Course Description
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Tuesday, May 16

took semester exam

Monday, May 15

reviewed for semester exam;
semester exam will be tomorrow at 7:30


Friday, May 12

reviewed the chemistry of fats and carbohydrates;
watched TED talk by Robert Lustig on sugar and health
briefly discussed the effects of excessive proteins in the diet

Thursday, May 11

discussed fractional distillation of crude oil;
discussed the chemistry of fats and carbohydrates

Wednesday, May 10

reviewed hydrocarbon chains (alkanes, alkenes, & alkynes);
watched a short video segment on functional groups;
briefly discussed functional groups;
read:  736-741 (petroleum), if you haven’t already

Tuesday, May 9

retook the quiz on acids and bases;
discussed hydrocarbon chains (alkanes, alkenes, & alkynes);
read:  736-741 (petroleum)

Monday, May 8

played around some more with mild acids, bases, and pH indicators;
reviewed acids and bases using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
read:  726-734 (organic compounds), if you haven’t already


Friday, May 5

quiz on acids and bases;
played around some with mild acids, bases, and pH indicators
read:  726-734 (organic compounds)

Thursday, May 4

further discussed acids and bases;
began  a worksheet dealing with neutralization reactions
quiz on acids and bases tomorrow

Wednesday, May 3

further discussed acids and bases;
discussed the pH scale;
read:  707-711 (neutralization)

Tuesday, May 2

discussed how soap is made and how it works;
discussed acids and bases;
read:  796-708 (acids and bases), if you haven’t already

Monday, May 1

reviewed factors affecting rate of solution;
discussed solubility, saturation, and supersaturation;
watched a video clip showing rapid crystal growth in a supersaturated solution;
discussed freezing point depression;
read:  796-708 (acids and bases)


Friday, April 28

discussed polar and nonpolar solvents and solutes;
discussed factors affecting rate of solution;
demonstrated various solutions on an oil & water mixture;
read:  676-685 (nonpolar solvents)

Thursday, April 27

analyzed/demonstrated some reactions;
read:  664-675 (solutions)

Wednesday, April 26

worked more examples of equation balancing;
quiz over chemical equations

Tuesday, April 25

discussed the worksheet (due tomorrow);
discussed/watched a video clip on catalysts;
quiz tomorrow on chemical equations and reaction types

Monday, April 24

reviewed 5 general types of chemical reactions;
worked examples of balancing chemical equations;
began a worksheet on balancing chemical equations


Friday, April 21

outlined 5 general types of chemical reactions;
discussed examples of each;
read 638-645 (chemical equations)

Thursday, April 20

quiz 20;
read 632-637 (reactions)

Wednesday, April 19

practiced with element flashcards;
reviewed covalent bonding; 
summarized chapter 20 by using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
quiz over chapter 20 tomorrow

Tuesday, April 18

practiced with element flashcards;
described covalent bonding;
discussed naming covalent compounds;
quiz over chapter 20 on Thursday

Monday, April 17

practiced with element flashcards;
discussed rules for ionic compound naming;
began a worksheet involving compound naming


Friday, April 14

further discussed ionic bonding, formula writing, and compound naming;
began a worksheet involving formula writing (due Monday)

Thursday, April 13

discussed ionic bonding, formula writing, and compound naming
read 615-621 (formulas and naming rules)

Wednesday, April 12

summarized chapter 19 by using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
continued working on a notecard set for 40 of the most common elements (due tomorrow);
began making additional note cards for common polyatomic ions (due Monday);
read 602-614 (bonding)

Tuesday, April 11

began making a note card set for 40 of the most common elements (due Thursday)

Monday, April 10

reviewed electron configuration;
reviewed trends on the periodic chart;
read 578-582 (non-metals)


Wednesday, April 5

reviewed chapter 18 using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
quiz over radioactivity 
reviewed metals vs. non-metals

Tuesday, April 4

watched 3 video segments on nuclear energy;
reviewed chapter 18 using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
quiz over radioactivity tomorrow

Monday, April 3

reviewed  radioactive decay;
reviewed fission and fusion reactions;
briefly discussed nuclear reactors for electricity production


Friday, March 31

reviewed  transmutation and half-life, and radiometric dating;
discussed fission and fusion reactions and the development of bombs during WWII

