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Unit 13+ Schedule
2013-2014


The following schedule information was prepared at the beginning of the unit.  It is not fixed in stone. It's role is to serve as an organizational tool for students to find both required and helpful resources relevant to daily activities. The schedule is seldom updated as the unit progresses; if we fall behind, then topics or depth of topics will be reduced in order to keep the overall pace required to maximize coverage of the entire curriculum. 


Day 1: Monday, March 31

Lesson Plan:
  • Organization:  discuss test, grades; science contest, Great America alert; discuss the reading sheet; reminder: project ideas/brainstorming
  • Review static electricity and introduce current electricity
  • Belief Survey on p. 4
  • A collection of short lab experiences:
    • Lab C1 - Sparky the Electrician
    • Lab C2 - First to Light?
    • Lab C3 - Greatest Current?


Homework:
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 1 of Current Electricity
  • Brainstorm project ideas for Experimental Research Project; fill out form on WebAssign

Announcements:
  • There is pretty much a concept a day during this unit.  If you miss class, do something about it (like use the links below) before the start of the next class.
  • This is the last unit of the course;  the remaining umpteen days will be devoted to understanding electric circuits and completing the experimental research project.

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Day 2: Wednessday, April 2

Lesson Plan:
  • Questions about project brainstorms?
  • Discuss electric potential: review reading sheet; do/discuss pp. 1-2 of packet; short video clips
  • Demo: Pumping Charge Mechanically

Homework:
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 2a-c, e of Current Electricity
  • MOP - Ass't EC2
  • WebAssign - Project Brainstorm

Announcements:
  • There is pretty much a concept a day during this unit.  If you miss class, do something about it (like use the links below) before the start of the next class.
     

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Day 3: Friday, April 4

Lesson Plan:
  • Great America Discussion/Handout (<15 mins)
  • Discuss electric current: review reading sheet; do/discuss pp. 3-4 of packet
  • Compare and contrast two models of electricity; discuss misconceptions

Homework:
  • Great America sign ups
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 3a-3c of Current Electricity
  • MOP - Ass't EC1-EC2

Announcements:
  • There is pretty much a concept a day during this unit.  If you miss class, do something about it (like use the links below) before the start of the next class.
  • Take care of your Great America registration soon! View Details.  

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Day 4: Tuesday, April 8

Lesson Plan:

  • Lab C4 as a Lab Test

Homework:
  • Great America sign ups
  • Work on Project Proposal (due on Monday, April 22)
  • MOP - Ass't EC1-EC2

Announcements:
  • There is pretty much a concept a day during this unit.  If you miss class, do something about it (like use the links below) before the start of the next class.
  • Monday, April 22 is the last opportunity to sign up for the Great America Field Trip (in the bookstore).
  • The Experimental Research Project proposal will be collected on Monday, April 21; the research begins on Wednesday, May 7.

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Day 5: Thursday, April 10

Lesson Plan:
  • Any Permission Slips???
  • We will discuss resistance, resistivity, etc.; Reading Guide
  • Do pp. 5-6 of Packet (Resistance)
  • Discuss Experimental Design Project; critique brainstorms; discuss the concept of a testable question; form teams and do some planning (<30 min)

Homework:
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 2d, 3d of Current Electricity
  • MOP - Ass't EC1-EC2, EC4 (no EC3 yet)
  • Great America sign ups

Announcements:
  • We have begun the meat of the unit. If you miss class, check in at The Physics Classroom to fill in the gaps in your knowledge.
  • Monday, April 22 is the last opportunity to sign up for the Great America Field Trip (in the bookstore).
  • The Experimental Research Project proposal will be collected on Monday, April 21; the research begins on Wednesday, May 7.

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Day 6: Monday, April 14

Lesson Plan:
  • Discuss electrical power, energy, dollar relationships; review reading sheet; do pp. 7-8 of Packet
  • Mathematical Relationships in Circuits (selected questions on pp. 9-10)
  • Experimental Design Project: discuss project proposal in research teams (<15 min)

Homework:
  • WebAssign - Circuit Mathematics
  • MOP - Ass't EC1-EC2, EC4, EC3
  • Great America sign ups
  • Work on Project Proposal (due on Monday, April 21)

Announcements:
  • Monday, April 22 is the last opportunity to sign up for the Great America Field Trip (in the bookstore).
  • The Experimental Research Project proposal will be collected on Monday, April 21; the research begins on Wednesday, May 7.

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Day 7: Tuesday, April 15

Lesson Plan:
  • Review Mathematical Relationships in Circuits (pp. 9-10)
  • Lab C6 - Series versus Parallel Lab (demonstration style)
  • Compare/contrast series vs. parallel circuits (p. 11)
  • Experimental Research Projects: team planning (10 minutes)

Homework:
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 4a-c of Current Electricity
  • MOP - Ass't EC1-EC2, EC4. EC3, EC6 (no EC5 ever)
  • Work on Project Proposal (due on Monday, April 22)

Announcements:
  • Lab notebooks (C1, C7 and C9) are due on Tuesday, April 29.
  • Monday, April 22 is the last opportunity to sign up for the Great America Field Trip (in the bookstore).
  • The Experimental Research Project proposal will be collected on Monday, April 21; the research begins on Wednesday, May 7.

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Day 8: Monday, April 21

Lesson Plan:
  • Collect Project Proposals
  • Discuss Series Circuits: reading sheet and selected questions from pp. 11-14
  • Lab C7 - Comparing Voltage Drops and Currents in Series Lab

Homework:
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 4d of Current Electricity
  • MOP - Electric Circuits: assignment EC7, EC9
  • Complete Lab C7

Announcements:
  • Lab notebooks (C1, C7 and C9) are due on Tuesday, April 29.
  • The Experimental Research Project research begins on Wednesday, May 7.

