Welcome to Physical Science!
5/4 In Class–we started our Balloon Car project. After taking their Mod 13 quiz, we discussed the project, how it would be graded, what class next week will look like and then reviewed for the FE. In between, students had time to work in groups, brainstorming materials, methods, etc for building and testing their car. It is very important that each student build their own car and test it at home. I will provide the balloons on race day (10 in) so you will need to get a balloon to practice with at home. If you have any questions about a particular material, please ask first. I will disqualify cars on race day if they violate the instructions. You are to use items you find around the house to construct the car–not toy car or car parts.
4/27– We finished the chapter in class and watched several cool video clips on auroras, the ionosphere and astronaut’s in space. Hwk is to follow the agenda. Begin studying for the FE, too. No lab report.
4/20–In Class, we started the next module. Students took their quiz over mod 12, we took notes over mod 13 and then students performed the crushing the can experiment. Students should follow the agenda for hwk and complete the formal lab report for the experiment. No quiz next week.
4/13 In Class–class went well today. We finished notes on Mod 12 (I will attach the updated PPT to this stream), watched the demo video on chemical weathering and took notes and after a big struggle, students watch the first 39 minutes of the bonus video on Mt St Helen’s eruption in 1980 (this relates to our module b/c we are studying rocks, rock formation, erosion). Hwk is posted on GC and the agenda. Complete the summary paragraph for chemical weathering demo. Study for Mod 12 quiz next week. If you want the bonus points, finish the video and write a 2 paragraph summary. Instructions on GC.
3/23 In Class–we went over more of Mod 11 and performed exp 11.3. Hwk is to follow the agenda. GC is updated.
3/2 Update to Hwk–we did not perform Exp 10.4 in class so students will need to do so at home. The lab requires 2 sheets of blank white paper and a red marker (red crayon can be used just make sure you really color the cross in darkly).
In class–we talked a lot about optics and watched an optics video which talked about light rays, mirrors, and lenses. We went over the types of images formed, where they would be and if they would be upright or inverted. It was a great day!
2/23 In Class–we finished Mod 10, performed Exp 10.2 (which was a lot harder than it looked!) and watched a color theory video. Hwk is to follow the agenda, complete both formal lab reports (work on those conclusions!), and watch the 2 videos I posted on color theory.
2/9 Hey All, big apology to our 2 students that were set to present their reports today–I didn’t remember until I was home. So sorry. We will start with presentations next week and do all four before we take the quiz or do anything else.
In class–we finished notes over module 9, reviewed what would be on the quiz, worked multiple problems from the module and watched several video clips to reinforce key concepts–Doppler Effect, Sonic Booms, etc. Lastly, we completed Exp 9.1A in class. We did not perform Exp 9.2 in class so there is no lab report for exp 9.2.
Hwk is to follow the agenda, study for the quiz, complete formal lab report for 9.1A. If you would like to do part B for bonus, you can add that to your report. Remember what we talked about today regarding conclusions–this is where a big chunk of your points comes from. Do NOT just follow the format. Flesh it out–explain the results and use your book to help you think through what to type. I posted the updated PPT to GC.
2/2 In class–we reviewed for the quiz and then covered notes on Mod 9 thru they types of mechanical waves. We worked several problems for V = wavelength x frequency. We also watched 2 short video segments on types of waves and sound waves. We did NOT do the lab so there is not lab report due next week. Hwk is to follow the agenda.
1/26 In class–today was a full day!
1) We gathered all student data for Exp 8.1. Students are to average each trial and create a bar graph and write a fully-formed, well thought out conclusion.
2) We performed Exp 8.2 and collected class data. Hwk is to do a formal lab report.
3) I did a basic overview of the remainder of the module. Students received 2 handouts (both are for notes only).
Hwk–write all formulas for the quiz next week onto a notecard. I would include the units needed for each: Example: Potential Energy PE = m x g x h where m is mass in grams, g is 9.8 m/s2 and h is height(distance) in m. You need PE, KE, Work, Power, AMA, IMA, Efficiency, mech advantage for inclined plane only, Force of weight F = m x g (mass in kilograms and g is 9.8 m/s2) Study for quiz next week over Module 8. It will contain terms and I will model questions after the study guide and test booklet.
1/19 In Class–We took module 7 quiz, had a zoom session with Isaac Haynes to discuss some nuclear chemistry stories, we worked kinetic and potential energy problems, work problems and power problems. I handed out 2 wksts that students are to complete by next week. I will post a key today. Hwk is to follow the agenda.
1/12 In Class–we finished the module on forces, talked about the life of Galileo, began the next module on energy and performed the experiment on the agenda. Hwk is to study for Mod 7 quiz and follow the agenda. Formal Lab report!!! Typed!!!!
1/5 In Class–we reviewed the beginning of Mod 7, then took notes over the remainder of the module. We worked several force diagram problems (OYO’s and SG questions). Hwk is to follow the agenda.
“This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. Thus, we generally recommend it as an 8th grade course. However, your student can also use it for their 9th grade course work. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, chemistry, and astrophysics. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household chemicals and supplies. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science.” Apologia Website
Students should bring all supplies to every class. This includes the student text, workbook, notebook and pencils. Students are required to keep an organized notebook consisting of notes, worksheets, tests/quizzes, and experiments.
In general, each module will take two weeks to cover. Class usually begins with a quiz over the previous week’s assignment. After the quiz, new material is introduced and explained. As time permits, experiments are performed to further the students understanding of concepts or to introduce new ideas. For many of the modules, additional assignments are sent home to further understanding of important concepts in the chapter. Progress reports will be sent via email at the end of each six weeks and will include all in-class work (extra worksheets, quizzes, labs, projects).
Physical science at FAITH requires two projects to be completed during the course of the year. The first is either a science fair project or a multi-media project centered on a Christian scientist and will be due in January. The second is a multi-media engineering project which will be due in February/March. Information about the first project is given the first two weeks of school. Information about the second project is given second semester after Module’s 9 & 10 have been taught.
I look at physical science as the bridge between middle school work and high school work. With this in mind, I use this course to prepare students for the rigorous coursework assigned in a high school biology class. Students should be prepared to study daily—not just read or answer questions, but study in-depth. This class will require more time and effort than any previous science class. Students should be studying for weekly quizzes, large unit tests, and comprehensive final exams.
I look forward to meeting new students in the fall, too!