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What is inertia?

posted by Barbara Fortunato

2: T 10/23, 5: M 10/22, 7: T 10/23

Today, we'll look at the history of thoughts about motion since Aristotle. Remember that science is ever changing.  We'll learn about Newton's first law - the law of inertia through conceptual examples.  

Homework: Find or make a video that demonstrates Newton's First Law.  Creativity counts.   Submit the link on Google Classroom by 10:00pm on Thursday, October 25th.  Study for a brief quiz on Newton's First Law Tuesday, October 30th. 

What do you understand about dynamics?

posted by Barbara Fortunato

2: F 10/19, 5: F 10/19, 7: M 10/22

Today, we'll take a pre-assessment for the next unit on forces.  

Then, we'll do corrections on the lab quiz and on the unit test on kinematics.

Homework:  Traffic project due Sunday.

How well do you understand the physics of the traffic intersection?

posted Oct 14, 2018, 10:20 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated ]

2: Th 10/18, 5: Th 10/18, 7: Th 10/18

LAB QUIZ TODAY on the physics of engineering a traffic intersection.

After the lab quiz, we'll spend the rest of the hour working on the project.  

Today, we'll look at the history of thoughts about motion since Aristotle. Remember that science is ever changing.  We'll learn about Newton's first law - the law of inertia through conceptual examples.  

Homework:  Find or make a video that demonstrates Newton's First Law.  Creativity counts.   Submit the link on Google Classroom by 10:00pm on Tuesday, October 23th.  Study for a brief quiz on Newton's First Law Wednesday, October 24th.  Traffic signal project due Sunday!

How do you build a computer model of a real life situation?

posted Oct 8, 2018, 4:13 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated by Barbara Fortunato ]

2: M 10/15, 5: M 10/15, 7: T 10/16
2: W 10/17, 5: T 10/16, 7: W 10/17 

Today, we'll continue to work on our computer models of the traffic signal timing.  We'll have the Chromebook cart.  You definitely need to be done with your mathematical model at this point.  I will help those students who need help with the programming part of it.  Make a really good plan for completing the task outside of class.

Homework:  Traffic signal project will be due to Google Classroom Sunday, October 21st.  You will not be given any more time in class to work on this project.  Don't forget to investigate a real-life intersection.  LAB QUIZ on Thursday, October 18th!  This quiz will cover the physics of the lab rather than the computer or real-life intersection aspects.  

How do you build a mathematical model of a real life situation?

posted Oct 8, 2018, 4:11 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 7:47 PM ]

2: Th 10/11, 5: W 10/10, 7: Th 10/11
2: F 10/12, 5: F 10/12, 7: F 10/12

Today, we'll continue to work on our mathematical models of the traffic intersection that we started talking about last time.  

Homework:  Traffic signal project will be due to Google Classroom Sunday, October 21st.  You will be given one more day to work on this project in class.  Please watch the following video if you are unfamiliar with using formulas in Google Sheets (or Excel).  Even if you've used simple formulas in the past, you may want to browse the video to make sure you have seen some of the more common features.

Google Sheets - Simple Formulas


How can you engineer an intersection?

posted Oct 8, 2018, 4:09 PM by Barbara Fortunato

2: T 10/9, 5: T 10/9, 7: W 10/10

Today, we'll start a new project where we'll be trying to engineer the timing of a traffic signal.  You'll be designing your own flexible computer model.  Then, you'll consider an actual real life intersection.  Based on in-person observation and/or internet research, you'll decide priorities and parameters for the problem of determining the traffic signal timing.  Then you'll input these parameters into your computer model to determine the final timing for the light.  As part of the project, you'll be developing yourself in all of the areas of 21st Century Competencies - Effective Communicator, Collaborative Team Member, Creative & Practical Problem Solver, Flexible & Self-Directed Learner, Information Literate Researcher, and Globally Aware & Responsible Student/Citizen.  

Today, we'll introduce the project, and in your assigned groups, you'll start working on your computer model.  We'll discuss possible inputs and outputs to your computer model as a class.  You'll have time next class also to work together on the project.  

