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Physical Science - Physics: 1st and 2nd Hours

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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

-GIZMO: Additive and Subtractive Colors


Wednesday, 2nd

-Review for 2nd Semester Final Exam


Thursday, 3rd

-1st hour: 2nd Semester Final Exam

-2nd hour: Review for exam


Friday, 4th

-1st hour: Bowman Tournament!

-2nd hour: 2nd Semester Final Exam



"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

-Lab: Refraction of light in water and oil

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


Tuesday, 25th

-Lab cont'd


Wednesday, 26th

-classwork: math practice for yesterday's lab


Thursday, 27th

-lecture: Intro to Lenses

-classwork: CD 30-2


Friday, 28th

-HW check @ bell


-classwork: finish CD 30-2 (lens diagrams)



"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)


Tuesday, 18th


-or Gizmo: Roller Coaster Physics


Wednesday, 19th

-lecture: "Roy G Biv is dead! Orange isn't a real color!"


Thursday, 20th


-review for Test tomorrow


Friday, 21st

-Test: Waves, sound and color

-8.5" x 11" notesheet

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


"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

-Video: “The Elegant Universe” (Is everything, including you and me, a wave?)


Wednesday, 12th

-brief lecture: Light is the next wave we’ll study; specifically color

-Lab: Spectroscopic Ken


Thursday, 13th

-Lab continued

-Gizmo: Star Spectra


Friday, 14th

-Gizmo continued



“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: Intro to Waves

-mini-Lab: Intro to Vernier microphone

-HW: Read 25.1-25.6 Q#1-11 P&C#1-5 (due Friday before quiz)


Tuesday, 4th

-lecture: The math behind waves (v = λf)

-mini-Lab: Finding speed of sound in propane using a Rubens' tube

-classwork: math practice worksheet


Wednesday, 5th

-Virtual Lab: Waves


Thursday, 6th

-Career Fair


Friday, 7th

-HW check at bell

-Quiz on waves and sound

-mini-Lab: Voice and Cell phone tone analysis



"It's not easy being green."

-Kermit the Frog



26 - 30 April 2010



Monday, 26th 

-Lecture: Magnetism

-mini-Lab: Complex Magnetic Fields

-HW: Read Chapter 36, Q#1-11,18-20 (due Friday)


Tuesday, 27th

Lecture: What's the connection between electricity and magnetism?

-mini-Lab: Faraday's Law


Wednesday, 28th

-Lab: Build your own electric motor


Thursday, 29th

-Video: "Magnetic Storm!"


Friday, 30th

-HW check @ bell

-Quiz: Magnetism



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

-Dylan Thomas



19 – 23 April 2010


Monday, 19th

-Lab: How many bulbs can you get in Series and Parallel? Design a 3-way Switch


Tuesday, 20th

-Lab: Scientific Explanation: How does resistance change as you add more resistors in series and parallel?


Wednesday, 21st

-Video: "Lightning!"

-What was humanity's first experience with electricity?


Thursday, 22nd

-Review for test tomorrow

-making a cheatsheet


Friday, 23rd

-TEST: chapters 34 and 35

-bring your own calculator, pen/pencil and cheatsheet (8.5” x 11” sheet, 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


Monday, 12th

- How many lightbulbs can you light?

- A visit to Circuitopia

HW DUE TODAY! Chapter 34 packet


Tuesday, 13th

>>> NO CLASS: MCA testing 


Wednesday, 14th

- Predict and Observe question

- Circuits GIZMO: parts B & C 



Thursday, 15th

- Predict and Observe question

- Electricity and POWER!!!!


Friday, 9th

- Predict and Observe questions

- Practical Math: Appliances and power



5 - 9 April 2010


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


Monday, 5th

"And now for something completely different"

- Charged particles

- Electricity

HW: Chapter 34 packet due Monday 4/12


Tuesday, 6th

- Current and Voltage

- How is this like pumping water? 


Wednesday, 7th

- La Resistance Lives on!!!

- Kind of like riding a bike


Thursday, 8th

- Putting them all together: Ohm's Law



Friday, 9th

- Making a flashlight!


"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.

Concerned about passing 3rd quarter? Maybe you can turn hard work on Tuesday,

Wednesday, Thursday into credit for the quarter!


