CP Physics
Mr. Coté
Lenox Memorial Middle and High School

Lenox Memorial Middle and High School cultivates critical and creative thinking, literacy, and social responsibility within a nurturing environment; we value integrity and the pursuit of excellence.


Interesting Physics Links
Shockwave Physics Studios
How Stuff Works
Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics
Physics Flash Animations
Mousetrap Cars
Trebuchets
Newton's Laws Videos (MIT)
Circular Motion Videos (MIT)
AP Phyics Selections (MIT)
Physics Demonstrations (WFU)
Billiards Physics
Physics Demos (Singapore Univ)
Airfoil Simulator (NASA)
Curveball Simulator (NASA)
More WFU Physics Demos
Waves and Resonance Videos
Black Holes
Isaac Newton (NOVA)
Albert Einstein (NOVA)
Optical Illusions


Term 1

Week 1 (8/25/08 - 8/29/08)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday, 8/28 Friday, 8/29
Course Overview and Objectives

Handout - Course Overview
Interactive Physics 2005 Introductory Activity

Handout -- IP Activity


Week 2 (9/1/08 - 9/5/08)
Monday, 9/1 Tuesday, 9/2 Wednesday, 9/3 Thursday, 9/4 Friday, 9/5
Labor Day IP2005 Activity
Learn how to use Interactive Physics, including contraints, properties, environmental settings, and learn the basic use of tools
Finish IP2005 Activity

Homework - "Physics Is" Assignment
Quiz -- Interactive Physics Knowledge IP2005 "Bicycle" Activity

Handout - Bicycle Activity


Week 3 (9/8/08 - 9/12/08)
Monday, 9/8 Tuesday, 9/9 Wednesday, 9/10 Thursday, 9/11 Friday, 9/12
Graphs of Motion
Define Velocity, Acceleration
Positive/Negative vel, accel
Quiz - Vel, Accel (+/-)
Videopoint - Take digital video of various types of motion
Homework - Reach Ch. 2
Quiz - Ch. 2 Reading Comp.
1D Motion - Videopoint Analysis (look at pos, vel, accel-vs-time graphs)
1D Motion - Finish Videopoint Analysis
Graphs of Motion Homework

Homework - Graphs of Motion
Quiz - Graphs of Motion
Accel due to Gravity Demo/Lab - CPO Free Fall Apparatus - use vel-vs-time data to find "g" (MS Excel)


Week 4 (9/15/08 - 9/19/08)
Monday, 9/15 Tuesday, 9/16 Wednesday, 9/17 Thursday, 9/18 Friday, 9/19
1D Motion Equations
"Reaction Time" Activity - find reaction time using 1D equations

Handout - Lab Summary Guidelines
Homework - 2pg Summary of "Finding 'g' Lab"
1D Motion Problems - p26-7, P&C#3-8, T&S#1-3 1D Motion - Graphs of Motion and 1D Motion Problems Quiz - 1D Motion - Graphs of Motion and 1D Motion Problems Mythbusters - "Bullets Fired Up"

Handout - Bullets Fired Up


Week 5 (9/22/08 - 9/26/08)
Monday, 9/22 Tuesday, 9/23 Wednesday, 9/24 Thursday, 9/25 Friday, 9/26
Finish Mythbusters - "Bullets Fired Up" Projectile Motion
Resolving Velocity Vectors into Components
Marble Launcher (CPO)
Find launch vel, and predict landing spot of marble when launched at angle


Homework - Read Ch. 3
Quiz - Ch. 3 Reading Comp.
Finish Marble Launcher
2D Motion Problems


Week 6 (9/29/08 - 10/3/08)
Monday, 9/29 Tuesday, 9/30 Wednesday, 10/1 Thursday, 10/2 Friday, 10/3
Finish 2D Motion Problems Exam #1 Practice

Handout - Exam #1 Practice
No Class Exam #1 Review Exam #1


Week 7 (10/6/08 - 10/10/08)
Monday, 10/6 Tuesday, 10/7 Wednesday, 10/8 Thursday, 10/9 Friday, 10/10
Discuss Lab Summaries

