Accelerated Science - 7th Grade

9-2 Tue

Welcome back to school! In the first few days of class, we will be covering needed materials and classroom expectations.
First of all, items that will be needed for class are:
  • Pens and pencils
  • Loose-leaf paper (or notebook)
  • A ruler, preferably with metric measurements included.
  • A small pack (6-8) colored pencils or markers.
  • Scientific calculator. This does NOT need to be a graphing calculator, but it needs to have exponent functions on it.
  • Sturdy pocket folder to house your lab papers, handouts and so on.
  • USB (Flash/Jump/Thumb/etc.) drive - 2 GB minimum

I will elaborate on classroom expectations in class as well.

Lab Safety
Lab Safety Guidelines.doc
Lab Safety Guidelines.doc
Lab Safety Guidelines.doc
Word version Lab Safety

Grading Scale (Google version)
Grading Scale.docx
Grading Scale.docx
Grading Scale.docx Word version

Review classroom procedures and policies
Run a fire drill with students recording observations during the drill

9-3 Wed
  • Discuss class materials
  • Explain coop points
  • Check progress on self-enrolling into Quia
  • Review emergency procedures.
  • Do Hocus Focus activity
  • Discuss yesterday's observations and how they were made
  • Assignment for Thursday:
    • Use the following links to learn about making qualitative and quantitative observations as well as making inferences.
    • Open a Google word doc and do the following:
      1. Put your name and period on top of your document.
      2. Explain what qualitative and quantitative observations are.
      3. Write two qualitative observations and two quantitative observations and make sure you label them as such.
      4. Save the document and share it.
        • The name of this assignment will be QualQuantObs
        • When saving or sharing documents with me, I will want you to use a particular format: Period number that you have science,the assignment name,dash,last name,first name and leave no spaces in your save title.
        • For example, if I were in 1st period science, I would save mine as 1QualQuantObs-KramerDaryl
      • Share the document with me and allow me to comment on it.

9-5 Fri
  • Review the Inference Disk Lab and continue working with the disks
  • When done working with the disks do the following:

9-8 Mon
  • Review observing and inferring
  • Discuss Observation v Inference wkst
  • Discuss:
    • What does it mean to estimate?
    • What does it mean to measure?
    • How do you calculate Percent (%) Error
  • Set up Estimate-Measure Lab sheet in notebook
  • Start lab - continue it tomorrow

9-9 Tue

  • Discuss lab calculations
    • Negative % errors
    • Rounding numbers
    • Entering values in a form or spreadsheet
  • Discuss Google form to accompany lab
  • Complete lab estimates, measurement, % error calculations and this Estimate-Measure Lab Response Form
  • When all the above is completed, read this document on Errors in Measuring and Converting
  • Read the Graphing Notes that were handed out in class to prepare for tomorrow.
  • If done with everything above, you can help yourself to the "Websites" link in the navigation menu of the wiki to explore some need science links. Sporcle lets you quiz yourself in many different areas of your interest. You can learn a lot by doing those quizzes!

9-10 Wed
  • Are Estimate-Measure Labs done and is your Google form for the lab results done?

Today's Task - Constructing a good graph
  • Discuss graphing notes given out yesterday.
  • July Temps class activity
  • Set up of graph and questions - I will post the needed data for this at the end of the day for those who were absent.
  • Hand out graph paper
  • Model graph structure
  • Work on July Temps graph and answering questions for tomorrow.

9-11 Thu

Hand in your July Temps graph to the Daily tray

Outside activity today - Football Throws!!!
  • Discuss what is means to predict
  • Set up football throws activity
  • Go outside and throw the ball! Students will record performance data
  • Return to classroom - keep data for later.
  • Estimate-Measure Lab spreadsheet activity.
    • To wrap up the Estimate-Measure Lab, you will use your data to create a spreadsheet.
    • Discuss making a Google spreadsheet for the Estimate-Measure Lab.
    • Start a new Google spreadsheet and set it up like you see in the EstMeasLab14 sample document. Get the blank spreadsheet ready with your data in it.
    • Properly name it and save it for yourself for now.

9-12 Fri
Is your July Temps graph handed into the Daily tray? It was due yesterday!
Today's task - Using the Estimate-Measure Lab data, create a spreadsheet with a correctly written calculation formula for % error.
  • I will discuss/demo the spreadsheet and writing formulas
  • Create and review your spreadsheet according to the sample given and make sure you had your spreadsheet calculate the % error for you
  • Share the completed spreadsheet with me and allow me to comment. PLEASE name the file using the standard format. The name of this assignment is EstMeasLab14
  • The standard format for naming files to share with me is
    • The period number you have science
    • The Assignment name
    • A dash
    • Your Last name followed by your First name
    • Leave no spaces in the file name
    • Example: If I were in 1st period science, I would save mine as 1EstMeasLab14-KramerDaryl

Create a new spreadsheet for the Football Throws activity to prepare for Monday. You can follow this sample:
Football Throws Spreadsheet Sample

Some solar flares are in the news now. Check out the following to read about them and the potential effects of these events.
Solar Flares
Solar Storms

9-15 Mon

Review set-up of the Football Throws spreadsheet

  • Entering data from outside activity
  • Discuss calculating performance index
  • Discuss/demo
    • making graphs from the data
    • analysis of the data
      • Draw a box around the tops of the distance columns for the person who was the most consistent for distance
      • Draw a circle around the tops of the accuracy columns for the person who was most consistent for accuracy
      • Draw a diamond around the tops of the performance index (PI) columns for the person who was the most consistent for PI
    • printing


  • Complete the FootballThrows14 spreadsheet, do the analysis on the printed spreadsheet and hand in to the daily tray.
  • Save your properly-named file and share it with me, allowing me to comment. Thank you.

9-16 Tue
Review Football Throws requirements
Complete the Football Throws
  • spreadsheet
  • share it with me
  • print it
  • do the analysis items on the page
  • hand it into the daily tray

Do the Process Skills Word Wall If you cannot view this in Chrome, please try Internet Explorer
Take the Process Skills Quiz 1 on Quia - on your own! While you're on Quia, ALSO take the Direct and Inverse Relationships Pre-Quiz as well.
To prepare for Wed, study the Direct and Inverse Relationships notes. Save them for yourself and/or print off a copy at home or SH and add them to your pocket folder as notes.
If time permits, you can try an extra recording/organizing.analysis activity for bonus points. It must be done in class. See me for it.

9-17 Wed


  • Make sure football throws spreadsheet is completed, titled properly, and shared with the teacher
  • Make sure the printed spreadsheet, WITH THE ANALYSIS ITEMS COMPLETED, is handed into the daily tray

Review what is means to analyze and where it was applied to class

Classifying Activity:

  • Discuss what it means to Classify – to put into groups or categories based on likenesses and differences
  • Work in groups to classify a set of items that are presented in class
  • Look at how groups classified the items in the list from Wed. and discuss them.
  • Discuss the perception of what a dolphin is and the need for a classification system

Complete any work that still needs to be done for the week thus far.

If done, try the Fish Story recording/organizing analysis activity. It must be done in class and hand it into the daily tray before you leave!

9-19 Fri

Review and further discuss scientific method

Read the additional document about scientific method posted below

Here are a couple of versions of the additional info on scientific method that may be helpful to you.