Monday, 22nd

- Energy in a Pendulum GIZMO


Tuesday, 23rd

- Making our one page of notes for the Final on Thursday


Wednesday, 24th

- HW check: Ch 9: Q# 1-8, 33-40

- Jeopardy review


Thursday, 25th

- Quarter Final Exam

-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

[TEAE tests]

- balloon 3rd Law demo

- bad science in 1920 NY Times

- worksheet on 3rd Law


Tuesday, 16th


- Notecard making session

- Jeopardy 


Wednesday, 17th

[TEAE test]

- Vocab Worksheet

- Horsepower lab

HW: Read Chapter 9.1-9.7 Q: 1-8, 33-40 (due Wednesday 3/24)


Thursday, 18th

TEST Chapters 4, 6, 7

     * acceleration      * F = ma      * Equal and Opposite forces


Friday, 19th

- Work, Kinetic Energy, Potenital Energy worksheet



"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

- discussion of velocity and acceleration

- worksheet on acceleration and RaceTrack.IP

HW: Read Ch 4, Do key terms & Q# 6, 9-12, 21, 22, 25, 32-34 (Due Friday)


Tuesday, 9th

- go over Mionday worksheet

- gravity accelerates things!

- worksheet 4-1


Wednesday, 10th

- Rest of fan cart GIZMO:  Newton's 2nd Law


Thursday, 11th

- 2nd Law lab with detectors


Friday, 12th


- Newton's 3rd Law demo &  worksheet 


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

-George Wald



1 - 5 March 2010


Monday, 1st

- Inertia Demo: tablecloth yanking

- history of science: Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton

- Worksheet: Inertia CD 3-2

-HW: Read Ch 3, key terms, Q # 5-11 & 19-22 (due Thursday)


Tuesday, 2nd

- notes: Mass vs. Weight

- classwork: Fan Cart GIZMO


Wednesday, 3rd

- warm-up: Test Prep

- classwork: Distance / Time GIZMO


Thursday, 4th

-HW check at bell: Read Chapter 3, key terms, Q # 5-11 & 19-22

- Review for test


Friday, 5th

TEST on Chapters 2 & 3

(can have 1 notecard of notes - good for extra credit!)


"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

-warm-up: Apple on a Desk

-notes: Mechanical Equilibrium

-classwork: vocabulary (all chapter 2 "Key Terms" except 'resultant')

-HW: Read 2.1 - 2.4 Q#1-16 (due Thursday)


Tuesday, 23rd

-notes: more on mechanical equilibrium

-classwork: CD 2-1 "Nellie Newton"


Wednesday, 24th

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

-we'll go over the "Apple on Desk"

-LAB: Intro to Motion Detector


Thursday, 25th

-HW check @ bell

-LAB: Air Puck w/ motion detector (when is the puck in mechanical equilibrium?)


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


Hope you enjoyed the day off; the weather was pretty darn good for February in Minnesota. All IP  work is due by this Friday. We're starting a new unit next week.


Monday, 15th



Tuesday, 16th

-continue IP Alter phase

-learn how to graph your data using Excel


Wednesday, 17th

-begin IP Prove phase w/ your partner (pick only one of the models: pendulum, car, skydiver)


Thursday, 18th

-continue IP Prove phase


Friday, 19th

-presentations on IP  Prove phase



"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

-continue IP Measure Phase

-Pendulum due today


Tuesday, 9th

-continue IP Measure Phase

-Car and Rollercoaster due today

-HW: Textbook worksheet due Friday



Wednesday, 10th

-continue IP Measure Phase

-Skydiver due today


Thursday, 11th

-begin IP Alter phase


Friday, 12th

-HW check @ bell

-QUIZ on the IP graphs you've been working on this week


"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

-begin Build phase of Interactive Physics (IP)

-working Pendulum due by end of period

-HW: Write definitions for these words-period, torque, velocity, speed, vector, scalar, mass, kinetic energy, terminal velocity, air resistance


Tuesday, 2nd

-continue IP Build phase

-Car and Rollercoaster due by end of period


Wednesday, 3rd

-continue IP Build phase

-Skydiver due by end of period


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 at bell

-QUIZ on vocabulary 

-begin IP  Measuring phase



"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!


Monday, 25th

-Welcome to the Physics half of Physical Science

-briefly go over syllabus

-physics pre-test (don't hate...)

-HW:  Read Chapter 1 Q#1-11 (due Friday)



Tuesday, 26th

-intro to Online Textbook and Real Textbook

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

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


Wednesday, 27th

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

-summarize and respond to arguments presented in the video


Thursday, 28th

-VIDEO: "Mythbusters: Moon Myths"

-summarize and respond to arguments presented in the video


Friday, 29th

-HW check @ bell

-QUIZ on syllabus and chapter 1

-CR/NC contracts due today



"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 for 2nd Quarter Final Exam


Wednesday, 20th

-review for 2nd Quarter Final Exam continued


Thursday, 21st

-2nd Quarter Final Exam

-bring 8.5" x 11" notesheet, calculator and a 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

-classwork: vocabulary

-lecture: What is light?

