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IB PHYSICS HL2 Weekly Agenda and Notes: 2014-15

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1 - 5 June 2015

 

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."

-Sam Keen

 

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

-Calvin (Bill Watterson)

 

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

-James Dent

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 1st 

seriously?  

   
Tuesday, 2nd  it's over, move on :)    
Wednesday, 3rd  keep in touch    
Thursday, 4th 

BLOCK SCHEDULE

Periods 2, 4, 6

   
Friday, 5th 

BLOCK SCHEDULE

Periods 1, 3, 5

   

 

 

25 - 29 May 2015

 

"And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here."

-Neil Gaiman

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 25th  NO SCHOOL!     
Tuesday, 26th  continue work on Final Project     
Wednesday, 27th 

continue work on Final Project

(early presentations)

Final Exam retake after school

   
Thursday, 28th  Final Project Presentations     
Friday, 29th  Final Project Presentations     

 

 

18 - 22 May 2015

 

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

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 18th  continue work on Final Project 
  • go hard on Physics 
Final Project presentations begin Wednesday, 27 May 
Tuesday, 19th 

Valleyfair field trip

early bus leaves 8:30 a.m.

late bus leaves 9:30 a.m.

continue work on Final Project 

   
Wednesday, 20th  L&D: Sillier Physics    

Thursday, 21st

(no notes: Dr. Janssen's presentation in Hand Outs folder)

L&D: Gambling Deities (part 1)

(presentation courtesy

of Dr. Janssen)

   

Friday, 22nd

(ditto)

L&D: Gambling Deities (part 2)

   

 

 

11 - 15 May 2015

 

"0th: You must play the game.

1st: You can't win.

2nd: You can't break even.

3rd: You can't quit the game."

-C. P. Snow

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

morning

Monday, 11th 

Paper 3

Noon, Gym 103 (same as before

blue/black pen AND pencil

Write advice and Intro to Final Project 

  Final Project (due Friday, 29 May)
Tuesday, 12th 

(IB Math Paper 1: 8:30)

(IB Spanish Paper 1: Noon)

Work on Final Project

   
Wednesday, 13th 

(IB Spanish Paper 2: 8:30)

(IB Math Paper 2: Noon)

Work on Final Project

   
Thursday, 14th 

(IB History Paper 1: 8:30)

Return all 3 Physics textbooks, and any others

Work on Final Project

   
Friday, 15th 

(IB History Paper 2: Noon)

Work on Final Project

   

 

 

4 - 8 May 2015

 

"You can always become better."

-Tiger Woods

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 4th 

review of Paper 2 Final Exam

(IB English morning session)

   
Tuesday, 5th 

review cont'd

(IB English afternoon session

   
Wednesday, 6th 

review cont'd

(IB Bio morning session

   
Thursday, 7th 

review cont'd

(IB Bio afternoon session

   
Friday, 8th 

Papers 1 and 2

8:30 a.m., Gym 103 (North side, away from Door 10

blue/black pen AND pencil

  • get $3710 worth of college credit for $90!! 

Breakfast at Curran's

7:15 a.m. 

  

 

27 April - 1 May

 

"I don't want to learn in a classroom anymore...School has stolen my passion for the things I'm interested in, and I hate it for that."

-Anonymous

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 27th  class time to work on 3rd practice Papers 1 and 2 
  • minimize the regrets of my future self 
DUE: 3rd practice Paper 1 
Tuesday, 28th 

-return of 3rd practice Paper 1

-peer grading of 3rd practice Paper 2 

  DUE: 3rd practice Paper 2 
Wednesday, 29th 

FINAL EXAM  part 1

-full Paper 1 (40 MC)

-Data Booklet

-no calculator

   

morning

Thursday, 30th 

FINAL EXAM part 2

-partial Paper 2 (42 pts)

-Data Booklet

-yes calculator

   
Friday, 1st  Review of Paper 1 Final Exam    

 

 

20 - 24 April 2015

 