Here is the Google version. Scientific Method Overview

Think of a fun experiment you could do as a group. The experiment should be something that can be done in class within the span of a 3 days or less. ALSO, your data must be quantifiable (measured with numbers) and be capable of being graphed and analyzed

  • Check your basic idea of your investigation with the teacher before you start writing your procedure!
    • Define your question or problem and state why you chose this investigation
    • List your experimental factors (variables) – independent, dependent and constants
    • State your hypothesis

  • Write a detailed, step-by-step procedure for your investigation
  • Make arrangements within your group as to how you will get the needed materials for your investigation. They must be here to start as soon as your procedure gets approved!

Check out the following document for possible ideas:

Scientific Investigation Possibilities

9-22 Mon

Check Infinite Campus to track your grades and deal with deficiencies as soon as possible!

Continue developing your scientific investigation and getting your procedure approved.

  • Address your question, the variables, the hypothesis and your procedure in a Google doc and share it with me as HrSciInv14-LastnameFirstname.
  • We can discuss your investigation from your document and this will allow your group to continue working on it outside of class.

9-23 Tue
Today, groups will continue working on their scientific investigations. Remember that you must create a Google document that addresses the items as detailed above before you can start conducting your experiment. Make sure you allow me to comment on it.

9-24 Wed
Continue working on scientific investigations, but the following are some things you need to keep in mind
  • I need to have a Google doc shared from you to me with the ability for me to comment on it. The code name for this activity is SciInv14, so the file name should follow the format: HrSciInv14-LastnameFirstname
  • The document needs to have the following on it
    • Names of all group members at the beginning of the document
    • Define your question or problem and state why you chose this investigation
    • Your hypothesis
    • List of experimental factors
      • independent variable
      • dependent variable
      • constants
    • A detailed, step-by-step procedure for your investigation
  • Keep notes of what is being done, including any problems or modifications that had to be made during your investigation. These will be part of your final lab report.

9-25 Thu
Continue working on scientific investigations
Start planning how a spreadsheet will be set up and how your data will be best represented in a graph
Any groups that complete their scientific investigation trials can start work on their spreadsheets. Scientific Investigation spreadsheets should include:
  • o A list of all group members in the spreadsheet
  • o A table for your data
  • o A graph generated from your data
  • The name of this spreadsheet activity is SciInvSS14

Finally, each group will need to generate a Scientific Investigation Report
* After conducting your investigation that employed scientific method of problem solving, you will write and hand in a detailed report of your investigation. The report should be done collaboratively on a Google document. Your group will need to:
  • Continue with the SciInv14 document that you already started and shared with me
  • Share it among all group members so each person can edit
  • Share it with me so I can comment on it.
  • The goal in doing this is for everyone to be involved in doing their own parts to create and produce a high quality report (collaborate).

9-26 Fri
You can continue working on your spreadsheets and share them with me to comment on them. You can work pon these collaboratively outside of class to keep the process moving along and to make up for missing class today.

The Scientific Investigation Report should have all of the following parts included and clearly labeled in order.
  • Part 1
    • A) Define your question or problem and state why you chose this investigation.
    • B) State your hypothesis.
    • C) List and describe your experimental variables – independent, dependent and constants. Make sure your report clearly states how you controlled these variables.
  • Part 2 - Describe any problems or modifications that you had during the course of your investigation.
  • Part 3 - Write a detailed, step-by-step (Step 1, Step 2, Step 3…) procedure that would allow anyone who reads it to properly conduct your experiment. This procedure should be the “final procedure” that implements any modifications you had to make during your investigation to deal with problems along the way.
  • Part 4 - Set up a one-page spreadsheet with at least one table and one graph that shows your data. Write at least one calculation formula that fits what you did with your data. More than one table and/or graph may be needed to properly represent your data and it may make your report look more impressive as well, however, make sure the spreadsheet is only one page. The choice of graph should also appropriately represent the data. Title your document as HrSciInvSS14-LastnameFirstname and share it with me on Google. PART 4 SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE A WRITTEN SUMMARY OF YOUR FINDINGS THAT REFERS TO YOUR DATA AND IS BASED ON YOUR DATA. Include a link in your document that will take me to your spreadsheet.
  • Part 5 - State your conclusion in terms of whether your hypothesis is valid or invalid AND how your data supports your claim. Hand in any notes with raw data with your name of them and be prepared to answer any questions the teacher may have regarding your investigation. If the teacher asks anyone in the group a specific question and it cannot be answered, it may result in a point reduction!
  • Part 6 - State each of the following as they pertained to your scientific investigation and clearly list and label them.
    • one cause and effect relationship
    • one direct relationship
    • one inverse relationship

To complete this Scientific Investigation project, you should meet all of the following requirements:
  • Have a Google word document with a title HrSciInv14-LastnameFirstname
  • Have all group names and your hour on top of the first page of the report
  • Have all report parts (and subparts) present and clearly labeled in your document. The person who wrote a given portion should have his/her name at the beginning of that portion
  • Have a Google spreadsheet with at least 1 table, 1 graph and 1 calculation formula (using cell addresses) in it. It should be shared as HrSciInvSS14-LastnameFirstname
  • Share the final Google document with the teacher and allow the teacher to "Comment" on it
  • Print a copy of your full final lab report, including the spreadsheet to hand in - 1 full lab report per group

9-29 Mon
Posting announcements - should I continue doing so?

Discuss how to plug in and unplug computers - not so difficult!

Hand out notes on Direct and Inverse Relationships and discuss them

If you are behind on your scientific investigation and/or your lab report, you will need to arrange time to come in during E-Period or after school. It is important to make time when the group can assemble and work together, as this is a group project! Also, remember that each group member should write at least one portion of the lab report and that person's name should appear at the start of that portion.

IMPORTANT! I have added one additional element to Part 4 of the lab report requirements above and have added a Part 6 as well. The following information will be helpful for Part 6: Thinking Scientifically


We will have a TEST on all the scientific process skills and method material later this week!

10-1 Wed

We will have a test on Friday covering all the process skills and scientific method stuff!

To help prepare for the test, do the following items on Quia today:

  • Word Wall - Science Process Skills and Scientific Method - If Quia activities do not see to work due to a Java message, right click on the icon and make the computer run it anyway. It will do so.
  • Science Process Method Riches
  • Process Skills/Scientific Method Review - If you need to interrupt your review, you simply click "End Quiz" and then you will have the option to "Save for Later". This will allow you to come back in later and answer any questions you did not answer previously. This review is also set to give you feedback and let you know when you get an answer incorrect, so you have a sense of what you need to focus on. You can take the review up to 3 times.
You will also have to demonstrate knowledge of spreadsheets - setting up a table, writing a calculation formula using cell references (addresses), and graphing the data. I would be wise to look back at your spreadsheets for a refresher on these things.

10-2 Thu
Take the Scientific Notation Quiz 1 as a Scientific Notation Pre-Quiz on Quia
Do the background assignment on exponents by exploring the following links that may be helpful in understanding exponents and how they work.
E-How Exponents
Intro to Exponents
Raising to the power of 0 and 1

Exponents notes/worksheet:
  • Pick up the exponent notes/worksheet from the Thursday tray.
  • Read the notes and do the worksheet for tomorrow.
  • Know how exponents work on your calculator. This will be important!

It would be wise for your group to do a final review of your Scientific Investigation Report!
Review for tomorrow's test!!! The review items posted for yesterday will remain open until tomorrow.
Today would be a great day to ask any questions your may have that need some extra instruction or clarification.

