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course syllabus
science links
practice quizzes

Monday March 19

Ms. Case will be teaching this class for the rest of the year, doing an introduction to Chemistry


Friday March 16

further analyzed the harmonic content of tones generated by an electronic keyboard

Thursday March 15

discussed/demonstrated harmonic content of a tone with Audacity;
compared the harmonic content of instruments with tones generated by an electronic keyboard

Wednesday March 14

reviewed the frequency range of human hearing;
discussed decibels and sound intensities;
played around with phone app decibel meters;
considered/viewed harmonic content of a tone with Audacity;
read: pp.333-337 (music)

Tuesday March 13

reviewed wave reflection and interference;
discussed refraction and diffraction;
explored the frequency range of human hearing;
read: pp.327-332 (properties of sound)

Monday March 12

reviewed transverse and compressional waves by watching wave animations;
discussed wave reflection and interference;
read: pp.322-326 (the nature of sound)


Friday March 2

discussed 3-phase generation and distribution;
took a quick tour of transformers on campus;
discussed/demonstrated transverse and compressional waves;
discussed wave terminology

Thursday, March 1

discussed electric energy grid and distribution;
reviewed sources of energy;
briefly discussed waves;
read:  290-295 (the nature of waves)

Wednesday, February 28

discussed/compared sources of energy

Tuesday, February 27

discussed/demonstrated transformers;
reviewed chapter 8 with the practice quizzes;
quiz over chapter 8

Monday, February 26

reviewed electromagnetic induction and the significance of generating electricity;
discussed/demonstrated transformers;
quiz 8 tomorrow; look over the practice quizzes


Friday, February 23

discussed/demonstrated electromagnetic induction;
played around with a hand-crank generator;
discussed the significance of generating electricity

Thursday, February 22

discussed ferromagnetism, magnetic domains;
demonstrated electromagnetism with coil around a nail;
discussed/demonstrated electromagnetism with speakers, galvanometer, electric motors, solenoid;
read:  231-237 (electromagnetism)

Wednesday, February 21

passed around magnets;
discussed properties of magnets;
discussed Earth as a magnet

Tuesday, February 20

discussed/passed around fuses and breakers;
discussed electrical energy units and modern-day electric metering/billing;
quiz over chapter 7;
read:  pp.224-230 (magnetism)

Monday, February 19

reviewed resistors in series and parallel;
defined/discussed electrical power;
worked sample calculations of electrical power;
began a worksheet on Ohm’s Law and electrical power calculations (due tomorrow);
began looking at a practice quiz for chapter 7;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 7


Friday, February 16

reviewed voltage & schematic diagram symbols;
reviewed Ohm’s law, and did sample calculations with it;
passed around some resistors and considered the scientific-notation-based color code;
discussed resistors in series and parallel

Thursday, February 15

reviewed structure of the atom and electrons as charge carriers;
reviewed electric current and resistance;
discussed voltage;
introduced schematic diagram symbols;
discussed Ohm’s law, and did sample calculations with it

Wednesday, February 14

reviewed electrical charge;
discussed structure of the atom and electrons as charge carriers;
discussed/demonstrated electric current and resistance;
read:  207-213 (electric energy)

Tuesday, February 13

reviewed eye anatomy and vision problems;
discussed laser surgery for vision correction;
began discussing/demonstrating characteristics of electrical charge;
read:  200-205 (electric current)

Monday, February 12

reviewed heat of fusion and heat of vaporization from our study of weather last fall;
briefly discussed the the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, and their implications;
reviewed lens and mirror imaging from our study of telescopes last fall;
discussed eye anatomy and vision problems;
read:  192-199 (static charge)


Friday, February 9

reviewed with the practice quizzes;
quiz 6

Thursday, February 8

looked at animations of and discussed internal combustion engines;
looked a the practice quizzes;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 6

Wednesday, February 7

did a demonstration with thermal expansion;
did demonstration with thermal conductivity;
discussed thermal expansion and thermal conductivity;
read:  172-179 (using heat)

Tuesday, February 6

reviewed specific heat capacity;
did a demonstration predicting final temperature after heat exchange;
read:  164-170 (heat transfer)

Monday, February 5

discussed temperature scales;
discussed heat vs temperature;
discussed specific heat capacity;
read:  158-163 (heat and temperature)


Friday, January 26

discussed/demonstrated an inclined plane and mechanical advantage;
reviewed chapter 5 with the practice quizzes;
quiz over chapter 5

Thursday, January 25

watched episodes 14-15 of Eureka on simple machines;
discussed/demonstrated some simple machines;
went to the lab to work with a simple machines interactive site;
reviewed chapter 5 with the practice quizzes;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 5

Wednesday, January 24

discussed horsepower;
did the stair climbing activity to measure horsepower;
watched episodes 11-13 of Eureka on simple machines;
read:  pp.138-146 (simple machines)

