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 #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 #13: Happy Thanksgiving!
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 #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 #34: Environmental issues (the Lorax & Wall•E)
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.