Are you following the Ebola news? Check out the following links to learn more about it and keep up to speed with this topic.
Ebola - CBS
Ebola - CNN

10-3 Fri
Check answers for the Exponents worksheet and discuss them
Do the Process Skills/Scientific Method Test today on Quia
Make sure your Scientific Investigation Reports are completed and share with the teacher.
To prepare for Monday do the following:
  • Check out the following link to prepare for Thursday. Scientific Notation Overview
  • Pick up a scientific notation worksheet from the Friday tray. Read the notes and do the problems for Monday
  • Here is more on scientific notation that may be helpful
    • Scientific Notation 1 - Khan - You can work your way through the menu on the left of the Kahn site to get a complete overview of scientific notation

10-6 Mon
Notice! Within the next day or two, you will likely have to create a spreadsheet, table, and graph from data given to you by the teacher. You will also be required to apply qualitative and quantitative observations as well as do analysis such, as direct v. inverse relationships and cause and effect relationships.
Today, we will review the exponent notes
  • What does it mean to square a number?
  • What does it mean to cube a number?
  • Do you know how to do exponents on your calculator?
Discuss the notes on Scientific Notation and go over the worksheet on writing between scientific notation and standard form
Hand out notes on doing calculations in scientific notation, discuss and do the worksheet on the back side
Check the scientific notation calculation worksheet in class
Discuss the Metric Scale
Look over the metric scale for Tuesday and learn the parts that are additions to what you already know about it.

10-7 Tue
  • Remember that tomorrow is a late start Wednesday!
  • There will be a total lunar eclipse tomorrow morning, starting at around 5:30 AM with the peak around 5:55 AM. You might want to get up a little earlier to catch the Earth's shadow moving across the moon as the eclipse starts.
Briefly discuss eclipses.
Take the Metric Scale Quiz 1 as a pre-quiz - on your own!
Work on the Metric Scale Questions found in the Tuesday tray. Have it ready for tomorrow.

10-8 Wed
Remember: There will be a spreadsheet skill verification exercise yet this week!
Discuss this morning's lunar eclipse (pictures)
Review the metric scale and converting by moving the decimal as we check answers on the Metric Scale Questions worksheet.
1 Dimension Lab today:
  • Copy the lab from the overhead onto a clean sheet of paper
  • Briefly discuss the lab
  • Do the lab
  • Do the conversions as homework for Thursday!

10-9 Thu
Here are some tools that should help you practice with using exponents, the metric scale and units.
Word Wall - Metric Scale
Metric Scale Battleship

Tomorrow, you will likely do the spreadsheet verification exercise.
This will involve creating a spreadsheet, entering data given by the teacher, making a table with the data, generating a graph, writing a calculation formula using cell references and answering doing some data analysis such as making qualitative/quantitative observations and determining direct/inverse relationships.

Brief discussion on making metric conversions in 2 dimensions
Copy the 2 Dimension Lab - Metric onto a clean notebook page
Hand your 1 Dimension Labs into the Daily tray, stapled as a group.
Do the 2 Dimension Lab - Metric lab
Complete lab conversions for Friday

10-10 Fri
Reminder: Posted above, you will find a couple of good Quia tools you can use for review/practice

Do the spreadsheet verification exercise today as instructed by the teacher
Complete any work to be done yet on the 2 Dimension Lab and hand it into the Daily tray, stapled as a group
To prepare for next week, watch the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th and last videos posted about heat and temperature on the web site below. You will want some headphones for the videos. You can use your own or use the ones in the cabinet with the white label on the door. MAKE SURE YOU NEATLY WRAP UP THE CORDS AROUND THE HEADPHONES AS YOU PUT THEM AWAY!
Heat and Temperature videos

10-13 Mon
This is only a 3 day week for students this week!

We will discuss temperature scales. You should have already viewed the video segments on heat and temperature that were posted above. The Temperature Scales worksheet will be handed out in class. Review the notes and do the conversion problems for Tuesday.

As I finish up grading your Scientific Investigation Reports, I urge you to get together as a group and review your grade and the comments I made. Don't forget to also look in your spreadsheet for cells with comment tags on them. If you would like to respond to any comments, please do so on paper by doing the following:

  • Put your group names and investigation title on your paper
  • Clearly describe which comment you are addressing and the point loss listed in the comment Then, respond to my comment. You can explain something to me if you think I misread your report and/or suggest what could have been done better to avoid losing the point(s). This should all be on one paper. I do not want multiple papers from the same group.
  • Hand the paper into the Test tray and I will look at it. You might gain some points back if your responses are thoughtful and analytical.

10-14 Tue
  • Check on your grades! Deal with deficiencies!
  • Groups can possibly earn back points on scientific investigation reports by following the protocol posted above.
  • Use the E-Period opportunities to make up work, get help, etc!

Review the temperature scales and check temperature conversion answers
Hand out notes on Dimensional Analysis and discuss them
Hand out Common Unit Comparisons sheet.
Assignment for Wed:
  • Complete the questions on the back of the Common Unit Comparisons wkst
  • Review the notes on dimensional analysis and try the couple problems on the bottom of the page

10-21 Tue
  • After the past several conversion labs we have done, keep reviewing the conversion process and dimensional analysis. You will need to know this process and apply it throughout the year!
  • Make use of the practice tools that are made available for you such as the Word Walls, review games, etc.
We will hand back, check and discuss the conversion labs we have done so far.

Take the Mass and Weight Quiz and as pre-quiz.
Pick up the Mass and Weight notes from the Tuesday tray. Read the notes and view the ppt to prepare for our next lab.
Work on the assigned Dimensional Analysis Problem Set 1 on the back of the Mass and Weight as homework.

10-22 Wed
Reminder: I should have your 1 Dimension Lab - Mixed sheets in the Daily tray

Discuss Mass and Weight notes on the back of the Dimensional Analysis Problem Set 1
Set up the lab and discuss how to use the balances
Start the Mass and Weight Lab

10-23 Thu
*Check out the partial SOLAR eclipse today at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. The clouds are supposed to clear and it should be visible, but don't look directly at it!

Hints are provided for the Dimensional Analysis Problem Set 1. Keep working on these problems. YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DO DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS!
Continue with the Mass and Weight Lab today.

10-24 Fri
Hand notes Working in 2 and 3 Dimensions.
Discuss the notes and sample problems
Assign problems on the back side AND the Dimensional Analysis Problem Set 1 for Monday
Complete the Mass and Weight Lab and hand it in.

10-27 Mon
Hand back the 1/2 sheet conversion check from last week and check answers from the board
Check answers for the Dimensional Analysis Problem Set 1
Work out the problems on the back of the Working in 2 and 3 Dimensions notes on the overhead.
Explain how the Volume Lab will work
Start the lab

10-28 Tue
*I will give you a quick half-sheet verification on conversions tomorrow! The conversions will involve using the metric scale, metric and non-metric conversions, using dimensional analysis and converting in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions.
*I should have your Mass and Weight Lab in the Daily tray, stapled as a group.