Tuesday, January 23

reviewed chapter 4 with the practice quizzes;
quiz 4;
briefly discussed work and power;
read:  pp.132-137 (machines)

Monday, January 22

reviewed forms of mechanical energy;
looked at simulations involving energy;
reviewed chapter 4 with the practice quizzes;
quiz over chapter 4 tomorrow


Friday, January 19

watched episode 10 of Eureka on potential energy;
discussed/demonstrated conservation of energy with a pendulum;
played around with a skate park simulation;
read:  126-131 (work & power)

Thursday, January 18

finished up the segment of Myth Busters about falling time of bullet shot vs dropped;
briefly discussed work;
watched episodes 8 & 9 of Eureka;
read:  107-115 (conservation of energy)

Wednesday, January 17

watched a video segment on momentum and its conservation;
quiz over chapter 3;
began looking at a segment of Myth Busters about falling time of bullet shot vs dropped;
read:  100-105 (energy)

Tuesday, January 16

quiz postponed until Wednesday;
discussed projectile motion;
discussed momentum;
discussed air resistance affecting free-fall speeds;
looked at the practice quizzes;
quiz 3 tomorrow

Monday, January 15

reviewed universal gravitation;
discussed/demonstrated centripetal force;
discussed the location of synchronous-orbit satellites;
discussed action/reaction and impulse engines;
briefly discussed free-fall;
quiz 3 tomorrow


Friday, January 12

discussed the nature of sliding friction;
discussed the concepts behind anti-lock brakes;
read:  83-88 (action/reaction)

Thursday, January 11

discussed Newton’s Laws of motion;
watched episodes 5-7 of Eureka;
read:  75-82 (gravity and centripetal force)

Wednesday, January 10

discussed quiz 1 & 2;
watched episodes 1-4 of Eureka;
read:  68-74 (forces & friction)

Tuesday, January 9

quiz 1 & 2;
discussed/demonstrated Newton’s law of inertia;
read:  52-56 (forces)

Monday, January 8

reviewed graphs of motion:  position vs time, and velocity vs time;
played around with The Moving Man;
looked at a practice quiz for chapter 1;
quiz tomorrow over the portions we’ve done in chapters 1 & 2


Friday, January 5

defined/discussed acceleration;
worked problems involving acceleration;
discussed/interpreted graphs of motion:  position vs time, and velocity vs time;
began a worksheet on motion (due Tuesday)

Thursday, January 4

discussed units and conversion worksheet;
discussed 1-dimensional motion;
read:  47-51 (acceleration)

Wednesday, January 3

discussed units and conversion;
began working on a worksheet dealing with units, prefixes, and conversion (due Friday);
read:  38-46 (1-D motion)

Tuesday, January 2

reviewed 1st semester and outlined the 2nd semester;
briefly discussed the geologic column;
discussed scientific methods of inquiry, inductive and deductive reasoning;
briefly discussed SI and English units;
briefly discussed Latin unit prefixes;
read:  14-21 (measurement)


Monday, October 9

Ms. Case will be teaching the class until January


Friday, October 6

reviewed chapter 20, using the GEODe tutorial;
quiz over chapter 20;
read 34-43 (matter)

Thursday, October 5

discussed the structure of a middle latitude cyclone;
watched some hail and tornado video;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 20

Wednesday, October 4

discussed air masses and fronts;
discussed weather associated with frontal boundaries;
watched some thunderstorm video;
read:  564-570 (fronts)

Tuesday, October 3

reviewed chapter 19 with the Powerpoint practice quiz;
quiz on chapter 19;
briefly discussed air masses and fronts;
read:  558-563 (air masses)

Monday, October 2

reviewed factors affecting winds;
reviewed chapter 19 with the Powerpoint practice quiz;
quiz on chapter 19 tomorrow 


Friday, September 29

reviewed factors affecting winds;
began a worksheet on determining wind direction from a pressure map (due Monday);
read:  543-548 (regional wind systems)

Thursday, September 28

reviewed the Coriolis force;
discussed pressure maps and factors affecting winds;

Wednesday, September 27

quiz over chapter 18 on humidity, clouds, and precipitation;
briefly discussed the Coriolis force;
read:  532-542 (pressure and winds)

Tuesday, September 26

no class, due to Iowa Assessments testing

Monday, September 25

no class, due to Iowa Assessments testing


Friday, September 22

looked at the chapter 18 with the Powerpoint to review cloud types;
looked at various clouds at Google images;
discussed precipitation;
quiz on chapter 18 next time we meet (next Wednesday)

Thursday, September 21

reviewed the global heat energy budget;
reviewed atmospheric transmission/absorption according to wavelength and specific greenhouse gas;
looked at the chapter 18 with the Powerpoint to review what we’ve done so far and to introduce cloud types

