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Tuesday, May 16

took semester exam

Monday, May 15

worked problems;
semester exam will be at 1:35 tomorrow, over chapters 14-26, 28, & 30


Friday, May 12

discussed nuclear reactors and the perils of nuclear energy;
semester exam will be at 1:35 on Tuesday, 5/16/17, over chapters 14-26, 28, & 30

Thursday, May 11

digital projector dissection lab;
Ohm’s law lab write-up due Friday;
semester exam will be at 1:35 on Tuesday, 5/16/17, over chapters 14-26, 28, & 30

Wednesday, May 10

discussed fission and fusion as means of annihilating mass to produce energy;
discarded digital projector dissection lab tomorrow;
Ohm’s law lab write-up due Friday;
semester exam will be at 1:35 on Tuesday, 5/16/17, over chapters 14-26, 28, & 30

Tuesday, May 9

discussed radioactivity;
discussed forms of decay and the resulting transmutation;
read:  806-814 (nuclear decay and nuclear reactions)

Monday, May 8

worked a few problems from the quantum physics chapter;
discussed the Pauli’s exclusion principle, constraints on quantum numbers, and the shape of the periodic chart;
read:  799-805 (the nucleus)


Friday, May 5

discussed models of the atom by Dalton, Thompson, Rutherford, & Bohr;
collected data for the Ohm’s Law Lab
read:  760-765 (the quantum model of the atom)

Thursday, May 4

discussed the Compton effect, the deBroglie wavelength, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle;
watched segments from The Elegant Universe (The Quantum Cafe & Two Sets of Conflicting Laws);
continued working with breadboarding of a 555 timer circuit

Wednesday, May 3

discussed blackbody radiation, Wein’s displacement law, and the photoelectric effect;
continued working with breadboarding of a 555 timer circuit;
read:  747-752 (the atom)

Tuesday, May 2

continued working with breadboarding simple amplifiers;
read:  733-737 (more quantum physics), if you haven’t already

Monday, May 1

briefly discussed quantum physics;
discussed the operation of a transistor;
breadboarded a simple transistor amplifier;
read:  733-737 (more quantum physics)


Friday, April 28

discussed test 24 & 25;
briefly discussed breadboarding;
read:  723-731 (quantum physics)

Thursday, April 27

test 24 & 25

Wednesday, April 26

reviewed electrical resonance;
discussed tuning radio frequencies with inductive/capacitive circuits;
excited various coils with a 1.5 volt cell;
test 24-25 on tomorrow

Tuesday, April 25

further discussed phase shift, inductive reactance, and impedance;
discussed/demonstrated electrical resonance;
played around some with the Tesla coil;
test 24-25 on Thursday

Monday, April 24

demonstrated inductive phase shift with an oscilloscope;
discussed phase shift, inductive reactance, and impedance;
test 24-25 on Wednesday


Friday, April 21

no class, due to Academy Days

Thursday, April 20

quiz over transformers;
discussed problem set;
discussed Lenz’s law;
demonstrated/discussed hopping rings

Wednesday, April 19

quiz over Faraday’s induction law
discussed transformers;
went outside to observe the transformer configuration on campus

Tuesday, April 18

demonstrated magnetic deflection with an oscilloscope;
reviewed Faraday’s induction law
discussed rms voltage, current, and power;
discussed/demonstrated electromagnetic induction with microphones;
problems 25 pp.692-693 #60-78 even (due Tuesday)

Monday, April 17

worked on Index of Refraction lab write-up calculations (due tomorrow);
worked problems from the problem set (due tomorrow);
discussed Faraday’s induction law


Friday, April 14

had a quiz over magnetic forces on moving charges;
discussed/demonstrated electromagnetic induction;
worked problems from the problem set;
read 678-685 (induction)

Thursday, April 13

had a pseudo-quiz over magnetic forces on moving charges;
discussed/demonstrated electric motors, solenoids, speakers;
read 671-678 (electromagnetic induction)

Wednesday, April 12

further discussed static magnetism and electromagnetism;
discussed magnetic forces on current-carrying wires and on moving charges;
chapter 24 problems, pp.665-667 #60-66, 72-80 even (due Tuesday)

Tuesday, April 11

collected data for an index of refraction lab;
briefly discussed/demonstrated electromagnetism;
read 652-659 (magnetic forces)

Monday, April 10

discussed test 22 & 23;
discussed and played around with permanent magnets;
viewed various sketches of magnetic fields;
read 643-651 (magnetism)


