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IB PHYSICS HL2 Weekly Agenda and Notes 2013-14

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2 - 6 June

 

"Physics isn't the most important thing. Love is."

-Richard Feynman

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 2nd  -continue work on Final Project     

Tuesday, 3rd

(no notes)

Final Project Presentations

Levitation and Ice Cream!

Groups of 6-8 bring:

-1 qt half&half

-1 cup sugar

-bowls and spoons

-flavorings & toppings 

  DUE: Final Project 
Wednesday, 4th 

Final Project Presentations

Seniors last day! Congrats! 

   
Thursday, 5th  NO CLASS!     
Friday, 6th  NO CLASS!     

 

 

26 - 30 May

 

"The more success quantum theory has, the sillier it looks."

-Albert Einstein (to Heinrich Zannger, 20 May 1912)

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 26th  NO SCHOOL!     
Tuesday, 27th  -continue work on Final Project     
Wednesday, 28th 

-L&D: Quantum Basics

read this

   
Thursday, 29th 

Guest Lecture: "EPR Paradox and Bell Inequalities"

-Dr. Michel Janssen

-5th and 6th hours

-"Is the moon there when nobody looks"

   
Friday, 30th  -continue work on Final Project     

 

 

19 - 23 May

 

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

-Ruth Benedict

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 19th  -continue work on Final Project     

Tuesday, 20th

(no notes)

Valleyfair Physics Day

-go to 1st hour

-dismissal at 9:00 a.m. 

   
Wednesday, 21st  -continue work on Final Project     
Thursday, 22nd  -continue work on Final Project     
Friday, 23rd  -continue work on Final Project     

 

 

12 - 16 May

 

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

-C.V.R. Thompson

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 12th 

(no notes)

-write advice for next year's students

-discuss rest of year 

   

Tuesday, 13th

(no notes)

-begin final project

  • wow my classmates with Physics! 
 

Wednesday, 14th

(no notes

-continue final project     

Thursday, 15th

(no notes

-continue final project     
Friday, 16th 

-return textbooks

-continue final project 

   

 

 

5 - 9 May

 

“Twinkle, twinkle little star

I don’t wonder what you are

For by the spectroscopic ken

I know you are hydrogen.”

-Lewis Fry Richardson

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 5th

(no notes)

-Review of Final Exams     

Tuesday, 6th

(no notes

-Review      

Wednesday, 7th

(no notes)

8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

@ Shir Tikvah

Paper 1 and Paper 2 

get a 7/7!   

Thursday, 8th

(no notes

1:00 p.m - 2:45 p.m.

@ Shir Tikvah

Paper 3 

   
Friday, 9th  -begin work on final project     

 

 

28 April - 2 May

 

"About light I am in the dark."

-Benjamin Franklin

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 28th  going over 2nd practice Papers     
Tuesday, 29th  Paper 1 quiz #1 and review   DUE: 3rd practice Papers 1 & 2 
Wednesday, 30th  Paper 1 quiz #2 and review    

morning

Thursday, 1st 

Final Paper 1    

morning

Friday, 2nd

Final Paper 2 (part A or part B)     

 

 

21 - 25 April

 

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

-George Wald

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 21st  Review of Topics 7 and 13 (Atomic, Quantum, and Nuclear Physics)      
Tuesday, 22nd

Review of Topics 7 and 13 (Atomic, Quantum, and Nuclear Physics) cont'd 

   
Wednesday, 23rd  Review of Topic 14 (Digital Technology)  

#3 practice Papers 1 and 2 (due Tuesday)

DUE: #2 practice Papers 1 and 2 

Thursday, 24th  work on #3 practice Paper 1 and 2     
Friday, 25th  work on #3 practice Paper 1 and 2     

 

 

14 - 18 April

 

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

-Mark Twain

 

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 14th  Review of Topics 9 (Motion in fields) and 10 (more Thermal physics)
  • get a 7/7 for IB Physics HL! (or at least a 5/7 :)
 
Tuesday, 15th  Review of Topic 11 (Standing waves & Doppler effect) 
   
Wednesday, 16th  Review of Topic 11 (Diffraction & Resolution)
   
Thursday, 17th 

Review of Topic 11 (Polarization)

and Topic 12 (EM Induction)

 

2nd practice Paper 1 and Paper 2 (due Tuesday at end of class)

 

DUE: 1st practice Paper 1 and Paper 2 

Friday, 18th   
 
 

 

 

7 - 11 April

 

"So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe."

-Isaac Asimov (thank you Annie for the quote)

 

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 7th 

So, what are we up against?