Continue working on the Volume Lab

10-29 Wed
Quiz on conversions
Pick up notes on Density and Specific Gravity and read them for Thursday
Continue the Volume Lab

10-30 Thu
Discuss the notes on Density and Specific Gravity
Assign the density worksheet on the back side for Friday
Complete the Volume Lab

10-31 Fri
Hand back quiz from Wed, explain how to earn points back and then work out all the problems in class
Discuss the Density/Specific Gravity Lab
  • Show items for lab
  • Explain the importance of focusing on accuracy to get ready for the upcoming Measuring Summary Lab
Start the lab

11-3 Mon
I typically do my Halloween Vector Treasure Hunt, and even thought we did not get to it before Halloween, we will proceed to do it this week. Therefore,we will suspend the Density/Specific Gravity Lab for a few days to work with vector quantities and get the treasure hunt this week!
We will view and discuss the following links.
Demonstrate drawing vectors on graph paper in class
  • Establish direction and scale
  • Establish the origin (starting point)
  • Add vectors using the "tip-to-tail" method
  • Determine the resultant vector
  • Review the links if necessary
  • Draw the vector quantities given in class and determine the resultant vector for Tuesday

11-4 Tue
Tomorrow, you will need to be able to add vectors and determine a resultant vector

Review vectors and drawing vectors
Check assignment due today
Discuss today's assignment for tomorrow - Vector Airtrip
Work on the Vector Airtrip for tomorrow

11-6 Thu


  • We will resume the Density/Specific Gravity Lab tomorrow
  • Keep working at the dimensional analysis (DA) so you will be prepared for success in the big Measuring Summary Lab that will be coming up next week - big lab, big grade!
  • Your Vector Airtrip graph should be handed into the Daily tray. Make sure your have the 5 items at the end of the assignment addressed on your graph - everything on one side!

  • We will do the Vector Treasure Hunt today!
  • Hand out 1 & 2 Dimension Practice problems to work on for Monday
After completing the treasure hunt, work on the 1 & 2 Dimension Practice problems. These will help you get ready for the Measuring Summary Lab next week!

11-7 Fri
Keep working on the 1 & 2 Dimension Practice worksheet on your own for Monday. This will help prepare you for the big Measuring Summary Lab next week!

  • Take the Quia Quiz 11.7.14 (click on this link). If you do not have your username and password, you will have to make this up during E-Period next week! No talking during the Quia quiz!
  • After the quiz, continue with the Density/Specific Gravity Lab that you already have and we have discussed. We will finish it on Monday. Please make sure you get all lab items back to the lab cart. Thank you!

11-14-14 Fri
I should have your Vector Airtrip graph and answers in
I should have your Mass and Weight Labs in

Complete the Measuring Summary Lab and fill out the score sheet that was discussed in class. Hand it in when the % errors are completed
In light of the recent historic comet landing, when you are done with your Measuring Summary Lab, please do the following Comet Landing assignment.

11-17-14 Mon
You will need to know the following items for tomorrow!
1. What must you do when you are counting steps on the metric scale and you cross a bold starred line, like from mega to giga?
2. How many dimensions are used to calculate area and what are they?
3. How many dimensions are used to calculate volume and what are they?
4. What must you do when you are counting steps on the metric scale and you are working in 2
5. What must you do when you are counting steps on the metric scale and you are working in 3 dimensions?
6. What is the conversion you should know to help you convert between metric and non-metric?
7. What is the conversion you should know to help you convert between cubed volume units like mm3 and L?
8. What is mass?
9. How is weight different from mass?
10. What is the metric unit for weight?
11. What is the conversion you should know to help you convert from kg to N?
12. What is the conversion ratio for converting between pounds (lb) and newtons (N)?
13. What is the equation for calculating density?
14. What are two differences between density and specific gravity?
15. What are the two factors that influence how much gravity will be between two objects AND list whether they have a direct or inverse relationship to gravitational attraction?

Work on the comet landing assignment that was posted Friday. We will work on it today and tomorrow.

11-18 Tue
Log into and take Quiz 11.18.14 - no notes, no calculator, no talking, eyes on your own screen
Continue working on the assignment about landing on Comet 67P.

11-19-14 Wed

Flex day today - You have options as to what you will do in class today. Things that will need to get done are:

  • Complete your Comet Landing assignment in your group. The following video gives a nice overview of the mission
  • .
  • Visit with your group and review your Measuring Summary Lab to discuss your grade and determine where/how you may have lost points on your lab. Write a detailed account of what went wrong and show corrected calculations for your items.
  • Go to the following Energy Basics site and answer the following questions in your notebook.
    1. Where did the term "energy" come from?
    2. How is energy defined?
    3. What is potential energy?
    4. What is kinetic energy?
    5. Give an example of how they might be related?
    6. List and describe other forms of energy.
    7. What happens when energy is transformed?
    8. What is ,meant by "conservation of energy"?
    9. What is meant when it is said that energy is "wasted" as it gets used?
11-24 Mon
  • Here are the Friction notes I said I would post. Copy them into your notebook, save them digitally or print them and add them to your folder - whatever works best for you. You need to know the content of these notes.
We will hand out and discuss the Speed, Velocity and Momentum Lab. Discuss those concepts and then start lab.

11-25 Tue
Continue working on the Speed Lab today

11-26 Wed
Finish gathering data for the rolling balls. Complete the lab calculations today and have them ready for Monday!
Go the following site: Energy Videos 1 and watch the first 4 videos.
Take notes on the videos for yourself

12-1 Mon


  • Make sure you have answered the energy questions posted back on 11-19 Wed in your notebook
  • If you have time and can help me gather some technology data, you can do the Energy Videos item listed 11-26 Wed and keep that data to give to me later. Thank you.


Use your Speed Lab data to create a new spreadsheet for this lab per the sample that is provided below.

Speed Lab Sample

Share it with me using the standard format. What is that?

  • Here are the notes from the spreadsheet that apparently would not pop up from the sample.
  • You can fix the legend problem we discovered in class by doing the following. In the window where you "Select Ranges" under the "Start" tab, you will find a box you can check to use the top row of your selected ranges as headers. Then they will appear.
  • Write a correct formula to make the spreadsheet calculate velocity for you
  • Write a formula to have the spreadsheet calculate p for you.
    • Write calculation formulas where required.
    • Make sure everything fits on one page.
    • Share your ss with me and allow me to comment on it.
    • Title your as (Hr)SpeedLab-(LastnameFirstname)
12-2 Tue
Review notes and procedures in the Speed Lab spreadsheet
Complete the Speed Lab spreadsheet and share it with me
Two-sided worksheet A Speedy Journey/Calculating Average Speed handed out in class. This is due on Wed!

12-3 Wed
Go over and discuss the speed graphing worksheet from Tue
Discuss the Acceleration Lab and how to set it up.
Start the lab

12-5 Fri
I should have your Speed Lab spreadsheet shared with me by now. If not, get it done!

Complete the trials with the balls and ramps and keep your data for Monday
To get ready for Monday, go to this Acceleration site and go the following.
  1. Be able to define acceleration
  2. Know the equation for calculating acceleration
  3. Click on the first Animation button. Read and answer the questions for yourself
  4. Do the Ticker Tape activity, including the Check Your Understanding part
  5. Read the Speed and Velocity section. Click on the Animation under Calculating Average Speed
  6. Know the difference between average speed and instantaneous speed

12-8 Mon

I should have your Speed Lab spreadsheet shared with me!
The Motion Project will be introduced tomorrow. Look here for more details and pay attention for further discussion in class.

Use your ball and ramp data to create a spreadsheet like the one in this example. Accel Lab Spreadsheet Sample
  • Helpful Hints: If your graph does not look like my sample you can try the following:
    • If desired labels do not show up on your graph by default, go to the the "Start" tab in the editing window for your graph and check the box that allows you use a specific column or row as headers. Labels will likely appear.
    • If your data on your graph looks like it is backwards from my sample, under the "Start" tab, check the box that allows you to switch rows/columns. This will flip-flop data on your graph.