Tuesday, April 4

test 22 & 23

Monday, April 3

worked book problems from chapter 22 & 23;
quiz on resistor networks;
test 22 & 23 tomorrow


Friday, March 31

worked book problems from chapter 22 & 23;
test 22 & 23 on Tuesday

Thursday, March 30

analyzed another resistor networks;
looked at book problems from chapter 22;
test 22 & 23 on Tuesday

Wednesday, March 29

quiz on Ohm’s Law;
discussed series and parallel circuits;
analyzed resistor networks;
read:  pp.627-631 (circuit applications);
get started on problems p.637-638 #58-76, 80, 82, 86 even (due next Tuesday)

Tuesday, March 28

played around with some lamps, cells, power supply, motors;
defined resistance;
discussed Ohm’s Law;
examined the color code on various resistors;
read:  pp.617-626 (series & parallel);
Ohm’s Law quiz tomorrow

Monday, March 27

discussed test 20-21;
briefly discussed electric current & schematic symbols;
read:  pp.601-605 (using electricity);
problems p.611 #62-70, 76-86 even (due Thursday)


Friday, March 24

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

Thursday, March 23

discussed xerography;
watched a video explanation of how a laser writer works;
worked problems from both problem sets;
test 20 & 21 tomorrow

Wednesday, March 22

worked problems from both problem sets;
worked on the Resonance/Sound Speed lab write-up;
test 20 & 21 Friday

Tuesday, March 21

worked problems from the problem set;
test 20 & 21 Friday

Monday, March 20

quiz on Coulomb’s law and vector addition;
discussed electric field;
test 20 & 21 Thursday


Friday, March 17

(most of the class was absent, due to Music Festival);
briefly discussed xerography;
discussed a few problems from the problem set;
worked on the sound speed lab write-up;
read:  469-478 (E-field applications);
problems p.585-586 #66, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88 (due Wednesday)

Thursday, March 16

(most of the class was absent, due to Music Festival);
discussed electric field;
discussed a couple of problems from the homework set;
worked on organizing some of the physics equipment in the equipment room

Wednesday, March 15

summarized what we’ve done so far with electrostatics;
Belize students collected data for the Sound Speed lab (due next Thursday);
read:  pp. 563-568 (electric field)

Tuesday, March 14

collected data for the Sound Speed lab;
discussed a problem from the current problem set

Monday, March 13

reviewed electrostatics, Coulomb’s Law;
worked examples of electric force vector problems;
read:  546-553 (electric force);
problems p.559 #42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 60 (due Friday)


Thursday, March 2

discussed/demonstrated electrostatics;
discussed Coulomb’s Law, and worked examples;
experimented with lenses outside

Wednesday, March 1

discussed test 18 & 19;
discussed/demonstrated Fresnel lenses;
read:  541-545 (electric charge), if you haven’t already

Tuesday, February 28

test 18 & 19;
read:  541-545 (electric charge)

Monday, February 27

reviewed chapter 18 & 19;
worked problems from chapter 19 problem set;
test 18 & 19 tomorrow


Friday, February 24

discussed the Rayleigh criteria for resolution;
worked problems from chapter 19 problem set;
test 18 & 19 on Tuesday

Thursday, February 23

discussed single slit and double slit interference;
worked problems from chapter 19 problem set;
discussed thin film interference;
test 18 & 19 on Tuesday

Wednesday, February 22

finished discussing eye optics and laser surgery;
briefly discussed diffraction of light;
discussed double slit interference;
test 18 & 19 on Monday

Tuesday, February 21

quiz on lens imaging;
demonstrated/discussed Young’s double slit experiment;
watched a brief video on quantum entanglement;
Read:  524-531 (diffraction);
chapter 19 problems: p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Monday)

Monday, February 20

discussed problem set 18 (due tomorrow);
worked more lens imaging problems;
began discussing the human eye and vision correction;
quiz on lens imaging tomorrow


Friday, February 17

quiz on refraction;
worked some lens imaging problems;
read 515-531 (interference);
chapter 18 problem set due date postponed till Tuesday

Thursday, February 16

pseudo-quiz on refraction;
considered a few problems from the problem set;
began a lens imaging problem;
quiz on refraction tomorrow

Wednesday, February 15

finished collecting data for the Simple Harmonic Motion lab;
considered a few problems from the problem set;
began talking about lens imaging;
quiz on refraction tomorrow;
read:  pp. 500-503 (optical instruments)