Handouts - Example Lab 1, Example Lab 2, Example Lab 3
Homework - Reach Ch. 4
Quiz - Ch. 4 Reading Comp.
Mythbusters - "Helium Football"

Handout - "Helium Football"
Newton's 1st Law
"Best of Conc. Physics Alive" Clips
Hammer/Anvil Demo
Conceptual Development Practice 4-1, 4-2 Conceptual Development Practice 4-2
IP2005 - 1st Law Simulations


Week 8 (10/13/08 - 10/17/08)
Monday, 10/13 Tuesday, 10/14 Wednesday, 10/15 Thursday, 10/16 Friday, 10/17
Columbus Day

No Class (Alt PE) Finish Conceptual Development Practice 4-2 and begin on 4-3 Finish CDP 4-3 Mythbusters -- "Anti-Gravity Device"

Handout - "Anti-Gravity Device"


Week 9 (10/13/08 - 10/17/08)
Monday, 10/20 Tuesday, 10/21 Wednesday, 10/22 Thursday, 10/23 Friday, 10/24
Finish Discussing Mythbusters -- Anti-Gravity Device
Begin CDP 5-1

Homework -- Finish CDP 5-1
Finish CDP 5-1 (Alt PE) Homework -- Voicethread -- Each student must post a comment to this voicethread, including a reply to at least one other student Ramp Acceleration Lab #1 No Class (Debate)


Week 10 (10/27/08 - 10/31/08)
Monday, 10/27 Tuesday, 10/28 Wednesday, 10/29 Thursday, 10/30 Friday, 10/31
Finish Ramp Acceleration Lab #1 (IP 2005)

Handout -- Exam #2 Practice
Review for Exam #2 Exam #2 Ramp Acceleration Lab #2

Homework -- Voicethread -- Each student must post a comment to this voicethread, including a reply to at least one other student
Ramp Accleration Lab #2 (cont)


Term 2

Week 11 (11/03/08 - 11/07/08)
Monday, 11/03 Tuesday, 11/04 Wednesday, 11/05 Thursday, 11/06 Friday, 11/07
Finish Ramp Acceleration Lab #2 (IP 2005)

Inclined Plane Problems Quiz -- Inclined Plane Problem (w/friction) Ch. 6 Reading Quiz

Fan Cart Demo


Newton's Third Law Problems


Week 12 (11/10/08 - 11/14/08)
Monday, 11/10 Tuesday, 11/11 Wednesday, 11/12 Thursday, 11/13 Friday, 11/14
No School -- In-Service No School -- Veterans' Day Newton's 2nd and 3rd Law Problems Newton's 2nd and 3rd Law Problems (cont.) Newton's 2nd and 3rd Law Problems (cont.)


Week 13 (11/17/08 - 11/21/08)
Monday, 11/17 Tuesday, 11/18 Wednesday, 11/19 Thursday, 11/20 Friday, 11/21
Newton's 2nd and 3rd Laws Quiz Voicethread -- Horse and Cart Problem

Intro to Momentum

Homework - Readh Ch. 7
Impulse and Momentum


Week 14 (11/24/08 - 11/28/08)
Monday, 11/24 Tuesday, 11/25 Wednesday, 11/26 Thursday, 11/27 Friday, 11/28
Inelastic Collision Problems

Homework - Inelastic Collision Problem
Inelastic Collision Problems (cont.)

Vacation Vacation Vacation


Week 15 (12/1/08 - 12/5/08)
Monday, 12/1 Tuesday, 12/2 Wednesday, 12/3 Thursday, 12/4 Friday, 12/5
Elastic Collision Problem

Homework -- Car Crash Articles -- Read Articles 1 thru 3
Elastic Collision Problem (cont.)


