course syllabus
science links
practice quizzes

(Ms. Case will be teaching the class during the 4th quarter)


Friday, March 15

(all but 2 were absent, due to Music Festival)
relocated equipment for S.T.E.M Club

Thursday, March 14

demonstrated hopping induction rings;
looked at a practice quiz for chapter 8;
quiz 8

Wednesday, March 13

discussed the proportional nature of transformer turns ratios and voltage ratios;
looked at a practice quiz for chapter 8;
quiz 8 tomorrow

Tuesday, March 12

discussed transformers and watched several animations;
began discussing electric energy grid, and the role of transformers in that;
quiz 8 on Thursday

Monday, March 11

slowly reviewed electric motors, solenoids, speakers, and electromagnetic induction;
discussed the idea of a transformer


Friday, March 1

reviewed electric motors;
discussed/demonstrated solenoids and speakers;
demonstrated electromagnetic induction with a coil and a meter;
demonstrated electricity generation with a hand-crank generator

Thursday, February 28

reviewed bar magnets, Earth’s magnetism, and electromagnetism;
discussed/demonstrated electric motors

Wednesday, February 27

examined/discussed the properties of bar magnets;
discussed Earth’s magnetism and the response of a compass;
demonstrated electromagnetism;
read:  pp.231-237 (electromagnetism)

Tuesday, February 26

looked at a practice quiz for chapter 7;
quiz 7;
read:  pp.224-230 (magnetism)

Monday, February 25

looked at a practice quiz for chapter 7;
discussed the worksheet on simple circuits (due tomorrow);
quiz 7 tomorrow


Friday, February 22

reviewed fuses and circuit breakers;
looked at a practice quiz for chapter 7;
discussed electrical energy and its units;
began a worksheet on simple circuits (due Tuesday);
quiz 7 on Tuesday

Thursday, February 21

reviewed series circuits;
discussed parallel circuits;
worked problems involving parallel circuits;
discussed fuses and circuit breakers

Wednesday, February 20

reviewed Ohm’s law and simple circuits;
looked at resistor color codes;
discussed a few simple series circuits

Tuesday, February 19

reviewed charge, current, voltage, and resistance;
discussed/demonstrated Ohm’s law and simple circuits;
if you haven’t already, read:  pp. 207-213 (electric energy)

Monday, February 18

reviewed electric charge;
discussed units of charge and of electric current;
discussed voltage and resistance;
introduced some schematic diagram symbols;
read:  pp. 207-213 (electric energy)


Friday, February 15

looked at features of a laser printer toner cartridge;
discussed how a copier/laser printer works;
looked at video of a Van de Graaff generator;
if you haven’t already, read:  pp. 200-205 (electric current)

Thursday, February 14

watched episodes 23 of Eureka on electrons;
discussed/demonstrated static charge with balloons;
Read:  pp. 200-205 (electric current)

Wednesday, February 13

reviewed lens imaging;
discussed eye anatomy;
discussed laser surgery for vision correction;
Read:  pp. 192-199 (static charge)

Tuesday, February 12

reviewed heat concepts from back when we were studying weather;
discussed/demonstrated heat engines with animations

Monday, February 11

reviewed chapter 5 concepts;
reviewed practice quiz for chapter 5;
quiz 5;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, February 8

answered questions about the worksheet on work, power, & simple machines (due Monday);
reviewed practice quiz for chapter 5;
messed around with an inclined plane and a lever, validating the equations;
quiz 5 on Monday

Thursday, February 7

worked with simulations involving levers and inclined planes;
answered questions about the worksheet on work, power, & simple machines (due Monday)

Wednesday, February 6

watched episodes 15 of Eureka on simple machines;
reviewed mechanical advantage and efficiency;
began worksheet on work, power, & simple machines (due Monday)

Tuesday, February 5

watched some video involving power of athletes;
watched episodes 13-14 of Eureka on simple machines;
discussed mechanical advantage and efficiency;
read:  pp. 138-146 (simple machines)

Monday, February 4

discussed/reviewed work & power;
watched episodes 11-12 of Eureka on simple machines;
read:  pp. 132-137 (machines)


Friday, January 25

discussed work & power;
compared various power units;
measured power output by sprinting stairs

Thursday, January 24

reviewed energy concepts from chapter 4;
reviewed practice quiz for chapter 4;
quiz over chapter 4;
read:  pp. 126-131 (work and power)