Tuesday, February 14

collected data for the Simple Harmonic Motion lab

Monday, February 13

discussed index of refraction and Snell’s law;
discussed/demonstrated total internal reflection and the critical angle;
discussed/examined fiber-optic cable;
discussed dispersion of the visible spectrum;
problems p.509-511 #68, 70, 72, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 90, 94 (due Friday)


Friday, February 10

discussed test 16 & 17;
briefly discussed/demonstrated refraction;
read:  pp.493-499 (lenses)

Thursday, February 9

test 16 & 17;
read:  pp.485-492 (refraction)

Wednesday, February 8

worked more mirror imaging problems;
worked on problem set 17 (due tomorrow);
quickly watched portions of the dual nature of light/particles for those who were absent when we saw this earlier;
test 16 & 17 tomorrow

Tuesday, February 7

quiz on mirror imaging;
discussed and viewed images of telescope mirrors;
worked on problem set 17 (due date postponed until Thursday);
test 16 & 17 postponed until Thursday

Monday, February 6

reviewed luminosity, illumination, colors, pigments, polarization, and Doppler effect;
worked a variety of mirror imaging problems;
mirror imaging quiz likely tomorrow;
test 16 & 17 on Wednesday


Friday, January 27

(all on the gymnastics team were gone to Acrofest);
looked at a few homework problems;
watched a few clips on the dual nature of light/particles

Thursday, January 26

quiz on light properties and colors;
looked at a few homework problems;
discussed/examined polarized light;
get started on problems:  p.479-480 #56, 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72 (due Wednesday after break)

Wednesday, January 25

(class started late, due to Meet with Southern);
worked problems from the problem set;
discussed the Doppler effect when applied to light;
problems:  p.479-480 #56, 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72 (due Wednesday after break)

Tuesday, January 24

reviewed visible spectrum, primary colors (additive primaries), & primary pigments (subtractive primaries);
discussed/examined plane mirrors;
discussed/examined concave mirrors;
read:  464-475 (curved mirrors)

Monday, January 23

reviewed luminosity, luminous intensity, and illumination;
discussed the visible spectrum, primary colors (additive primaries), & primary pigments (subtractive primaries);
discussed retina function and color blindness;
considered problems from the problem set;
read:  457-463 (plane mirrors)


Friday, January 20

discussed luminosity, luminous intensity, and illumination;
discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;
began discussing attributes of the visible spectrum;
problems p. 453 #54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due Thursday)

Thursday, January 19

discussed test 14 & 15;
discussed the history of light theory;
read: pp. 439-447 (color, polarization, & the Doppler effect with light)

Wednesday, January 18

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

Tuesday, January 17

quiz on decibels;
worked problems from problem set 15;
discussed resonance on a wire and in a pipe;
test over chapters 14 & 15 tomorrow

Monday, January 16

further discussed decibels and relative change of intensity;
worked problems from problem set 15;
briefly discussed resonance on a wire and in a pipe;
test over chapters 14 & 15 postponed until Wednesday


Friday, January 13

analyzed the sound system in Ponce Hall for a flat response using white noise;
listened to an audio segment on The Doppler Effect from The Science of Sound;
test over chapters 14 & 15 on Tuesday

Thursday, January 12

(most of the class was absent on a Personal Finance field trip);
analyzed harmonic content of a trombone versus a synthesized trombone from an electronic keyboard

Wednesday, January 11

analyzed harmonic content of various synthesized instruments from an electronic keyboard;
discussed problems from the problem set

Tuesday, January 10

analyzed harmonic content of various sounds/instruments with Audacity

Monday, January 9

quiz on the Doppler Effect;
worked problems from the homework set (due today);
discussed decibels as a relative measure of intensity;
read: p.411-419 (sound);
bring your instruments tomorrow;
start looking at the problems on pp. 425-427 #52, 54, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82 (due Monday)


Friday, January 6

discussed wave properties:  rectilinear propagation, reflection, refraction, diffraction, & interference;
worked problems from the problem set (due Monday);
read:  pp. 411-419 (sound)

Thursday, January 5

used Audacity to generate a sweep of the audio spectrum;
discussed the Doppler effect

Wednesday, January 4

pseudo-quiz on pendulum, and mass on spring;
discussed/demonstrated standing waves;
briefly discussed wave reflection and refraction;
demonstrated wave reflections at a boundary;
read: p.403-410 (sound);
problems p. 397-400 #70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 86, 90, 92, 100 (due Monday)