Thursday, March 30

discussed alpha, beta, and gamma decay;
discussed transmutation and half-life;
briefly discussed radiometric dating

Wednesday, March 29

reviewed concepts of the periodic chart;
quiz on the periodic chart

Tuesday, March 28

reviewed chapter 17 using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
discussed the charge and mass of sub-atomic particles;
read:  541-546 (radioactive decay);
quiz tomorrow over chapter 17 topics

Monday, March 27

discussed the history of atomic models;
discussed the relationship between average atomic mass, atomic number, and average number of neutrons;
discussed the patterns found in electron configuration;
read:  536-540 (radioactivity);
quiz likely on Wednesday over chapter 17 topics


Friday, March 24

demonstrated colloid formation and light scattering;
reviewed chapter 15 using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
quiz over chapter 15;
discussed atomic structure a little more;
read:  516-524 (the periodic chart), if you haven’t already

Thursday, March 23

reviewed the diagram of classification of matter, physical change vs. chemical change;
demonstrated physical change vs. chemical change;
finished a video clip on the classification of matter;
played around with an interactive website on atomic structure;
read:  516-524 (the periodic chart);
quiz tomorrow over chapter 15

Wednesday, March 22

reviewed the diagram of classification of matter;
contrasted physical change vs. chemical change;
listed and contrasted physical properties vs. chemical properties;
began a video clip on the classification of matter;
read:  506-511 (atomic structure)

Tuesday, March 21

discussed yesterday’s quiz over light;
discussed diagramed classification of matter;
read:  458-465 (properties of matter)

Monday, March 20

reviewed the chapters on light using the textbook’s practice quizzes;
quiz over light;
read:  450-456 (classification of matter)


Friday, March 17

(most of the class was absent due to Music Festival);
discussed pros and cons of various types of laser surgery;
watched video clips of laser surgery;
quiz Monday on mirrors, lenses, and human vision;
(will review before the quiz)

Thursday, March 16

continued discussing the engineering of the human eye & vision correction;
discussed loss of accommodation (presbyopia);
discussed corrections for near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism

Wednesday, March 15

discussed/demonstrated lenses;
began discussing the engineering of the human eye & vision correction

Tuesday, March 14

discussed/demonstrated flat and curved mirrors;
began a worksheet dealing with primary colors and primary pigments;
read:  424-431 (lenses)

Monday, March 13

reviewed primary colors and primary pigments;
discussed/demonstrated total internal reflection and fiber optics;
read:  416-422 (mirrors)


Friday, March 3

discussed incandescent and fluorescent light sources;
compared/contrasted the balance of various light sources;
briefly discussed fiber optic cables

Thursday, March 2

discussed the visible spectrum;
discussed the RGB and CMYK color models
read:  394-404 (using light)

Wednesday, March 1

quiz on what we’ve done out of chapter 16;
discussed the 2nd law of thermodynamics and its implications;
read:  384-393 (light)

Tuesday, February 28

reviewed refrigeration, air conditioning, & heat pumps;
used the textbook’s practice quizzes to review chapter 16;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 16

Monday, February 27

discussed the gas laws;
looked at a gas law animation;
discussed refrigeration, air conditioning, & heat pumps


Friday, February 24

discussed heat of fusion and heat of vaporization;
looked at a simulation on states of matter;
read 490-495 (gasses) 

Thursday, February 23

reviewed chapter 6 concepts;
quiz over chapter 6 concepts;
read 476-483 (kinetic theory of heat) 

Wednesday, February 22

watched/discussed episode 29 of Eureka on radiation of heat;
watched/discussed animations of various heat engines;
quiz over heat tomorrow 

Tuesday, February 21

watched/discussed episodes 22-27 of Eureka on conduction and convection of heat;
read: 172-179 (using heat)

Monday, February 20

watched/discussed episodes 16-21 of Eureka on thermal energy;
read: 164-170 (heat transfer), if you haven’t already


Friday, February 17

discussed various temperature scales;
distinguished between heat and temperature;
discussed specific heat capacity;
contrasted Joules and calories as heat units;
read: 164-170 (heat transfer)

Thursday, February 16

quiz over work,  power, & simple machines (the concepts on the worksheet);
looked at simulations on mechanical advantage ;
read: 158-163 (heat and temperature)

