classwork: CD 25-3 (due tomorrow @ end of class)

-HW: read 25.5-25.8 Q#11-14,22,23


Thursday, 8th

-mini-LAB: Rubens' Tube

-classwork: finish CD 25-3 (due @ end of class)


Friday, 9th

-HW check @ bell

-QUIZ (on 25.1-25.8)

-lecture: Someone please make motorcycle sounds

-HW: read 25.9 Q#15,16,21,45,47,49



"Washington is the only place where sound travels faster than light."

-C.V.R. Thompson



29 March - 2 April 2010





22 - 26 March 2010


It's the last week of 3rd Quarter! Finish well and then enjoy Spring Break.


Monday, 22nd

- Transformer worksheet

HW: Read Ch 37.5-6; do two of 12, 14, 25, 43


Tuesday, 23rd

-Transmitting power & Review

HW: What topic worries you the most about the test?


Wednesday, 24th

- Jeopardy!

HW: make your note card


Thursday, 25th

- Test on Ch 36 & 37

-Bakken extra credit due

-last day of 3rd Quarter!


Friday, 26th




"A little madness in the Spring

Is wholesome even for the King"

-Emily Dickinson



15 - 19 March 2010


There are two weeks left in the quarter, and then Spring Break! You have one week to make up your tardies (see right-side bulletin board for how) and remember the Extra Credit for 3rd quarter (see the Front page of this website).


Monday, 15th

- Current and magnet demo

- Worksheet on magnetism

HW: Do any two of Ch 36: 31, 32, 34, 35


Tuesday, 16th

- Go over homework

- Building a motor

HW: What does a generator do? How does that compare to a motor?


Wednesday, 17th

- What is induction?

- Virtual lab: get the bulb to light

HW: Read 37.1-2 Q: 1, 3, 4, 5


Thursday, 18th

- Building a speaker

- What else could we have built?

HW: 1) Look up and write down your grade

2) Are you satisfied with it?

3) What's your plan for next week?


Friday, 19th

"It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll!"


[No homework]


"Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces in the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control and The Force That Pulls Dogs Towards the Groins of Strangers."

-Dave Barry



8 - 12 March 2010


There are three weeks left in the quarter, and then Spring Break! You have two weeks to make up your tardies (see right-side bulletin board for how) and remember the Extra Credit for 3rd quarter (see the Front page of this website).


Monday, 8th

- Magnetism vs. Gravity: The paper clip wars

- How do magnets and compasses interact?

- Current affects a compass???

HW: Read Ch 36.1-2, Answer homework question at start of next class


Tuesday, 9th

- Electric Field, Magnetic Field, or both???

HW:  Read Ch 36.3-5, Answer homework question at start of next class


Wednesday, 10th

- Build your very own electromagnet!

HW: (21 or 22) AND (23 or 27)


Thursday, 11th

Mapping Magnetic Fields

HW: pg 727, figure 36.13: Draw the field lines for A, B, C


Friday, 12th

- "Magnetic Storm" Video

(No homework)


"A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms."

-George Wald



1 - 5 March 2010


Monday, 1st

- Predict and Observe:  Questions using the Circuits GIZMO

- Compound Circuits

- "re" test

HW:  Do any 2 of 16, 38, 39, 42


Tuesday, 2nd

- Go over homework and "re" test

- Classwork:  Circuits and Power CD 35-2

HW:  Do any 2 of 52-55



Wednesday, 3rd

- Go ocer homework

- Test prep ideas

- Classwork:  Advanced Circuits GIZMO 

HW:  Write a question you think could be on the test

Last name A-M = Ch 34; N-Z Ch 35


Thursday, 4th

- Review for test:  Jeopardy &  our questions


Friday, 5th

TEST  on Chapters 34 & 35 


"Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times."

-Napoleon Hill



22 - 26 February 2010


We have a short week again; there's no school Friday (enjoy it, we have silly mtgs all day). Parent/Teacher conferences are this Wednesday evening (3:45 - 7:30pm). Check out the extra credit for 3rd Qtr on the FrontPage.


Monday, 22nd

- POWER! and current

Assn: Review Ch 34 (except 34.7-8); Do any 2 of # 24, 25, 57, 66


Tuesday, 23rd

-Making flashlights

Assn: Read 35.1-2; Do any 2 of # 1, 25, 26, 27


Wednesday, 24th

-How many bulbs can we light at once? / Circuitopia

Assn: Read 35.3-4; Do handout question and one of # 32 or # 33

-Parent/Teacher conferences this evening (3:45 - 7:30pm, 10 pts E.C. if you come with your parent/guardian)


Thursday, 25th

-Modified GIZMO:  Series and Parallel Circuits

Assn: Turn in on Monday a question you have on current, resistors, voltage, power, circuits, series, or parallel;

 What's confusing you???