Tuesday, January 3

reviewed simple harmonic motion;
verified the expressions experimentally;
tinkered around with pendulum, and mass & spring simulations;
discussed wave types and wave anatomy;
read: p.381-391 (wave properties and behavior)

Monday, January 2

discussed 1st semester exam;
discussed demonstrated simple harmonic motion;
read: p.375-380 (simple harmonic motion)


Friday, December 16

no class today

Thursday, December 15

semester exam

Wednesday, December 14

no class today;
exam will be tomorrow at 12:30

Tuesday, December 13

continued reviewing for semester exam, covering chapters 1-13;
exam will be Thursday at 12:30

Monday, December 12

began reviewing for semester exam, covering chapters 1-13


Friday, December 9

quiz on thermal expansion;
further discussed elastic modulus

Thursday, December 8

quiz on  Archimedes’ and Pascal’s principles;
discussed thermal expansion;
discussed elastic modulus

Wednesday, December 7

worked problems on  Archimedes’, Pascal’s, and Bernoulli’s principles;
quiz tomorrow on one of the three

Tuesday, December 6

discussed chapter 13 problems;
collected data for heat of fusion lab

Monday, December 5

reviewed pressure and density;
discussed/illustrated Archimedes’, Pascal’s, and Bernoulli’s principles;
continue working on problems p.369-371 #76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100 (due Wednesday)


Friday, December 2

summarized heat and thermodynamics;
defined/discussed pressure and its common units
Read: 359-363 (solids)

Thursday, December 1

connected the 2nd of thermodynamics with the operation of heat engines and refrigeration;
discussed the 2nd law of thermodynamics and Intelligent Design;
discussed/demonstrated Archimedes’ Principle;
worked on finishing up chapter 12 problems;
problems p.369-371 #76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100 (due Wednesday)

Wednesday, November 30

looked at heat engine animations;
discussed the principles of refrigeration;
discussed the statistical probability governing the 2nd law of thermodynamics

Tuesday, November 29

worked a calorimetry problem involving latent heat;
quiz on calorimetry;
read: 341-348 (fluids)

Monday, November 28

reviewed thermometry and calorimetry;
reviewed latent heat;
further discussed conduction, radiation and convection;
briefly discussed 4-cycle engines;
chapter 12 problems:  pp.336-337 # 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64


Friday, November 18

no class today; beginning Thanksgiving break

Thursday, November 17

discussed thermal radiation;
discussed & demonstrated thermal conduction;
discussed & demonstrated thermal expansion

Wednesday, November 16

discussed & worked out a demonstration of calorimetry;
discussed/defined temperature and heat;
look over handout on conduction and radiation;
get started on chapter 12 problems:  pp.336-337 # 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64

Tuesday, November 15

discussed test 10 & 11;
discussed/defined temperature and heat;
read 323-331 (phase change & thermodynamics)

Monday, November 14

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


Friday, November 11

demonstrated conservation of energy with PhET animations;
test 10 & 11 on Monday

Thursday, November 10

discussed doing the write-up for the Torques and Center of Mass lab;
worked problems from the chapter 11 problem set;
problems for chapter 11 due Friday; test 10 & 11 on Monday

Wednesday, November 9

collected data for lab on Torques and Center of Mass;
problems for chapter 11 due Friday; test 10 & 11 on Monday

Tuesday, November 8

quiz on conservation of energy;
worked a problem on conservation of energy in rotating systems;
briefly discussed tomorrow’s lab on Torques and Center of Mass;
problems for chapter 11 due Friday; test 10 & 11 on Monday

Monday, November 7

reviewed conservation of energy;
pseudo-quiz on conservation of energy; real quiz likely tomorrow;
finished up Einstein’s Big Idea;
problems 11: pp.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 (due Friday)


Friday, November 4

demonstrated conservation of energy with a pendulum;
answered questions about problems
finished the third segment (c) and the 4th segment (2) of Einstein’s Big Idea;
quiz Monday on conservation of energy

Thursday, November 3

worked problems from the problem set;
did power activity on stairs;
began the third segment (c) of Einstein’s Big Idea, about our present understanding of energy;
read:  293-301 (conservation of energy)

Wednesday, November 2

quiz on work/energy;
worked problems from the problem set;
finished the second segment (m) of Einstein’s Big Idea, about our present understanding of energy;
read:  285-292 (forms of energy)

