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Thursday, April 18

quiz on magnetic forces;
worked problems from the problem set;
discussed/demonstrated transformers;
test 24 & 25 on Tuesday

Wednesday, April 17

worked problems from the problem set;
reviewed RMS voltage and current;
demonstrated/viewed induced voltages with an oscilloscope;
chapter 25 problems: pp. 692-693 #60-78 even (due Monday);
read:  pp.697-685 (induction)

Tuesday, April 16

reviewed Faraday’s law of induction;
worked problems from the problem set;
began discussing RMS voltage and current;
work on problems: pp. 665-667 #60-66, 72-80 even (due Thursday)

Monday, April 15

reviewed electromagnetism;
discussed/demonstrated Faraday’s law of induction;
discussed/demonstrated Lenz’s law with the hopping rings;
work on problems: pp. 665-667 #60-66, 72-80 even (due Wednesday)


Tuesday, April 9

reviewed ferromagnetism, electromagnetism, magnetic forces;
discussed/demonstrated magnetic forces on an old C.R.T;
discussed/demonstrated electric motors;
briefly discussed/demonstrated electromagnetic induction;
problems: pp. 665-667 #60-66, 72-80 even;
read:  pp.671-678 electromagnetic induction

Monday, April 8

discussed ferromagnetism & magnetic domains;
demonstrated electromagnetism;
discussed magnetic forces:  F = q v x B;
discussed/examined a solenoid & loudspeaker


Friday, April 5

no class, due to Academy Days

Thursday, April 4

discussed test 22 & 23;
discussed magnetic theory and ferromagnetism;
read:  652-659 (magnetic forces)

Wednesday, April 3

test 22 & 23;
read:  643-651 (magnetism)

Tuesday, April 2

worked problems on resistor networks;
quiz over a resistor network;
test 22 & 23 on Wednesday

Monday, April 1

finished analyzing a circuit requiring Kirchhoff’s Laws;
worked problems from the problem set;
resistor network quiz likely tomorrow;
test 22 & 23 on Wednesday


Friday, March 29

quiz over Ohm’s law;
discussed/analyzed resistor network circuits;
discussed Kirchhoff’s Laws;
problems:  pp.637-638 #58-76, 80, 82, 86 even (due Wednesday)

Thursday, March 28

discussed electrical power;
discussed/analyzed series and parallel circuits;
quiz tomorrow over Ohm’s law;
read:  pp.627-631 (circuit applications);

Wednesday, March 27

defined/discussed electric current;
defined/discussed resistivity;
defined/discussed Ohm’s law;
discussed resistors and resistor color codes;
read:  pp.617-626 (series & parallel);

Tuesday, March 26

discussed test 20 & 21;
began discussing schematic diagram symbols;
read:  pp.601-605 (using electricity);
problems:  p.611 #62-70, 76-86 even (due Monday)

Monday, March 25

test 20 & 21
read:  pp.590-600 (currents and circuits)


Friday, March 22

quiz on electric field;
discussed a dielectrics’ effects on a capacitor;
test 20 & 21 Monday

Thursday, March 21

pseudo-quiz on electric field;
worked problems from chapter 21;
worked a few electric field vector addition problems;
test 20 & 21 Monday

Wednesday, March 20

worked problems involving electric field;
discussed formulas and units for capacitance;
test 20 & 21 soon

Tuesday, March 19

discussed xerography;
discussed/demonstrated capacitive discharge;
problems:  pp.585-586 #66, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88 (due Thursday)

Monday, March 18

worked on problems from the problem set;
discussed the concept of electric field by analogy with gravitational field;
read:  pp. 469-478 (E-field applications);
problems:  pp.585-586 #66, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88 (due Thursday)


Friday, March 15

(only two were present, due to Music Festival)
briefly discussed the concept of electric field;
considered how to design storage bins for the S.T.E.M. Club room