When your Accel Lab spreadsheet is complete, print it off and make sure you do the following analysis items.
  • On the bar graph
    • Draw a box around the part of the bar (for each ball) that indicates the longest distance traveled per second.
    • Circle the part of the bar (for each ball) that indicates the greatest positive acceleration from one second to the next. For example, if you think the ball sped up the most from second 1 to second 2, then draw a circle where the 1 sec part and the 2 sec part meet (as shown in class).
  • On the line graph, clearly point out any part of the graph that does not make sense and give a brief description of why you chose that part.
  • Hand the printed spreadsheet, complete with the analysis items done, into the Daily tray

12-9 Tue
  • The Motion Project for this school year will be discussed and assigned today. Notes for it will be posted on this wiki. I will also post questions that have been asked about the project along with their corresponding answers on the page titled Project Questions in the navigation menu on this wiki.
  • There will be quiz on Thursday covering the energy and motion stuff we have been doing recently! The quiz will cover the following items: Energy notes; friction notes, potential and kinetic energy and conversion between them (the pendulum?); units for energy, speed, velocity, momentum, acceleration; equations for calculating gPE, KE, speed, momentum, acceleration; answers to the questions posted here on 12-5; interpreting a motion graph

  • Hand out the worksheet Acceleration Calculations.
  • Complete your Acceleration Lab spreadsheet. Do the analysis items on your paper. Staple your group's papers together and hand them into the Daily tray. Do NOT share your Acceleration Lab spreadsheet with me this time. I only want your printed page.
  • When your spreadsheet is completed and handed in, work on the acceleration worksheet

  • Complete and hand in the Acceleration Lab spreadsheet
  • Do the Acceleration Calculations worksheet for Wed that was handed out in class

*Here is the Motion Project note page that was discussed in class:

Motion Project - Google Version

12-10 Wed

  • There will be quiz tomorrow! The items on the quiz are listed above in yesterday's notes.
  • The Motion Project was officially assigned yesterday and is due on Wed Jan. 7, 2015 (The week we come back from Christmas break)
  • Your printed Acceleration Lab spreadsheet should be handed in, with the analysis items done on it.
  • Ask any questions about the Motion Project at the start of class so we can discuss them. Remember that I will post questions and their answers on the Project Questions page of this wiki. It is up in the navigation menu.
  • Go over the worksheet on Acceleration Calculations and discuss the graph on the back side of it.
  • Review for tomorrow's quiz by doing the Motion Quiz 12.14.14 Review on Quia. Use this as a tool to reinforce what you know and focus on improving upon the things you do NOT know. Take notes on the things you do NOT know so you can look them up and know them next time.

12-11 Thu
  • I should have your Acceleration Lab spreadsheet printed page with the analysis items done on it by now.
  • Keep thinking about the Motion Project and get to work on it!
  • I am currently having a problem with the Project Questions link on the wiki page. I will fix it by tomorrow and post questions and answers we have discussed in class up to this point

  • Take the quiz today. No phones are allowed as calculators during a quiz. If you have no scientific calculator, as you were expected to get at the start of the year, you should set up the problems, show your work, and wait for someone else who is finished with the quiz and will let you use their calculator after they are done with the quiz.
  • After the quiz today, view the following videos. You will want earbuds or headphones.
  • What is "frame of reference" and what does it mean when it is said that "motion is relative"? Watch the following video and think about these.

If the embedded video above does not work, you can try running it from the link below.
Frame of Reference video

  • Videos on Newton's 3 laws

12-15 Mon
  • I should have your Acceleration Lab spreadsheet printed page with analysis items completed on it! Do NOT share it with me.
  • Keep working on those projects! You can come in during E-Period to work on them IF you bring your materials!

  • Discuss the graph questions on the back of the Acceleration Calculations worksheet
  • Compile data from the cart lab we did on Friday
  • Start setting up a new Google spreadsheet for the cart lab data. We will add more to it tomorrow. For now, you can set up the data as shown below. Please perform the following tasks on your spreadsheet as well:
    • Format cells as I have have to make headings, borders, merge cells, etc
    • Write formulas for
      • combining the weight of the rider and cart
      • Converting the combined weight from lbs to N
      • Calculating Speeds 1 through 4



1 ft = .3046 m

Cart Lab

Weight (lb)
Combined Weight
Distance (ft) @
Distance (m) @
Speed (m/s)

Weight (lb)
Weight (N)
1 s
2 s
3 s
4 s
1 s
2 s
3 s
4 s





12-16 Tue
Continue working on the Cart Lab Google spreadsheet today. Share with me as CartLab and allow me to comment. Here is a link to the Cart Lab sample

12-17 Wed
When you are done with your lab, you can read this Future War article and write a thoughtful response to it, including a very brief summary and an evaluation of just what this could all mean and/or where this could take us - good or bad or both.

12-18 Thu
  • I hope the motion projects are coming along well
  • Here is another very good (and shorter) video that shows how "motion is relative" and depends on a "frame of reference". These are two ideas that are fundamental and crucial to understanding motion!

  • Complete the Cart Lab spreadsheet and share it with me with permission to comment.
  • Here is a video regrading gravity and falling objects. What is terminal velocity?

12-19 Fri
  • Hand back the last quiz and briefly discuss doing corrections
    • Do the following for corrections on your own paper:
      • Title it Motion Quiz 12-11 Corrections and put your name and hour on it
      • Write an explanation of how/why you did not do as well on the quiz as you should have. Be honest and fair. This can address my role as well as yours.
      • Clearly show which problem you missed and do them in the order they were in the quiz
      • If it is matching, take the quiz item and the correct answer and put them together to make a correct and complete sentence
      • In a case where it is a graphic problem, completely draw out the problem and write out the given concepts where they apply on the drawing. Do NOT merely put the letters!
      • Make it neat enough so I can easily read it or it will not be graded
      • Corrections are due on MONDAY!

  • This is the last day you get to work on the Cart Lab spreadsheet
  • When you are done, you can get caught up with the videos on motion that are posted above and/or do the Word Wall-Motion activity on Quia

12-22 Mon


Quiz corrections are due today! Staple them on top of your quiz and hand them into the Test tray


We started a online projectile simulation today. A sheet with tables to fill out while do this activity were handed out in class. Here is a link to the Projectile Simulation

Here is the worksheet

We will continue this tomorrow

12-23 Tue
  • The Projectile Project is due on Wednesday, Jan. 7
  • Complete the online Projectile Simulation wkst. Study the data and think about the trends and questions listed on the wkst.
  • Work on that project! Get it built and test and test it and test, making modifications as needed. EVERYONE can be successful on this if they work with it enough!
  • I will still accept test corrections today
  • Continue the online projectile simulation. This is the last class day given to do this. It should be complete by the end of break.

12-13 Tue

Items that need to be in for grades are:

  • online Projectile Simulation wkst
  • the Cart Lab spreadsheet, shared with me as HrCartLab-LastnameFirstname
  • completed Projectile Project

The final test will be two parts:

  • General knowledge of terms and concepts - There will be different point values for different questions. The basic information will be worth more points than the higher level stuff in an attempt to build the test for success.
  • Application - There will some items done on paper such as
    • take a given situation and describe how to set up a scientific investigation by determining independent variable, dependent variable and constants
    • properly construct and analyze a graph
    • add vectors using the tip-to-tail method and determine the resultant vector
    • do conversion problems using dimensional analysis, showing the full process, cancelling units, etc.

Here is the key for the test review


Test Review Key through Google

1-14 Wed
Here the Quia Semester Review to help you prepare for tomorrow's test.

1-15 Thu
Report to the HS LMC today to take your test on Quia using the LMC Chromebooks. Ms. Trisha Pehler will help get you going on that.
The link for it will be posted here by test time.

1-20 Tue


  • Do a last check on grades before they must be posted!
  • Please remove the projectile projects from the room or break them down for recycling.