Friday, 26th




"You don't use science to show that you're right, you use science to become right."

-Randall Munroe



15 - 19 February 2010


Monday, 15th



Tuesday, 16th

- Intro to Current

Assn: Rd 34.1-4 Q: How are pumped water flow and electric current alike and different?


Wednesday, 17th

-La Resistance lives on!

Rd 34.9-10 Q: Make an analogy between the bike squeezing the brakes to the terms we’ve been discussing: current, electric potential, resistance.


Thursday, 18th

-Uncovering the relationships of I, V, and R

Read 34.4-6. Q: What did you read about current and safety that made an impression on you?


Friday, 19th

-Finishing "Relationships" activity (and / or Power) 

Rd 34.11 No Q for Monday


"Benjamin Franklin may have discovered electricity, but it was the man who invented the meter who made the money."

-Earl Wilson



8 - 12 February 2010


Monday, 8th

-lecture: Remember GPE? There's an electric version of it (intro to "voltage")

-classwork: CD 33-2 "Electric Potential"

-HW: Read 33.4-33.5 Q#13,15,35,39-41


Tuesday, 9th

-lecture: Batteries aren't the only thing that store electric energy (intor to capacitors)

-classwork: Electric Field Hockey (with a riveting post game analysis!)

-HW: Read 33.6-33.7 Q#18-20,33,34,44


Wednesday, 10th

HW check @ bell

LAB: Equal Potential Lines


Thursday, 11th

-HW check @ bell

-review for TEST tomorrow


Friday, 12th

-TEST on chapters 32 & 33

-3" x 5" notecard and your own calculator (no cellphones, etc. and no sharing)



"The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life."

-Ernest Renan



1 - 5 February 2010


There's a "Course Fair" this Thursday in prep for registration for next year (activities for seniors are TBD).


Monday, 1st

-GIZMO: Pith Ball Lab


Tuesday, 2nd

-lecture: How do charges feel each other? What!? Action-at-a-distance you say? Blasphemy! Burn the witch!

-classwork: CD 33-1 (due at end of period)

-HW: Read 33.1-33.3 Q#5,6,8,21,22,28 (due Friday)


Wednesday, 3rd

-lecture: How to draw electric fields

-classwork: electric field drawing worksheet (due Friday after quiz)


Thursday, 4th

-"Course Fair" during periods 1-3; you'll go to your 4-6th hour classes like normal

-go to your 1st hour class at the normal time


Friday, 5th

-HW check @ bell 

-QUIZ on electric fields

-finish up electric field drawing (due at end of period)


"If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."

-Lee Trevino



25 - 29 January 2010


Tabula Rasa! During this quarter we'll be studying very different material: electromagnetism. The good news is that there are fewer equations and the bad news is that EM is generally invisible and requires more use of the imagination.


Monday, 25th

-Video: "Lightning!" (humanity's first experience with electricity?)

-HW:  Read 32.1 - 32.3 Q#1,10,11,25,26,27


Tuesday, 26th

-3rd quarter overview

-lecture:  Intro to electrostatics, charge and the EM force

-classwork: CD 32-1 (due at end of hour) 


Wednesday, 27th

-lecture: how to get stuff charged

-HW: Read 32.4 - 32.6 Q#14,15,18,23,36,38

-classwork: CD 32-2 (due at end of hour) 


Thursday, 28th

-LAB: Follow the Electrons!


Friday, 29th


-Contracts due today (CR/NC and Academic)


"And now for something completely different..."

-Monty Python's Flying Circus (originally from "Blue Peter")



18 - 22 January 2010


One week left! Finish well! There's no school on Monday and Friday.


Monday, 18th



Tuesday, 19th

-review of 1st quarter for 1st Semester Final Exam


Wednesday, 20th

-review of 2nd quarter for 1st Semester Final Exam


Thursday, 21st

-1st Semester Final Exam

-bring 8.5" x 11" notesheet (both sides, handwritten), calculator, and writing utensil

-as always, you are welcome to extra time, but you must finish the exam today


Friday, 22nd




"Well begun is half done."




11 - 15 January 2010


2 weeks left in the quarter! Finish well! Start preparing for the final exam (reread the book and your notes, make a rough draft of your notesheet, go over old test and quizzes to see if you can still answer the questions)


Monday, 11th

-lecture: Intro to gravity (we're talking G now, not g anymore!)