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

-George Wald

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 20th 

finish review of EM induction

Review of Topics 7 & 13 (Atomic, Quantum, and Nuclear Physics)   

  • keep your neurons firing at a steady rate 
 
Tuesday, 21st  cont'd Review of Topics 7 & 13 (Atomic, Quantum, and Nuclear Physics)    
Wednesday, 22nd  Review of Topic 14 (Digital Technology)   

3rd practice Papers 1&2 (due Monday)

DUE: 2nd practice Papers 1&2 

Thursday, 23rd  work on 3rd practice Paper 1&2     
Friday, 24th  work on 3rd practice Paper 1&2     

 

 

13 - 17 April 2015

 

"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, 13th  -review of Topic 5 (Current) and Topic 6 (Fields) 
  • score a 5/7 or better! 
 
Tuesday, 14th  Review of Topics 9 (Motion in fields) and 10 (more Thermal physics)     
Wednesday, 15th  Review of Topic 11 (Standing waves & Doppler effect)     DUE: 1st practice Paper 2 
Thursday, 16th  Review of Topic 11 (Diffraction & Resolution)    2nd practice Paper 1 and Paper 2 (due Wednesday at end of class
Friday, 17th 

Review of Topic 11

and Topic 12 (EM Induction) 

   

 

 

6 - 10 April 2015

 

"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

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 6th

(sub: no notes)

practice Paper 1

-40 MC on everything but your two Options

  DUE: Practice Paper 1 

Tuesday, 7th

 

So, what are we up against?

-review of IB exam weeks 

-write advice on options 

  • remember everything 
 
 
Wednesday, 8th 

-the Reading of the Statements (Topics 1 - 4)

-review of Topic 1 (Measurement) 

   
Thursday, 9th 

-the Reading of the Statements (Topics 5 - 8)

-review of Topic 2 (Mechanics) 

   
Friday, 10th 

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

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

   

 

 

beginning of 4th Quarter


 

 

30 March - 3 April 2015

 

SPRING BREAK!! WOOHOO!!!

 


end of 3rd Quarter

 

23 - 27 March 2015

 

"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

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 23rd 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Skillman

2:05 - 3:00 p.m. (normal 6th hour)

   
Tuesday, 24th  Review for Paper 3     
Wednesday, 25th  Review for Paper 3     
Thursday, 26th 

Paper 3

-IB Data Booklet and your own calculator

-no notecard, no retake

-40 min

   

Friday, 27th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

16 - 20 March  2015

 

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

-Mark Twain

 

DAY

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ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 16th L&D: "In the beginning..."

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

E.4.2 EXPLAIN OLBERS' PARADOX.

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 BY PENZIAS 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. 

Read 10.8 - 10.9, MP (due Friday
Tuesday, 17th 

L&D: "hbd Universe!"

online lesson 10

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. 

 
Wednesday, 18th 

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. 

 
Thursday, 19th 

L&D: cont'd...

class time for MP 

   
Friday, 20th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 

 

 

9 - 13 March 2015

 

"Nnoooo...not the magnet!"

-Bender

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 9th 

Qs on MP?

HW QUIZ 

  DUE: MP 10.5 - 10.6 (E.3) 
Tuesday, 10th  Guest lecture: Melanie Galloway (2:05 - 3:00 p.m.: normal 6th hour)   Read 10.7, MP 10.7 
Wednesday, 11th 

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

online lesson 9 

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 in nucleosynthesis when a star leaves the main sequence and becomes a red giant. 

 
Thursday, 12th  L&D: "Mommy, will the Sun ever die, like grandma?" 

E.5.4 Apply the mass-luminosity relation.

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, 13th 

Qs on MP?

HW QUIZ 

  DUE: MP 10.7 

  

 

2 - 6 March 2015

 

"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, 2nd 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 10.1 - 10.4 
Tuesday, 3rd 

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

(rewatch online lesson 4

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, MP (due Monday
Wednesday, 4th 

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

online lesson 5

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, 5th 

L&D: "By your spectroscopic ken"

online lesson 6  

online lesson 7

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, 6th  LAB: Cosmic Distance Ladder    lab packet (due by end of class

 

 

23 - 27 February 2015

 

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, 23rd 

L&D: Intro to the Universe, nbd

(Universe Scale)

online lesson 1

 

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, MP (still in progress, due Monday
Tuesday, 24th 

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 Thursday by 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 25th 

L&D: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are" 

online lesson 2

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. 

