### course syllabus

science links

practice quizzes

### 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)