Feb. 13th-March 10th The Solar System, Gravity, Space Exploration, and Beyond!!!

With our investigations into the locations of celestial objects in out solar system complete, we will move on into the “glue” that holds it all together–GRAVITY! Next up we’ll look back at the past, examine the present, and gaze into the future of space exploration. Somewhere in between will be the 6th grade trip to Space Center Houston to give the folks at NASA a look at some potential astronauts.

For some extra insight into gravity, give this a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9pOq5sMjbA

Our next unit test on space is March 7th!

Feb. 1st-10th CELESTIAL OBJECTS — THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND

Destination…the solar system and beyond! For the next 5 weeks we’ll be exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets and stars. We will also be investigating the glue that holds it all together, gravity. Finally, to coincide with the team trip to NASA we’ll be discussing the history of space exploration, what’s happening right now, and what is expected to occur in the future.

The solar system will be our first stop. Check out nasa.gov for current missions to the planets and beyond. And, for a guided tour….

Jan. 17th-31st ENERGY TRANSFORMATIONS—THERMAL ENERGY TRANSFER

During the next couple of weeks we’ll be wrapping up our unit on energy resources and conservation. Our test is currently scheduled for Friday January 27th. Early in the week of the 17th we will complete the “ENERGY-CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY” project that was started in the week before our holiday.

Other topics to be covered before the test will be how energy is converted (transformed) from one type to another. For instance, what energy type is stored in the batteries of a flashlight? When you turn on the switch what is that energy converted to? And finally, what caused the light to brighten up?

Thermal energy (heat) always moves from warm to cool. New vocabulary, conduction, convection and radiation are the 3 types of transfer.

Jan. 2nd-13th ENERGY RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION

Welcome back to a new year and a new semester! I hope your time off has recharged your batteries and you are ready to roll!!!

We will be exploring energy resources and their utilization and conservation over the next couple of weeks. You will be receiving a large amount of information that we will be using on a daily basis. It will be important to stay organized and keep up with your materials. You will need to set aside a few minutes nightly to review, correct any mistakes, and read ahead if possible, and come to the lab ready for the day’s activities. There will be extensive research into both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and the advantages and disadvantages of using each type. The ENERGY ENIGMA game will give you a chance to show off your knowledge of the various energy resources. Also you’ll be designing an energy efficient community along with several other activities.

To think back for a little review…check this out:

Dec. 5th-16th Wrapping up Physics…..CBA #2 FORCE AND MOTION

Our investigations into why things move is coming to a close as we prepare to bring the first semester to an end. Half of the school year is almost over.

The week of the 5th we’ll complete our simple machine labs, observing how inclined planes and pulleys reduce the amount of effort force required to do work. After that we’ll be in preparation mode to review and prepare for our Force and Motion CBA on December 13th.

Every time you get the chance STUDY!!! You’ll need your notes and information, classwork, quizzes and any other materials we have used for the past seven weeks.

Nov. 14th-18th Changes in Motion, Balanced and Unbalanced Forces and Calculating Speed

This week we will be both balanced and unbalanced…in other words, learning to determine net force and the magnitude and direction of forces. Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll be bouncing all over the lab with the help of both potential and kinetic energy. Later in the week we’ll wrap things up prior to our Thanksgiving holiday by calculating speed and velocity.

The “Bounce 1+1” lab is the center of this week’s investigations and will require a bit of expertise on your part…so check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpfo55a6YPk

Nov. 7th-11th Force and Motion PE/KE and Newton’s Laws of Motion

We start the third grading period of 16-17 Monday with Newton’s Laws of Motion. His ideas were presented to the public 329 years ago and are still just as important to understand when trying to figure out how all things move.

We will also be applying the three laws and our understanding of potential and kinetic energy when we analyze the workings of a rather interesting toy.

As always study…study…study!!! Becoming more familiar with these ideas and the vocabulary that goes with them make everything go easier in the lab.

For a little extra help with understanding Newton’s Laws check out the following:

Newton’s Laws of Motion Interactive