 
Thursday, 26th 

LAB: Star Spectra (Gizmo

online lesson 3

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)

DUE: Rotating Sky lab packet 

Friday, 27th 

LAB: H-R Diagram (Gizmo

online lesson 4

E.2.11 Identify the general regions of star types on a Hertzsprung–Russell (HR) diagram lab sheet (due at end of class

 

 

16 - 20 February 2015

 

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."

-Werner Heisenberg

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 16th 

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     
Tuesday, 17th  continue work on IA #2 
  • Design
  • Collect & Process Data
  • Conclude & Evaluate  
 
Wednesday, 18th  continue work on IA #2     
Thursday, 19th  continue work on IA #2      
Friday, 20th 

-PeerMark one IA rough draft

-continue work on IA #2

  DUE: rough draft of IA #2 (by 2:00 p.m., before class starts, to Turnitin) 

 

 

9 - 13 February 2015

 

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

-Richard Feynman

 

DAY

(click for Notes)

ACTIVITIES

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...)

ASSIGNMENTS
Monday, 9th

-PeerMark two IAs

-begin work on IA #2

  • Design
  • Collect & Process Data
  • Conclude & Evaluate 
IA #2 (due to Turnitin.com by 3:00 11:59 p.m., Monday, 23 Feb
Tuesday, 10th continue work on IA #2     
Wednesday, 11th continue work on IA #2     
Thursday, 12th

continue work on IA #2 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

   
Friday, 13th

Parent-Teacher Conferences

8:00 a.m. - Noon

NO SCHOOL!

   

 

 

2 - 6 February 2015

 

"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, 2nd

DISTRICT STUDENT SURVEY

Qs on HW?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP and HW 
Tuesday, 3rd finish video: "A Brief History of Time"     
Wednesday, 4th

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michel Janssen (5th & 6th hours) 

Presentation Slides

  • keep my brain inside my skull 
 
Thursday, 5th Review for Paper 3  2nd Paper 3 with Markscheme   
Friday, 6th

Paper 3 (FR on 1st Option)

-no notecard

-only Data Booklet

-retakeable 

   

 

 

26 - 30 January 2015

 

"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, 26th 

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, MP & HW (due Monday)
Tuesday, 27th  class time for MP & HW

 

 

Wednesday, 28th 

ESO

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.

 
Thursday, 29th 

L&D: The Math of Black Holes

class time for MP & HW

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 

 
Friday, 30th 

video: "A Brief History of Time"

   

 

 

19 - 23 January 2015

 

"Well begun is half done."

-Aristotle

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 19th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!  PRACTICE PAPER 3 with MARKSCHEME   

Tuesday, 20th 

 

L&D: Relativistic Mass & Energy

online lesson

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.4.8 Determine the total energy of an unaccelerated particle

Read 13.4, MP (due Friday

Wednesday, 21st 

ESO

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, 22nd  class time for MP  H.4.7 Explain why no object can ever attain the speed of light in a vacuum.   
Friday, 23rd 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 

 

beginning of 3rd quarter


end of 2nd quarter

 

12 - 16 January 2015

 

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 12th 

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

online lesson

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, Ex 2-9,

EOC 1,3,5,6 (due Thursday)

 
Tuesday, 13th 

L&D: "Short people got no reason..." 

online lesson

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, 14th

(no notes

NO CLASS! 

only periods 1,3,5

   
Thursday, 15th 

class time for HW

Qs on HW?

HW QUIZ 

  DUE: HW 
Friday, 16th  NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

5 - 9 January 2015

 

"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

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 5th 

-declaring your 1st Option

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

online lesson

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

 

Read 13.1 

Ex 1 (due Friday)

 
Tuesday, 6th  L&D: "The Fifth Element" 

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. 