Thursday, March 14

collected data for the resonance tube lab;
stepped through error term calculations with collected data

Wednesday, March 13

reviewed Coulomb’s law and worked vector addition problems with it;
quiz on Coulomb’s law;
discussed the resonance tube lab;
read:  pp. 563-568 (electric field)

Tuesday, March 12

discussed the concept of electric charge;
discussed Coulomb’s law and worked vector addition problems with it

Monday, March 11

discussed test 18 & 19;
read:  pp.546-553 (electric force);
start looking at problem set 20:  pp.559 #42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 60


Thursday, February 28

test 18 & 19

Wednesday, February 27

discussed diffraction gratings and worked problems;
worked problems from the problem set;
discussed the Rayleigh criterion for resolution;
test 18 & 19 tomorrow

Tuesday, February 26

discussed double-slit interference and worked problems with it;
discussed/demonstrated single slit and gratings;
continue working on chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Wednesday)
test 18 & 19 Thursday

Monday, February 25

went outside with some converging lenses to form images of the sun on various combustibles;
discussed double-slit interference and worked problems with it;
continue working on chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Wednesday)
test 18 & 19 Wednesday


Friday, February 22

reviewed eye imaging and vision problems;
discussed vision correction measures;
discussed double-slit interference;
continue working on chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Tuesday)
test 18 & 19 next Wednesday

Thursday, February 21

worked lens imaging problems;
discussed the lens-makers formula;
quiz on lens imaging;
discussed eye imaging and vision problems;
chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Tuesday)
test 18 & 19 next Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20

finished collecting data for the simple harmonic motion lab;
demonstrated the refraction characteristics of lenses;
worked sample problems from the homework set;
read:  pp.524-531 (diffraction)

Tuesday, February 19

re-quiz on refraction;
collected data for the simple harmonic motion lab;
read:  pp.500-503 (optical instruments)

Monday, February 18

worked problems from the problem set and sample problems;
quiz on refraction;
look over the SHM lab handout for tomorrow


Friday, February 15

pseudo-quiz on refraction;
played around with some convex lenses;
discussed lens imaging;
worked problems on lens imaging;
continue working on problems  pp. 509-511 #68-74, 78, 82-86, 90, 94 even (due Wednesday)

Thursday, February 14

discussed/demonstrated total-internal reflection;
discussed/demonstrated fiber-optic cable;
problems  pp. 509-511 #68-74, 78, 82-86, 90, 94 even (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 13

discussed test 16 & 17;
discussed/demonstrated refraction;
discussed Snell’s law;
read:  pp. 485-492 (refraction)

Tuesday, February 12

test 16 & 17

Monday, February 11

reviewed chapters 16 & 17;
quiz on mirror imaging;
test 16 & 17 tomorrow


Friday, February 8

looked at various telescope designs;
worked a two-mirror problem;
test 16 & 17 on Tuesday

Thursday, February 7

worked a problem or two from the problem set;
discussed mirror imaging sign conventions;
worked many scenarios of imaging with a concave mirror

Wednesday, February 6

worked a problem or two from the problem set;
discussed plane mirrors and the virtual images they form;
played around with curved mirrors;
began discussing mirror imaging;
read:  pp. 464-475  (curved mirrors)
problems:  pp. 479-480 #56, 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72 (due Tuesday)

Tuesday, February 5

no class, due to meeting with Southern

Monday, February 4

discussed special relativity;
worked a problem or two from the problem set;
discussed polarized light;
played around with polarizers;
read:  pp. 457-463 (plane mirrors)


Friday, January 25

most of class absent, due to Acrofest;
considered a couple of problems from the problem set

Thursday, January 24

discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;
discussed attributes of the visible spectrum;
contrasted additive primaries (RGB) & subtractive primaries (CMY); 
looked at a website testing for colorblindness;
work on the problems

