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Aug 10 Class Introduction

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Define Physics II
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Seating/Role/Class Policy
  3. Intro to class & Leeson
  4. Class requirements ... night labs and field trips
  5. Define Astronomy – Discuss what it is NOT.
  6. Intro Class Mission – to name an object after N.I.
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Who has a computer at home with Internet access? Blackboard?

Physics II HW:


Aug 13 Measuring Astronomical Quantities

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe scales for measuring Distance and Time
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Label Notebooks, give Outline and Discuss School/Class Policies
  3. Set up Student Blackboard accounts while class watches Cosmos
  • Assessment: Observation
  • Closure: Explain/discuss HW

Physics II HW: Draw map of home Observation Area


Aug 14 I. History

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare various Mythological Explanations for Earth, Moon, Sun, Stars, Planets
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Check HW – discuss light pollution
  3. Imagine: Visualize being first astronomers in dark
  4. Notes (I.A.) Mythology
  5. Notes (I.B.) Number of Planets
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: How do you use a Quadrant (Astrolabe)?

Physics II HW: Measure obstructions around Observation Point


Aug 15 I. History

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Connect Ancient Scientists & their Contributions to modern Scientists who get credit
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Homework
  3. Notes (I.C.) Discuss & copy chart of Ionian Thinkers
  4. Class watches Cosmos: How do we measure the Size of Earth, Cosmic Calendar
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: How do you use an Astrolabe?

Physics II HW: Measure obstructions around Observation Point


Aug 16 I. History

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Connect Ancient Scientists & their Contributions to modern Scientists who get credit
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Cosmos: Backbone of Night
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Ionians -->chart (I.C.)

Students explain who gets credit for each ancient astronomer's ideas

  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Explain/discuss HW

Physics II HW: Begin Moon Observations


Aug 17 I. History

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Historical Development of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Class Discusses: Pythagorus, Eudoxus, Ptolomy, Aristotle (I.C.)
  3. Teacher Lecture... Historical background – Greek Empire through Renaissance
  • Assessment: Observation
  • Closure: Explain/discuss HW

Physics II HW: Draw your Zenith at 8:30 and Ongoing Moon Observations


Aug 20 Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Historical Development of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
  3. Check HW – Observation Journals
  • Assessment: Formal Assessment
  • Closure: Review first page of test

Physics II HW: Draw Cygnus and the Summer Triangle around 8:30 and Ongoing Moon Observations


Aug 21 Copernicus vs Ptolomy

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Historical Development of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Test
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Renaissance, Copernicus, Bruno, Brahe, Kepler (I.E.)

Stress differences between Copernicus and Ptolomy

  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Explain/discuss HW

Physics II HW: Ongoing Moon Observations


Aug 22 Astrology vs Astronomy

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Historical Development of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Cosmos: Harmony of the Worlds
  3. Student-led discussion: Significance of Kepler
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: First Major Project: 3/group – Pick topics

Physics II HW:


Aug 23 Research

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Historical Development of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Cosmos: Harmony of the Worlds
  3. Notes on Kepler (I.E.)
  4. Student Groups Research Topics
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: When will this project be due?

Physics II HW:


Aug 24 Review

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Historical Development of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Class Discusses Later Renaissance Contributors (I. F. Halley, Flamsteed, Newton)
  3. Teacher Lists “Modern Advances in Astronomy”
  4. Review History for test
  5. Student Groups Research Topics
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: When did computers take over Astronomy?

Physics II HW: Draw Your North Every Hour


Aug 27 Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Organize events related to the History of Science
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
  3. Review Test
  • Assessment: Formal Assessment
  • Closure: How have telescopes changed since the 1600's?

Physics II HW:


Aug 28 Lenses

  • GLE: PS.26
  • Objective: TLW Use Ray Tracing to explain the functioning of lenses and mirrors
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Test
  3. Mastery Lecture – Types of Lenses (II.A.)
  4. Use "Ray Box" to see diverging and converging rays
  5. Class discusses/defines Focal Length using Ray Tracing in notes with teacher modeling (II.B.)
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Do you have the patience to grind your own lenses?

Physics II HW: Solve for P or Solve for D


Aug 29 Lenses

  • GLE: PS.27
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of lenses and mirrors
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review simple Ray Tracing with Lenses
  3. Explain/begin HW - ray tracing practice
  4. Review equation for Focal Length (II.C.) and Solve for f(i.e. Check homework)
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: We will be doing more Ray Tracing ... later

Physics II HW: Ray Tracing Practice


Aug 30 Lens Lab

  • GLE: PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS33
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of lenses and mirrors
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Ray tracing and Focal Length equations
  3. Lab: Groups find the Focal Length of a Lens (II.C.)
  • Assessment: Observation
  • Closure: Do you see the connection between Ray Tracing and the lab images?

Physics II HW:


Aug 31 Lens Lab

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of lenses and mirrors
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Focal Length equation
  3. Groups use fl equation to predict di
  4. Groups Continue Lens Lab - Calculate f.l. of second lens
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Are your measurements becoming easier? Faster?