Online Help:




PSAE Day: Wednesday, April 23

Lesson Plan:
  • This may be a chemistry or a physics day - to be determined

Homework:
  • WebAssign - TPC Reading: Lesson 4d of Current Electricity
  • MOP - Ass't EC1-EC4, EC6, EC7, EC9 (no EC5 ever; no EC7 yet)

Announcements:
  • Lab notebooks (C1-C3, C7 and C9) are due on Tuesday, April 29.
  • The Experimental Research Project research begins on Wednesday, May 7.

Online Help:




Day 9: Friday, April 25

Lesson Plan:
  • Experimental Research Projects: return project proposals and discuss next step; meet in project teams to review remarks and discuss the work that lies ahead.
  • Post-lab Series Circuits (selected questions from pp. 12-14)
  • Discuss Parallel Circuits: review reading guide

Homework:
  • MOP - Electric Circuits: assignment EC8, EC10
  • Complete Labwork (notebooks to be collected: labs C1, C7 and C9 to be graded)
  • Second draft of proposal due on Tuesday

Announcements:
  • Lab notebooks (C1-C3, C7 and C9) are due on Tuesday, April 29.
  • The research part of the Experimental Research Project begins on Wednesday, May 7. If not approved, revise your proposal soon.

Online Help:




Day 10: Tuesday, April 29

Lesson Plan:
  • Collect Project Proposals (2nd draft)
  • Lab C9 - Comparing Voltage Drops and Currents in Parallel Lab
  • Collect lab notebooks
  • Discuss Parallel Circuits (selected questions from pp. 15-19)

Homework:
  • MOP - Electric Circuits: assignment EC8, EC10
  • Project Proposal - second draft

Announcements:
  • MOP codes (all but EC3, EC11) are due on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The Unit 13 Test (~80 pts) is on Tuesday, May 6.
  • Revise Project Proposal (if necessary; hand in soon ... no later than Monday); work on Materials List (hand in Monday ... at the latest)

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Day 11: Thurday, May 1

Lesson Plan:
  • Collect/return Materials list and/or proposal resubmissions; discuss documentation (photo and otherwise)
  • Return Lab Notebooks
  • Circuit Analysis (selected problems on pp. 19-22)
  • Work time: MOP or Project

Homework:
  • MOP Success Codes are due (all but EC5,  EC11, and EC12)
  • Prepare for Test
  • Revise Project Proposal (if necessary; hand in soon ... no later than Friday); work on Materials List (hand in Monday ... at the latest)

Announcements:
  • Complete Lab C11 (on provided paper)
  • MOP codes (all but EC5, EC11, EC12) are due on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The Unit 13 Test (~80 pts) is on Tuesday, May 6.
  • The research part of the Experimental Research Project begins on Thursday, May 9. If not approved, revise your proposal soon

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Day 12: Tuesday, May 6

Lesson Plan:
  • MOP Codes due - Ass'ts EC1-EC4, EC6-EC10
  • Materials List and proposals are past due; but better late than never
  • Electric Circuits Test

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project - collect materials, come prepared, etc.

Announcements:
  • The remainder of the year will focus on a Great America field trip and the Experimental Research Project.

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Day 13: Wednesday, May 7

Lesson Plan:
  • Experimental Research Project - Day #1

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project
  • Prep for Great America Lab

Announcements:
  • The Great America Field Trip is on Tuesday, May 20
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

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Day 14: Friday, May 9

Lesson Plan:
  • Great America - missing permission slips
  • Experimental Research Project - Day #2

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project

Announcements:
  • The Great America Field Trip is on Tuesday, May 20
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

Online Help:




Day 15: Tuesday, May 13

Lesson Plan:
  • Experimental Research Project - Day #3

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project

Announcements:
  • The Great America Field Trip is on Tuesday, May 20
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

Online Help:





Day 16: Thursday, May 15

Lesson Plan:
  • Great America - missing permission slips, logistics, use of equipment, lab report

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project

Announcements:
  • The Great America Field Trip is on Tuesday, May 20
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

Online Help:




Day 17: Tuesday, May 20

Lesson Plan:
  • Great America Field Trip;  attend period 1 class and meet for bus ride at 9 AM; we will return around 6:30 PM. Those students who do not participate in the field trip should report to the IMC for class;  check in at the circulation desk and work on your Stay-at-Home Packet.

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project

Announcements:
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

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Day 18: Wednesday, May 21

Lesson Plan:
  • Discuss Projects, Final Exam
  • Great America Quiz (30 minutes)

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project
  • Prepare for Final Exam

Announcements:
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

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Day 19: Friday, May 23

Lesson Plan:
  • Announcements
  • Experimental Research Project - Day #4

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project
  • Prepare for Final Exam

Announcements:
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

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Day 20: Wednesday, May 28

Lesson Plan:
  • Announcements (final exam, project report/presentation)
  • Project Work Day: organize, work on report, etc.
  • Clean up project drawers

Homework:
  • Experimental Research Project
  • Prepare for Final Exam in Physics

Announcements:
  • The final report for the Experimental Research Project will be completed no later than Friday, May 30.
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

Online Help:




Day 21: Friday, May 30

Lesson Plan:
  • 3-5-minute presentations; submit project paper
  • Clean up project drawers
  • Closing comments

Homework:
  • Prepare for Final Exam

Announcements:
  • The Final Exam in Physics is on Tuesday, June 3.

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Day 21: Tuesday, June 3

Lesson Plan:
  • Final Exam in ChemPhys 273

Homework:
  • Have a good summer

Announcements:
  • That's all folks!

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