Wednesday, January 23

discussed the history of light theory;
watched an explanation of the dilemma with light theory/quantum theory;
briefly discussed illumination and luminosity;
briefly discussed the visible spectrum;
problems pp.453 #54-62 even, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due Tuesday after break)

Tuesday, January 22

discussed test 14 & 15;
briefly discussed some properties of light;
read:  pp.439-447 (color, polarization, Doppler effect)

Monday, January 21

test 14 & 15;
read:  pp.431-438 (light)


Friday, January 18

re-quiz on decibels;
discussed the mathematics behind frequencies of adjacent note on the piano;
discussed/demonstrated modern and medieval musical scales;
test 14 & 15 next Monday

Thursday, January 17

demonstrated the speed of a wave on a resonant wire;
went to Ponce Hall to measure/discuss equalization of P.A. systems;
test 14 & 15 next Monday

Wednesday, January 16

discussed problems from the problem set;
quiz over the Doppler effect;
discussed the speed of a wave on a wire;
test 14 & 15 next Monday

Tuesday, January 15

discussed resonance in a tube and on a string;
discussed problems from the problem set (due tomorrow)

Monday, January 14

discussed/contrasted objective and subjective audio terms;
worked a few problems on Doppler effect;
analyzed the harmonic content of voices;
problems:  pp.425-427 #52, 54, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82 (due Wednesday)


Friday, January 11

no class, due to community service day

Thursday, January 10

quiz over calculations involving decibels;
discussed/demonstrated harmonic content of a complex tone;
analyzed the harmonic content of various instruments and compared with synthesized keyboard;
problems:  pp.425-427 #52, 54, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82 (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, January 9

reviewed sound intensity and the decibel scale;
discussed/demonstrated Doppler effect;
worked a couple of examples of Doppler effect;
bring musical instruments tomorrow;
possibly a quiz tomorrow on decibels and/or Doppler effect

Tuesday, January 8

considered more problems from problem set 14;
further demonstrated the frequency range of human hearing;
defined/discussed sound intensity and the decibel scale;
problem set due tomorrow

Monday, January 7

considered problems from problem set 14;
reviewed standing waves;
discussed/demonstrated the frequency range of human hearing;
discussed sound intensity and the decibel scale;
began discussing the region of human hearing;
read: pp. 411-419 (sound)


Friday, January 4

reviewed wave types, wave anatomy, and terminology;
discussed reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference;
discussed/demonstrated standing waves;
read: p.403-410 (sound);
problems:  pp. 397-400 #70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 86, 90, 92, 100 (due Wednesday)

Thursday, January 3

reviewed simple harmonic motion;
discussed/demonstrated different wave types, wave anatomy, and terminology;
discussed a mathematical representation of waves;
read: p.381-391 (wave properties and behavior)

Wednesday, January 2

briefly discussed the semester exam;
discussed/demonstrated simple harmonic motion;
read: p.375-380 (simple harmonic motion)


Friday, December 14

discussed the recent test on chapters 12 & 13;
worked problems from earlier in the semester;
continue reviewing chapters 1-13 for the semester exam

Thursday, December 13

completed test on chapters 12 & 13;
worked problems from earlier in the semester
continue reviewing chapters 1-13 for the semester exam

Wednesday, December 12

test on chapters 12 & 13;
begin reviewing chapters 1-13 for the semester exam

Tuesday, December 11

discussed problems from chapter 12 & 13;
test 12 & 13 tomorrow

Monday, December 10

collected data for the specific heat lab;
discussed problems from the problem set;
test 12 & 13 on Wednesday


Friday, December 7

discussed problems from the problem set;
further discussed/demonstrated Bernoulli’s principle;
look over lab handout for the Specific Heat lab for Monday

Thursday, December 6

went and observed some pneumatic equipment in the woodshop;
discussed/demonstrated Bernoulli’s principle

Wednesday, December 5

discussed the gas laws;
reviewed pressure;
discussed Pascal’s principle and its applications