-classwork: CD 13-2 and 13-3

-HW: Read 13.1 - 13.5 Q#1,2,7,8,11,21


Tuesday, 12th

-GIZMO: Gravitational Force


Wednesday, 13th

-HW check @ bell

-lecture: What are black holes really? Was Newton wrong about gravity?

-HW: Read 13.10 - 13.11 Q#18-20,42,48,50


Thursday, 14th

-video: "Black Holes: The Ultimate Abyss"


Friday, 15th

-HW check @ bell




"The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself."

-Bertrand Russell



4 - 8 January 2010


There are just three weeks left in the quarter! The FINAL EXAM will be during the last week of the quarter; think of it as the big retake (if you pass the final, you will pass the quarter). The EXTRA CREDIT thing is this Thursday night and Sunday afternoon (see bulletin board for details).


Monday, 4th

-GIZMO: Uniform Circular Motion

-HW: Read 10.1 - 10.4 Q#2,5,6,7,20,21,23-26,33,34 (due Friday)


Tuesday, 5th

-lecture: "Don't you dare say centrifugal in this class!"

-classwork: worksheet CD 10-1


Wednesday, 6th

-LAB: Find centripetal force acting on toy airplane

-lab report due Friday


Thursday, 7th

-the EXTRA CREDIT thing is tonight at 7pm, Northrop Auditorium (where graduation is)

-continue work on airplane lab


Friday, 8th

-HW check @ bell

-QUIZ (10.1 - 10.4)

-lab report due (~15 minutes of classtime for final touches)


"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man."

-Benjamin Franklin




14 - 18 December 2009


Monday, 14th

-debrief on egg drop analysis (claim-evidence-reasoning)

-starting last phase of Interactive Physics: Proving

-you'll get more practice with claim-evidence-reasoning in this phase


Tuesday, 15th

-continue Interactive Physics (IP): Proving


Wednesday, 16th

-IP presentations


Thursday, 17th

-review for TEST


Friday, 18th

-TEST: Collisions, Work and Energy (chaps 8 & 9)

-3" x 5" notecard allowed and encouraged

-you must have your own calculator (no cell phones no sharing) 



The Planets



7 - 11 December 2009


Parent-Teacher conferences are Thursday evening, 4-8pm, 10 December (10 pts extra credit for showing up with your parent/guardian).


Monday, 7th

-begin work on Horsepower lab report (click here for format)

-lab report is due Friday


Tuesday, 8th

-build egg drop device (click here for rules)

-HW: read 9.6-9.7 Q#11,14,41,42,50,51


Wednesday, 9th

-dropping the devices

-dress warmly, we'll be outside (a few of you will be on the roof!)


Thursday, 10th

-HW check @ bell

-post-drop analysis (hhmmmm, wait, I thought mechanical energy was conserved...)

-Parent-Teacher conferences tonight from 4-8pm


Friday, 11th

-QUIZ: PE & KE (9.3-9.7)

-Horsepower lab report due (you'll have a bit of classtime for final polishing)


"All power corrupts, but we need the electricity."




30 Nov - 4 December 2009


Mid-quarter grades go in next Monday, 7 Dec. Parent-Teacher conferences are Thursday evening, 4-8pm, 10 December (10 pts extra credit for showing up with your parent/guardian)


Monday, 30th

-review of Work and Power

-examples problems

-plan and execute mini-Lab: "How many Horses are you Worth?"


Tuesday, 1st

-intro to online textbook

-intro to lab report writing


Wednesday, 2nd

-lecture: What do you get for your Work?

-two kinds of "mechanical" energy: KE & PE

-HW: Read 9.3 - 9.5 Q# 8,9,26,27,39,40


Thursday, 3rd

-GIZMO: Energy of a Pendulum


Friday, 4th

-HW check @ bell

-QUIZ: Work and Power

-take 2nd set of data for Horsepower Lab



"The world is wide, and I  will not waste my life in friction, when it could be turned into momentum."

-Frances Willard




23 - 27 November 2009


We have a short week. Enjoy the break; forget about school for a few days and get some real R&R.


Monday, 23rd

-GIZMO: Air Track


Tuesday, 24th

-lecture: It's a fish-eat-fish world

-remember: momentum (p) is a vector

-HW: Read 8.5 -8.6 Q#17-19,63-65 (due tomorrow)


Wednesday, 25th

-HW check @ bell

-lecture: Work, a curse or part of the plan?

