data for stop-motion project

sample portfolio page

answer key to nTIPERs

answer key to pages 6-9

check out this website on vectors

answer key to nTIPERs (p. 10-15)

answer key to page 16

answer key to pages 19-20


answer key to pages 22-23

answer key to pages 6-10

answer key to pages 19-22

answer key to pages 23-25

Class Calendar (2016-2017)











August 22-26

Students and Parents, please review the course syllabus and the student safety contract and agree to abide by them by completing this form. (You must be signed into your (the student's) leanderisd google account to access the form.)


introduction to class; begin unit on 1D Kinematics


"discover" and use the kinematic equations in order to model motion (this webpage)


homework: read the Kinematics 1 page, at least up to the blue box containing the 4 kinematic equations - due Fri/Mon


August 29 - September 2


homework: complete the K1 practice problems and the Introduction to Kinematics quiz (the second quiz is optional) - due Tues/Wed


homework: read the Kinematics 2 page, down to the photo of the red cars - due Thurs/Fri


quiz over the kinematic equations (this webpage) on Thurs/Fri


plot motion data and interpret the shape of the graph; link the graphs to the kinematic equations (this webpage)


introduce kinematics project (stop-motion video), to be completed by Sep 26/27


September 6-9


homework: complete pages 6-10 in your green booklet (this handout) - due Tues/Wed; also, bring a laptop (and a mouse!) to class if you can


practice creating and interpreting graphs (position, velocity and acceleration vs time)


homework: try to complete the 4 problems in this Excel file; due Thurs/Fri; and bring your laptop back to class


more practice creating and interpreting graphs; project work time


September 12-16


homework: finish reading the Kinematics 2 webpage and complete the 3 online worksheets (one two three); also complete this worksheet and take the Graph and Trend Line Interpretation quiz; due Mon/Tues


lab investigating the motion of a falling object (Ball Toss Lab)


homework: read the Kinematics 4 webpage down to the big yellow box that mentions Salviati; due Wed/Thurs


quiz over interpreting graphs and trend lines on Wed/Thurs


discussion of free fall acceleration and how to model falling objects


homework: finish reading Kinematics 4 and finish the packet of graph worksheets (nTIPERs); 6th and 7th periods: complete pages 17-18 in the green booklet, as well; due Fri/Mon


practice modeling freely falling objects; find displacement from a velocity graph


September 19-23


homework: finish pages 13-18 in the green booklet; due Tues/Wed


discussion of relative motion; project work time; get vouch records


homework: read Kinematics 3 down to the picture of Isaac Newton; due Thurs/Fri


unit test, Sep 22-23 (vouch records due)


September 26-30


The project video and portfolio is due September 26-27.

Submit (copy) your videos to this shared Google folder. Include your name/names in the file title.

If you are using video editing software, make sure you export your video as a MOV or MP4 or WMV or AVI file.


watch stop-motion videos; review test; begin unit on 2D Motion; introduce 2D motion and vectors


homework: complete pages 4 and 5 in the yellow booklet; read Kinematics 5 down to the photo of

due Wed/Thurs


practice adding vectors; convert polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates


homework: complete pages 6-15 {make it 6-9} in the yellow booklet along with the worksheet distributed in class; you should be using Kinematics 5 to help you with pages 6-9; due Fri/Mon; I'll assign pages 10-15 later


solve 2D motion problems; work on pages 10-15 in the yellow booklet



October 3-7


homework: complete pages 10-15 ("nTIPERs") and 16 in the yellow packet; take the Introduction to Vectors quiz; due Tues/Wed


quiz over vector addition and subtraction and converting between rectangular and polar coordinates on Tues/Wed


introduction to projectile motion (horizontal launch)


homework: complete this worksheet and read Kinematics 6 down to the photo of the soccer player but ALSO please look over the 3 graphs right below that photo and try to make sense of them; due Tues/Wed


October 11-14


practice modeling projectile motion (angled launch)


homework: complete pages 19-21 in the yellow booklet; due Thurs/Fri


quiz over projectiles on Thurs/Fri; complete pages 22-23 in the booklet (optional, at home); review for test; get vouch records


