### course syllabus

science links

practice quizzes

### 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)