-review of IB exam weeks 

-write advice on options

 
Tuesday, 8th 

-the Reading of the Statements (Topics 1 - 5)

-review of Topic 1 (Measurement) 

   
Wednesday, 9th 

-the Reading of the Statements (Topics 6 - 8)

-review of Topic 2 (Mechanics)

   
Thursday, 10th 

-the Reading of the Statements (Topics 9 - 14)

-review of Topic 3 (Thermo) and Topic 4 (Waves)

   
Friday, 11th  -review of Topic 5 (Current) and Topic 6 (Fields)    

 

 

beginning of 4th Quarter


 

31 March - 4 April

SPRING BREAK!!! WOOHOO!!

 


end of 3rd Quarter

 

24 - 28 March

 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

-Nelson Mandela

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 24th 

mini-Lab: Hubble, Hubble, foil and...

L&D: "The Undiscovered Country"

E.4.8 DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE TERMS OPEN, FLAT, AND CLOSED WHEN USED TO DESCRIBE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE.

E.4.9 DEFINE THE TERM CRITICAL DENSITY BY REFERENCE TO A FLAT MODEL OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE.

E.4.10 DISCUSS HOW THE DENSITY OF THE UNIVERSE DETERMINES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSE.

E.4.11 DISCUSS PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DETERMINING THE DENSITY OF THE UNIVERSE.

E.4.12 STATE THAT CURRENT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT THE UNIVERSE IS OPEN.

E.4.13 DISCUSS AN EXAMPLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL NATURE OF RECENT ASTROPHYSICS RESEARCH.

E.4.14 EVALUATE ARGUMENTS RELATED TO INVESTING SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES INTO RESEARCHING THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE.

 
Tuesday, 25th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

 

"DUE":  Ex 22-25,

           EOC 1-6

Wednesday, 26th  Review for Paper 3     
Thursday, 27th  Review for Paper 3     
Friday, 28th 

Paper 3 (Option #2) 

-IB Data Booklet

-no notecard, no retake

   

 

 

17 - 21 March

 

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."

-Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 17th 

-IB paperwork

-Brief L&D: "Newton, again..."

-Zooniverse!

 

E.4.1 DESCRIBE NEWTON'S MODEL OF THE UNIVERSE.

E.4.2 EXPLAIN OLBER'S PARADOX.

 

Read 10.8-10.9

Ex 22-25

EOC 1-6

(due Tuesday, 25 March)

Tuesday, 18th 

(no notes)

ACT for all Juniors 

(Seniors "are encouraged to volunteer in the morning and return for regular 5th and 6th hour classes")

PEP FEST

-class time for HW

   
Wednesday, 19th 

L&D: "In the beginning"

-class time for HW

E.4.3 SUGGEST THAT THE RED-SHIFT OF LIGHT FROM THE LIGHT OF GALAXIES INDICATES THAT THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING.

E.4.4 DESCRIBE THAT BOTH SPACE AND TIME ORIGINATED WITH THE BIG BANG,

E.4.5 DESCRIBE THE DISCOVERY OF COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND (CMB) RADIATION BYPENZIAS AND WILSON.

E.4.6 EXPLAIN HOW COSMIC RADIATION IN THE MICROWAVE REGION IS CONSISTENT WITH THE BIG BANG MODEL.

E.4.7 SUGGEST HOW THE BIG BANG MODEL PROVIDES A RESOLUTION TO OLBERS' PARADOX. 

 

Thursday, 20th

(no notes)

-class time for HW

 

 
Friday, 21st 

L&D: "Happy Birthday Universe!"

-online lesson: Hubble's constant and the age of the Universe

 

 

E.6.1 DESCRIBE THE DISTRIBUTION OF GALAXIES IN THE UNIVERSE.

E.6.2 EXPLAIN THE RED-SHIFT OF LIGHT FROM DISTANT GALAXIES.

E.6.3 SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING RED-SHIFT AND THE RECESSION SPEED GALAXIES.

E.6.4 STATE HUBBLE'S LAW.

E.6.5 DISCUSS THE LIMITATIONS OF HUBBLE'S LAW.

E.6.6 EXPLAIN HOW THE HUBBLE CONSTANT MAY BE DETERMINED.

E.6.7 EXPLAIN HOW THE HUBBLE CONSTANT MAY BE USED TO ESTIMATE THE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE.

E.6.8 SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING HUBBLE'S LAW.

E.6.9 EXPLAIN HOW THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE MADE POSSIBLE THE FORMATION OF LIGHT NUCLEI AND ATOMS.

 

 

 

10 - 14 March

 

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

-Dave Barry

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 10th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  "DUE": Ex 12-21 
Tuesday, 11th 

Guest Lecture by Dr. Skillman

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

(normal 5th hour) 

 

Read 10.7 

E5 HW packet

Wednesday, 12th

L&D: "Mommy, where do stars come from?"