-design a lab to find out how much horsepower do you have


Thursday, 26th


-eat lots of food with family and friends


Friday, 27th



"There are three kinds of men. The one who learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

-Will Rogers




16 - 20 November 2009


Monday, 16th

-lecture: A piece of sand going 30,000 m/s or a bus going 10 m/s?

-two new physical quantities: Momentum and Impulse

-need 4 volunteers for the annual egg toss competition (who will clean up their own mess)

-classwork: packet 8 "Momentum" (due Friday)

-HW: Read 8.1-8.4 Q#9,20,25,26,55,56


Tuesday, 17th

-lecture: Which hurts more -the happy ball or the emo ball?


-Save Our Momentum!

-HW: Read 8.5-8.6 Q#12-15,34,47


Wednesday, 18th

-Video: History of Vehicle Safety

-anesthetized pigs as crash test dummies, yeah...weren't the 50s great?


Thursday, 19th

-Virtual LAB: Conservation of Momentum in Car Crashes (kinda like a GIZMO, but not quite)


Friday, 20th


-packet time (due today)


"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."

-Jerome K. Jerome 



9 - 13 November 2009


Tabula Rasa! Contracts (CR/NC and "Academic") are due this Friday. There's a TEST on Friday.


Monday, 9th

-do action/reaction forces act on the same object?

-why don't action/reaction forces cancel?

-Robert Goddard: What does the New York Times and the Roman Catholic Church have in common?

-HW: Read 7.4 - 7.5 Q#8-10, 30,36,39


Tuesday, 10th

-LAB: Newton's 3rd Law

-using Vernier force sensors

-HW: Read 7.6-7.7 Q#15-17,20,40,45


Wednesday, 11th

-HW check @ bell

-Lecture: Putting the cart before the horse, and why didn't Grul become an Art teacher?


Thursday, 12th

-HW check @ bell

-review for TEST tomorrow


Friday, 13th (!!)

-Contracts due today

-TEST: Chapters 6 & 7 (Newton's 2nd & 3rd Laws)

-3 x 5 notecard and your own calculator (no cellphones, no sharing)



"One has to get on with life, and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."

-Stephen Hawking




2 - 6 November 2009


Last week of the quarter! Finish strong!


Monday, 2nd

-HW check

-LAB: Newton's 2nd Law (find the mystery mass!)


Tuesday, 3rd

-LAB: Newton's 2nd Law (cont'd)


Wednesday, 4th

-finish IP Measuring phase


Thursday, 5th

-lecture: the puppy hit the bus as hard as the bus hit the puppy!

-finishing the trilogy:  Newton's 3rd Law

-classwork: wksht 8-1 (due at end of period)


Friday, 6th




"This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

-Winston Churchill




26 - 30 October 2009


Two weeks left in the quarter! There's no Quarter Final; there's a semester final just like in college.


Monday, 26th 

-finish up the Measuring Phase of IP


Tuesday, 27th

-GIZMO: Fan Cart Physics 

-read the directions carefully; they're different than normal


Wednesday, 28th

-lecture: so, what happens to things that break Newton's 1st Law of Motion?

-review of yesterday's Gizmo

-chapter 6 packets passed out (due next week sometime)

-HW:  Read 6.1 - 6.4 Q#4,6,26,27,29,30


Thursday, 29th

-continue Measuring Phase of IP

-start "Alter" phase


 Friday, 30th

-QUIZ on Newton's 2nd Law (6.1- 6.4)

-packet time 


"Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money."

-Leon Lederman



19 - 23 October 2009


Three weeks left in the quarter! There's a TEST this Friday.


Monday, 19th

-lecture: intro to projectile motion (a.k.a. shooting stuff)

-HW: Read 5.4-5.6 Q#7,8,10,13-15


Tuesday, 20th

-Bowman Tournament

-HW: chap5 Q#35-38,42,44


Wednesday, 21st

-GIZMO: Shoot the Monkey

-HW from Monday due

-packets due today


Thursday, 22nd

-review for TEST

-homework from Tuesday due


Friday, 23rd

-TEST: Chapters 4 & 5

-3" x 5" card cheatsheet


"Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions."

-Vera Rubin



12 - 16 October 2009


Monday, 12th

-packet time (due at end of period) 


Tuesday, 13th

-QUIZ on 4.5-4.7 (free fall and motion graphs)

-lecture on 5.1-5.3

-chap 5 packets handed out (due next Wed., 21 Oct)

-HW: Read 5.1-5.3 Q#4,5,18-21


Wednesday, 14th

-LAB: Measuring g


Thursday, 15th



Friday, 16th



"The product of the human brain has escaped the control of human hands. This is the comedy of science."