Tuesday, December 4

reviewed pressure and various pressure units;
worked a problem involving Archimedes’ principle;
quiz on Archimedes’ principal;
looked at a problem from the problem set

Monday, December 3

worked problems involving Archimedes’ principle;
defined/discussed pressure and various pressure units;
 p. 369-371 #76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100;
read:  pp. 359-363 (solids)


Friday, November 30

reviewed statistical probabilities governing the 2nd law of thermodynamics;
discussed density, buoyancy, and Archimedes’ principle;
start working on p. 369-371 #76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100;
read:  pp. 359-363 (solids)

Thursday, November 29

reviewed heat engine animations;
discussed refrigeration and heat pumps;
discussed the statistical probabilities governing the 2nd law of thermodynamics;
read:  pp. 341-348 (fluids)

Wednesday, November 28

finished collecting data for the Torque lab;
discussed heat engine animations;

Tuesday, November 27

worked problem on thermal conduction;
worked problem on thermal expansion;
collected data for the Torque lab

Monday, November 26

worked problems from the chapter 12 problem set (due tomorrow);
discussed/demonstrated thermal conduction;
discussed/demonstrated thermal expansion;
get started on chapter 13 problems:  pp.369-371 #76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100 (due Friday):
look over the Torque lab handout for tomorrow


Thursday, November 15

worked more calorimetry problems;
quiz on calorimetry

Wednesday, November 14

worked more with calorimetry;
discussed the Forces Lab write-up;
discussed phase change, sensible heat, & latent heat;
chapter 12 problems:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due Tuesday, 11-27)

Tuesday, November 13

discussed/demonstrated calorimetry;
chapter 12 problems:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due Tuesday, 11-27)

Monday, November 12

discussed test 10 & 11;
discussed thermometry;
contrasted temperature with thermal energy;
discussed evaporative cooling;
read:  pp.323-331 (phase change and thermodynamics)


Friday, November 9

no class, due Gymnix trip

Thursday, November 8

no class, due to OnToCollege ACT review

Wednesday, November 7

no class, due to OnToCollege ACT review

Tuesday, November 6

test 10 & 11;
read:  pp.313-322 (temperature and thermal energy)

Monday, November 5

worked problems involving conservation of energy from the problem set;
finished Einstein’s Big Idea;
test 10 & 11 tomorrow 


Friday, November 2

discussed/demonstrated conservation of energy with a pendulum;
worked problems involving conservation of energy;
watched the fifth segment (starting at 1:08:15) of Einstein’s Big Idea;
test 10 & 11 next Tuesday 

Thursday, November 1

collected data for the Forces lab;
discussed simple machines;
worked problems involving conservation of energy;
test 10 & 11 next Tuesday 

Wednesday, October 31

discussed test 8 & 9;
worked some problems from the problem set;
watched the fourth segment (^2; 55:25 to 1:08:15) of Einstein’s Big Idea;
problem set 11:  p.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 

Tuesday, October 30

worked some problems from the problem set;
defined/discussed conservation of energy;
briefly discussed the Forces lab;
briefly discussed simple machines;
watched the third segment (c; 42:40 to 55:25) of Einstein’s Big Idea;
start on problem set 11:  p.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 

Monday, October 29

defined/discussed power;
did horsepower activity on the stairs;
watched the second segment (m; from 23:55 to 42:40) of Einstein’s Big Idea;
read:  285-292 (forms of energy)


Friday, October 26

reviewed work, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, & elastic potential energy;
briefly discussed simple machines;
watched the first segment (E; up to 23:55) of Einstein’s Big Idea;
read:  266-273 (simple machines);
problem set 10:  p.278-281 #52, 56, 58, 64, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86 (due Wednesday)

Thursday, October 25

discussed work, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, & elastic potential energy;
if you haven’t already, read:  257-265 (work, energy, & power)

Wednesday, October 24

test 8 & 9;
read:  257-265 (work, energy, & power)