Practice Momentum Quiz
Momentum Problems Momentum Quiz Parent-Teacher Conferences


Week 16 (12/8/08 - 12/12/08)
Monday, 12/8 Tuesday, 12/9 Wednesday, 12/10 Thursday, 12/11 Friday, 12/12
Egg Drop Competition -- Build Day Mythbusters -- Hammer Drop Egg Drop Competition -- Testing Day Exam #3 Practice Review Practice Exam


Week 17 (12/15/08 - 12/19/08)
Monday, 12/15 Tuesday, 12/16 Wednesday, 12/17 Thursday, 12/18 Friday, 12/19
Exam #3 No School - Snow Day


Week 18 (1/5/09 - 1/9/09)
Monday, 1/5 Tuesday, 1/6 Wednesday, 1/7 Thursday, 1/8 Friday, 1/9
Unit Conversions

Homework -- Unit Conversion Sheet
Review Unit Conversion Sheet

Review Spring Lab

Handout - Spring Lab Follow Up Questions
No School (Snow Day) No Class (Assembly) Finish Spring Lab

Springs in Series and Parallel


Week 19 (1/12/09 - 1/16/09)
Monday, 1/12 Tuesday, 1/13 Wednesday, 1/14 Thursday, 1/15 Friday, 1/16
Intro - Conservation of Energy

Handout -- Energy, Power and Momentum
Conservation of Energy -- Formulas for PE, PE(spr), KE, and KE(rot) Cons. of Energy -- Class Work on Work/Energy Review Sheet Cons. of Energy -- Class Work on Work/Energy Review Sheet Cons. of Energy -- Finish Work/Energy Review Sheet


Week 20 (1/19/09 - 1/23/09)
Monday, 1/19 Tuesday, 1/20 Wednesday, 1/21 Thursday, 1/22 Friday, 1/23
MLK Day Finish Cons. of Energy Quiz

Homework - Exam #4 Practice
Review Exam #4 Practice Exam #4 Begin Mythbusters -- Paper Crossbow


Term 3

Week 21 (1/26/09 - 1/30/09)
Monday, 1/26 Tuesday, 1/27 Wednesday, 1/28 Thursday, 1/29 Friday, 1/30
Finish Mythbusters -- Paper Crossbow

IP2005 Demo -- KE vs. Momentum
Discuss Paper Crossbow -- KE vs. Momentum

Intro -- Mousetrap Cars

Homework - Read Ch. 11
Snow Day Ch. 11 Reading Comp. Quiz

Mousetrap Car Build Day
Mousetrap Car Build Day


Week 22 (2/2/09 - 2/6/09)
Monday, 2/2 Tuesday, 2/3 Wednesday, 2/4 Thursday, 2/5 Friday, 2/6
Homework -- Paper Crossbow Followup Questions

Mousetrap Car Build Day
Mousetrap Car Build Day

Research Topic - 'Torque'
1)Definition of
2)Torque produced by mousetrap
3)How length of lever arm affects force applied to string
Mousetrap Car Build Day

Research Topic - 'Rotational Inertia'
1) Definition of 'Moment of Inertia'(of wheels)
2) Rotational Kinetic Energy and Cons. of Energy
Mousetrap Car Build Day

Research Topic - 'Gear Ratio'
1) Definition of 'Gear Ratio'
2)Relationship betw. Gear Ratio and Torque Input/Ouput
3) Compound Gear Ratio
4)How does a multi-speed bicycle work?
Mousetrap Car Build/Test Day

Report Scoring Rubric


Week 23 (2/9/09 - 2/13/09)
Monday, 2/9 Tuesday, 2/10 Wednesday, 2/11 Thursday, 2/12 Friday, 2/13
Mousetrap Car Race Day -- Sprint Car Races Intro to Circular Motion No Class Circular Motion -- Definitions of: linear and tangential velocity, angular (rotational velocity), tangential and centripetal acceleration
math review: radians
Mousetrap Car Report Due

Circular Motion -- Centripetal Force

Centrifugal Force...Fictitious or Real???

Centripetal Force Lab


Week 24 (2/23/09 - 2/27/09)
Monday, 2/23 Tuesday, 2/27 Wednesday, 2/28 Thursday, 2/29 Friday, 2/30
Centripetal Force Lab -- Begin gathering data Centripetal Force Lab -- Finish gathering data Mousetrap Cars -- Distance Car Race Day

Distance car report due next wednesday, 3/4

Mousetrap Car Project Overview

Homework -- p134-5, T&E #1-12 -- due Friday
No Class -- Cap and Gown Fitting Finish Centripetal Force Lab -- Use data to determine the relationship between centripetal force and velocity (both angular and tangential)


