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Unit 5: A Field Model of Forces



Day
Tuesday, March 10
14 of U4

0.5 of U5
Focus Question(s):
  • How can the motion of an object in a circle be explained using Newton's Laws?
  • How can an FBD and the Second Law be used to analyze the motion of an object in a circle?
  • What are field forces and how are they different (or not) than contact forces?
  • What is meant by an action at a distance?

Activities:
  • Collect MOP Codes: CG1 - CG4 (1st chance)
  • Mathematics of Circular Motion (pp. 47-48, selected Qs)
  • Work on WebAssign: Circular Motion Mathematics 2
  • Start Unit 5: A Field Model of Force
  • Discuss The Atom (p. 1)
  • Charge (p. 3)
  • Charge Interactions (p. 4) + Demos
  • Lab FM1: Action at a Distance
  • Pre-Lab FM2


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Day
Thursday, March 12
15 of U4
1 of U5
Focus Question(s):
  • What is meant by an action at a distance?
  • How can one tell whether an object is positive or negative?
  • How can a triboelectric series be created from frictional charging observations?

Activities:
  • Collect MOP Codes: CG1 - CG4 (last chance)
  • Do Lab FM2 - Sticky Tape Experiments
  • Test on Unit 4 (50 minutes)
(Block 3 will do lunch 5 minutes early and return 5 minutes early for a 50 minute test.)


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Day
Monday, March 16
2
Focus Question(s):
  • Why does a charged and neutral object attract?
  • How do objects become charged by rubbing?
  • How does conduction charging work?
  • How can charge be removed from an object?

Activities:
  • Demo: Gravity-Defying Pop Can
  • Physics Interactive: Aluminum Can Polarization (p. 2)
  • Discuss Lesson 1 Reading Guide
  • Seatwork: Charge and Charging (p. 4); check
  • Post-Lab: explain why charged and neutral objects attract
  • Discussion/Demos: Charging by Friction
  • Twosomes: Charging by Friction (Packet, pp. 5-6)
  • Discussion/Demos: Charging Methods


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Day
Wednesday, March 18
3
Focus Question(s):
  • How can charge be removed from an object?
  • How does charging by induction work?
  • What mathematical law describes the force that results from the interaction between two charged objects?

Activities:
  • An Emphatic Reminder About MOP Codes, Excuses, and Zeroes
  • Discuss Lesson 2 Reading Guide
  • Twosomes: Conduction/Grounding; complete pp. 9-10
  • Charging by Induction Demos: electrophorus, cans, electroscope
  • Seatwork: Charging by Induction (pp. 11-12)
  • Hand in Lab Notebooks
  • Science Department Probe
  • Physics Interactives: The Law of Electrostatic Force (pp. 7-8)


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Day
Monday, March 23
4
Focus Question(s):
  • What mathematical law describes the force that results from the interaction between two charged objects?
  • How can Coulomb's Law and Newton's second law be combined to analyze electrostatic situations?
  • What are the three methods of charging and what type of charge do they give objects?

Activities:
  • Discuss Lesson 3 Reading Guide
  • Practice:  Coulomb's Law as a Guide to Thinking (p. 13)
  • Problem-Solving: Packet, p. 14
  • Physics Interactives: Name That Charge
  • Problem-Solving: Packet, pp. 21-22, Q#1, Q#3


Homework:   
  • WebAssign - Electric Force and Field - Ass't 1
  • Minds On Physics:  Electrostatics Module, Ass'ts SE5, SE6
  • Quarter 3 MOP Codes (SE1-SE7) to be collected


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Day
Wednesday, March 25
5
Focus Question(s):
  • How can Coulomb's Law and Newton's second law be combined to analyze electrostatic situations?
  • What is an electric field and what variables affect its strength?
  • In what ways can electric field lines help one to visualize the field surrounding a charged object?