October 17-21


unit test, Oct 17-18 (vouch records due: Kinematics 5, 7 and 6 down to the                                logo)


PSAT Testing - Wed, Oct 19


**Check out this webpage and video of a guy jumping from an 8 story building:

  Do you understand the physics discussed in the article?


bring laptops to class on the 20th and 21st

begin unit on Forces and Newton's Laws; read Forces 1 and fill out this notes sheet; complete the Second Law Lab


October 24-28


homework: read Forces 2; due Mon/Tues


practice using Newton's 2nd Law and the kinematic equations, together, to analyze moving objects; begin pages 6-10 in the blue booklet


homework: complete pages 6-10 in the blue booklet; due Wed/Thurs


discuss types of forces and practice drawing free body diagrams (aligns with Forces 4); calculate gravity using Newton's model


homework: complete page 16 in the blue booklet; due Fri/Mon; 2nd period: also complete page 17 and read Forces 3 by Monday


quiz over Forces 1 and pages 6-10 in the blue book, on Fri/Mon; discuss the gravitational force, weightlessness, and Isaac Newton


October 31-November 4


introduce "egg drop" project, to be completed by November 16/17;

learn a technique for determining the electromagnetic forces on an object; complete pages 19-22 in the blue booklet


homework: complete pages 19-22 in the blue booklet; due Thurs/Fri


find the acceleration of a box on a hill (pages 23-24) [sample problem] and the forces on a hanging sign (page 25) [sample problem]


homework: begin working on the egg drop project; here is the writing component



November 7-11


discuss apparent weight and practice calculations


discuss Newton's Third Law of Motion (online review of 3rd Law); pages 27-28 in the blue booklet


homework: complete the forces online quiz (required) and, if you want, this additional test review (optional; note the answers are based on g=10 instead of 9.8 so expect small discrepancies); online quiz due Mon/Tues


November 14-18


unit test, Nov 14-15 (vouch records due: Forces 1-4, corresponding to the webpages)


junior class registration presentations, Nov 16-17 (during physics class); projects are due this day (bring the container and the writing assignment; the writing assignment should be done individually, in your own words, and should either be typed or neatly written)


egg drop containers will be put to the test on Friday (and the Monday after Thanksgiving break)


November 21-25


Thanksgiving break


November 28-December 2


egg drop project testing


begin unit on Circular Motion and Gravity; introduction to circular motion and centripetal force (worksheet)


homework: complete the worksheet from class; due Thurs/Fri



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discuss satellite motion (worksheet); find additional help here


homework: find 3 exoplanets from this database and record their names, masses, radii, orbital periods and stars; due Mon/Tues

**Note: the orbital period is given in "JD" or Julian Days, which are more-or-less a standard-length Earth day; leave the period in these units


December 5-9


in-class project work time


homework: complete satellite motion packet; due Wed/Thur


discuss proportional reasoning and general relativity


(here is an optional test review, if you want additional practice)

unit test and projects due, Dec. 9 & 12


December 12-16


midterm review

midterms [ Wed: 7th pd, Thurs: 2nd pd, Fri: 6th pd ]


Holiday Break



January 2-6


begin units on Energy and Thermodynamics; exploratory lab (Energy Skate Park lab) [bring your laptop]


formal introduction to kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, the law of energy conservation, and work (as a means of energy transfer)


homework: read and complete the problems on pages 1-14 in the purple booklet; due Fri/Mon


review equations (models) and practice solving energy problems


homework: complete pages 18-24 in the purple booklet; of the 30 questions on pages 18-22, do 15, check your answers, then for each one you missed, do one more; due Tues/Wed


January 9-13


review homework, then begin pages 25-27 in the purple booklet; also try this online quiz


homework: finish pages 26-27 in the purple booklet and do the online quiz; due Thurs/Fri


the mousetrap-powered car project [details]