Physics II HW:




Sep 04 Mirrors and Camera Optics

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of cameras and simple telescopes
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Lens Lab so far
  3. Student-led discussion: Image Truths (II.D.) what happens when the object is at...?
  4. Teacher-led demonstration: Connect lens concepts and calculations to Mirrors... it's all the same... class calculates f.l. of school telescope's primary mirror.
  5. Teacher-led discussion: Define F-ratio, and relate the usefulness of its equation to photography and astronomy
  6. Lens Lab Part 2: Groups calculate F-ratio of both lenses (II.E.)
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Have we exhausted the possibilities for Telescope construction?

Physics II HW: Finish Ray Tracing worksheet, and problem (d_o=120cm, d_i=12cm, f=?)


Sep 05 Telescope Optics

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of simple telescopes
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher-led discussion: Define Magnification, and relate the usefulness of its equation to biology and astronomy
  3. Lens Lab Part 3: Groups calculate Magnification of their telescope and use the telescope to check their work. (II.F.)
  4. Groups Discuss Projects & continue research
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Projects due Monday – go over rubric

Physics II HW: problem (f=15cm, d_o=120cm, d_i=?)


Sep 06 Magnification

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of simple telescopes
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Finish Lens Lab by going Outside to compare calculated Magnification to observed Magnification
  3. Students work problems to review for Test
  4. Teacher-led discussion: Terms related to lenses, telescopes and cameras ... review for test
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Which version of the main equation would you like me to have on the board during the test?

Physics II HW: problem (d_o=10000in, f=48in, d_i=?)


Sep 07 Review

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to explain the functioning of simple telescopes
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Students work problems to review for Test
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Terms related to lenses, telescopes and cameras ... review for test
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Which version of the main equation would you like me to have on the board during the test?

Physics II HW: problem (d_o=10000in, f=48in, d_i=?)




Sep 10 Test

  • GLE: PS.1, PS.2, PS.3, PS.4, PS.26, PS.27, PS.33
  • Objective: TLW Use Optics equations to solve problems related to lenses
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
  3. Review first page of test
  4. Teacher explains Rubric for Projects using Project Evaluation forms
  5. Group 1 presents project when done with test
  • Assessment: Formal Assessment
  • Closure: Teacher demo – How to install HOU

Physics II HW: Install HOU at home. Research due Friday. (added Oct 4)


Sep 11 Projects

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Teach selected topics
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review test problems
  3. Groups present Projects in class
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure:

Physics II HW: Install HOU at home, open a FITS file, play with the interface.


Sep 12 Projects

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Teach selected topics
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review test problems
  3. Groups present Projects in class
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure:

Physics II HW: Install HOU at home, open a FITS file, play with the interface.


Sep 13 Projects

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Teach selected topics
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review test problems
  3. Groups present Projects in class
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure:

Physics II HW: Install HOU at home, open a FITS file, play with the interface.


Sep 14 III.A. Optical Schemes

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Identify Optical Schemes for Telescopes
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Groups present Projects in class
  3. Teacher Mastery Lecture ... History – telescope optical schemes (III.A.)
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Will you be able to draw Galileo, Kepler, and Newton's telescopes on the test?

Physics II HW: Observe and draw the moon every night. Note it's position, phase, date and time. I suggest you go out just after sunset.




Sep 17 III.A. Optical Schemes

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Identify Optical Schemes for Telescopes
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher Mastery Lecture ... History – telescope optical schemes
  3. Review Telescope Optical Schemes using Orion Catalogs as a reference
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Teacher demo – How to install HOU

Physics II HW: Observe and draw the moon every night. Note it's position, phase, date and time.


Sep 18 III.B. Mounts

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Identify Mounting Schemes for Telescopes and use them correctly
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Students finish Group Project by rating their own group
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Telescope Mounting Schemes. Students use Orion Catalogs as references
  • Assessment: Observation
  • Closure: Who still hasn't put this telescope together?

Physics II HW: Open "Intro to Image Processing" book that is on CD and read through all steps and questions.


Sep 19 III.B. Mounts

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Identify Mounting Schemes for Telescopes and use them correctly
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Telescope notes
  3. Groups Assemble/Disassemble Telescopes in class
  4. Teacher demo – HOU terms and interface
  5. Oral Quiz – What type of tele and mount is that?
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Review Mounting and Optical options for telescopes

Physics II HW:


Sep 20 Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Solve Optics Problems and Identify Telescope designs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test III
  3. Review Test
  4. Groups of 2 work on HOU when done.
  • Assessment: Formal Assessment
  • Closure: Be sure to return all books that were checked out

Physics II HW: Bring printouts of research for tomorrow


Sep 21 IV.E. Hands-On Universe

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Hands-on Universe Software to Manipulate Images
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Student groups work on HOU booklet "Introduction to Image Processing" while other groups discuss relationships between Individual Projects.
  3. Groups Rotate
  4. Groups Rotate
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: How much should this HOU booklet be worth?