-online lesson: Stellar Processes and Evolution

E.5.1 DESCRIBE THE CONDITIONS THAT INITIATE FUSION IN A STAR

E.5.2 STATE THE EFFECT OF A STAR'S MASS ON THE END PRODUCT OF NUCLEAR FUSION.

E.5.3 OUTLINE THE CHANGES THAT TAKE PLACE NUCLEOSYNTHESIS WHEN A STAR LEAVES THE MAIN SEQUENCE AND BECOMES A RED GIANT.

 
Thursday, 13th  L&D: "Mommy, will the Sun ever die, like grandma?"

E.5.4 APPLY THE MASS-LUMINOSITY RELATIONSHIP

E.5.5 EXPLAIN HOW THE CHANDRASEKHAR AND OPPENHEIMER-VOLKOFF LIMITS ARE USED TO PREDICT THE FATE OF STARS OF DIFFERENT MASSES.

E.5.6 COMPARE THE FATE OF A RED GIANT AND A RED SUPERGIANT.

E.5.7 DRAW EVOLUTIONARY PATHS OF STARS ON AN HR DIAGRAM.

E.5.8 OUTLINE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF PULSARS.

 
Friday, 14th

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  "DUE": E5 HW packet

 

 

3 - 7 March

 

"Nnoooo...not the magnet!"

-Bender

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 3rd 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  DUE: Ex 1-11 
Tuesday, 4th 

-L&D: "Up above the world so high"

-class time for HW

E.3.1 Define the parsec.

E.3.2 Describe the stellar parallax method of determining the distance to a star.

E.3.3 Explain why the method of stellar parallax is limited to measuring stellar distances less than several hundred parsecs.

E.3.4 Solve problems involving stellar parallax. 

Read 10.5-10.6

Ex 12-21 (due Monday)

Wednesday, 5th 

-L&D: "Then you show your little light" 

-class time for HW

 

E.3.5 Describe the apparent magnitude scale

E.3.6 Define absolute magnitude

E.3.7 Solve problems involving apparent magnitude, absolute magnitude and distance.

E.3.8 Solve problems involving apparent brightness and apparent magnitude. 

 
Thursday, 6th 

-L&D: "By your spectroscopic ken" 

-class time for HW

E.3.9 State that the luminosity of a star may be estimated from its spectrum.

E.3.10 Explain how stellar distance may be determined using apparent brightness and luminosity.

E.3.11 State that the method of spectroscopic parallax is limited to measuring stellar distances less than about 10 Mpc.

E.3.12 Solve problems involving stellar distances, apparent brightness and luminosity.

E.3.13 Outline the nature of a Cepheid variable.

E.3.14 State the relationship between period and absolute magnitude for Cepheid variables.

E.3.15 Explain how Cepheid variables may be used as “standard candles”

E.3.16 Determine the distance to a Cepheid variable using the luminosity–period relationship. 

 
Friday, 7th  LAB: Cosmic Distance Ladder    lab packet (due at end of class)

 

 

24 - 28 February

 

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

-Oscar Wilde

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 24th 

L&D: Intro to the Universe, nbd

(Universe Scale)

E.1.1 Outline the general structure of the solar system

E.1.2 Distinguish between a stellar cluster and a constellation.

E.1.3 Define the light year.

E.1.4 Compare the relative distances between stars within a galaxy and between galaxies,in terms of order of magnitude.

Read 10.1-10.4 (pp. 332-346)

Ex. 1-11 (due  Monday, 3 March)

Tuesday, 25th 

brief L&D: Retro is the New Black

-LAB: The Rotating Sky

E.1.5 Describe the apparent motion of the stars/constellations over a period of a night and over a period of a year, and explain these observations in terms of the rotation and revolution of the Earth. lab packet (due tomorrow at end of class
Wednesday, 26th  -L&D: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are"  

E.2.1 State that fusion is the main energy source of stars

E.2.2 Explain that, in a stable star (for example, our Sun), there is an equilibrium between radiation pressure and gravitational pressure.

E.2.3 Define the luminosity of a star.

E.2.4 Define apparent brightness and state how it is measured

E.2.5 Apply the Stefan–Boltzmann law to compare the luminosities of different stars.

E.2.6 State Wien’s (displacement) law and apply it to explain the connection between the colour and temperature of stars.

E.2.9 Describe the different types of star (single and binary stars, Cepheids, red giants, red supergiants and white dwarfs).

E.2.10 Discuss the characteristics of spectroscopic and eclipsing binary stars.

DUE: Rotating Sky lab packet 
Thursday, 27th  LAB: Star Spectra (Gizmo)

E.2.7 Explain how atomic spectra may be used to deduce chemical and physical data for stars.

E.2.8 Describe the overall classification system of spectral classes (OBAFGKM).

lab packet (due at end of class
Friday, 28th  LAB: H-R Diagram (Gizmo) E.2.11 Identify the general regions of star types on a Hertzsprung–Russell (HR) diagram lab sheet (due at end of class)  

 

 

17 - 21 February

 

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother."

