Monday, June 16, 2008

Final Regents Prep Sessions!!!

Ah...Here we are in the final stretch of the school year. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that I have enjoyed teaching each and every one of you. While you may not miss me, I will miss you and expect great things from you in the future.
Classes may be over but your final assessment is not. So I have scheduled, for your review pleasure, a number of days for us to still be together and practice. The days include...
Friday, June 20, 10-1:00
Saturday, June 21, 10-1:00 and
Monday, June 23, 1-4:00.
I reccommend all three sessions but you are required to attend two. please make sure you attend!
I hope to have treats.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Vector Analysis Portfolio

Your vector portfolio is due May 2, 2008.

As you know, a vector quantity is any quantitiy that has both magnitude (with units) and direction. In this portfolio you are to discover how vector quantities may be represented, combined graphically and broken down into component parts. From there you are to apply what you have learned to solve word problems.

Lunchtime tutoring will be available all week during lunch. I wont even break for tea!
After school help will also be available if needed but the day has to be arranged with me ahead of time.
Please ask any and all questions here. I will be checking periodically everyday.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mousetrap Car Report

Now you are ready to write a comprehensive essay that details your process when building your car and learning the Physics behind it.
The written assessment for the mousetrap car lab project is due Friday, April 4.
Include the following in you report:

1. An introduction(2 paragraph minimum) on the background about the project, which includes a statement of purpose and your preliminary ideas.
2. A methods and materials section that describes and includes insights into how you designed your vehicle, what made your vehicle work or as the case may be, not work.
3. A data section with your results and class results.
4. A conclusion which should contain all physics principles involved in making the mousetrap car move starting from the time you pulled back the handle until the car stopped moving. Principles include Newton's laws, friction, work, potential energy, and kinetic energy. If you could do it over again what would you keep the same? what would you change?

The report must be typed, 12 font, Times New Roman. You are encouraged to add pictures and or diagrams to you report. The final grade on this project is a combination of the grade earned for your vehicle and the grade earned for your written report and will be included in your third marking period grade.
Please make a comment if you have any questions. I will be checking for questions tonight and tomorrow night.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Mousetrap Car Refections

Here is a chance to reflect on your latest project. What was good about the project? What could be improved? Please also share your thoughts with us about what you learned while builkding your car. Have a good weekend!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Mousetrap Car Project

Remember your cars must be in class with you on either Monday or Tuesday, depending on which class you are in.
If you have any design questions please make a comment. For instance Ashley wrote to me and asked if the mousetrap had to be snapped at the starting line or if she could simply release her car. Holding and releasing the arm of the trap is perfectly acceptable.
Good luck to all of you!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Physics Challenge!

1. Prove that the unit of measure for impulse is equal to the unit of measure for momemtum.

2. Using the Law of Acceleration, show and define what the unit of measure for a force is equal to.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Next lab essay: The Water Balloon Toss

An analysis of our latest activity is due Wednesday, March 5. Follow the Lab Essay Format which can be found on Just click on the Lab section to find.

Include in your essay the idea of "follow through" and how the concepts of impulse and change in momentum can be applied to this activity. I particularly liked Bryant's statement of "becoming one with the balloon" in order to stop it from breaking or to even make it go further. What did he mean? Also make the connection between this activity and the "egg catcher" you constructed in our last lab.