Wednesday, January 23

reviewed work and energy;
discussed/demonstrated kinetic and potential energy with a pendulum;
messed around with the skate park simulation;
quiz over chapter 4 tomorrow

Tuesday, January 22

no class today, due to English field trip

Monday, January 21

discussed work and energy;
watched episodes 8-10 of Eureka on work and energy;
read:  pp. 107115 (conservation of energy)


Friday, January 18

watched/discussed a feather and bowling ball drop together in a vacuum chamber;
watched feather and hammer drop on the moon;
quiz over chapter 3;
read:  pp. 100-105 (energy)

Thursday, January 17

watched The Mechanical Universe on momentum conservation;
watched Myth Busters on the dropped/shot bullet;
glanced at practice quiz for chapter 3;
quiz over chapter 3 tomorrow

Wednesday, January 16

reviewed universal gravitation and centripetal force;
discussed momentum, its conservation, and action/reaction;
discussed impulse engines;
discussed synchronous-orbit satellites;
briefly discussed projectile motion;
quiz over chapter 3 on Friday

Tuesday, January 15

discussed/demonstrated sliding friction;
contrasted starting friction with sliding friction;
discussed how anti-lock brakes utilize the difference between starting & sliding friction;
read:  83-88 (action/reaction)

Monday, January 14

reviewed Newton’s laws of motion;
watched episodes 3-7 of Eureka;
read:  75-82 (gravity & centripetal force)


Friday, January 11

no class, due to community service day

Thursday, January 10

discussed yesterday’s quiz;
defined Newton’s laws of motion;
demonstrated the law of inertia;
watched episodes 1 & 2 of Eureka on inertia;
read:  68-74 (forces & friction)

Wednesday, January 9

discussed questions on the motion worksheet;
quiz over what we’ve done so far in chapters 1 & 2;
read:  52-56 (forces)

Tuesday, January 8

played around with The Moving Man;
reviewed what we’ve done so far in chapters 1 & 2 with the practice quizzes;
quiz tomorrow

Monday, January 7

defined/discussed acceleration;
discuss/interpret graphs of motion: position vs time, and velocity vs time;
handed out worksheet on motion (due Wednesday)


Friday, January 4

discussed worksheet on units and conversion (due Monday);
defined distance, displacement, and speed;
interpreted position vs. time graphs describing 1-D motion;
read: p.47-51 (acceleration)

Thursday, January 3

reviewed Latin prefixes for units;
discussed fundamental units and units systems;
discussed conversion of units;
began a worksheet on units and conversion (due Monday);
read: p.38-46 (1-D motion)

Wednesday, January 2

briefly discussed the semester exam;
briefly discussed/illustrated scientific inquiry;
discussed Latin prefixes for units;
read: p.14-21 (measurement)


Friday, December 14

discussed and watched video involving strong storms;
review quizzes for semester exam

Thursday, December 13

discussed air masses and fronts

Wednesday, December 12

summarized chapters 18 & 19;
quiz 18 & 19;
read:  pp. 564-570 (fronts)

Tuesday, December 11

reviewed factors affecting wind speed and direction;
reviewed global convection cells, which produce prevailing winds;
reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 19;
quiz 18 & 19 on tomorrow

Monday, December 10

reviewed factors affecting wind speed and direction;
analyzed wind patterns surrounding low & high pressure cells with this map;
discussed global convection cells, which produce prevailing winds;
quiz 18 & 19 on Wednesday


Friday, December 7

discussed factors affecting wind speed and direction;
discussed/demonstrated conservation of angular momentum & the Coriolis force;
analyzed weather maps to determine wind speed and direction;
read:  pp.543-548 (regional wind systems)

Thursday, December 6

reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 18;
reviewed barometric pressure; discussed isobars;
discussed weather maps

Wednesday, December 5

reviewed cloud formation and cloud types;
discussed precipitation;
read:  pp. 532-542 (pressure and winds)

Tuesday, December 4

discussed cloud formation and cloud types

Monday, December 3

discussed quiz 17;
discussed change of phase and latent heat;
read:  pp.510-516 (cloud types and precipitation)


Friday, November 30

discussed climate change in connection with absorption frequency spectrum of atmospheric gasses;
quiz 17;
read:  pp.510-516 (cloud formation)

Thursday, November 29

watched episode 29 of Eureka on radiation;
reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 17;
quiz 17 tomorrow

Wednesday, November 28

answered questions on the worksheet;
defined/discussed relative humidity;
began a worksheet on relative humidity calculations