-HW: Read 27.1 - 27.4 RQ#1-8,10,12  Read 28.1 - 28.4 RQ#1-8 (due Friday)


Tuesday, 12th

-classwork: chapter 27 exercise worksheet (sections 1 - 4)


Wednesday, 13th

-GIZMO: Additive Colors


Thursday, 14th

-lecture:  Why do we see in color? How do paint and colored filters work?

-classwork: CD 28-1 (mixing colors and shadows)


Friday, 15th

-HW check and review


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


"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

-lecture: Intro to Waves

-classwork: vocabulary

-HW: Chapter 25 RQ #1-11, P&C #1-5 (due Friday before QUIZ)


Tuesday, 5th

-Virtual LAB: Waves


Wednesday, 6th

-classwork: math practice with v = lambda * f


Thursday, 7th

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

-LAB:  Speed of sound in natural gas (each group takes one measurement)

-classwork:  worksheet 25-1


Friday, 8th

-QUIZ (chapter 25.1-25.6)

-mini-LAB: Voice prints (see the waves of your own voice)



"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

-Video: "Magnetic Storm"

-What's the closest, biggest magnet to you? And will it always be there?

-we'll have a few visitors today

-HW: RQ #1-11, 18-20 (due Friday)


Tuesday, 15th

-lecture:  Magnetism

-mini-LAB: complex magnetic fields


Wednesday, 16th

-lecture: What's the connection between electricity and magnetism?



Thursday, 17th

-LAB: Build you own electric motor (using magnets)


Friday, 18th

-HW check at bell

-Virtual Lab: Magnetism: How does a generator work?



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). There's a TEST this Friday.


Monday, 7th

-QUIZ (Ohm's Law, Electric Power and meter reading)

-lecture: Putting it all together; intro to Circuits


Tuesday, 8th

-mini-LAB: what happens to current when there's more than one resistor connected?


Wednesday, 9th

-intro to circuit schematics (cartoons)


Thursday, 10th

-Review for TEST

-Parent-Teacher conferences tonight from 4-8pm


Friday, 11th

-TEST: Chapters 34 & 35

-3" x 5" notecard req'd


"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

-speaker from Itasca Community College:  Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) careers


Tuesday, 1st

-Virtual LAB: "Electricity"

-more practice with Ohm's Law and a new thing: electric power (meas'd in Watts)


Wednesday, 2nd

-intro to online textbook (for real this time)

-worksheet: practical math practice (due Friday)


Thursday, 3rd

-LAB: Find the resistance of several light bulbs


Friday, 4th

-QUIZ: Ohm's Law, Electrical Power, meter reading

-math practice worksheet from Wed due today

-catch up on Interactive Physics


"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: Circuits


Tuesday, 24th

-HW check @ bell

-worksheet 34-1 due today

-finish Ohm's Law lab

-bring an empty pop/water bottle (to make a "Leyden Jar")


Wednesday, 25th

-intro to online textbook (it will read itself to you! not sure that's a good idea, but it's kinda cool anyway...)

-friendly competition: light your bulb with as few wires as possible

-design a three way switch using the Circuits Gizmo


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

-review (last call for classwork from last week)

-QUIZ on gravity


Tuesday, 17th 

-What was humanity's first experience with electricity?

-VIDEO: Lightning!


Wednesday, 18th

-lecture: And now for something completely different...

-practice with voltmeter

-Chapter 34 packet passed out (due Friday)

-HW: Read 34.1-34.4 RQ#1-14 (due Friday)


Thursday, 19th

-Electrical safety for n00bs

-intro to the "Power Supply"

-Resistors and the alphaω

-LAB: Ohm's Law


Friday, 20th

-HW check @ bell

-Ohm's Law LAB cont'd 


"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 QUIZ on Friday.


Monday, 9th

-lecture: Another one of Newton's Laws? What did this guy do all day?

-classwork: wksht 13-1 and 13-2 (due @ end of period)


Tuesday, 10th

-GIZMO: Gravity Pitch

-you'll learn how to put things in orbit


Wednesday, 11th


-Pendulum and Rollercoaster due today


Thursday, 12th

-lecture: The BIG PICTURE

-the difference between the 1999 and 2009 version of your textbook

-classwork: wksht 13-3 (due @ end of period)


Friday, 13th (!!)

-Contracts due today

-QUIZ on gravity



"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! The Quarter Final Exam is on Thursday.