Week 25 (3/2/09 - 3/6/09)
Monday, 3/2 Tuesday, 3/3 Wednesday, 3/4 Thursday, 3/5 Friday, 3/6
No School -- Snow Day Centripetal Force Lab -- Enter Data into MS Excel Finish Centripetal Force Lab Circular Motion Quiz Circular Motion Quiz


Week 26 (3/9/09 - 3/13/09)
Monday, 3/9 Tuesday, 3/10 Wednesday, 3/11 Thursday, 3/12 Friday, 3/13
Circular Motion Quiz Finish Circular Motion Quiz Exam #5 Practice

Exam #5 Practice (Word Format)
Exam #5 Aluminum Foil Boat Activity


Week 27 (3/16/09 - 3/20/09)
Monday, 3/16 Tuesday, 3/17 Wednesday, 3/18 Thursday, 3/19 Friday, 3/20
Review Exam #5

Homework - Read Ch. 19. Answer "Think and Explain" questions #1-12 (Boys-odds, Girls-evens)
Aluminum Foil Boat Activity Finish Aluminum Foil Boat Activity Ch. 19 Reading Quiz

Discuss p288 Think and Explain #1-12
Discuss p288 Think and Explain #1-12


Week 28 (3/23/09 - 3/27/09)
Monday, 3/23 Tuesday, 3/24 Wednesday, 3/25 Thursday, 3/26 Friday, 3/27
Alum Foil Boat Summary due

Discuss p288 Think and Explain #1-12
Finish Ch. 19 Discussion No Class -- Mid School Environmental Challenge Alt PE No Class -- Mid School Environmental Challenge


Week 29 (3/30/09 - 4/3/09)
Monday, 3/30 Tuesday, 3/31 Wednesday, 4/1 Thursday, 4/2 Friday, 4/3
Aerodynamics Homework (Word Format) Finish Aerodynamics Homework Whitewings Airplane Activity -- Build Models Whitewings -- Finish Models

Video -- "The Magic of Flight"
Whitewings -- Test & Tune Models


Week 30 (4/6/09 - 4/10/09)
Monday, 4/6 Tuesday, 4/7 Wednesday, 4/8 Thursday, 4/9 Friday, 4/10
Whitewings -- Fly Models No Class -- Senior Retreat Homework -- Airplane Trim Instruction Manual Ch 20 -- p304-305 T&E #1-14 No School -- Good Friday


Term 4

Week 31 (4/13/09 - 4/17/09)
Monday, 4/13 Tuesday, 4/14 Wednesday, 4/15 Thursday, 4/16 Friday, 4/17
Class Discussion -- p304-305 T&E #1-14 Finish Class Discussion -- p304-305 T&E #1-14 Video -- "Medieval Siege"


Week 32 (4/27/09 - 5/1/09)
Monday, 4/27 Tuesday, 4/28 Wednesday, 4/29 Thursday, 4/30 Friday, 5/1
Begin Building IP2005 Trebuchet Simulations Trebuchet Simulations (cont.)

Exam #7 Practice (w/answer key)
Trebuchet Simulations (cont.) Exam # 7 (No Notes) Mythbusters -- Penny Drop/Lightning Strike/Microwave


Week 33 (5/4/09 - 5/8/09)
Monday, 5/4 Tuesday, 5/5 Wednesday, 5/6 Thursday, 5/7 Friday, 5/8
Trebuchet Simulations (cont.) Finish Trebuchet Simulations (cont.)

Homework -- 2-3 page lab summary due next Mon
Begin Building Trebuchets Trebuchet Building (cont.) Trebuchet Building (cont.)


Week 35 (5/18/09 - 5/22/09)
Monday, 5/18 Tuesday, 5/219 Wednesday, 5/20 Thursday, 5/21 Friday, 5/22
Exam #8 Review Exam #8 Review No Class -- Humanities Field Trip Exam #8 Review Exam #8 Review


Week 36 (5/25/09 - 5/29/09)
Monday, 5/25 Tuesday, 5/26 Wednesday, 5/27 Thursday, 5/28 Friday, 5/29
Memorial Day -- No School Exam #8 Review Exam#8 Alt. PE

Exam#8 w/Answer Key


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