H.5.3 Outline the Michelson-Morley experiment.

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

 

Wednesday, 7th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL! (cold day)

LAB: Michelson-Morley experiment (virtual)

 

M-M labsheet (due at end of class)
Thursday, 8th 

L&D: "The Absolute"

mini-LAB: Michelson-Morley experiment (virtual) 

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

M-M labsheet (due at end of class)  
Friday, 9th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  DUE: HW 

 

 

15 - 19 December 2014

 

"Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going."

-Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura)

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

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ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 15th  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 todata 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, 16th  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, 17th  L&D: A thousand words? 

14.2.7 State that two points on an object may be justresolved 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 isretrieved.

14.2.11 Solve problems involving the use of CCDs. 

 
Thursday, 18th 

Problem solving practice

Qs on HW?

HW Quiz

  DUE: HW 
Friday, 19th 

-review for Quest

Quest on Topic 14

-3" x 5" card

-IB Data Booklet

-your own calculator 

   

 

 

8 - 12 December 2014

 

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

-Stephen Hawking

 

UNCERTAINTY FLOWCHART

 

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Monday, 8th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Tuesday, 9th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Wednesday, 10th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Thursday, 11th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Friday, 12th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd    

DUE: IA #1 (by 3:00 p.m. to TurnItInno exceptions,

no extensions

 

 

1 - 5 December 2014

 

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

-Carl Sagan

 

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Monday, 1st 

-brief L&D: Review of IAs

-class time for IA #1 

Design an experiment, collect & process data, state & justify a conclusion, and evaluate & improve the experiment IA #1 (due Friday, 12 Dec by 3:00 p.m. to TurnItIn
Tuesday, 2nd  -class time for IA #1 cont'd     
Wednesday, 3rd  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Thursday, 4th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      
Friday, 5th  -class time for IA #1 cont'd      

 

 

24 - 28 November 2014

 

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

-Isaac Newton (Solar System)

 

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Monday, 24th  Review for Topic 8 Test     
Tuesday, 25th 

TEST: Topic 8

-3" x 5"card

-IB data booklet (provided) 

-your own calculator

   
Wednesday, 26th  NO SCHOOL!     
Thursday, 27th  NO SCHOOL!!    
Friday, 28th  NO SCHOOL!!!    

 

 

17 - 21 November 2014

 

"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

 

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Monday, 17th 

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, 18th 

Brief L&D: Global warming climate change disruption

-time to work on Climate Model

-Tesla demo/inspection

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, 19th 

L&D: Global Warming

online lesson 

(starts @ 00:27)

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, 20th  L&D: What to do? 

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, 21st 

HW Quiz 

  DUE: Complex Climate Model spreadsheet with 4 effects

 

 

10 - 14 November

 

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

-Frances Willard

 

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Monday, 10th  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 pp. 285-297

Exercises 10-21

End-of-Chapter 2,4,7

(due Friday)

 
Tuesday, 11th 

L&D: Wind and Wave Power

online lesson

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, 12th 

L&D: Solar Radiation 

online lesson

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, 13th 

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, 14th 

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

  DUE: HW from Monday 

 

 

3 - 7 November 2014

 

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

-Plato

 

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Monday, 3rd 

Qs on HW?

HW Quiz 

 

Read pp. 273-285

-exercises 3-9

-end-of-chapter questions 1,3,5,6a 

Tuesday, 4th  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. 

 
Wednesday, 5th 

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, 6th  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, 7th 

Qs on HW?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: HW 

 

 

beginning of 2nd quarter


end of 1st quarter

 

27 - 31 October

 

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

-Ernest Renan

 

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Monday, 27th 

L&D: Energy Degradation and Power Generation 

online lesson

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 diagrams) and identify where the energy is degraded.

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

 
Tuesday, 28th  CW: class time for HW and practice IA rewrite     
Wednesday, 29th  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. 