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 17th  NO SCHOOL     
Tuesday, 18th  -continue working on IA     DUE: DCP rough draft by 10:00 p.m. via managebac
Wednesday, 19th 

-continue working on IA

   
Thursday, 20th 

L&D: Concluding and Evaluating, or how to be objective about yourself and your work

-continue working on IA 

  DUE: CE rough draft by 10:00 p.m. via managebac
Friday, 21st 

NO SCHOOL

-continue working on IA 

 

DUE: IA #2 by 10:00 p.m.

Monday, 24 February

via managebac

NO EXTENSIONS

NO EXCEPTIONS

 

 

10 - 14 February

 

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

-Napoleon Hill

 

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

-Thomas Alva Edison

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 10th 

-brief L&D: Error revisited

-begin getting preliminary data

  IA #2 (due 2 p.m. Friday, 21 Feb
Tuesday, 11th 

-finish getting preliminary data

-begin writing D

   
Wednesday, 12th  -finish writing D   DUE: Rough draft of D (by 10:00 p.m. via managebac
Thursday, 13th 

-begin DCP

Parent-Teacher conferences

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

   
Friday, 14th  -continue DCP    Rough draft of DCP (due by 10:00 p.m., Tuesday via managebac)

 

 

3 - 7 February

 

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool."

-Richard Feynman

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 3rd  class time for HW     
Tuesday, 4th 

-Qs on HW? 

-HW Quiz

 

"DUE": GR HW

 

Wednesday, 5th  Review for 1st Option Test    
Thursday, 6th 

Guest Lecture by Dr. Janssen

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (5th & 6th)

   
Friday, 7th 

-brief review

1st Option Test ("Paper 3")

-IB Data booklet provided

-30 marks/40 minutes

   

 

 

27 - 31 January

 

"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 by themselves."

-Will Rogers

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 27th  NO SCHOOL     
Tuesday, 28th  NO SCHOOL     
Wednesday, 29th 

L&D: The owls are not what they seem

Youtube lessons:

Equivalence Principle

Evidence for GR

H.7.1 Explain the difference between the terms gravitational mass and inertial mass.

H.7.2 Define and discuss Einstein's principle of equivalence.

H.7.3 Deduce that the principle of equivalence predicts bending of light rays in a gravitational field

H.7.4 Deduce that the principle of equivalence predicts that time slows down near a massive body

H.7.12 Describe the concept of gravitational redshift

H.7.13 Solve problems involving frequency shifts

H.8.1 Outline an experiment for the bending of EM waves by a massive object

H.8.2 Describe gravitational lensing

H.8.3 Outline an experiment that  provides evidence for gravitational redshift.

Read 13.5-13.6 (pp. 475-480)

Ex 18-20

(no EOC

add'l Qs

add'l Qs Markscheme

 

 

HW Quiz Tuesday, 4 Feb

Thursday, 30th  class time for HW     
Friday, 31st 

L&D: Black Holes revisited

Youtube lessons:

Spacetime & Black Holes

H.7.5 Describe the concept of spacetime.

H.7.6 State that moving objects follow the shortest path between two points in spacetime.

H.7.7 Explain gravitational attraction in terms of the warping of spacetime by matter.

H.7.8 Describe black holes.

H.7.9 Define the term Schwarzschild radius.

H.7.10 Calculate the Schwarzschild radius.

H.7.11 Solve problems involving time dilation close to a black hole.

H.7.14 Solve problems using the gravitational time dilation formula

 

 

 

20 - 24 January

 

"Well begun is half done."

-Aristotle

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 20th  NO SCHOOL     
Tuesday, 21st  L&D: Relativistic Mass & Energy 

H.4.4 State the formula representing the equivalence of mass and energy.

H.4.5 Define rest mass.

H.4.6 Distinguish between the energy of a body at rest and its total energy when moving.

H.4.7 Explain why no object can ever attain the speed of light in a vacuum.

H.4.8 Determine the total energy of an unaccelerated particle

Read 13.4 (pp. 470-474)

Ex. 10-17

EOC 2,4

(Read 29-5 to 29-6

MP 29-4 to 29-6)

Wednesday, 22nd 

L&D: Relativistic Momentum

H.6.1 Apply the relation p = gmou   for the relativistic momentum of particles 

H.6.2 Apply the formula  for the kinetic energy of a particle

H.6.3 Solve problems involving relativistic momentum and energy.

 
Thursday, 23rd  NO SCHOOL 
   
Friday, 24th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

   

 

beginning of 3rd quarter


end of 2nd quarter

 

13 - 17 January

 

"All my life through, the new sights of nature made me rejoice like a child."