Activities:
  • Collect Quarter 3 MOP Codes (SE1 - SE7) - 1st Chance
  • Problem-Solving: Packet, p. 23, Q#6, Q#7 (2-D Scenario)
  • Lab Test: Electric Fields
  • Physics Interactives: Electric Field Lines (pp. 17-18)
  • Quiz: Charge and Charging


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Day
Friday, March 27
6
Focus Question(s):
  • What is an electric field and what variables affect its strength?
  • In what ways can electric field lines help one to visualize the field surrounding a charged object?
  • How can Coulomb's Law and Newton's second law be combined to analyze electrostatic situations?

Activities:
  • Collect Quarter 3 MOP Codes (SE1 - SE7) - LAST chance
  • Discuss Lesson 4 Reading Guide
  • Twosomes: Electric Field (pp. 15-16)
  • Guided Seatwork: Electric Field Lines (pp. 19-20)
  • Problem-Solving: Packet, p. 24, #8, #9 (2-D Scenario)
  • Classtime to work on WebAssign/MOP


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Day
Monday, April 6
7
Focus Question(s):
  • What is the cause of gravitation? Why is it called universal gravitation?
  • What mathematic law describes the force of universal gravitation?
  • How does gravitation affect the motion of orbiting satellites?

Activities:
  • Lab FM7 with p. 45 (from Physics Interactive: Universal Gravitation)
  • Discuss Newton's conception of Universal Gravitation; do p. 25 of Packet
  • Discuss Lesson 3 Reading Guide
  • Twosomes: Universal Gravitation (pp. 27-28)
  • Seatwork: G, g, Gee Whiz
  • Lab FM8 with p. 47 (from Physics Interactive: Orbital Motion)


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Day
Wednesday, April 8
8
Focus Question(s):
  • What variables affect the orbital speed, acceleration, and orbital period of a satellite?
  • How does Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation allow one to calculate orbital quantities?
  • What is the cause of weightlessness?

Activities:
  • Collect Static Electricity MOP Codes (SE8, SE10-SE12)
  • Satellite Motion (pp. 29-30)
  • Discuss Lesson 4bc Reading Guide
  • WebAssign: Gravitation and Satellites - Ass't 1
  • Physics Interactive: Elevator Ride


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Day
Friday, April 10
9


Focus Question(s):
  • How do Kepler's three laws describe the motion of planets?
  • What is the evidence for Kepler's Second Law of planetary motion?
  • How can the second law be used to make predictions?
  • What is weightlessness and how is it caused?

Activities:
  • Collect Static Electricity MOP Codes (SE8, SE10-SE12) - LAST Chance
  • View Kepler's Three Laws Video
  • Discuss Lesson 4ad Reading Guide
  • Across the Aisle:  Packet,  pp. 31-32, Q#1-7
  • Equations as Guides to Thinking: p. 32, Q#8, Q#9
  • Discuss Weightlessness; demos
  • Twosomes: Weightlessness (pp. 37-38)


Homework:   
  • WebAssign: Gravitation and Satellites - Ass't 2
  • Minds On Physics:  Circular Motion and Gravitation Module, Ass'ts CG9, CG10
  • MOP Codes to be collected: CG6, CG8 - CG10


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Day
Tuesday, April 14
10
Focus Question(s):
  • Are Kepler's laws universal?
  • How can universal gravitation be used to derive Kepler's second law?
  • How can we calculate the mass of a planet?

Activities:
  • Collect MOP Codes: CG6, CG8 - CG10 (1st chance)
  • Lab FM9 - Jupiter's Moons (use p. 49, Top)
  • Derive Kepler's Second Law from universal gravitation
  • Formula Review
  • Start WebAssign: Gravitation and Satellites - Ass't 3
  • Lab FM10 - Massing a Planet (use p. 49, Bottom)


Homework:   
  • MOP Codes: CG6, CG8 - CG10 to be collected
  • Lab notebooks to be collected
  • Start WebAssign: Gravitation and Satellites - Ass't 3
  • Review for Test


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Day
Thursday, April 16
11 of U5
1 of U6
Focus Question(s):
  • What is meant by the physics term work?
  • How does the amount of force and the amount of work depend upon an incline angle when ... ?

Activities:
  • Collect MOP Codes: CG6, CG8 - CG10 (LAST chance)
  • Lab CL1  - It's All Uphill
  • Collect Lab Notebooks
  • Unit 5 Test (50 minutes)


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