Wednesday, September 20

discussed the global heat energy budget;
discussed atmospheric transmission/absorption according to wavelength and specific greenhouse gas;
read 517-522 (cloud types and precipitation)

Tuesday, September 19

continued reviewing chapter 17 with the Powerpoint;
watched episode 28 of Eureka on radiation;
quiz over chapter 17;
briefly discussed cloud formation;
read 510-516 (cloud formation)

Monday, September 18

reviewed chapter 17 with the Powerpoint and quiz;
watched episodes 25-27 of Eureka on convection;
discussed the relative humidity worksheet (due tomorrow);
quiz tomorrow over chapter 17 concepts


Friday, September 8

no class, due to Community Outreach Day

Thursday, September 7

(due to student body photo, there was only 5 minutes of class)
briefly discussed relative humidity;
passed out a relative humidity worksheet to begin considering

Wednesday, September 6

reviewed concepts of heat in solids, liquids, and gasses;
watched episodes 19-21 of Eureka on heat;
briefly discussed relative humidity

Tuesday, September 5

demonstrated atmospheric pressure crushing a bottle;
watched episodes 16-18 of Eureka on heat

Monday, September 4

reviewed atmospheric pressure;
demonstrated light scattering, which causes the sky to be blue, and sunsets to be red;
discussed the effect of oceans, elevation, and prevailing wind on average temperature curves;
read:  504-509 (water in the atmosphere)


Friday, September 1

discussed atmospheric pressure and atmospheric layers;
read:  483-493 (atmospheric heating)

Thursday, August 31

quiz over chapter 25;
discussed atmospheric composition;
read:  476-482 (the atmosphere)

Wednesday, August 30

watched a final segment of Cosmos, The Edge of Forever on the possibility of 4-dimensional space;
reviewed chapter 25 with the Powerpoint and quiz;
quiz 25 tomorrow

Tuesday, August 29

discussed types of galaxies and Hubble’s tuning fork diagram;
reviewed the H-R diagram and the inverse-square law;
watched segments of Cosmos, The Edge of Forever

Monday, August 28

discussed stellar life and death;
reviewed the H-R diagram and the inverse-square law;
watched some more of Cosmos, The Lives of the Stars;
read:  715-721 (the universe)


Friday, August 25

quiz over chapter 24;
discussed quiz;
watched part of Cosmos, The Lives of the Stars;
read:  707-715 (star life and death)

Thursday, August 24

summarized chapter 24;
did practice quiz;
demonstrated effects of temperature on brightness and color;
discussed the Hertzsprung & Russell diagram;
quiz 24 tomorrow

Wednesday, August 23

discussed incandescent, bright-line and, absorption spectra;
discussed the Doppler effect;
discussed solar anatomy;
discussed the sunspot cycle;
discussed nuclear fusion as the sun’s source of energy

Tuesday, August 22

reviewed the electromagnetic spectrum;
looked at current solar images from SOHO;
watched video clip on the sun’s surface;
read:  700-706 (properties of stars)

Monday, August 21

discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;
discussed a continuous visible spectrum vs. a bright line spectrum;
discussed/demonstrated imaging with a lens and a mirror;
read:  684-690 (the sun)


Friday, August 18

quiz over chapter 23 (the planets);
read:  pp.674-683 (light)

Thursday, August 17

watched the second half of A Tour Through Our Solar System;
looked at images of planets and moons as we summarized the week’s reading;
quiz tomorrow over the planets

Wednesday, August 16

discussed worksheet on interplanetary distances (due date postponed till Thursday);
watched the first half of A Tour Through Our Solar System

Tuesday, August 15

briefly discussed the solar eclipse using Stellarium;
discussed common traits of the terrestrial planets;
discussed worksheet on interplanetary distances (due tomorrow);
read:  654-664 (the Jovian planets)

Monday, August 14

discussed the relative sizes and distances between the planets;
spent some time browsing the night sky with Stellarium;
passed out a worksheet on interplanetary distances (due Wednesday);
read:  649-653 (the terrestrial planets)


Friday, August 11

reviewed early astronomers & Earth-Sun-Moon motions;
quiz over the week’s topics;
read:  644-648 (The Solar System)

Thursday, August 10

reviewed early astronomers & Earth-Sun-Moon motions;
watched portions of Harmony of the Worlds, from the Cosmos series, on renaissance astronomy;
quiz tomorrow over the week’s topics

Wednesday, August 9

reviewed early astronomers;
discussed Earth-Sun-Moon motions and related terminology;
quiz Friday over the week’s topics

Tuesday, August 8

discussed early astronomers;
discussed geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system;
looked at animations illustrating planet motions;
read:  622-629 (Earth, Moon, & Sun)

 Monday, August 7

discussed the nature of the course and its content;
discussed the course syllabus and class expectations;
explored the size of the universe with Scale of the Universe 2;
read:  614-621 (Early Astronomy)