-Marie Curie

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 13th 

L&D: "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'..."

H.3.1 Describe the concept of a light clock

H.3.2 Define proper time interval.

H.3.3 Derive the time dilation formula.

H.3.4 Sketch and annotate a graph showing the variation with velocity of the Lorentz factor.

H.3.5 Solve problems involving time dilation.

H.4.1 Describe how the concept of time dilation leads to the twin paradox.

H.4.2 Discuss the Hafele-Keating experiment.

-Read 13.2-13.3 (29-2 to 29-3)

-Ex 2-9

-EOC 1,3,5,6

(MP 29-1 to 29-3)

Tuesday, 14th 

L&D: "Short people got no reason..."

H.5.1 Discuss muon decay as experimental evidence to support special relativity.

H.5.2 Solve problems involving the muon decay experiment.

H.3.6 Define proper length.

H.3.7 Describe the phenomenon of length contraction.

H.3.8 Solve problems involving length contraction.

H.4.3 Solve one-dimensional problems involving the relativistic addition of velocities.

 
Wednesday, 15th 

-class time for HW

-HW Quiz

 

 
Thursday, 16th   NO CLASS
   
Friday, 17th

NO SCHOOL

 
     

 

 

6 - 10 January

 

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better [person]."

-Benjamin Franklin

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 6th 

NO SCHOOL

 

 

Tuesday, 7th 

NO SCHOOL

 

 

Wednesday, 8th 

-L&D: "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies"


H.1.1 Describe what is meant by a frame of reference.

H.1.2 Describe what is meant by a Galilean transformation.

H.1.3 Solve problems involving relative velocities using the Galilean transformation equations.

H.2.1 Describe what is meant by an inertial reference frame.

Read 13.1 and 29-1

Ex 1

MP 29-1 to 29-3 

 
Thursday, 9th  -L&D: "The Fifth Element"

H.5.3 Outline the Michelson-Morley experiment.

H.5.4 Discuss the result of the Mathewson-Morley experiment and its implication.

H.5.5 Outline an experiment that indicates that the speed of light in vacuum is independent of its source.

H.2.2 State the two postulates of the special theory of relativity.

H.2.3 Discuss the concept of simultaneity. 

 
Friday, 10th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

   

 

 

16 - 20 December

 

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

-Stephen Hawking

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 16th  L&D: Analog and Digital 

14.1.1 Solve problems involving the conversion between binary numbers and decimal numbers.

14.1.2 Describe different means of storage of information in both digital and analogue forms.

14.1.3 Explain how interference of light is used to recover information stored on a CD.

14.1.4 Calculate an appropriate depth for a pit from the wavelength of the laser light.

14.1.5 Solve problems on CDs and DVDs related to data storage capacity.

14.1.6 Discuss the advantage of storage of information in digital rather than analogue form.

14.1.7 Discuss the implications for society of ever-increasing capability of data storage.

Read Chapter 9 (pp. 311-329)

Ex. 1-19

EOC 1-7

(due Thursday)

Tuesday, 17th  L&D: The worth of a picture

14.2.1 Define capacitance.

14.2.2 Describe the structure of a charge-coupled device (CCD).

14.2.3 Explain how incident light causes charge to build up within a pixel.

14.2.4 Outline how the image on a CCD is digitized.

14.2.5 Define quantum efficiency of a pixel

14.2.6 Define magnification 

 
Wednesday, 18th  L&D: A thousand words?

14.2.7 State that two points on an object may be just resolved on a CCD if the images of the points are at least two pixels apart.

14.2.8 Discuss the effects of quantum efficiency, magnification, and resolution on the quality of the processed image.

14.2.9 Describe a range of practical uses of a CCD, and list some advantages compared with the use of film.

14.2.10 Outline how the image stored on a CCD is retrieved.

14.2.11 Solve problems involving the use of CCDs.

 
Thursday, 19th 

Qs on HW?

Review for Quest

   
Friday, 20th 

Quest on Topic 14

-3" x 5" card

-IB Data Booklet

-your own calculator 

   

 

 

9 - 13 December

 

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

-Randall Munroe

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 9th 

-Student Survey

Class time for IA #1 cont'd  

   
Tuesday, 10th  Class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Wednesday, 11th  Class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Thursday, 12th  Class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Friday, 13th  Class time for IA #1 cont'd    

DUE: IA #1 (by 2:00 p.m. no exceptions,

no extensions) 

 

 

2 - 6 December

 

"I can calculate the motion of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."

