PHYSICAL SCIENCE A
My course description:The Massachusetts DOE website has a complete description of the state framework for Science & Technology ; the standards for Introductory Physics begins on page 74 of the above document.

The Massachusetts DOE website also has many useful resources for preparing for the spring MCAS exams. When preparing for my quizzes & tests, looking at MCAS sample questions , released tests from 2007 and later, and sample Student Answers that relate to our topic will bevery helpful!

Attendance: for more information on my tardiness policy, see the FAQ page
Missed Classwork/Labs: for more information on my makeup policy, see the FAQ page Classwork and Labs are worth 50% of your grade!
Missed Quizzes/Tests for more information on my makeup policy, see the FAQ page Quizzes and Tests are worth 40% of your grade!

If you have an excused absence, make sure you note this on any work you hand in after its due date, or it will be assumed to be late work!Unexcused absences (no parent call in or other reason listed on the portal)will result in a zero for missed work or assessments!


REMEMBER TO SAVE ORIGINAL WORK IN YOUR SHARED STUDENT FOLDER!REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE SHARED SETTINGS ON ANY ASSIGNMENT YOU PUT IN MY INBOX FOLDERS!Documents in my Outbox are MS-Word documents: to print correctly, DO NOT print as a Google doc!

Besides my material in my Outbox, Essential Physics e-textbook and interactive tools are available; additional Power Point notes on our topics can be found at the CPO Science website: look in the Presentation Slides box on the lower left.
COLOR KEY: material we have covered or are about to cover old material that is tentatively, or has not been, scheduled ㊙ notes to myself about material for next year


ESSENTIAL QUESTION/

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

DAY

TOPIC IN CLASS

What we did in class today

What they should be doing at home




See the **Concord Consortium** website for cool online apps, details about the Energy Efficiency project and more!
Download and print What Is One Degree video question sheet; bring to class.
Thermal Energy
“What is one degree, anyway?”
1
Temperature & Heat
Watched BBC video What Is One Degree and answered question sheet. Reviewed the Farenheit and Celsius scales. Introduced concepts of Thermal Energy, Temperature and Heat, and learned how they are related.
Read Chapter 6
HW Complete video question sheet pg. 155 #3-5, pg.157 #1-3 due Monday

2
Heat transfer,
Specific heat
Introduced methods of heat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation. See Consortium simulations for more cool visualizations!
Introduced specific heat and Q=mc∆T
Read Chapter 7
Download Heat Transfer lab; print and bring to class

pg. 155 #7-11,13,14,17,19,20; pg. 158 #1-3
pg. 158 #4, pg. 178 #1,3,4,7-9,13,19,20
due 6/5

3

Watched water reach thermal equilibrium in Heat Transfer lab
Download and print MCAS Review; bring to class.
Finish lab write up! Due tomorrow

4
Calorimetry
more Q=mcΔT problems, showed how to find thermal equilibrium
Watch Absolute Zero video



MCAS review
See my MCAS review folder for lots of resources, in addition to my links to the MCAS tests!


MCAS
Students took mock MCAS exam!
Continue reviewing for Introductory Physics MCAS
Get a full night's sleep Sunday and Monday!

5
Thermal Expansion
Thermal Expansion. Students bounced around the room as molecules
prepare for quiz!
Weeks Without Walls
6
Finals prep
Students began final research/STEAM projects, or studying for the final exam.

Each student must complete the Final Project Form declaring what they are preparing for.
See the I Ponder and Junkyard Project descriptions for more details and expectations.

7
Temperature & Heat
open-note quiz on thermal energy



Specific Heat
Specific heat lab



Phases of matter
Finished thermal equilibrium, introduced 4 phases of matter and phase changes. Phase Change worksheet 1


7

Phase change lab: watched snow melt; created heating curves for snow and snow-salt. need ice!


8

Phase changes and the heat of fusion, vaporization Q=mHf , Q=mHv began Phase Change worksheet 2


9

Worked on and completed Phase change handout 2; began Heat Energy worksheet


10

Worked on and completed Heat Energy worksheet


12

Worked on cheatsheets due to glitch in scheduling


13

Worked on cheatsheets
study for test!

14
Thermal Energy
Test!


15

score test while waiting for the lights to come back on!
Read ahead: Waves