Monday, 2nd

-lecture on Potential and Kinetic energy

-packet time (due by end of period)


Tuesday, 3rd

-review for Quarter Final

-practice test using clickers


Wednesday, 4th

-review for Quarter Final


Thursday, 5th

-Quarter Final Exam on chapters 2, 4, 5, 6, 8

-8.5" x 11" cheatsheet will be part of your grade

-use your own calculator (no cellphones, no sharing)


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! Keep thinking about the Quarter Final


Monday, 26th 

-review for TEST tomorrow

-a 3" x 5" cheatsheet is required (meaning that it's part of your grade)


Tuesday, 27th

-TEST on chapters 4 & 5

-Newton's 2nd and 3rd Laws


Wednesday, 28th

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

-vocab: work, energy, kinetic, potential, power


Thursday, 29th

-LAB: How many horses are you worth?


Friday, 30th

-GIZMO: Energy of a Pendulum


"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! Start thinking about the Quarter Final.


Monday, 19th

-How to Succeed in School

-Interactive Physics: Measure Phase

-all Builds are due today


Tuesday, 20th

-LAB: Newton's 2nd Law

-using Force and acceleration sensors (hhmmm, F and a, what's missing?)


Wednesday, 21st

-LAB continued


Thursday, 22nd

-lecture: Completing the trilogy -Newton's 3rd Law of Motion

-online lesson

-chapter 6 packets passed out

-classwork: Read 6.1-6.5 RQ#1-11


Friday, 23rd

-lecture: Putting the cart before the horse?

-classwork: Read 6.6-6.7 RQ#12-18 T&E#8-11


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

-Vera Rubin



12 - 16 October 2009


Monday, 12th

-packet time

-continue to work on IP: Measure phase


Tuesday, 13th

-classwork: Read 5.1 - 5.4 RQ#1-9 P&C#1-3

-lecture: 5.6 - 5.7


Wednesday, 14th

-LAB: Newton's 1st Law (using air pucks and motion detectors)

-chap 5 packets due today


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 TEST on Tuesday. Also, the Extra Credit lecture is on Tuesday (see FrontPage for details).


Monday, 5th

-review for TEST tomorrow

-make yourself a cheatsheet: 3" x 5" with anything you want written on it, front & back

-you must have your own calculator -no cellphones, no sharing


Tuesday, 6th

-TEST: Chapters 2 & 4


Wednesday, 7th

-so, what happens to stuff that breaks Sir Isaac's 1st Law?

-or, what happens when all the forces aren't balanced?

-notes on chapter 5

-chapter 5 packets passed out (due next week)


Thursday, 8th

-GIZMO: Fan Cart Physics


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. There's a TEST next Tuesday on Chapters 2 & 4.


Monday, 28th

-the future of Physics: String theory?

-video: "The Elegant Universe"


Tuesday, 29th

-continue with IP (Interactive Physics): Measuring phase


Wednesday, 30th

-IP: Measuring Phase


Thursday, 1st

-review of Newton's 1st Law

-review of mass and weight

-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 Tuesday.


Monday, 21st

-QUIZ on chapter 2

-intro to Interactive Physics


Tuesday, 22nd

-continue with Interactive Physics

-finish Build Phase


Wednesday, 23rd

-what did Aristotle believe about physics?

-what are Copernicus and Galileo famous for?

-classwork: Read 4.1-4.3 RQ#1-5 T&E#2


Thursday, 24th

-intro Sir Isaac Newton, the first Physicist (or was he the last magician?)

-the 1st Law of Motion

-what mass is (and isn't)

-classwork: Read 4.4-4.7 RQ#6,7,12,15,16 T&E#1


Friday, 25th

-GIZMO: Triple Beam Balance


"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

-a picture is worth a 1000 words

-graphing motion: distance vs. time and velocity vs. time

-intro to Gizmos (online labs)


Tuesday, 15th

-GIZMO: Distance-Time Graphs


Wednesday, 16th

-mini-LAB: Intro to Vernier Motion Detector

-more practice with graphs of distance and velocity


Thursday, 17th

-GIZMO: Free-Fall Laboratory

-more in-depth look at freefall (heavier things actually do fall faster!)


Friday, 18th

-QUIZ on 2.5-2.7


"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 

-everything is relative (at least with respect to motion) 

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

HW: TBD (due Friday)


Wednesday, 9th 

-continue with intro to graphing, using Excel this time


Thursday, 10th

-GIZMO: Distance-Time Graphs


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

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

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

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


Thursday, 3rd

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

-summarize and respond to arguments presented in the video


Friday, 4th

-VIDEO: "Mythbusters: Moon Hoax"

-summarize and respond to arguments presented in the video


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