-Isaac Newton (Solar System)

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 2nd 

-brief L&D: Review of IAs

Class time for IA #1 

 

IA #1 (due Friday, 13 December by 2:00 p.m. no exceptions,

no extensions

Tuesday, 3rd  Class time for IA #1 cont'd    
Wednesday, 4th 

-log in to managebac & upload a document

Class time for IA #1 cont'd

   
Thursday, 5th  Class time for IA #1 cont'd     
Friday, 6th  Class time for IA #1 cont'd     

 

 

25 - 29 November

 

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 25th 

-review for Test tomorrow 

-MC Qs and As

   
Tuesday, 26th 

-TEST (Topic 8)

-3" x 5" card and IB Data booklet

-your own calculator 

   
Wednesday, 27th  NO SCHOOL!    
Thursday, 28th  NO SCHOOL!!    
Friday, 29th  NO SCHOOL!!!    

 

 

18 - 22 November

 

"Before I came here I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture I am still confused. But on a higher level."

-Enrico Fermi

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 18th 

L&D: Greenhouse Effect cont'd 

LAB: Climate model spreadsheet

8.5.11 Apply the concept of emissivity to compare the emission rates from the different surfaces.

8.5.12 Define surface heat capacity Cs

8.5.13 Solve problems on the greenhouse effect and the heating of planets using a simple energy balance climate model.

Read pp. 297-307

EX 23: Climate Model spreadsheet, simple (individual) and complex (pairs)

Simple Climate Model Instructions

Tuesday, 19th   

8.6.1 Describe some possible models of global warming.

8.6.2 State what is meant by the enhanced greenhouse effect.

8.6.3 Identify the increased combustion of fossil fuels as the likely major cause of the enhanced greenhouse effect.

8.6.4 Describe the evidence that links global warming to increased levels of greenhouse gases.

8.6.5 Outline some of the mechanisms that may increase the rate of global warming.

 
Wednesday, 20th   

8.6.6 Define coefficient of volume expansion.

8.6.7 State that one possible effect of the enhanced greenhouse effect is a rise in mean sea-level.

8.6.8 Outline possible reasons for a predicted rise in mean sea-level.

 
Thursday, 21st   

8.6.9 Identify climate change as an outcome of the enhanced greenhouse effect.

8.6.10 Solve problems related to the enhanced greenhouse effect.

8.6.11 Identify some possible solutions to reduce the enhanced greenhouse effect.

8.6.12 Discuss international efforts to reduce the enhanced greenhouse effect.

 
Friday, 22nd 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz

  DUE: HW and Climate Model spreadsheet

 

 

11 - 15 November

 

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

-Frances Willard

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

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ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 11th  L&D: Solar & Hydroelectric Power

8.4.12 Distinguish between a photovoltaic cell and a solar heating panel.

8.4.13 Outline reasons for seasonal and regional variations in the solar power incident per unit area of the Earth’s surface.

8.4.14 Solve problems involving specific applications of photovoltaic cells and solar heating panels. 

8.4.15 Distinguish between different hydroelectric schemes.

8.4.16 Describe the main energy transformations that take place in hydroelectric schemes.

8.4.17 Solve problems involving hydroelectric 

schemes. 

Read 285 -  297

Exercises 10-21

End-of-Chapter 2,4,7

Tuesday, 12th 

L&D: Wind and Wave Power

OWC simulation 

8.4.18 Outline the basic features of a wind generator.

8.4.19 Determine the power that may be delivered by a wind generator, assuming that the wind kinetic energy is completely converted into mechanical kinetic energy, and explain why this is impossible.

8.4.20 Solve problems involving wind power.

8.4.21 Describe the principle of operation of an oscillating water column (OWC) ocean-wave energy converter.

8.4.22 Determine the power per unit length of a wavefront, assuming a rectangular profile for the wave.

8.4.23 Solve problems involving wave power.

 
Wednesday, 13th 

L&D: Solar Radiation 

LAB: Greenhouse Effect (PhET)

8.5.1 Calculate the intensity of the Sun’s radiation incident on a planet.

8.5.2 Define albedo.

8.5.3 State factors that determine a planet’s albedo

8.5.4 Describe the greenhouse effect.

8.5.5 Identify the main greenhouse gases and their sources.

8.5.6 Explain the molecular mechanisms by which greenhouse gases absorb infrared radiation.

8.5.7 Analyse absorption graphs to compare the relative effects of different greenhouse gases.

 
Thursday, 14th 

L&D: Blackbody Radiation

LAB: Blackbody Spectrum (PhET)

8.5.8 Outline the nature of black-body radiation.

8.5.9 Draw and annotate a graph of the emission spectra of black bodies at different temperatures.

8.5.10 State the Stefan–Boltzmann law and apply it to compare emission rates from different surfaces. 

 
Friday, 15th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  DUE: HW from Monday 

 

 

4 - 8 November

 

"The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself."