  • Review frame of reference, centripetal acceleration and centripetal force
  • Discuss the Forces wkst diagrams
  • Discuss "artificial gravity" and "zero g" using the simulated gravity site
  • Watch the next James Bond segment
  • Here is a nice link that re-explains and elaborates on our discussion on "zero G" and multiple G-forces".

1-21 Wed
Remove the remainder of the projectile projects please!
Visit the two web pages that were posted yesterday in regard to zero G and artificial G. Read through them ans think about them.
Here are some other videos that will add to our class discussion of centripetal acceleration and centripetal force. Check them out.

Go the Introduction to planets and the solar system and do the following assignment
  • Create a document (two pages taped together in landscape orientation) that shows the following about our solar system:
    • Draw all major structures in our solar system, including any significant distinguishing features for each. Also, try and depict some sense of size comparison among the structures
    • Correct order from the inside of the solar system to the outside
    • A brief description of each structure that includes 7 facts that you think are most interesting or memorable about that structure and incorporate them into your sheet

1-26-15 Mon
Solar System Profile papers are due today.
There will be a quiz on the solar system this week.
  • I want you to do the following on Quia
  • We are discussing "falling in orbit" today. The following will review some things we talked about, as well as elaborate on our discussions. It will also help fill in if you missed it.

Falling in Orbit 2 - Read the short text and view the video on this page.
Weightlessness? - Read the short text, click on the interactive, then read, view and think about all of that!

1-27 Tue
  • I should have your Solar System Profile sheets in, as they were due yesterday!
  • We will have a quiz on our solar system this week Thursday.Playing the Millionaire game I have posted above will help you prepare
  • Be sure to utilize out all the resources I have posted above for the last week or so, as that information will be helpful in understanding our discussions in the near future.
  • We will discuss orbits a bit more, focusing on ellipses
  • Here are some resources that help explain what ellipses are so further reading and discussion will be more meaningful to you.
    • Here are some key questions about an ellipse and its connection to planets.
      • What is an ellipse?
      • How does an ellipse form?
      • What is eccentricity?
      • What is perihelion?
      • What is aphelion?
    • Here is how you can form an ellipse
    • Look at the illustration on this page of the sun and a planet's elliptical orbit and think about the following questions
      • Using what you know about gravity, explain whether or not the force of gravity between the sun and the planet always the same?
      • Is the distance between the sun and the planet constant?
      • Explain whether or not the speed of the planet will be constant and explain.
      • What would have to happen to the orbit to make it more eccentric, as well less eccentric?
      • How does the path of a comet compare to the path of a planet in terms of eccentricity?

1-28 Wed
  • Make sure you have viewed the resources posted above regarding ellipses and be able to answer the questions also listed above
  • WE HAVE A QUIZ TOMORROW ON THE SOLAR SYSTEM, as was mentioned on Monday. There is the Rags to Riches game on Quia that will help you prepare for it and you will find the link posted above. Here is a Solar System Challenge Board game (like Jeopardy) that you can also use.
  • Use the following resources to develop a sense of how the ideas of motion and the order of our solar system changed throughout time
  • Take notes on each resource and even draw a representation of each system.
  • Here are the key information you should gather from the resources
    • The basic order of each system
    • The key elements of each system
    • The chronology (historical order in time) of the systems
    • Compare contrast the systems - Examples: How were some systems similar? What systems brought major changes to our understanding?
  • Here are the resources
    • Introduction
    • Greek Observations and Thoughts - Aristotle and Ptolemy
    • Copernicus
    • Tycho and others
    • Kepler
    • And as long as we are pondering motion and the order of the universe, why not take a quick look at one rendition of how we ended up where we are now? No notes to take, just watch and think about all of it!

1-30 Fri
Here are a some neat videos on an event that happened approximately a year ago. A meteor came through Earth's atmosphere and eventually exploded causing tremendous widespread property damage and injuring over 1000 people!

  • After you are done with the resources for the evolution of human understanding of motion and universal order (Man's Views of the Universe), do the Man's Views of the Universe Verification on Quia.

  • IMPORTANT! Address the following items regarding the different solar system/universe models you have read and heard about.
  1. What does heliocentric mean?
  2. What does geocentric mean?
  3. What is an ellipse?
  4. What is retrograde motion and what was problem did it pose in the progression of the human idea of universal order?
  5. What is an epicycle and why was it introduced?
  6. He made some great discoveries based on Tycho’s observations.
  7. He had a particularly interesting version of the solar system with Earth in its correct place in the order from the sun, but he still had Earth stationary in the center of everything and the sun, with the planets moving around it, revolving around Earth.
  8. He was the first to widely promote the concept of a sun-centered universe.
  9. He the first to promote the idea that had planets moved in ellipses.
  10. He developed the Laws of Planetary Motion
  11. Who believed the heavenly bodies moved in uniform circular motion?
  12. He believed that the Earth was in the middle of the universe
  13. He believed that the planets were attached to giant invisible spheres and the spheres rotated, which caused the planets to move.
  14. Who promoted the idea of a “Prime Mover”?
  15. Who believed that all heavenly motion was uniform circular motion and unchanging.
  16. What did the Prime Mover later become associated with?
  17. What were three incorrect, but widely accepted ideas of Aristotle that dominated popular belief for well over 1000 years?
  18. His main contributions to toward the advancement of knowledge of universal order were the tools he crafted and the many detailed records he kept from many years of observations with those tools.
  19. Which model(s) had Earth in the center of the universe?
  20. Who believed the heavens were perfect and unchanging.
  21. He had the first major model that tried to explain retrograde motion

2-2 Mon
2-3 Tue
  • We will briefly discuss some of the Man's Views or the Universe questions.
  • Take the Man's Views of the Universe Quiz on Quia
  • We are starting some moon stuff. Here is the Moon Quest assignment. Use the links and the diagrams to answer the questions. You can answer these in your notebook if you wish.
  • Here is a link that will substitute the faulty link regarding the moons origin for now. Moon Origins?

2-6 Fri
  • NOTE: Apparently the top two videos posted yesterday have become unavailable since then and I will try and replace them as soon as I can
  • Anyone who has NOT yet handed in the Solar System Profile assignment nee ds to do so ASAP!!!! A zero has been entered for it at this time, will stand as long as it is not turned in and the point value will decrease as time goes on, especially after today.
  • Discuss geosynchronous orbits/watch video

2-9 Mon
Remember to check out all the resources I have posted last week.

Hand out an old Moon Quiz to do as practice for Tuesday!
Here are some resources to enhance our moon study
Solar and Lunar Eclipses are explained quite well in this one

Tides: The first one is a nice,quick overview. The second one is more technical but explains in more detail.

The largest change between high tide and low tide in the world is a the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Check it out!

Have the Moon Quiz practice sheet done for Tuesday!

2-10 Tue
We will have a Moon Quiz on Friday
Don't forget about the Word Wall- Moon that is on Quia for you

Discuss the Moon Quiz Practice from Tuesday

2-11 Wed
We will have a Moon Quiz on Friday

  • Review moon phases and orbit positions
  • Hand out The Earth web guide. Use the link posted at the end of today's wiki notes to take to the starting point
  • Complete the Moon Quest Assessment on Quia
  • After completing the Moon Quest Assessment on Quia, start working on The Earth web guide. Here is the The Earth Web Guide link

2-12 Thu
3D Moon Simulation today!