-Karel Capek (co-inventor of the word 'robot')



5 - 9 October 2009 


There's a QUIZ on Friday. Also, the Extra Credit lecture is on Tuesday (see FrontPage for details).


Monday, 5th

-finish graphing assignment (due at end of period)

-chap 4 packets passed out (due Friday)

-HW: Read 4.5-4.9 Q#11,12,14,15,19,22 (due Wed @ bell)


Tuesday, 6th

-Tom Petty physics

-lecture on dropping stuff: "how fast?" and "how far?"

-Extra Credit lecture tonight at 7pm (see FrontPage for details)


Wednesday, 7th

-finish IP Measure phase

-packet time


Thursday, 8th

-GIZMO: Free Fall Laboratory


Friday, 9th 

-VIDEO: "Einstein's Big Idea" 


"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."





28 September  - 2 October 2009 


Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Thursday evening (4-8pm) and Friday morning (8-noon). Show up with a parent or guardian for extra credit. 


Monday, 28th

-video: Mythbusters response to moon landing hoax


Tuesday, 29th

-continue with IP (Interactive Physics): Measuring phase


Wednesday, 30th

-IP: Measuring Phase


Thursday, 1st

-review of graphs of motion

-8 steps to a great graph (and how not to be fooled by bad people who want your $$)

-P-T conferences tonight from 4-8pm


Friday, 2nd


-P-T conferences this morning from 8-noon


"Not only is the Universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."

-Sir Arthur Eddington



21 - 25 September 2009


Happy Autumnal Equinox on Monday! Connections starts this Tuesday. Last I heard, you'll go to 1st hour like normal, find out which connections you're in, and then go there. There's a TEST on Wednesday.


Monday, 21st

-continue Build Phase of Interactive Physics

-all four builds due by end of period


Tuesday, 22nd

-review for TEST (chapters 2 & 3)


Wednesday, 23rd

-TEST: Chapters 2 & 3

-one 3" x 5" notecard

-your own calculator (no cell phones, no sharing)


Thursday, 24th

-everything is relative...well, at least with respect to motion

-speed vs. velocity & instantaneous vs. average


-HW: Q#6,9,20,21,31,36


Friday, 25th

-LAB: Intro to Vernier Motion Detector


"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."

-Baron Henry Peter Brougham



14 - 18 September 2009


Monday, 14th

-what did Aristotle believe about Physics?

-how about Copernicus and Galileo?

-HW: Read 3.1-3.3 Q#1,2,5,8,28,29


Tuesday, 15th

-GIZMO: Triple Beam Balance


Wednesday, 16th

-intro to Sir Isaac

-what is mass? what isn't it? (we actually don't know what it really is, but might w/in a few years!)

-how do we know the earth is moving?

-HW: Read 3.4-3.6 Q#9,15,19,21,22,26


Thursday, 17th

-start Interactive Physics (IP) for serious now

-build phase: Pendulum


Friday, 18th

-QUIZ on 3.1-3.3

-continue working on IP building (rollercoaster, car, skydiver)

-packet due today


 "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

-Albert Einstein



7 - 11 September 2009


Well, 1 week down, 35 to go! This week we'll start some real physics. There's a QUIZ on Friday.


Monday, 7th


-Labor Day 


Tuesday, 8th 

-intro to Forces

-to point or not to point

-learning some Greek


Wednesday, 9th 

-"what everyone else is that your are not" (the "normal" force)

-dynamic equilibrium

 -adding vectors

-HW: Read 2.1 - 2.4 Qs# 1,4,6,8,9,25 (due Friday)


Thursday, 10th

-ACT  science question practice

 -intro to Vernier sensors

-HW: Read 2.5 Qs# 12,14,16,21,22,28


Friday, 11th

-QUIZ on 2.1 - 2.4 (closed notes, formulas given)

-packet time afterwards (due today)


"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

-Mario Andretti



31 August - 4 September 2009


Welcome back to Washburn! I hope you had a great summer; they're always too short, eh? Congrats to the class of 2010; make this your best year yet!


Monday, 31st

-last day to sleep in...



Tuesday, 1st

-go over syllabus

-take a physics pre-test (don't hate!)


Wednesday, 2nd

-go over safety

-checkout textbooks

-discussion on "What is Science?" and "How does Science compare and contast with Art and Religion?"


 Thursday, 3rd

-classwork: making and testing hypotheses

-intro to "Gizmos" (virtual online lab website)

-intro to "Interactive Physics" (modeling and simulation program)


Friday, 4th

-VIDEO: "Conspiracy Theory: Did we land on the Moon?"

-summarize and respond to arguments presented in the video



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