Tuesday, November 1

defined elastic potential energy;
worked problems from the problem set;
watched part of the second segment (m) of Einstein’s Big Idea, about our present understanding of energy;
work on the problem set

Monday, October 31

defined work, kinetic energy, and potential energy;
watched the first segment (E) of Einstein’s Big Idea, about our present understanding of energy
problem set 10: p.278-281 #52, 56, 58, 64, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86 (due Friday)


Friday, October 28

discussed test 8 & 9;
briefly discussed work and kinetic energy;
read:  266-273 (simple machines)

Thursday, October 27

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

Wednesday, October 26

worked problems from chapter 9 problem set;
quiz on conservation of angular momentum;
test 8 & 9 tomorrow

Tuesday, October 25

quiz on conservation of linear momentum;
worked a 2-D collision using conservation of momentum for horizontal and vertical;
worked problems from chapter 9 problem set;
test 8 & 9 on Thursday

Monday, October 24

watched Mechanical Universe clips on conservation of linear momentum and angular momentum;
worked problems from chapter 9 problem set;
test 8 & 9 on Thursday


Wednesday, October 19

no class, due to home leave

Tuesday, October 18

no class, due to Junior History Trip and Senior Class Trip

Monday, October 17

no class, due to Junior History Trip and Senior Class Trip


Friday, October 14

discussed/demonstrated conservation of angular momentum;
worked a problem involving conservation of lineal momentum;
worked problems from chapter 9, dealing with equilibrium;
begin on problem set 9: p.251-253 #56, 59, 62, 66, 67, 74, 77, 79

Thursday, October 13

shortened class, due to college fair;
worked problems from chapter 8, dealing with rotational dynamics;
problem set 8 and Forces Lab due Friday

Wednesday, October 12

defined/discussed momentum conservation;
demonstrated conservation of momentum and precession with a bicycle wheel;
discussed the forces lab write-up;
discussed a problem from the problem set;
problem set 8 and Forces Lab due Friday

Tuesday, October 11

quiz on rotational inertia;
defined/discussed momentum and impulse;
discussed airbags, helmets, and cushioning within packaging;
read 236-245 (conservation of momentum)

Monday, October 10

discussed doing lab reports for the friction lab (due Tuesday) and for the forces lab (due Thursday);
discussed/demonstrated center of mass significance for rotating objects;
worked a few problems from problem set 8: pp.223-225 #72, 74, 76, 78, 82, 84, 87, 88;
read 229-235 (impulse and momentum)


Friday, October 7

discussed rotational dynamics;
demonstrated conservation of angular momentum with a wheel;
discussed doing lab reports for the friction lab (due Tuesday) and for the forces lab (due Thursday);
get started on problems for chapter 8:  pp.223-225 #72, 74, 76, 78, 82, 84, 87, 88 (due Thursday)

Thursday, October 6

collected data for forces lab;
worked on lab write-up for friction lab

Wednesday, October 5

finished discussing test 6-7;
discussed torque & rotational inertia;
read 211-217 (equilibrium);
problems for chapter 8:  pp.223-225 #72, 74, 76, 78, 82, 84, 87, 88 (due Tuesday)

Tuesday, October 4

had a quiz on rotational accelerated motion;
began discussing test 6-7

Monday, October 3

had a pseudo-quiz on rotational accelerated motion;
discussed/demonstrated rotational inertia;
read 201-210 (rotational dynamics)


Friday, September 30

no class, due to Fall Festival preparation

 Thursday, September 29

defined/discussed angular motion;
finished collecting friction lab data;
read 196-200 (describing rotational motion)

Wednesday, September 28

test 6 & 7

Tuesday, September 27

collected data on the friction lab;
worked problems from the chapter 7 problem set;
test 6 & 7 tomorrow

Monday, September 26

discussed gravity and orbiting bodies;
worked problems from the chapter 7 problem set;
test 6 & 7 postponed until Wednesday


Friday, September 23

worked on chapter 6 problems and related problems (due on Monday);
test 6 & 7 on Tuesday

Thursday, September 22

discussed universal gravitation;
worked out the synchronous-orbit satellite problem;
viewed the real-time positioning of satellites online;
chapter 6 problems will be due on Monday

Wednesday, September 21

had quiz on projectile motion;
discussed historical development of planetary astronomy;
discussed universal gravitation;
read 179-185 (using universal gravitation);
chapter 7 problems: pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86 (due Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 20

had a pseudo-quiz on projectile motion; (real quiz tomorrow);
demonstrated The Monkey & The Hunter;
worked on problems from chapter 6;
read 171-178 (universal gravitation)

