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What is string theory?

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:33 PM by Barbara Fortunato

Th 6/14 - Th 6/21

For the rest of the year, we'll try to understand string theory with Nova's Elegant Universe with Brian Greene.

Comprehensive Exam

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:31 PM by Barbara Fortunato

W 6/13

Topics for comprehensive exam:

posted May 30, 2018, 6:00 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 3:36 PM ]

  1. Kinematics 
    1. 1-D - equations, cars, freefall, reading graphs x vs. t & v vs. t (ostrich & cheetah)
    2. 2-D - projectile motion, boat problems, airplane problems, adding vectors
  2. Newton's Laws - 
    1. 1st law - conceptual
    2. 2nd law - 
      1. elevators
      2. pulleys
      3. inclined planes
      4. Y string
    3. 3rd law
      1. conceptual
      2. two block
  3. More Newton's Laws - 
    1. Universal Gravitation
    2. Circular Motion
      1. horizontal circles
      2. velocity = circumference / period
      3. vertical circles
  4. Work and Energy - 
    1. Calculating work
    2. Power
    3. Method 1 - Conservation 
      1. before & after diagrams
      2. non-conservative forces
    4. Method 2 - Work-Energy Theorem
    5. Work done by a spring & Hooke's Law
  5. Momentum - 
    1. Impulse
    2. elastic vs. inelastic
    3. conservation - explosions & bullet & car crash problems
    4. Ballistic pendulum
    5. 2-D momentum
  6. Electrostatics 
    1. Electroscope and model of matter
    2. Charging methods - conduction, polarization, induction, friction, lightning, grounding
    3. Electric Force - Coulomb's Law
    4. Electric Field (and lines)
    5. Electric Potential Energy
    6. Electric Potential
    7. all of above in both: point charges & uniform fields
  7. Circuits 
    1. Current def
    2. Ohm's Law
    3. P=IV, brightness
    4. solving series, parallel, and combo circuits
    5. equivalent resistance
    6. ammeters & voltmeters
  8. Electromagnetism 
    1. Magnetism
      1. Right Hand Rules (4) 
      2. representing 3-D space
      3. magnetism basics
    2. Induction
      1. Lenz's Law
      2. magnetic flux
      3. Faraday's Law
    3. Transformers
    4. Motional EMF
    5. motors & generators
  9. Sound - 
    1. Types of waves
    2. Wave anatomy
    3. Wave velocity ( v = f λ )
    4. Wave interference
    5. Standing waves
    6. Resonance in strings, open pipes, and closed pipes

How can you help your friends understand physics?

posted May 23, 2018, 7:48 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 31, 2018, 3:55 PM ]

5: T 6/5 & W 6/6, 7: M 6/4 & T 6/5

QUIZ on sections 13.3-13.5 Today (TUESDAY)!

I'll have the Chromebook cart for two days so that you can work on your review presentation videos with your groups.  Reminder that you must submit a 1-page review sheet on your topic for students to print out along with your completed video link to Google Classroom by Thursday, June 7th at 11:59pm.

Homework:  Finish your presentation video.

What do you understand about sound?

posted May 23, 2018, 7:43 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 31, 2018, 4:08 PM ]

5: F 6/1, 7: F 6/1

Today, you'll do some practice problems about waves:  Chapter 13 #49, 53, 56, 61, 65, 66, 67 (solutions)

With the remaining time, we'll introduce the final review project.  

Homework:  Finish Ch 13 problems above.  Start working on your review presentation video.

How are sound waves like slinky waves?

posted May 23, 2018, 7:39 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 31, 2018, 4:09 PM ]

5: Th 5/31 (NJSLA), 7: W 5/30 (NJSLA)

Today, we'll learn how sound travels though the air.  We'll learn how instruments use the concept of resonance.  

PresentationSound Basics & Resonance
Homework:  Study for quiz on textbook sections 13.3-13.5 next class - Friday, June 1st POSTPONED to Tuesday, June 5th.

What are the big ideas with waves?

posted May 23, 2018, 7:32 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 28, 2018, 5:04 AM ]

5: W 5/29 (NJSLA), 7: T 5/28

Today, we'll start class by finishing the slinky lab and reviewing all of the big ideas about waves that you learned last time.  Those people who did the slinky lab will help the others who were not here to understand everything they can about waves.  

Then, we'll focus on resonance and resonance frequencies in strings.

Homework:  Study for quiz on textbook sections 13.3-13.5 Friday, June 1st.

What can we learn about waves with a slinky?

posted May 18, 2018, 1:38 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 25, 2018, 11:40 AM ]

5: F 5/25, 7: F 5/25

LAB QUIZ on Motors today!

Then, we'll work on test corrections for Electromagnetism Test.

Then, we'll work with slinkies to demonstrate understanding of properties of waves (sections 13.3-13.5).  

Handout:  LAB: Waves on Slinkies
Homework:  Finish at least parts A and B from the LAB: Waves on Slinkies.  If you need additional support, read sections 13.3-13.5 in your textbook.

How well do you understand electromagnetism?

posted May 18, 2018, 1:27 PM by Barbara Fortunato

5: W 5/23, 7: W 5/23
 
EXAM Unit 10 - Electromagnetism TODAY!
 
Homework:  Finish your motor lab write up.  Study for lab quiz about motors next class.

Do you understand Lenz’s and Faraday’s Laws?

posted May 18, 2018, 1:22 PM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated May 23, 2018, 7:12 AM ]

5: M 5/21 (cont'd Th 5/24), 7: T 5/22 (cont'd F 5/25 lab 20 min)

Today, we’ll take a practice quiz on Lenz’s and Faraday’s Laws. We will self-grade so that you can get immediate feedback in preparation for your exam next class. If for some reason you miss the quiz, make up is optional.

With the remaining time, if you have not finished your motor, you’ll have time to finish. Otherwise, you can use the time to study for your test. 

Homework:  Study for Test on all of magnetism and induction Wednesday, May 23rd.

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