Tuesday, October 23

quiz on conservation of linear momentum;
worked problems from chapter 9;
test 8 & 9 tomorrow

Monday, October 22

reviewed chapters 8 & 9;
quiz tomorrow on conservation of momentum;
test 8 & 9 on Wednesday


Tuesday, October 16

no class, due to senior class trip

Monday, October 15

no class, due to senior class trip


Friday, October 12

discussed problems from the problem set;
analyzed a 2-D collision

Thursday, October 11

no class, due to the college fair

Wednesday, October 10

discussed conservation of angular momentum;
played around with gyroscopes and the bicycle wheel
watched The Mechanical Universe on Conservation of Angular Momentum;

keep working on chapter 9 problems;
test 8 & 9 will not occur this Friday, due to the college fair tomorrow

Tuesday, October 9

quiz on rotational inertia;
watched/discussed The Mechanical Universe on conservation of momentum;
test 8 & 9 on Friday

Monday, October 8

discussed chapter 8 problems;
defined/discussed linear momentum and impulse;
defined/discussed angular momentum and angular impulse;
chapter 9 problems:  pp.251-253 #56, 59, 62, 66, 67, 74, 77, 79 (due Friday)
quiz tomorrow on rotational inertia


Friday, October 5

worked statics problems;
discussed a problem from the problem set;
read:  pp. 229-235 (impulse and momentum)

Thursday, October 4

defined/discussed torque, vector cross products, and the right hand rule;
discussed problems from the problem set;
read 211-217 (equilibrium)

Wednesday, October 3

quiz over rotational acceleration;
discussed/demonstrated rotational inertia;
problems pp.223-225 #72-78 even, 82, 84, 87, 88

Tuesday, October 2

discussed equations for rotational motion along side those for linear motion;
worked a few problems involving rotational motion;
read:  pp.201-210 (rotational dynamics)

Monday, October 1

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


Friday, September 28

no class, due seniors being gone to assist hurricane victims

Thursday, September 27

no class, due seniors being gone to assist hurricane victims

Wednesday, September 26

no class, due seniors being gone to assist hurricane victims

Tuesday, September 25

no class, due seniors being gone to assist hurricane victims

Monday, September 24

no class, due to View Southern


Friday, September 21

test 6 & 7

Thursday, September 20

worked problems from the problems set;
quiz over orbiting satellites/moons;
test 6 & 7 tomorrow

Wednesday, September 19

collected data for the Sliding Friction Lab;
keep working on problem set 7:  pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86 (due tomorrow);
test 6 & 7 on Friday

Tuesday, September 18

quiz over centripetal force;
discussed the physics of orbiting bodies;
discussed the details of doing the Sliding Friction Lab (for tomorrow);
keep working on problem set 7:  pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86 (due Thursday)

Monday, September 17

watched the dropped/fired bullet thought experiment by Myth Busters;
discussed universal gravitation and centripetal force;
discussed Kepler’s 3 Laws of planetary motion;
read: pp.179-185 (using universal gravitation);
problem set 7:  pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86 (due Thursday)


Tuesday, September 11

worked problems from the chapter 6 problem set;
discussed universal gravitation;
read: pp.179-185 (using universal gravitation)

Monday, September 10

worked problems from the chapter 6 problem set;
read:  171-178 (universal gravitation)


Friday, September 7

quiz on projectile motion;
discussed circular motion and centripetal force;
worked problems involving centripetal force;
keep working on chapter 6 problems:  pp. 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due Tuesday)

Thursday, September 6

pseudo-quiz on projectile motion;
worked problems involving projectiles;
demonstrated The Monkey and the Hunter;
chapter 6 problems:  pp. 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due Tuesday)

Wednesday, September 5

discussed projectile motion;
worked problems involving projectiles;
if you haven’t already, read: 153-159 (circular motion)

Tuesday, September 4

discussed test 4 & 5
read: 153-159 (circular motion)