2-13 Fri
  • Moon Test today!
  • After the test:
    • Click on the following link and complete the task
    • Complete The Earth web guide that has been already started, It is due for Monday
2-16 Mon
  • Hand in your notes from the Moon Quest activity from last week into the Daily tray. Make sure your name and hour are labeled and staple pages together if you have more than one
  • Moon Tests need to made up from people who were absent Friday
  • Hand in The Earth web guide into the TEST tray today

2-18 Wed
We will be working on an earthquake assignment today.
Here is the Google Earthquakes Web Guide that you will work on collaboratively. Address these items in your notes and post links when you find good ones for you and others to use. Use others' links if you think they already do a great job! If you find something better than what is already posted, please post it! Thank you.
  • Hand in your notes from the Moon Quest activity from last week into the Daily tray. Make sure your name and hour are labeled and staple pages together if you have more than one
  • Moon Tests need to made up from people who were absent Friday
  • Place your completed The Earth web guide in the TEST tray
  • We will be focusing on Tsunamis
  • I am providing some web sites for you to explore and questions/items that I want you to address in this Tsunami Web Guide

2-23 Mon
  • Parent Teacher Conferences start tonight!
  • Do not forget to check out the Word Wall-Earth that has been posted above on this wiki
  • Arrange to make up the Earth Quiz on Quia if you missed it on Friday. Use E-Period for that
Take the Earth Quiz 1
You will explore the characteristics of the atmosphere by following this
Atmosphere Web Guide

2-24 Tue
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Thursday from 2PM to 7PM
  • Complete the Atmosphere Web Guide and hand it into the Daily tray
  • Hand out the Pressure notes
  • Briefly discuss what air pressure is and what causes it
  • View the following videos on pressure
    • Read the pressure notes, fill in the blanks and do the problems on the back

3-2 Mon
There will be a test Thursday on the Earth and Atmosphere stuff recently done in class

3-3 Tue
  • Earth-Atmosphere Test on Thursday!
  • Here is a nice explanation about why we have our seasons Reason for seasons


3-5 Thu
Test day today!
Here is the link to the Earth-Atmosphere Test
Do the Metric Heat and Temperature assignment for Friday. It was handed out in class.

3-6 Fri
  • Arrange to make up the Earth-Atmopshere Test during E-Period next week if you missed it. Sign up with your advisor on Monday for a day when I have Science Help/Make-up listed on the schedule for the week.

  • Hand in your Metric Heat and Temperature reading/questions to the Daily tray today.
  • Before we start get into the thick of matter and chemistry, you must have a basic understanding of energy. The following document has some nice links and videos that will help you understand how energy is transferred. Explore the Waves Intro, address the required items on your own paper. We will continue on Monday.
    • You will need to address the following in your notebook by illustrating/defining the following wave concepts:
      1. longitudinal wave
      2. transverse wave
      3. crest
      4. trough
      5. amplitude
      6. wavelength
      7. frequency
      8. transmission
      9. absorption
      10. reflection
      11. diffraction
      12. refraction
      13. compression
      14. rarefaction
      15. interference - constructive v. destructive

3-9 Mon
Complete the Waves assignment from Fri

3-10 Tue
Review wave terms and concepts by projecting and discussing resources from Friday and Monday
Hand out Waves - Demonstrate Your Knowledge worksheet - Due Wednesday
Work on it for the remainder of the period

3-11 Wed
Discuss the worksheet from Tuesday
Take Energy and Waves Quiz 2 on Quia

3-12 Thu
Use the Word Wall-Waves on Quia to help prepare for the Quiz on wave terms and concepts tomorrow!
Hand out notes on Fluid Principles and discuss Archimedes, Bernoulli's and Pascal's principles. The notes are posted below.

3-13 Fri
Quiz on waves today!
Finish discussing Pascal's principle and demo it
Take the quiz (on paper)
For Monday, look at the last sheet of the Fluid Principles notes and determine which principle is best fitting each illustration and try to explain how they apply to the illustration
Check out the following resources to enhance what we did in class regarding the three fluid principles. They will help with the assignment for Monday.



3-16 Mon
Review the fluid principles from last week. There will be a quiz on fluid principles (Archimedes', Bernoulli's and Pacal's) and gas laws this week Wednesday!
  • We introduced the concept of pressure in class and briefly mentioned Charles' and Boyle's gas laws.
  • Reread the gas laws notes.
  • Do the problems on Behavior of Gases worksheet
  • Check in class
  • Hand out notes on how Boyle's law helps us breath and Standard Temperature and Pressure (STP) problems
  • Read the STP notes for Tuesday.
  • The notes/worksheets are posted below.

3-17 Tue
  • There will be a quiz tomorrow on gas laws and fluid principles
  • The simulation below is a nice one to help demonstrate the behavior of gas particles and should enhance understanding of gas laws. The simulation is embedded below, but here is the link to the page in case you have trouble with the widget below. Gas Laws Simulation link
Gas Properties
Click to Run

  • Discuss the STP notes from Monday and do the STP problems in class
  • Hand out states of matter notes.
    • Assignment: Read the states of matter notes and do the phase change curve questions on the back for Wednesday!
    • View this little animation that shows the motion of Particles in Different States
  • Do the practice review on Quia for tomorrow's quiz Here is a link to the Gas Laws and Fluid Principles Review

3-18 Wed
  • Here is the link to today's Test
  • Hand out states of matter notes.
    • Assignment: Read the states of matter notes and do the phase change curve questions on the back for Wednesday!
    • View this little animation that shows the motion of Particles in Different States and view the following video as well.

3-24-15 Tue
Quia Word Wall-Properties
Here is another link to physical and chemical properties

4-7 Tue
Review solubility notes from last week, as we will focus on them this week
Unknowns will be done tomorrow!

Review solubility and using a solubility chart
Demonstrate the crystallization of a supersaturated solution
Complete the Properties 2-Unknown Lab to be ready for the unknown tomorrow
Do the States of Matter Guided Review on Quia

4-8 Wed
Unknowns today!
Complete yesterday's items
Also do this Solubility Guided Review on Quia for practice with solubility and solubility curves

4-13 Mon
We will have a quiz on solubility this Wednesday!
We will wrap up the testing of solutions A-I in for the Solution ID Lab. We will do the unknowns tomorrow!
To start thinking and preparing for our next lab, read the following Separation Lab notes

4-15 Wed
Here is the link to the Solubility Quiz 1

4-16 Thu
Work on developing a procedure to separate the 4 component mixture that will be given to your group. You will need to have a procedure approved by me before you begin. we will devote the next week to the Separation Lab.
Please read and think about alloys by visiting the following links. We will be doing a golden penny lab, so have a few pennies with you over the next day or two. In making the golden penny, you will be creating an alloy.
Alloys 1
Alloys 2

4-27 Mon
Flex day today - work on wrapping up your separations procedures. Clean up! Work on your reports.
Here are the notes to guide you with the Separation Lab Report
We will use tomorrow to as a lab wrap-up day as well.