Monday, September 19

no class, due to seniors at View Southern


Tuesday, September 13

pseudo-quiz on projectile motion;
discussed/demonstrated circular motion;
distinguished centripetal force from centrifugal force;
chapter 6 problems:  pp. 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due next Thursday) 

Monday, September 12

discussed projectile motion;
worked a couple of projectile problems;
finished working on the lab write-up;
read 147-152 (projectile motion) &  153-159 (circular motion), if you haven’t already


Friday, September 9

discussed test 4 & 5;
worked more on lab write-up;
read 153-159 (circular motion)

Thursday, September 8

finished test 4 & 5;
worked some on lab write-up;
read 153-159 (circular motion)

Wednesday, September 7

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

Tuesday, September 6

test postponed, due to senior portrait scheduling conflict;
test 4 & 5 on tomorrow

Monday, September 5

worked with spreadsheet to analyze acceleration lab data;
worked problems from chapter 5;
worked sample review problems;
test 4 & 5 on tomorrow


Friday, September 2

worked with video for acceleration lab;
worked problems from chapter 5;
test 4 & 5 on Tuesday

Thursday, September 1

quiz on sliding friction;
worked problems from problem set 5;
worked other problems on sliding friction

Wednesday, August 31

collected lab data for the acceleration due to gravity lab;
worked problems from problem set 5;
discussed the differences in static and kinetic friction;
discussed the operation of anti-lock brakes

Tuesday, August 30

played around with PhET simulations about friction;
worked problems from problem set 5

Monday, August 29

quiz on vector addition;
finished discussing sliding friction on an incline;
worked problems from problem set 4;
problem set 5: pp. 141-143 # 80, 82, 86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 104 (due Friday)


Friday, August 26

pseudo-quiz on vector addition;
discussed sliding friction on a level surface, pulling at an angle, and on an incline;
problem set 5: pp. 141-143 # 80, 82, 86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 104 (due Thursday);
problem set 4 will be due on Tuesday instead of Monday

Thursday, August 25

discussed scalars and vectors;
discussed/demonstrated graphical and analytical vector addition;
read 126-135

Wednesday, August 24

finished discussing test 1-3;
discussed Newton’s Laws of motion;
demonstrated the 1st law with a pyramid of water cups;
chapter 4 problems: p.113 #60, 64, 68, 70, 72, 76, 80 (due Monday)

Tuesday, August 23

discussed how to do a lab write-up (Density lab write-up due Thursday);
discussed test 1-3;
read 96-107 (Newton’s 2nd & 3rd Laws of motion)

Monday, August 22

test 1-3;
read 87-95 (Newton’s Laws of motion)


Friday, August 19

(no class, due to Senior Retreat)

Thursday, August 18

collected data for the Density Lab (write-up due next Thursday);
discussed/collect homework for chapter 3;
test 1-3 postponed until Monday

Wednesday, August 17

worked various acceleration and free-fall problems;
look over Density Lab handout for tomorrow;
test 1-3 postponed until Monday

Tuesday, August 16

quiz on a constant velocity problem;
reviewed equations for accelerated motion;
considered acceleration due to gravity and free-fall problems;
test 1-3 on Thursday

Monday, August 15

discussed questions from the chapter 2 problem set (due tomorrow);
discussed equations for accelerated motion;
worked problems on accelerated motion;
read:  65-75 (working with acceleration);
problems:  pp. 81-84 #74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 88, 94, 100, 106, 110 (due Thursday)


Friday, August 12

continued discussing graphing using absolute error terms;
contrasted scalars and vectors;
discussed 1-dimensional motion;
get worksheet done by Monday;
read:  57-64 (acceleration);
problems:  pp. 53-54 #50, 54, 56, 58, 60 (due Tuesday)

Thursday, August 11

discussed graphing using absolute error terms;
do the back half of the worksheet

Wednesday, August 10

discussed arithmetic using absolute error terms;
began a worksheet on absolute error terms;
do the front half of the worksheet

Tuesday, August 9

discussed fundamental units and prefixes;
discussed dimensional analysis;
discussed/demonstrated working with significant figures;
look over handout on uncertainty and error terms

Monday, August 8

passed out textbooks; explained course description;
Why science and engineering? S.T.E.M
considered some counterintuitive phenomena;
discussed working with error terms and absolute uncertainty;
Read pp. 3-14 (units & measurements)