Tuesday, November 27

discussed factors affecting temperature variation;
watched episodes 25-27 of Eureka on convection;
finish up worksheet

Monday, November 26

reviewed atmospheric pressure;
discussed atmospheric layers;
watched episodes 19-21 of Eureka on heat & temperature;
read:  504-509 (water in the atmosphere)


Friday, November 16

demonstrated atmospheric pressure crushing a metal can;
demonstrated scattering of light, simulating atmospheric scattering;
watched episodes 16-18 of Eureka on molecules/kinetic theory of heat

Thursday, November 15

reviewed atmospheric composition and atmospheric pressure;
defined/discussed various pressure units;
began working on a worksheet for this section

Wednesday, November 14

discussed quiz 25;
discussed atmospheric composition and atmospheric pressure;
read:  pp. 483-493 (atmospheric heating)

Tuesday, November 13

reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 25;
quiz 25;
read:  pp. 476-482 (the atmosphere)

Monday, November 12

discussed/viewed galaxy types;
worked on the worksheet for this section;
discussed Hubble’s law and the expanding universe;
quiz 25 tomorrow


Friday, November 9

finished watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (from 42:00-50:00);
discussed aspects of living in a BIG universe;
watched Flatland clip from Cosmos: The Edge of Forever (from 22:50-34:40);
read:  715-721 (the universe)

Thursday, November 8

reviewed stellar life;
continued watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (from 15:30-21:50; 28:00-34:00)

Wednesday, November 7

discussed stellar life;
continued watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (from 6:00 to 15:30)

Tuesday, November 6

reviewed stellar magnitudes and spectral classification;
reviewed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
began watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (the first 6 minutes)

Monday, November 5

discussed stellar magnitudes and spectral classification;
discussed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
read:  707-715 (star life and death)


Friday, November 2

quiz over chapter 24;
discussed/demonstrated the relationship between incandescent temperature, color, and brightness;
read:  700-706 (properties of stars)

Thursday, November 1

discussed solar anatomy;
looked at video of the sun’s surface;
looked at the practice quiz for chapter 24;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 24

Wednesday, October 31

discussed  various types of telescopes;
began considering solar anatomy

Tuesday, October 30

discussed/demonstrated converging lenses and mirrors;
contrasted types of telescopes

Monday, October 29

reviewed aspects of light with worksheet (due tomorrow);
discussed the Doppler effect;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, October 26

discussed the quiz over chapter 23;
discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;
read:  pp.684-690 (the Sun)

Thursday, October 25

quiz over chapter 23;
briefly discussed light;
read:  pp.674-683 (light)

Wednesday, October 24

continued comparing the various moons in the solar system;
looked at the practice quiz for chapter 23;
quiz 23 on tomorrow

Tuesday, October 23

continued comparing the terrestrial planets with the Jovian planets;
began comparing the various moons in the solar system
quiz 23 on Thursday

Monday, October 22

discussed the worksheet (due date postponed till tomorrow);
began comparing the terrestrial planets with the Jovian planets
no journal due this week


Wednesday, October 17

answered questions about the worksheet; (due Monday);
watched: A Tour Through Our Solar System

Tuesday, October 16

finished Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds;
discussed the relative sizes and the relative distances between the planets;
began on worksheet about interplanetary distances (due Monday);
read: 654-664 (the Jovian planets)

Monday, October 15

discussed Friday’s quiz;
continued Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds;
read: 649-653 (the terrestrial planets)
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, October 12

quiz over the week’s topics;
watched the first 15 minutes of Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds

Thursday, October 11

reviewed the relationship between the Sun and Earth;
discussed/demonstrated Earth-Moon motions;
looked at the practice quiz for the chapter;
quiz tomorrow over this week’s reading and class discussions

Wednesday, October 10

reviewed early astronomy and astronomers;
reviewed Kepler’s laws of planetary motion;
discussed/demonstrated the relationship between the Sun and Earth;
if you didn’t already, read:  pp.622-629 (Earth-Moon-Sun);
quiz on Friday over this week’s reading and class discussions

Tuesday, October 9

discussed early astronomy and astronomers:  Aristotle, Aristarchus, Eratosthenes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Kepler;
discussed Kepler’s laws of planetary motion;
contrasted the Ptolemaic (geocentric) model with the Copernican (heliocentric) model;
read:  pp.622-629 (Earth-Moon-Sun)

Monday, October 8

discussed/demonstrated the size of the universe with Scale of the Universe 2;
if you didn’t already, read:  pp.614-621 (early astronomy)