*you may work on your own or with one partner


in-class quiz on Thurs/Fri; followed by a discussion of power

homework: complete pages 28-31 in the purple booklet; due Tues/Wed


January 17-20


discuss thermal energy, heat transfer and specific heat capacity (class notes)

-worksheet on work and heat


review of unit and discussion of elastic potential energy; practice calculations using

heat capacity

-additional practice problems involving boxes on hills (optional)


homework: read pages 32-40 in the purple booklet; finish your mousetrap car and video; due Mon/Tues


January 23-27


lab stations: determine your own power output by running up stairs and measure the loss in mechanical energy in the bounce of a ball; round-table discussion of entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics


place a copy of your mousetrap video here (include your name(s) in the file name) before class on the 23/24


project due: Jan 23/24 (you can keep your cars at home until we race them on the 27th and 30th, but the video must be submitted by the 23rd/24th)


unit test, Jan 25-26


January 30-February 3


Monday the 30th: in my absence, test your mousetrap cars in the hallway; the sub should record distances; watch the following video introduction to momentum, either as a class or on your own devices

begin unit on Momentum


define momentum and impulse, and use momentum conservation to analyze 2-body collisions (worksheet)


homework: complete the worksheet distributed in class; due Thurs/Fri


if you need help solving momentum problems, you may want to watch my YouTube video on the topic


review impulse and momentum conservation; nTIPER worksheets and impulse handout


homework: complete nTIPERs; due Wed/Thurs


February 8-10


laboratory investigation of momentum conservation


find a test review and key on Mrs. Pickle's website

unit quiz (in place of test) - Feb 10,13


February 13-17


begin unit on Electricity and Magnetism; introduction to static electricity, with balloon lab


homework: read pages 2-9 in the yellow booklet; complete the problems on page 4 and #8 & #10 on page 5 (pages 2-5); due Thurs/Fri


build series and parallel circuits and measure voltage and current (lab); Van de Graaff generator demonstration


homework: read and take notes on pages 10-20 in the yellow booklet; due Mon/Tues



February 20-24


apply Ohm's Law to the analysis of series and parallel circuits; introduction to Electric Circuits Project (project information UPDATED WITH ESSAY; due date: March 8/9)


homework: read and complete all problems on pages 21-29 in your yellow booklet; due Wed/Thurs


analyze combination circuits -- for EXTRA HELP, watch the YouTube video at left (I work through a combo circuit starting at 19:00)

-combination circuit practice problems   -answer key


homework: complete the packet, pages 30-36, but problem #8 on p.33 is optional (although you should at least find the total resistance of the circuit); due Fri/Mon


Friday is a project work day; come prepared with needed materials


February 27-March 3


Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are project work days; come prepared with needed materials

-an article on current and future battery technology, if you're interested (published on on 2/21/17)


quiz over Coulomb's Law and circuits on Tues/Wed


click on the image                            to download and read my latest booklet, on the production and distribution of power







-reading guide for Power Generation and

Distribution booklet


discussion of magnetism and electro-

magnetism, followed by project work time



homework: complete the reading guide

(above); due Mon/Tues


homework: complete this test review; due

the day of the test (omit #10 & #18)


March 6-10


discussion of electromagnetic induction, power generation and distribution, including the role of


-Kahoot! quiz, available for review


unit test, Mar 8-9; projects due


**Spring Break**


March 20-24


Monday - present Electric Circuits projects (6th and 7th periods)


begin unit on Waves (with a focus on Sound)


Tuesday and Wednesday:

-Waves packet, to be completed in class (omit p. 11-12) using this website

-PhET simulation handout (supplement to waves packet)


Thursday and Friday:

-Complete this packet on sound & music. Either print a copy

at home before class or write all answers in your class notebook.

*If animations do not work, try a different browser.

*Be sure to bring your laptop and, I highly recommend, headphones.