4-30 Thu
  • We will have a test on solutions and solubility early next week!
  • Complete your Separation Lab Reports and share them with me as HrSeparationLab-Names and allow me to comment.
  • Separation Lab Report checklist:
    • Is your separation process complete?
    • Did you clean up all utensils, return them to me if mine, and clean your work and storage areas?
    • Did your group receive its official hint?
    • Do you have your group's original procedure that was initialized by me?
    • Have you reported your final numbers to me and received the actual values for your mixture?
    • Have you completed the separation lab grade sheet given to your group by the teacher?
    • Have you completed and shared your Google lab report with me and allowed me to comment? Remember that everyone needs to contribute their share to the report in the color of text they chose to represent their entries
    • Is your document file titled as HrSeparationLab-Names
    • Do you have your personal lab notes as evidence of your involvement, observations and data to hand in?
    • Did you hand in your required paperwork stapled in this order from top to bottom as a group packet?
      • Separation Grade Sheet
      • Initialed original procedure
      • Your (each student) personal notes with name at the start of the notes
  • Review your notes and revisit the Solubility Quiz 1 on Quia that I will reopen for you to review the questions and see how much you remember.You will need to refer to this graph when you take the quiz> Solubility Quiz Graph
  • Here is another tool on Quia to help you prepare for the quiz on solutions and solubility. Solutions and Solubility Guided Review

5-1 Fri
  • We will have a quiz on solutions and solubility next Tuesday! Study your notes on this and revisit the Solubility Quiz 1 on Quia to refresh, reinforce and review. It will involve the use of a solubility graph
  • Complete the your separation lab process and report ASAP. The checklist and guiding notes are listed above.

  • We will discuss and demonstrate a couple concepts that will also be on next week's quiz.
    • polarity and nonpolarity
    • The general rule of solubility
    • cohesion and adhesion
      • Here are questions you should be able to answer after the our discussion and demonstrations today
        • Quiz questions for today.
        • 1. What is cohesion?
        • 2. What is adhesion?
        • 3. How did the water behave on the waxpaper?
        • 4. How did the water behave on the foil?
        • 5. What does it mean when it is said that a substance is polar?
        • 6. Is water polar or nonpolar?
        • 7. Is oil polar or nonpolar?
        • 8. Is alcohol polar or nonpolar and how did you know?
        • 9. Is food coloring polar or nonpolar and how did you know?
        • 10. What is the general rule of solubility?
  • Here are some resources that related to today's class discussions and demos
5-4 Mon
  • Quiz tomorrow on solutions and solubility!
    • Review all notes
    • Use the Quia items I have opened up for you to use. You can find them at the bottom on the posting for last Thu, 4-30
    • Here are the answers for last Friday's pop quiz questions that were posted last Friday. These questions will be on the quiz! Solubility Pop Quiz Answers from Friday, 5-1
Separation Labs should be wrapped up and reports completed as soon as possible!

Clean up all lab items and work area
Review for tomorrow's quiz - ask questions if needed.

5-5 Tue
Get your separation labs done, cleaned up and handed in!

Today's quiz is on Quia. You will need to refer to the solubility graph given in class.Return it to the stack in order by number.
Do not shut down your computer after the quiz! You will need to do the assignment on the board after today's quiz on solubility.
Here is the link to today's Solutions and Solubility Quiz 2014-15 on Quia. Remember to check the board for what to do after the quiz before you shut down your computer.

5-6 Wed
We will start our chemistry portion of the course. Much of the stuff we cover in the next few days will likely be review to some extent for many of you. A refresher on this will be okay! Start by viewing these videos. We will then compile and discuss this information in class later.


5-11 Mon
  • There will be a quiz this Friday on the following:
    • history of atomic theory (we will continue to add to this during the week)
    • structure of the atom
    • determining number of protons, neutrons and electrons for neutral atoms, ions and isotopes
    • parts of the periodic table and trends associated with it
  • Reminder: All the required work from the separation should be handed in or shared with me! Look up above on the wiki for requirements

Discuss isotopes

5-12 Tue
Quiz on Friday! See Monday's description. Be ready!
Get those Separation Lab Reports to me!

Check the Atoms, Ions and Isotopes worksheet due for today
Watch these videos on the periodic table.

Use the periodic table notes on the back of the worksheet from yesterday and videos above to answer these Periodic Table Questions

5-13 Wed
Quiz Friday on atomic theory and atomic structure
To avoid being docked more points, get those separation labs completed and in for grading!

We discussed what is meant by the term "electron cloud"
We then discussed the period table trends and structure notes on the back of the Atoms, Ions, Isotopes worksheet.
A practice sheet with back-to-back old quizzes was handed out to do for Thursday.

5-14 Thu
Quiz Friday on atomic theory and atomic structure
To avoid being docked more points, get those separation labs completed and in for grading!

We will discuss and demonstrate how to draw atom diagrams
Below are a couple of videos that show the process of drawing atom diagrams. The first one is a relatively easy example and second one gets more involved.

5-15 Fri
NOTE: No lab work during E-Period today!

  • Today is Quiz Day!
    • You will need to use the periodic table handed out to you today for the quiz. Return it to the teacher when finished.
    • The quiz is in 2 parts today. Both are graded! Take your time and read the questions carefully. There are different point values for the questions. The quizzes are linked here. 1st quiz 2nd quiz
    • Return the periodic table to the teacher!
    • BEFORE YOU PUT YOUR COMPUTER AWAY, watch the video posted in the assignments.
    • View this video on types of bonds to get ready for next week
    • ASSIGNMENT FOR MONDAY - Adding to the Neon you should already have, draw atom diagrams for Argon, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, and Krypton (a challenge). Remember to follow the electron configuration notation you find on your periodic table and work your way from the valence energy level inward. The large numbers tell you the energy level you are in and the little numbers tell you how many electrons you put in that energy level. You will find that you sometimes need to jump back and forth between energy levels. Follow the progression of your electron configurations. Help each other out with this. Have these ready for Monday!

5-18 Mon
  • Last call for anyone who has not yet completed their Separation Labs to do so.
  • Anyone who has NOT completed the 2-part quiz on Quia last Friday needs to come in during E-Period and do so

  • Draw and discuss the atom diagrams assigned last Friday on the board and discussed them.
  • Demonstrate/discuss how to draw ion diagrams K+, Al+3 and S-2
  • Assignment for Tuesday - Draw diagrams for Ca+2, Sr+2, Cl-, F-, and Mg+2

5-19 Tue
Quiz make-ups from last Friday need to be done during E-Period

Draw and discuss the ion diagrams from Monday
Hand out the Periodic Table Trend and Structure Questions. Work on it in groups for Wednesday.
Also, view the video below on bonding. It is a review and extension of the one posted last Friday.

5-20 Wed
I may throw a pop quiz at you yet this week to see how well you have grasped and absorbed the chemistry stuff thus far

  • Hand out notes on Chemical Bonding and Compound Formation
  • Discuss that all compounds are neutral!
  • Hand out a worksheet Writing Binary Formulas on writing chemical formulas
  • Assignment
    • The worksheet Writing Binary Formulas is due on Thursday
    • View the video on metallic bonding that is posted below

5-21 Thu
Pop quiz coming this week on atom structure and the periodic table!

  • Briefly discuss the bonding notes given yesterday. The three bonding videos posted above should have been viewed by now!
  • hand out and discuss counting atoms in a formula and do a worksheet for it in class
  • Check answers to the worksheet
  • Hand out and discuss balancing chemical equations and do a worksheet on balancing equations for Friday.
  • This video will help you with balancing equations
  • Here is a video that expands more on balancing equations

5-22 Fri
  • Review the Numbering Atoms in a Formula worksheet from yesterday
  • Hand out worksheet on Formulas with Polyatomic Ions and discuss a couple of examples - Due Tuesday!
  • Here is today's Quiz on Quia
  • After the Quia quiz, draw the atom diagrams requested by the teacher. Hand it into the Test tray
  • Complete the worksheet for Tuesday
  • To get ready for next week, read the notes on the back of today's worksheet.
  • Here is video that may help with formulas containing polyatomic ions similar to what we looked at in class
5-26 Tue
Watch the following video on acids, bases and pH for Wednesday.

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