course syllabus
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practice quizzes

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Friday, March 13

reviewed classification of matter;
defined physical change and chemical change;
listed/discussed physical properties and chemical properties of matter

Thursday, March 12

discussed classification of matter, citing many examples;
read:  pp.458-465 (properties of matter)

Wednesday, March 11

reviewed electromagnetism;
quiz 8;
read:  pp.450-456 (classifying matter)

Tuesday, March 10

discussed/demonstrated magnetic damping;
demonstrated a Tesla coil, exciting gas discharge tubes;
looked at the online quiz for chapter 8;
quiz 8 tomorrow

Monday, March 9

reviewed electromagnetic induction, transformers, and the electric energy grid;
watched animations on transformers;
quiz 8 on Wednesday;
no journal tomorrow


Friday, March 6

reviewed electromagnetic induction;
discussed transformers, and the electric energy grid

Thursday, March 5

reviewed electric motors;
discussed/demonstrated electromagnetic induction;
examined a hand-crank generator;
discussed conservation of energy

Wednesday, March 4

further discussed/demonstrated applications of electromagnetism;
discussed/examined electric motors

Tuesday, March 3

reviewed magnetism;
discussed/demonstrated electromagnetism;
discussed/examined speakers;
read:  pp. 231-237 (electromagnetism)

Monday, March 2

discussed the history of understanding magnetism;
passed around magnetite, paperclips, compasses, bar magnets, and made observations;
noted the polarity of Earth’s magnetism;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, February 28

discussed the correct usage practices of a multimeter;
reviewed with the online quiz for chapter 7;
quiz 7;
read:  pp.224-230 (magnetism)

Thursday, February 27

asked questions about the worksheet on electric circuits;
discussed parallel and series resistances, parallel and series cells;
looked at the online quiz for chapter 7;
quiz 7 tomorrow

Wednesday, February 26

began worksheet on electric circuits;
examined multimeters; measured continuity and voltage;
quiz 7 on Friday

Tuesday, February 25

discussed electrical power calculations;
discussed/examined fuses and circuit breakers;
discussed a series and a parallel circuit

Monday, February 24

reviewed current, voltage, resistance, and Ohm’s law;
examined some resistors, and discussed the color codes as a review of scientific notation;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, February 21

discussed current, voltage, and resistance;
discussed Ohm’s law;
read:  pp.207-313 (electric energy)

Thursday, February 20

watched animations of how xerography works in a laser printer;
began looking at schematic symbols for circuit components

Wednesday, February 19

discussed/demonstrated static electric charge;
read: pp. 200-205 (electric current)

Tuesday, February 18

further discussed eye anatomy and laser vision correction;
watched episode 23 of Eureka about electrons;
read: pp. 192-199 (static charge)

Monday, February 17

reviewed internal combustion engines using heat engine animations;
reviewed lens imaging from earlier in the year;
discussed eye anatomy and vision correction;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, February 14

discussed quiz on chapter 5;
reviewed heat flow;
discussed internal combustion engines using heat engine animations

Thursday, February 13

reviewed chapter 5 with online practice quizzes;
quiz on chapter 5

Wednesday, February 12

worked more with “the ramp“;
reviewed chapter 5 with online practice quizzes;
quiz 5 tomorrow

Tuesday, February 11

worked with “the ramp“;
worksheet on work, power, and simple machines due tomorrow

Monday, February 10

reviewed work, power and simple machines;
watched episode 15 of Eureka on pulleys;
discussed pulleys and mechanical advantage;
began worksheet on work, power, and simple machines (due Wednesday);
no journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, January 31

reviewed/demonstrated idea behind the inclined plane and the lever;
watched episode 12-14 of Eureka on other simple machines, mechanical advantage, friction, and efficiency

Thursday, January 30

did horsepower activity on the stairs;
watched some professional athletes exhibit extreme power;
watched episode 11 of Eureka on the inclined plane;
read:  pp.132-137 (machines)

Wednesday, January 29

discussed quiz 4;
discussed work and power;
defined watts and horsepower

Tuesday, January 28

reviewed chapter 4 with online practice quizzes;
quiz 4;
briefly discussed work and power;
read:  pp.126-131 (work and power)
journal entry due tomorrow

Monday, January 27

discussed/demonstrated conservation of energy;
visited the skate park animation;
reviewed chapter 4 with online practice quizzes;
quiz 4 tomorrow


Friday, January 24

watched episodes 8-10 of Eureka;
discussed yesterday’s quiz on chapter 3;
discussed/demonstrated elastic potential energy;
read:  pp. 107-115 (conservation of energy)

Thursday, January 23

discussed drag through fluids;
watched video clip on free-fall with a vacuum;
quiz on chapter 3;
briefly discussed kinetic and potential energy;
read:  pp. 100-105 (energy)

Wednesday, January 22

discussed projectile motion;
watched an episode from Myth Busters on a dropped vs fired bulled falling together;
looked at the practice quiz for chapter 3;
quiz over chapter 3 tomorrow

Tuesday, January 21

reviewed centripetal force;
discussed action/reaction;
watched a segment from The Mechanical Universe on momentum conservation;
quiz over chapter 3 on Thursday

Monday, January 20

watched episode 7 of Eureka;
discussed sliding friction;
contrasted starting friction with sliding friction;
discussed anti-lock brakes;
read:  pp. 83-88 (action/reaction)
no Journal due tomorrow or this week


Friday, January 17

reviewed yesterday’s quiz over chapters 1 & 2;
reviewed Newton’s Laws of Motion;
watched episodes 3-6 of Eureka;
read:  pp. 75-82 (gravity and centripetal force)

Thursday, January 16

quiz over chapters 1 & 2;
further discussed/demonstrated Newton’s Laws of Motion;
watched episodes 1 & 2 of Eureka;
read:  pp. 68-74 (forces)

Wednesday, January 15

no class, due to Shakespeare field trip

Tuesday, January 14

discussed worksheet on distance, velocity, & acceleration (due Thursday);
continued reviewing chapters 1 & 2 with practice quizzes;
discussed/demonstrated Newton’s Laws of Motion;
quiz over chapters 1 & 2 on Thursday, due to field trip on Wednesday;
journal entry due on Thursday

Monday, January 13

discussed worksheet on distance, velocity, & acceleration (due Wednesday);
began reviewing chapters 1 & 2 with practice quizzes;
quiz over chapters 1 & 2 on Wednesday;
journal entry due on Wednesday


Friday, January 10

discussed acceleration and velocity vs. time graphs;
began a worksheet on distance, velocity, & acceleration (due Wednesday)

Thursday, January 9

no class, due to community service day

Wednesday, January 8

worked units conversion examples;
answered questions on the worksheet on units and measurement (due Friday);
analyzed position vs. time graphs;
analyzed velocity vs. time graphs;
read:  pp. 47-51 (acceleration)

Tuesday, January 7

discussed/compared changing English units with SI units;
worked units conversion examples;
began a worksheet on units and measurement (due Thursday);
read:  pp. 38-46 (1-D motion)

Monday, January 6

defined/discussed physics as the study of energy;
discussed fundamental units and unit prefixes;
read:  pp. 14-21 (measurement)


Tuesday, December 17

reviewed chapters 2 & 3 with practice quizzes;
continue reviewing for semester exam over chapters 2, 3, 6, 9, 17, 18, 19, 22-25  (7:30 Friday morning);

Monday, December 16

quiz over 18 & 19;
start reviewing for semester exam