-Plato

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 4th 

HW check from last week

CW: IA clean up day 

 

 
Tuesday, 5th  L&D: Fossil Fuel Power Production 

8.3.1 Outline the historical and geographical reasons for the widespread use of fossil fuels.

8.3.2 Discuss the energy density of fossil fuels with respect to the demands of power stations.

8.3.3 Discuss the relative advantages and

disadvantages associated with the transportation and storage of fossil fuels.

8.3.4 State the overall efficiency of power stations fuelled by different fossil fuels.

8.3.5 Describe the environmental problems associated with the recovery of fossil fuels and their use in power stations.  

Read pp. 273-285

-exercises 3-9

-end-of-chapter questions 1,3,5,6a

 

 

Wednesday, 6th  L&D: Non-Fossil Fuel Power Production (Nuclear Power)

8.4.1 Describe how neutrons produced in a fission reaction may be used to initiate further fission reactions (chain reaction).

8.4.2 Distinguish between controlled nuclear fission (power production) and uncontrolled nuclear fission (nuclear weapons).

8.4.3 Describe what is meant by fuel enrichment.

8.4.4 Describe the main energy transformations that take place in a nuclear power station.

8.4.5 Discuss the role of the moderator and the control rods in the production of controlled fission in a thermal fission reactor.

8.4.6 Discuss the role of the heat exchanger in a fission reactor. 

LAB: Nuclear Fission

(PhET simulation

Thursday, 7th  L&D: Nuclear Power cont'd 

8.4.7 Describe how neutron capture by a nucleus of uranium-238 (238U) results in the production of a nucleus of plutonium-239 (239Pu).

8.4.8 Describe the importance of plutonium-239 (239Pu) as a nuclear fuel.

8.4.9 Discuss safety issues and risks associated with the production of nuclear power.

8.4.10 Outline the problems associated with producing nuclear power using nuclear fusion.

8.4.11 Solve problems on the production of nuclear power.

 
Friday, 8th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  DUE: HW

 

 

beginning of 2nd Quarter


end of 1st Quarter

 

28 October - 1 November

 

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

-Ernest Renan

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 28th  L&D: Energy Degradation and Power Generation 

8.1.1 State that thermal energy may be completely converted to work in a single process, but that continuous conversion of this energy into work 

requires a cyclical process and the transfer of some energy from the system.

8.1.2 Explain what is meant by degraded energy.

8.1.3 Construct and analyse energy flow diagrams (Sankey diagramsand identify where the energy is degraded.

8.1.4 Outline the principal mechanisms involved in the production of electrical power.

Read pp. 265-273, HW problems (due Thursday)
Tuesday, 29th  CW: class time for HW and practice IA rewrite     
Wednesday, 30th  L&D: World Energy Sources 

8.2.1 Identify different world energy sources.

8.2.2 Outline and distinguish between renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

8.2.3 Define the energy density of a fuel.

8.2.4 Discuss how choice of fuel is influenced by its energy density.

8.2.5 State the relative proportions of world use of the different energy sources that are available.

8.2.6 Discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of various energy sources.

 
Thursday, 31st  CW: Qs on HW? HW Quiz     

Friday, 1st

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

21 - 25 October

 

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

-Wernher von Braun

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 21st 

CW: Practice IA

-begin data collection

   
Tuesday, 22nd 

CW: Practice IA

-finish data collection

-begin data analysis 

   

Wednesday, 23rd 

 

CW: Practice IA

-finish data analysis

-begin writing report 

   

Thursday, 24th 

(sub: no notes)

CW: Practice IA

-continue writing report 

   
Friday, 25th  -finish writing report    DUE: Practice IA (not accepted late)

 

 

14 - 18 October

 

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

-Jerome K. Jerome

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 14th 

-L&D: To err is human...

-CW: choose IA topic

1.2.10 State uncertainties as absolute, fractional and percentage uncertainties.

1.2.11 Determine the uncertainties in results.

1.2.12 Identify uncertainties as error bars in graphs.

1.2.13 State random uncertainty as an uncertainty range (±) and represent it graphically as an “error bar”.

1.2.14 Determine the uncertainties in the gradient and intercepts of a straight line graph

Practice IA (due Friday, 25 Oct.
Tuesday, 15th 

-CW: work on practice IA

Parent-Teacher conferences

4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in small gyms

no appt. neccessary 

   
Wednesday, 16th 

NO SCHOOL!

Parent-Teacher conferences

8:00 - 12 Noon in classrooms

no appt. neccessary  

   
Thursday, 17th  NO SCHOOL!     
Friday,18th  NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

7 -11 October

 

"There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves."