Homework:  Make some headway on your project.  The project will be due on Sunday, October 21st, but don't procrastinate!

How well do you understand kinematics?

posted Oct 4, 2018, 8:11 AM by Barbara Fortunato

2: M 10/8, 5: M 10/8, 7: M 10/8

EXAM Unit 2 Today on kinematics in one dimension. 

Homework:  Take a break!

How do you solve kinematics problems?

posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:33 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 8:09 AM ]

2: W 10/3, 5: W 10/3, Th 10/4
2: F 10/5, 5: Th 10/4, 7: F 10/5

Today, we'll do some more practice problems in small groups by continuing to work on these problems - Chapter 2 #20. 21. 33-36, 44, 48, 54-58, 77.  Work on your collaborative team member skills.  If you can do these problems and Unit 2 Worksheets page 1, you should be good for the test.

Homework:   Test on Kinematics next Monday, October 8th.  We will start new material before then.  If you have not yet completed problems from Chapter 2, make sure you do so, and find answers to any questions you have from you colleagues.
Answers to evens:  
20. 59.9 mi/h, No
34.  (a) 0 m/s2, 4.0 m/s2, -4.0 m/s2, 8.0 m/s2, 0 m/s2   (b) Constant velocity of -4.0 m/s
36. 150 s
44.  (a) 25 m   (b) car B
48.  10.5 m, Yes
54.  7.1 m/s
56.  (a) (3) 4x   (b) 6.75 m
58.  (a) 30.4 m/s   (b) 166 m   (c) 7.44 s

How do your kinematics equations relate to graphs?

posted Sep 21, 2018, 9:37 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 9:33 AM ]

2: T 10/2, 5: T 10/2, 7: T 10/2

Open-lab-notebook QUIZ Today!  You'll be able to use anything that is in (and attached to) your lab notebook and nothing else.  No loose papers allowed.  

After the quiz, we'll finish working on Unit 2 Worksheets page 1.  I will be circulating to answer your question.  Here you are learning to manipulate mathematical models (equations) as well as graphical models for kinematics.  

Then, we'll discuss how we can get your kinematics equations from your x vs. t and v vs. t graphs.  (see presentation below.)

If there's time, we'll do some more practice problems in small groups - Chapter 2 #20. 21. 33-36, 44, 48, 54-58, 77.  Work on your collaborative team member skills.  If you can do these problems and Unit 2 Worksheets page 1, you should be good for the test.

Homework:   Test on Kinematics next Monday, October 8th.  We will start new material before then.  If you have not finished Unit 2 Worksheets page 1, finish working on it ANSWERS.   FULL SOLUTIONS.
Answers to evens:  
20. 59.9 mi/h, No
34.  (a) 0 m/s2, 4.0 m/s2, -4.0 m/s2, 8.0 m/s2, 0 m/s2   (b) Constant velocity of -4.0 m/s
36. 150 s
44.  (a) 25 m   (b) car B
48.  10.5 m, Yes
54.  7.1 m/s
56.  (a) (3) 4x   (b) 6.75 m
58.  (a) 30.4 m/s   (b) 166 m   (c) 7.44 s

How do we deal with two different objects in one problem?

posted Sep 21, 2018, 7:57 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 10:08 AM ]

2: M 10/1, 5: F 9/28, 7: M 10/1

Today, I'll take any questions on the "It's Your Lucky Day" Packet.   Then, we'll talk about how to do #4 from  "It's Your Lucky Day" Packet.  We'll talk about the "equations of motion" (aka kinematic equations) that you have derived as part of this packet, and learn how to use equations of motion to solve problems with more than one object.  

We'll spend the rest of the period working on page 1 of Unit 2 Worksheets.  ANSWERS.  FULL SOLUTIONS.

Homework:  Open-lab-notebook LAB QUIZ next class - Tuesday, October 2nd!!!  No need to study, but you must understand everything you did in lab.  Make sure you've answered the questions from last week.  Finish "It's Your Lucky Day" Packet if you didn't finish it in class.  pd 2 & 4 - If you did not finish page 1 of Unit 2 Worksheets, finish working on it ANSWERS.  Test on Kinematics Monday, October 8th.

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