Wednesday, February 15

demonstrated some examples of simple machines;
continued working on a worksheet dealing with work, power, and simple machines;
finish up worksheet

Tuesday, February 14

watched episodes 11-15 of Eureka on simple machines;
started working on a worksheet dealing with work, power, and simple machines;
read p. 138-146 (simple machines)

Monday, February 13

discussed work and power;
did a stair-climbing power activity
read p. 132-137 (machines)


Friday, February 10

reviewed energy transformation with a pendulum;
looked at simulations on mechanical energy conservation;
discussed energy transformations involving chemical, electrical, nuclear and light energy;
read p. 126-131 (work & power)

Thursday, February 9

discussed work, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, and elastic potential energy;
watched episodes 8-10 of Eureka on work and energy;
demonstrated conservation of energy with a pendulum;
read p. 107-115 (conservation of energy)

Wednesday, February 8

quickly reviewed everything so far dealing with forces and motion;
quiz over forces and motion;
watches part of Myth Busters about a bullet fired/dropped;
read p. 100-105 (energy)

Tuesday, February 7

reviewed universal gravitation;
discussed acceleration due to gravity;
discussed free-fall trajectories;
quiz tomorrow over what we’ve done so far with motion & forces

Monday, February 6

reviewed motion, Newton’s Laws;
discussed universal gravitation;
discussed/demonstrated centripetal force;
connected gravitation with centripetal force in the setting of planetary motion;
Read:  pp. 83-88 (action/reaction)


Friday, January 27

discussed friction;
watched episodes 4-7 of Eureka;
Read:  pp. 75-82 (gravity & centripetal force)

Thursday, January 26

reviewed distance vs. time graphs;
discussed problems from the worksheet;
watched episodes 1-3 of Eureka;
Read:  pp. 68-74 (forces & friction)

Wednesday, January 25

quickly reviewed distance & speed equations;
illustrated graphing motion with The Moving Man applet;
continued with worksheet involving speed, distance, and time;
finish up worksheet;
Read:  pp. 52-56 (forces)

Tuesday, January 24

quickly reviewed distance & speed equations;
began worksheet involving speed, distance, and time;
finish front page of worksheet

Monday, January 23

quickly reviewed fundamental units and prefixes;
discussed distance, displacement, speed, velocity, scalars, and vectors;
worked simple problems involving speed, distance, and time;
read pp. 47-51 (acceleration)


Friday, January 20

reviewed fundamental units and prefixes;
worked on metric units handout (due Monday);
read pp. 38-46 (1-D motion)

Thursday, January 19

quiz over deep-sky objects;
—changing class focus from Astronomy to Physical Science—
began a discussion of fundamental units and prefixes

Wednesday, January 18

reviewed the lives of stars;
discussed/viewed varieties of nebulae;
discussed/viewed varieties of galaxies;
quiz tomorrow

Tuesday, January 17

reviewed the HR diagram;
contrasted the lives of stars according to their mass;
discussed red giants, white dwarves, neutron stars, black holes;
began looking at some nebulae

Monday, January 16

demonstrated luminosity and color being dependent on temperature;
discussed the spectral classification of stars;
discussed the HR diagram


Friday, January 13

quiz over the Solar System;
visited the SOHO site and viewed current solar images

Thursday, January 12

heard the remaining presentations on the planets;
looked at some comparative data on the planets;
quiz tomorrow

Wednesday, January 11

heard about half of the presentations on the planets

Tuesday, January 10

continued developing short presentations on each planet;
we’ll begin the presentations tomorrow

Monday, January 9

quiz over last week’s topics;
partitioned class into pairs to develop short presentations on each planet;
we’ll begin the presentations on Wednesday


Friday, January 6

discussed Earth-Sun motions and Earth-Moon motions;
discussed the week’s word list;
quiz Monday

Thursday, January 5

looked at specific astronomy animations here and here;
worked on getting the week’s word list filled out

Wednesday, January 4

reviewed/defined some of the words on the week’s vocabulary list;
discussed geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar-system;
watched an animation on retrograde motion

Tuesday, January 3

watched part of Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds, about ancient astronomy 

Monday, January 2

explored the size of the universe with Scale of the Universe 2;
briefly explored the night sky using Stellarium