March 27-31


Monday and Tuesday:

open-notes quiz on waves, sound and music

review basics of wave motion, completing these notes


pendulum lab, followed by discussion of energy transformations

in a pendulum; discussion of Hooke's Law and SHM (simple

harmonic motion)


homework: complete practice problems on Hooke's Law and

pendulumsdue Fri/Mon

-get help here (for pendulums) and here (for springs)


-read Robert Hooke's original paper (with my comments) in which he

gives us "Hooke's Law"


discussion of wave interference and beats, the Doppler effect, and resonance


April 3-7


homework: extra practice problems involving springs; due Tues/Wed


unit test, Apr 4-5; (review sheet for test)


begin unit on Light and Optics; discuss electromagnetic waves, including how they are made and how they travel; discuss the polarization of light and the speed of light; (NASA website and booklet) [PowerPoint*]

*similar to that shown in class; we stopped short of the section on reflection




















April 10-13


discuss specular and diffuse reflection and the law of reflection; handout


discuss refraction and Snell's Law; online lab , handout and 4 practice problems


homework: complete handout and additional 4 practice problems; due Mon/Tues


No school on Friday



April 17-21 (Apr 19 is the ACT test)


Monday: 2nd period completed pages 1-8 in packet


discuss total internal reflection and refraction in a lens (if you were absent, we covered the material in Lesson 5, excluding section "h", at the Physics Classroom)


practice drawing ray diagrams for converging and diverging lenses and using the lens equation (ray diagram practice; pages 15-16 in packet)


April 25-28


discuss the workings of the human eye; laboratory investigation of a converging lens


quiz over EM waves, the EM spectrum, polarization of light, specular and diffuse reflection, refraction, Snell's Law and total internal reflection, on Thurs/Fri    (*lenses will be on a separate quiz, the following week)

additional diagram practice and lens equation (and Snell's Law) practice


homework: complete the lens equation practice problems #6-13; you are encouraged (but I won't be checking it as part of the homework) to complete the remainder of the handout; due Mon/Tues


May 1-5 (AP and STAAR Testing)


Monday [B day]: discuss dispersion and diffraction of light, lasers, wave interference, mirages and rainbows [PowerPoint]


Tuesday [A day]: [STAAR Testing - US History]


Wednesday [B day]: quiz over converging and diverging lenses and the lens and magnification equations, including the drawing of ray diagrams


Thursday [A day]: quizdiscuss dispersion and diffraction of light, lasers, wave interference, mirages and rainbows [PowerPoint]


Friday [B day]: [APUSH Exam conflicts with 6th period] TBD


May 8-12 (AP and STAAR Testing)


Monday [A day] & Tuesday [B day]: mind-blowing discussion of color


Wednesday [A day]: [English AP Exam conflicts with 2nd period] TBD

Thursday [B day]: bring a Pringles can to class; we'll build pinhole cameras


Friday [A day]: bring a Pringles can to class; we'll build pinhole cameras


May 15-19


Monday [B day]: review for test; EM waves and optics test review


Unit Test - May 16/17


begin unit on Modern Physics; discuss atomic spectra, the photon and the photoelectric effect (photoelectric effect: handoutvideo, website,  Java applet)














May 23-26 (No school on Monday)


Senior Awards Ceremony - May 24th during 6th period

discuss ionizing radiation, fusion and fission (PowerPoint)


Unit Test Quiz - May 25-26


May 30-June 2 (No school on Monday)


review for final exam (note: the exam covers material from only the 2nd semester)

topics to review

  International Space Administration (ISA)



the Interstellar project

due date: December 9,12

help using the exoplanet database

answer key to worksheet

answer key to worksheet

The physics of circular motion. Prepare to be dazzled!
Use Google's Chrome browser for proper viewing.

answer key to pages 27-29

answer key to page 31

find info on the potential energy stored in a spring here

answer key to nTIPERs

Try out this DC circuit builder to develop your understanding of circuits and learn how to use a multimeter to measure current and voltage.

View an illustration of Electromagnetic Induction here and also here.

Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction in 1831

link to PhET wave-on-a-string simulation

Vsauce: Will we ever run out of new music?

answer key Hooke's Law WS

answer key to pendulums WS

Old army video on the workings of AM and FM radio.

answer key to lens equation practice