Monday, September 3

test 4 & 5
read: 147-152 (projectile motion)


Friday, August 31

quiz over sliding friction;
worked some more friction problems involving acceleration on a slope;
test 4 & 5 Monday

Thursday, August 30

considered problems from the homework set;
worked some more friction problems involving angles;
test 4 & 5 postponed till Monday;
HW 5 due on Friday

Wednesday, August 29

considered problems from the homework set;
worked some friction problems involving angles;
test 4 & 5 postponed till Friday;
HW 5 due on Thursday

Tuesday, August 28

worked with extracted data from the video;
considered problems from the homework set;
test 4 & 5 postponed till Friday;
HW 5 due on Thursday

Monday, August 27

extracted acceleration data from the video;
considered problems from the homework set;
test 4 & 5 on Thursday


Friday, August 24

quiz on analytical vector addition;
discussed sliding friction;
considered problems from the homework set

Thursday, August 23

pseudo-quiz on analytical vector addition;
worked more vector addition examples;
considered problems from the homework set;
problem set 5:  pp. 141-143 #80, 82, 86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 104 (due Tuesday)

Wednesday, August 22

discussed graphical and analytical vector addition;
get started on problem set 5:  pp. 141-143 #80, 82, 86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 104 (due Tuesday)

Tuesday, August 21

saw video of feather and bowling ball in a vacuum chamber;
discussed chapter 4 problems;
discussed Density lab write-up (due tomorrow);
shot video for acceleration due to gravity lab;
read:  126-135 (forces and friction)

Monday, August 20

discussed test 1-3;
discussed/demonstrated Newton’s laws;
discussed and worked on Density lab write-up (due Wednesday);
chapter 4 problems:  p.113 #60, 64, 68, 70, 72, 76, & 80 (due Friday)


Friday, August 17

discussed test 1-3;
demonstrated Newton’s 1st law;
discussed and worked on Density lab write-up (due Wednesday);
read:  pp. 96-107 (Newton’s 2nd and 3rd laws of motion)

Thursday, August 16

test 1-3;
read:  pp. 87-95 (Newton’s first law of motion)

Wednesday, August 15

quiz on free-fall;
collected data for the Density Lab;
discussed some of the homework set problems;
test 1-3 on Thursday

Tuesday, August 14

quiz on acceleration;
discussed doing a Density Lab tomorrow;
discussed some of the homework set problems;
worked problems on acceleration and free-fall;
test 1-3 on Thursday

Monday, August 13

discussed some of the homework set problems;
worked problems on acceleration and free-fall;
test 1-3 on Thursday


Friday, August 10

further discussed velocity and acceleration, graphs and equations;
worked problems with acceleration;
Read pp. 65-75 (working with acceleration);
problems p. 81-84 #74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 88, 94, 100, 106, 110 (due Thursday)

Thursday, August 9

quiz over arithmetic with error terms;
discussed uncertainty worksheet (due tomorrow);
discussed some problems from problem set 1 (due tomorrow);
briefly discussed velocity and acceleration;
Read pp. 57-64 (acceleration)

Wednesday, August 8

worked examples of arithmetic using error terms from the worksheet;
discussed uncertainty when graphing;
discussed some problems from problem set 1;
continue working on the Uncertainty worksheet (due Friday)
Read pp. 43-47 (measuring speeds);
continue with problem set 1:  pp.25-28 #54, 60, 68, 70, 72, 76, 90 (due Friday)

Tuesday, August 7

worked examples of arithmetic using error terms;
discussed uncertainty during measurement;
begin working on front side of the Uncertainty worksheet;
Read pp. 31-42 (1-D motion);
problem set 1:  pp.25-28 #54, 60, 68, 70, 72, 76, 90 (due Friday)

Monday, August 6

passed out textbooks; explained course description;
discussed uncertainty during measurement;
Read pp. 3-14 (units & measurements)