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Week #1 Welcome to EPS handout. Paper Tower Lab write-up.  Lab--Science is like a puzzle

Week #2:  What is matter?  What is energy?  Light, Water, Air, & a Rock -- Matter or Energy?  Design & perform experiment.  How do we keep track of energy?  What happens when matter and energy interact?

Week #3:  Workbook Aims 1, 2, & 3 (What is energy?  What are the different forms of energy?  How is energy converted?).  Metric Measurement Labs -- Mass & Volume. Quiz!

Week #4:  Motion.  Speed, Average Speed, Instantaneous speed, acceleration (vf = vi + at).  Potential Energy converts to Kinetic Energy.  Pendulum's & Acceleration due to gravity.

Week #5:  Free fall problems (d=½gt2) & Quiz.  Galileo's Genius Video + Lunar landing conspiracy.  How high can you throw a ball?    

Week #6:  Movie:  October sky.  Question sheet.

Week #7:  Building soda bottle rockets.

Week #8:  Falling objects review.  Write up of soda bottle rocketsQuiz on falling bodies.

Week #9:  Movie:  Deep Impact.  Question Sheet.

Week #10.  Projectiles motion problems.  Launching objects off a cliff.  How long will it be in the air, how far from the base will it travel?

Week #11:  Foam Rockets.  What angle will produce the greatest range.

Week 12:  Continue & complete foam rockets.  Computer lab using PHet: Projectile motion Glencoe Physical Science Textbook work from chapter 2:  Motion.

Week #13:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Week #14:  Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion.  Inertia, A=Fnet÷mass, and Action/reaction.  Computer lab using PHet:  Forces in 1-Dimension simulation.   

Week #15:  Newton's 2nd Law lab (masses & rubber bands).  Movie:  Star Wars, Episode IV -- A New Hope.  Physics of Star Wars.  Glencoe Physical Science Textbook chapter 3. 

Week #16:  Circular motion, orbits, centripetal vs. centrifugal forces.

Week #17: Momentum:  Throw egg into the sheet, Understanding car crashes video, Time Warp episode on the human crash test dummy, conservation of momentum Pbefore = Pafter.  Elastic & inelastic collisions. 

Week #18:  Computer lab, car safety report.

Week #19:  Egg drop competition & review.

Week #20:  Mid-term's (No classes)

Week #21:  Watch Nova DVD of Einstein's Big Idea.  Take notes on Michael Faraday, Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, James Clark Maxwell, Emilie du Châtelet, Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn & Lise Meitner.  Create a time line of the discoveries of the above scientists.

Week #22: Watch Nova DVD Einstein Revealed.  Answer the following veiwing questions.  

Week #23:  President's week.

Week #24 & 25 (snow days slowed us down this year):  Computer activity: Einstein web quest.  Actvity #2:  Energy's Invisible World:  Activity #3:  Messing with mass (both form the Einstein's Big Idea Teacher's Guide).  What's your wavelength and why is the sky blue?

Week #26:  "Einstein's Time" video clip.  Why must time slow down as you approach the speed of light?  Spectroscopy & Study of light.  Solar Spectrum & Helium Spectrum:  What's the connection?  Traditional light bulb spectrum vs. fluorescent light bulb spectrum:  Why aren't they the same?  What is the nature of light?  Is it a particle or a wave?  Photoelectric effect (Einstein's Noble Prize)  What's is a photon (quanta)?  Why does a radiometer's flags spin?  Photosensitive metals. 

Week #27:  TEST FRIDAY!  Glencoe Physical Science textbook chapter 10:  Section 1:  The Nature of Waves, p.295 self check #1 - 5 & applying math #6.  Section 2:  Wave Properties, p.301 self check #1-5.  Computer lab on the nature of waves using the University of Colorado phET website program. 

Week #28: Review ideas for a retest of Einstein & Waves Test.  Get ready for spring break.

Week #29:  Longitudinal waves & Measure the speed of sound lab.  Transverse wave lab with big springs.  Reading from current science, Six Feet Under, and matching vocabulary.   

Week #30:  Starting Energy Transfer -- Conduction.  place ruler & metal bar to your cheek, which feels cooler? Why? What is the actual temperature of each?  Conduction experiment with calorimeters (hot cup & cold cup connected by metal bar).

Week #31:  Complete the conduction experiment by going to the computer lab and learning how to graph data using microsoft excel.  Continue with Hewitt's Physical Science textbook work on conduction & convection (chapter 8). 

Week #32:  convection lab - smoke box. Mix hot & cold water, predict resultant temperature.  Discuss global distribution of energy through ocean currents and wind belts.  Test on energy! 

Week #33:  Watch Al Gore's DVD "An Inconveinent Truth"  and answer these questions while viewing.  After, discuss the validity and counter points (discussion questions here).

Week #34:  Environmental issues (the Lorax & WallE)

Week #35:  Make ice cream lab.

Week #36:   Light & Why is the sky blue? (again)  Reflection, Refration (jello), Dispersion?

Week #37: How do we know atoms exist?

Week #38:  Elegant Universe

Week #39:  Review & Test.









Week #4:  Quiz, Mix hot & cold water to predict temperature, & Conduction demonstration with different metals (spiral thing), Break the Thermometer

Week #5:  Bill Nye video on energy transfer.  More on conduction.  Match demo, which is cooler a metal bar or a ruler?  why wearing a jacket keeps you warm? 

Week#6:    Understand how a lava lamp works.  Why do warm fluids rise and cool fluids sink?  Wind patterns & Ocean currents. hot vs cold air.  Make hot chocolate.

Week #7 radiation lab and electromagnetic energy.  Waves - the relationship between energy, frequency & wavelength.  The Radiometer demonstration - red light vs. white light (also infra-red energy).  Lab on ice cream.

Week #8:  Finish ice cream write up.  Holloween science.  Reflection & refraction.  Why is the sky blue?

Week #9:  Watch "An Inconvenient Truth" Global warming video.  What is the greenhouse effect?

Week #10:  Review for marking term exam.

Week #11:  Sound.  Measure the speed of sound.  How did Foucault measure the speed of sound?  Lasers?

Week #12:  Matter:  Matter demonstrations--grow crystals, evaporation, condensation, eye-dropper (pressure & volume). 

Week #13:  "Story of an atom" by Joy Hakim.  Bernoulli, Democritus, Boyle ... How do we know atoms exist?

Week #14:  Stars, atomic fusion, birth of matter.

Week #15:  Motion, Forces, Acceleration.  Newton's Laws & Inertia

Week #16:  Newton's 2nd law lab.  Circular motion.

#17:  What if we had no moon?  How is the moon falling?  Orbits and satellites.  Centripetal Forces.

Week #18:  Falling objects.  Galileo's Genius

Week #19:  Start momentum:  Egg Throw -- wall vs. sheet.  Time Warp video.  Test review

Week #20:  Mid-terms

Week #21:  Momentum.  Egg Drop Contraption.  Collisions & Conservation of Momentum (ρbefore = ρafter & m1v1 = m2v2)

Week #22:  Building Mouse Trap Cars.  Instructions for a possible design.  You are free to use this model or create your own design.  Check out You-tube for other ideas.

Week #23:  Building Mouse Trap Cars

Week #24:  President's Day -- Vacation

Week #25:  October Sky video and questions

Week #26:  Space Exploration Webquest

Week #27:  Building model Rockets

Week #28:  Launching rockets and calculating altitude, velocity & power.  Making connections between potential energy, kinetic energy, and work.  Rocket data sheet.

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