LESSON 1: Relative Motion (12/18/13) throwing_apples.png
  • OVERVIEW: An object is said to be in motion if it changes its position with respect to its surroundings.Today we begin a new unit of study on "Forces & Motion."
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  • HOMEWORK: Complete the remainder of the blue packet if you didn't already do it in class.
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LESSON 2: Describing & Measuring Motion (12/19/13)cool_bus.png
  • OVERVIEW: An object is in motion when its distance from another object is changing. Whether an object is moving or not depends on your point of view. For example, a woman riding a bus is not moving in relation to the seat she is sitting on, but she is moving in relation to the buildings the bus passes. A reference point is a place or object used for comparison to determine if something is in motion. An object is in motion if it changes position relative to a reference point. You assume that the reference point is stationary, or not moving.
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  • HOMEWORK: Finish the Speed HW calculations. Use your formula card and a calculator!
  • MEDIA/LINKS: Cool bus Dragster

LESSON 3: Speed Graphs(1/2/14) motion-graph.png


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LESSON 4: Bill Nye Forces and Motion (1/6/14)

  • OVERVIEW: In Motion Bill shows why nothing can move or stop by itself. Everything needs a push or pull, a force, to make it move or stop. Sometimes an object might seem to be at rest, even when it is in motion. Confused? It's all relative. Relative motion, that is.












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LESSON 4: IT'S RACE DAY!! (Car Ramp Lab) (1/9/14)Animated%20Checkered%20Flag.gif

LESSON 6: Acceleration (1/9/14) Acceleration-Poster.jpg


LESSON 7: The Nature of Force (1/10/14)
  • OVERVIEW: Today we will first take a quiz on motion. Then, our focus turns to a new topic called forces. First we will read a short letter called "The Injured Bricklayer" and then we will learn about pushes and pulls, a.k.a.: forces.






LESSON 8: Balanced vs. Unbalanced Forces(1/13/14) tug_o_war.png
  • OVERVIEW: Today we will continue our discussion on forces and introduce something called a "Net Force." A net force has both a size and a direction. The net force acting on an object is the sum of the forces onto the object, taking into account both their sizes, and their directions.


LESSON 9: Friction (1/14/14)

Try this friction game for fun!








LESSON 10: Friction Video (1/15/14)
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  • OVERVIEW: Most people think friction is what happens when two things are rubbed together. But there's so much more! Friction is a force that resists motion. Yet, without friction, motion would be impossible. Today, we will learn more about this natural force and the attempts made at controlling it in the world.



LESSON 11: Newton's 1st Law (1/16/14)inertia-coin-experiment.jpg
  • OVERVIEW:
    • "An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force."
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  • HANDOUTS: none
  • HOMEWORK: none
  • MEDIA/LINKS: Check out the crash test video below










mass-x-acceleration.jpgLESSON 12: Newton's 2nd Law (1/17/14)

LESSON 13: Newton's 3rd Law "Action/Reaction" (1/21/14)
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  • OVERVIEW:
    • Those familiar with small boats know that before jumping from a boat to the dock, it is wise to tie the boat to the dock first, and to grab a handhold on the dock before jumping. Otherwise, even as you jump, the boat "magically" moves away from the dock, possibly making you miss your leap or pushing the dock out of reach.
    • It is all in Newton's third law: as your legs propel your body towards the dock, they also apply to the boat an equal force in the opposite direction, which pushes it away from the dock.
    • Newton's Third Law: For every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.
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  • HANDOUTS: none
  • HOMEWORK: Newton's Laws QUIZ will be WEDNESDAY 1/16
  • MEDIA/LINKS:Boat Dock Bloopers

LESSON 14: Momentum (1/22/14)220px-FitchBarrels2008.jpg
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    • Then we will discuss Momentum.Momentum refers to moving things. It is a product of the mass of an object and its velocity. Momentum is why the driver of a car applies the brake to stop the car rather than just taking his foot off the accelerator. The car has gathered momentum and will continue to move forward after the driver stops accelerating it.
    • The greater the mass of the object, the more the momentum. It is harder to stop a large tractor trailer than it is a small compact car. Freight trains take much longer to stop than a short passenger train.


LESSON 15: What is Work? (1/23/14)TruckOverload.jpg
  • OVERVIEW: Today we will take a short quiz on Newton's three Laws. Then we will not do any WORK...
    Did you know that when you study all night for your Science test, it technically is NOT work?!?! What if you were to carry all your books to class? Nope, not work! Why? Mechanical work is the amount of energy transferred by a force acting through a distance. Today we will look at specific examples of mechanical work.
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  • HOMEWORK:
    • Finish "What is Work?" handout.
    • UNIT TEST is 1/24/13


LESSON 16: Simple Machines I (1/24/14)
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LESSON 17: Simple Machines POSTER (1/27/14)broken-down-house.jpg
  • OVERVIEW: Congratulations you just inherited the house of your dreams from your long lost uncle! However there is one catch… The house in uninhabitable and in need of a handyman. Your job is to sketch the house and identify the necessary repairs.
    On your poster board draw a house that is in desperate need of repair (be CREATIVE). Pick six tools that will improve or fix the house. On your drawing making sure you LABEL and NUMBER (1-6) each one. NOTE: Each tool must be a different simple machine. On the other side of the poster board describe in detail how each tool will accomplish this task.
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  • HOMEWORK:
    • The Poster is due 1/31/14
    • UNIT TEST is 1/31/14
  • MEDIA/LINKS: EdHeads Activities


LESSON 18: Simple Machines III (1/28/14)broken-down-house.jpg


  • OVERVIEW: Congratulations you just inherited the house of your dreams from your long lost uncle! However there is one catch… The house in uninhabitable and in need of a handyman. Your job is to sketch the house and identify the necessary repairs.
    On your poster board draw a house that is in desperate need of repair (be CREATIVE). Pick six tools that will improve or fix the house. On your drawing making sure you LABEL and NUMBER (1-6) each one. NOTE: Each tool must be a different simple machine. On the other side of the poster board describe in detail how each tool will accomplish this task.
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  • HOMEWORK:
    • The Poster is due .
    • UNIT TEST is 1/31/14
  • MEDIA/LINKS: EdHeads Activities



SNOW DAY (1/28/14)
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LESSON 19: Review (1/29/14)under_review.jpg
  • OVERVIEW: Today we will prepare for the Unit Test. I suggest you print off any handouts you are missing from the wiki lessons abovve. Then I would use the notes to complete the Review sheet. Next, check your answers to the Review sheet online with MY answer sheet below. Finally, play the Jeopardy game. If you do all of these things, you will do very well on the test tomorrow. One more thing...DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR FORMULA CARD!!
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  • HOMEWORK: UNIT TEST Tomorrow!

LESSON 20: Unit Test (1/31/14)
  • OVERVIEW: Today we will take a test.
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LESSON 6: Bill Nye Forces and Motion (1/6/14)
  • OVERVIEW: In Motion Bill shows why nothing can move or stop by itself. Everything needs a push or pull, a force, to make it move or stop. Sometimes an object might seem to be at rest, even when it is in motion. Confused? It's all relative. Relative motion, that is.