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Course Description
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uncertainty calculator

Tuesday October 17

no class, due to Senior Class Trip

Monday October 16

no class, due to Senior Class Trip


Friday October 13

defined/discussed momentum and its conservation;
defined/discussed angular momentum and its conservation;
demonstrated conservation of momentum with bicycle wheel and rotating platform

Thursday October 12

no class, due to college fair;

Wednesday October 11

discussed equilibrium and worked a problem;
worked problems from the problem set;
read 229-235 (impulse and momentum)

Tuesday October 10

discussed/demonstrated rotational inertia;
defined/discussed torque;
worked rotational kinematics problem;
read 211-217 equilibrium;
problems pp.223-225 #72-78 even, 82, 84, 87, 88 (due Friday)

Monday October 9

discussed test 6 & 7;
discussed rotational motion through analogy with linear motion;
worked problems involving angular acceleration;
read 201-210 (rotational dynamics)


Friday October 6

no class, due to Fall Festival preparations

Thursday, October 5

test 6 & 7;
read:  196-200 (describing rotational motion)

Wednesday, October 4

reviewed chapters 6 & 7;
worked problems from the problem sets;
test 6 & 7 on tomorrow

Tuesday, October 3

quiz tomorrow on gravitation;
Power Outreach students collected sliding friction lab data;
test 6 & 7 on Thursday

Monday, October 2

reviewed everything done last week for those who were gone on Power Outreach;
worked problems involving gravitation;
quiz tomorrow on gravitation


Friday, September 29

collected data for the Sliding Friction Lab;
briefly considered problems from problem set 7: pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86

Thursday, September 28

discussed satellites and Kepler’s 3rd law of planetary motion;
discussed synchronous-orbit communication satellites and their properties;
get started on problem set 7: pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86

Wednesday, September 27

quiz on centripetal force;
discussed Newton’s expression for universal gravitation;
worked examples of gravitational force;
read:  pp.179-185 (using universal gravitation)

Tuesday, September 26

quiz on projectile motion;
worked problems from the chapter 6 problem set;
read:  pp.171-178 (universal gravitation)

Monday, September 25

no class, due to View Southern


Friday, September 22

no class, due to Field Day

Thursday, September 21

finished watching the dropped vs. fired bullet thought experiment as investigated by Myth Busters;
discussed/demonstrated The Monkey and the Hunter;
worked on chapter 6 problem set;
continue working on chapter 6 problems: pp 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, September 20

pseudo-quiz on projectile motion;
discussed/demonstrated centripetal force and centrifugal force;
began watching the dropped vs. fired bullet thought experiment as investigated by Myth Busters;
start working on chapter 6 problems: pp 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due Wednesday)

Tuesday, September 19

discussed test over chapters 4 & 5;
discussed projectile motion;
read 153-159 (circular motion)

Monday, September 18

test over chapters 4 & 5;
read:  147-152 (projectile motion);
get the acceleration lab write-up in ASAP


 Friday, September 8

no class, due to Community Outreach Day

Thursday, September 7

worked an acceleration problem on a slope;
looked over friction simulations at PhET;
took a brief ride to demonstrate non-anti-lock brakes;
test 4 & 5 will be Monday; BWCA participants need to take it before leaving Sunday

Wednesday, September 6

demonstrated graphical analysis of the acceleration data;
took a brief ride to demonstrate anti-lock brakes, illustrating static vs. kinetic friction;
worked some statics problems;
test 4 & 5 will be Monday; BWCA participants need to take it before leaving Sunday

Tuesday, September 5

quiz on sliding friction;
worked problems from the chapter 5 problem set

Monday, September 4

pseudo-quiz on sliding friction;
worked problems from the chapter 5 problem set;
demonstrated with a spreadsheet the analysis of the acceleration data;
problem set 5 due tomorrow


Friday, September 1

worked an additional sliding friction problems involving angles;
worked in the media center acquiring acceleration data from phone video;
problem set 5 due Tuesday

Thursday, August 31

recollected acceleration data;
worked a variety of sliding friction problems involving angles

Wednesday, August 30

quiz over vector addition;
tried working with acceleration data;
briefly discussed sliding friction;
due date for lab postponed until next week

Tuesday, August 29

pseudo-quiz on analytical vector addition (real quiz likely tomorrow);
went to the media center to extract acceleration lab data from the video;
problem set 5:  pp 141-143 #80, 82, 86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 104 (due Monday)

Monday, August 28

discussed/demonstrated graphical vector addition;
discussed/demonstrated analytical vector addition


Friday, August 25

no class, due to senior survival

Thursday, August 24

discussed chapter 4 problems;
discussed the density lab;
tried to upload the video of the free-fall for our acceleration lab;
read:  126-135 (forces and friction)

Wednesday, August 23

discussed Newton’s laws;
demonstrated the 1st law with water cup pyramid;
worked on the density lab write-up (due tomorrow);
chapter 4 problems: p.113 #60, 64, 68, 70, 72, 76, 80 (due next Wednesday)

Tuesday, August 22

discussed Friday’s test;
density lab write-up due-date postponed till Thursday;
read: 96-107 (Newton’s 2nd and 3rd law)

Monday, August 21

no class, due to solar eclipse


Friday, August 18

test 1-3;
read:  pp. 87-95 (Newton’s Laws)

Thursday, August 17

quiz on acceleration;
worked problems from the homework set;
test 1-3 tomorrow

Wednesday, August 16

collected data for the Density Lab;
worked more acceleration problems, free-fall problems;
test 1-3 on Friday

Tuesday, August 15

discussed some of the details of doing the Density Lab tomorrow;
worked more acceleration problems, free-fall problems;
look over the Density Lab handout

Monday, August 14

discussed the uncertainty worksheet (due tomorrow);
worked more acceleration problems, free-fall problems;
problems p.81-84 #74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 88, 94, 100, 106, 110 (due Friday)


Friday, August 11

briefly discussed chapter 1 problem set;
reviewed arithmetic with error terms;
discussed graphing with error terms;
Read pp. 65-75 (working with acceleration)
finish up the uncertainty worksheet (due Tuesday)

Thursday, August 10

discussed chapter 1 problem set (due tomorrow);
discussed accelerated motion;
worked problems involving acceleration;
Read pp. 57-64 (acceleration)
get started on the uncertainty worksheet (due Tuesday)

Wednesday, August 9

discussed a few problems from chapter 1;
reviewed working with error terms;
discussed graphing motion (position vs. time);
Read pp. 43-47 (measuring speeds)
problems pp. 25-28 #54, 60, 68, 70, 72, 76, 90 (due Friday)
get started on the uncertainty worksheet (due Monday)

Tuesday, August 8

discussed fundamental units and dimensional analysis;
discussed significant figure rules;
discussed/practiced working with  error terms;
Read pp. 31-42 (1-D motion)

Monday, August 7

passed out textbooks; explained course description;
considered some counterintuitive phenomena;
Read pp. 3-14 (units & measurements)