-Tom Clancy

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 7th  Test Review    Practice Test (due Wednesday)
Tuesday, 8th  Test Review     
Wednesday, 9th  Test Review    DUE: Practice Test 
Thursday, 10th 

TEST: Thermo

-3"x5" notecard, IB Data Booklet and your own calculator

   
Friday, 11th 

begin practice IA

-groups of 2

Practice IA: (due Friday, 25 Oct

 

 

30 September - 4 October

 

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

-Aristotle

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 30th 

L&D: "It's the end of the world as we know it."

online lesson: Laws of Thermodynamics (section 5)  

10.3.1 State that the second law of thermodynamics implies that thermal energy cannot spontaneously transfer from a region of low temperature to a region of high temperature.

10.3.2 State that entropy is a system property that expresses the degree of disorder in the system.

10.3.3 State the second law of thermodynamics in terms of entropy changes.

10.3.4 Discuss examples of natural processes in terms of entropy changes.

Read 18-5, -8, -9,

MP (due Friday

  
Tuesday, 1st  class time for MP     
Wednesday, 2nd  Entropy research    Entropy Qs handout (due at end of class

Thursday, 3rd

(no notes

class time for MP     
Friday, 4th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 18-5, -8, -9 

 

 

23 - 27 September

 

"I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates."

-Steve Jobs

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 23rd 

L&D: Latent Heat and Phase Changes

(online lesson: Specific and Latent Heat)

3.2.3 Explain the physical differences between the solid, liquid and gaseous phases in terms of molecular structure and particle motion.

3.2.4 Describe and explain the process of phase changes in terms of molecular behaviour.

3.2.5 Explain in terms of molecular behaviour why temperature does not change during a phase change.

3.2.6 Distinguish between evaporation and boiling.

3.2.7 Define specific latent heat.
3.2.8 Solve problems involving specific latent heats.

Read 17-5 to 17-6, MP (HW Quiz Friday) 
Tuesday, 24th  class time for MP     
Wednesday, 25th  LAB: Phase Changes (virtual)    
Thursday, 26th  class time for MP    DUE: Lab sheet 
Friday, 27th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 

 

 

16 - 20 September

 

"Inventing is a skill that some people have and some people don't. But you can learn how to invent."

-Ray Dolby

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 16th  L&D: Specific Heat Capacity (online lesson: Specific and Latent Heat, just section 1) 

3.2.1 Define specific heat capacity and thermal capacity

3.2.2 Solve problems involving specific heat capacities and thermal capacities.

Read 16-5, MP (due Friday
Tuesday, 17th  CW: Getting friendly with the IB data booklet, and then MP    
Wednesday, 18th  LAB: Specific Heat Capacity (virtual)    

Thursday, 19th

(sub: no notes) 

class time for MP    
Friday, 20th 

Qs on MP

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 16-5 

 

 

9 - 13 September

 

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

-Sir Arthur Eddington

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 9th 

L&D: Heat and Temperature

(online lesson: Temperature and Heat)

3.1.1 State that temperature determines the direction of thermal energy transfer between two objects.

3.1.2 State the relation between the Kelvin and Celsius scales of temperature. 

Read 16-1, 16-2, 16-4, MP (HW Quiz Friday) 
Tuesday, 10th  class time for MP     
Wednesday, 11th  LAB: Extrapolating to Absolute Zero (real equipment)   partial informal lab report 
Thursday, 12th  LAB cont'd    DUE: partial informal lab report 
Friday, 13th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

   

 

 

2 - 6 September 2013

 

"I like physics. I think it is the best science out of all three of them, because generally it's more useful. You learn about speed and velocity and time, and that's all clever stuff."

-Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 2nd  NO SCHOOL!!     
Tuesday, 3rd  Video: Absolute Zero (part 1)     
Wednesday, 4th  Video: Absolute Zero (part 2)    DUE video sheet 
Thursday, 5th  LAB: Extrapolating to Absolute Zero     
Friday, 6th  LAB cont'd    DUE: partial, informal lab report 

 

ADVICE FROM LAST YEAR'S HL2 STUDENTS

 

26 - 30 August 2013

 

"In Science, there is only Physics, all the rest is stamp collecting."

-Ernest Rutherford (who, btw, won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 26th 

-L&D: Intro to HL Physics, syllabus and safety

-CW: student survey (due today), check out physical textbook (bring your student ID), 

 

  • not be a danger to myself and others
  • explain how to succeed academically

 

-get safety contract signed (due Friday)

-get a scientific calculator w/ your name on it (due Friday)

DUE: student survey

Tuesday, 27th 

-CW: video "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?"

  • summarize and evaluate scientific arguments

-video sheet (due Thursday)

Wednesday, 28th              

-CW: video "Mythbusters: Moon Myths"

  -video sheet (due Thursday
Thursday, 29th  -CW: Fishbowl on Moon Landings
  • effectively communicate and defend scientific conclusions
DUE: two video sheets
Friday, 30th  -L&D: How to survive IB this year
  • maintain a healthy stress level throughout my senior year
DUE: signed safety contract and scientific calculator

 

 

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