HW sheet (due Monday
Thursday, 30th 

class work time

-Qs on HW?

-HW Quiz 

   
Friday, 31st  NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

20 - 24 October 2014

 

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

-Jerome K. Jerome

 

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Monday, 20th 

CW: Practice IA

-write Data Collection & Processing (DCP)

   
Tuesday, 21st 

CW: Practice IA

-write Design (D)

   
Wednesday, 22nd 

CW: Practice IA 

-write Conclusion & Evaluation (CE)

   
Thursday, 23rd 

CW: Practice IA 

-put it all together

  DUE: Rough draft uploaded to TurnItIn 
Friday, 24th 

CW: Practice IA

-peer grading of two IAs 

   

 

 

13 - 17 October 2014

 

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

-Wernher von Braun

 

DAY

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Monday, 13th  CW: choose practice IA topic    DUE: Kerboodle quiz 

Tuesday, 14th

(no notes)  

CW: work on practice IA 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. in

small gyms & classrooms

No appt. necessary 

   

Wednesday, 15th

(no notes

NO SCHOOL!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

8:00 - Noon in classrooms

No appt. necessary 

   

Thursday, 16th

(no notes)  

NO SCHOOL!!     

Friday, 17th

(no notes)  

NO SCHOOL!!!     

 

 

6 - 10 October 2014

 

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."

-Werner Heisenberg

 

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Monday, 6th  Review for Test     
Tuesday, 7th 

TEST: Thermo

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

   
Wednesday, 8th 

L&D: Intro to the IA

CW: practice scoring IAs

  Practice IA: (due Friday, 24 Oct
Thursday, 9th 

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

1.2.6 Describe and give examples of random and systematic errors.

1.2.7 Distinguish between precision and accuracy

1.2.8 Explain how the effects of random errors may be reduced.

1.2.9 Calculate quantities and results of calculations to the appropriate number of significant figures.

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. 

  
Friday, 10th  -CW: work on practice IA     

 

 

29 September - 3 October 2014

 

"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

 

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Monday, 29th 

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

online lesson: Laws of Thermodynamics (beginning of section 3 & 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 Thursday

 
Tuesday, 30th  Entropy research    Entropy Qs handout (due at end of class)  
Wednesday, 1st  class time for MP     
Thursday, 2nd 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz  

  DUE: MP 18-5,-8,-9 
Friday, 3rd  Review for Test     

 

 

22 - 26 September 2014

 

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."

-Albert Einstein

 

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Monday, 22nd 

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 changesin 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, 23rd class time for MP      
Wednesday, 24th  LAB: Phase Changes (virtual)    DUE: Lab sheet  
Thursday, 25th  class time for MP      
Friday, 26th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz  

  DUE: MP 

 

 

15  - 19 September 2014

 

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

-Randall Munroe

 

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Monday, 15th  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, 16th  CW: Getting friendly with the IB data booklet, and then MP     
Wednesday, 17th  GIZMO: Calorimetry   gizmo sheet (due at end of class

Thursday, 18th

(no notes: sub

class time for MP     
Friday, 19th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz 

  DUE: MP 16-5 

 

 

8 - 12 September 2014

 

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

-Isaac Newton

 

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Monday, 8th 

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, 9th 

brief L&D: Work and Temperature

class time for MP 

   
Wednesday, 10th  class time for MP    
Thursday, 11th  Gizmo: Energy Conversion in a System    DUE: Gizmo sheet
Friday, 12th 

Qs on MP?

HW Quiz  

  DUE: MP 

 

 

1 - 5 September 2014

 

"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)

 

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

 

 

25 - 29 August 2014

 

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

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

 

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Monday, 25th 

-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, 26th 

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

  • summarize and evaluate scientific arguments

-video sheet (due Thursday)

Wednesday, 27th              

-Video: "Mythbusters: Moon Myths"

  -video sheet (due Thursday
Thursday, 28th  -CW: Fishbowl on Moon Landings
  • effectively communicate and defend scientific conclusions
DUE: two video sheets
Friday, 29th  -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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