Physics II HW:




Sep 24 IV.E. Hands-On Universe

  • GLE: ESS.30
  • Objective: TLW Use Hands-on Universe Software to Manipulate Images
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Student groups work on HOU booklet "Introduction to Image Processing" while other groups discuss relationships between Individual Projects.
  3. Groups Rotate
  4. Groups Rotate
  5. Teacher-led discussion: IV.A. Define celestial sphere terms.
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: By Friday you should have your first paragraph or 2 done. Read my 2 examples. Your Research should have references and footnotes that coincide with them.

Physics II HW: Continue Moon Observations


Sep 25 IV. Observation Terms and Techniques

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Celestial Sphere to find features in the night sky
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. IV.B. Students read selections from Longitude and discuss the problem of Longitude.
  3. IV.C. Student-led discussion: Groups demonstrate setting up assigned telescopes
  4. Teacher-led discussion: IV.D. Altitude and Azimuth vs. Right Ascension and Declination -- 2 measuring systems for the sky
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Who has finished the first HOU booklet?

Physics II HW: Continue Moon Observations


Sep 26 Quiz IV

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Hands-on Universe Software to Manipulate Images
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Observation Terms, Techniques and HOU HW
  3. Quiz on Celestial Sphere and HOU
  • Assessment: Formal Assessment
  • Closure: Review Quiz

Physics II HW: Coloring last page of HOU booklet


Sep 27 V. Earth and Moon

  • GLE: PS.7
  • Objective: TLW Explain the Motion & Structure of the Earth-Moon System
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Quiz
  3. Student-led discussion: V.A. Facts related to the Earth-Moon system
  4. Teacher-led discussion: V.B. Gravity - Theories leading up to our current understanding of Gravity
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Where do you think Moons come from?

Physics II HW: Write first paragraph(s) of Project "Life Form" to introduce the topic.


Sep 28 Sugarcane Festival




Oct 01 V. Earth and Moon

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Explain the Motion & Structure of the Earth-Moon System
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher demo: Wikia links, and read Sol Project
  3. Group Discovery - V.D. Student groups use Observation Journals as evidence to write a Hypothesis that might explain Lunar Phases.
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Who needs help because you can't get online at home. Here's how some people are dealing with it.

Physics II HW: Post Introduction to Fiction and begin editing the work of your Writing Partners. Add hypotheses to Wiki.


Oct 02 TLW Explain the Motion & Structure of the Earth-Moon System

  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher-led discussion: V.C. Tides - Use students to represent Earth, Moon, Sun.
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Review groups Explanations of Phases
  4. Demo: Flashlight in the dark to explain V.E. Eclipses and review Phases
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Theories of Moon formation?

Physics II HW: Post Introduction to Fiction and begin editing the work of your Writing Partners


Oct 03 V. Earth and Moon

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Demonstrate How the Earth and Moon Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher-led discussion: V.F. Lunar Origin Theories
  3. Student-led discussion: V.G. Reasons Humans are Interested in the Moon
  4. Student groups take turns talking to Leeson about Group Project grades while other groups work on HOU booklets
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Review for Test

Physics II HW: Post Introduction to Fiction and begin editing the work of your Writing Partners. By Friday, you should have made significant improvements to their work.


Oct 04 Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Explain How the Earth and Moon Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
Check Observation Journals during test
Students that finish Early work on HOU booklet
  • Assessment: Formal Assessment
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW: Post Introduction to Fiction and begin editing the work of your Writing Partners. By Friday, you should have made significant improvements to their work.


Oct 05 VI. Earth and Sun

  • GLE: ESS.5, 6
  • Objective: TLW Explain how the Earth and Sun Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Test
  3. Teacher Presentation: The Sun (overview)
  4. Students set up telescope to Observe the Sun, and demo/discuss Sundial
  • Assessment: Oral Questions
  • Closure: Who's data did Kepler use to Figure out the Universe?

Physics II HW: You should have made significant improvements to the work of your Writing Partners.




Oct 08 VI. Earth and Sun

  • GLE: ESS.28, 29
  • Objective: TLW Observe the Sun and Review Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion to Explain how the Earth and Sun Interact
  • Hi Y Str: Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher-led discussion: ***** "I have posted comments for many of your Introductions. Most are VERY good. Please help the class by continuing to edit and encourage eachother online." *****
  3. Students set up telescope to Observe the Sun, and demo/discuss Sundial
  4. Teacher-led discussion: Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion (VI.B.) ... notes
  5. Students set up lab to draw ellipses and discuss Elliptical Motion
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure:

Physics II HW: Finish at least 2 body paragraphs of "Project Life-Form" by Friday


Oct 09 VI. Earth and Sun

  • GLE: ESS.29
  • Objective: TLW Draw and solve Problems related to Ellipses to Demonstrate How the Earth and Sun Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Students set up telescope to Observe the Sun, and demo/discuss Sundial
  3. Lab to Draw Ellipses, define terms related to ellipses/orbits, and calculate elliptical paths.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure: So, when is the Earth Moving fastest? Do we know a date for that? Is that Summertime?

Oct 10 VI. Earth and Sun

  • GLE: ESS.29
  • Objective: TLW Draw and solve Problems related to Ellipses to Demonstrate How the Earth and Sun Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Students set up telescope to Observe the Sun, and find East-West at "Local Noon"
  3. Lab to Draw Ellipses, define terms related to ellipses/orbits, and predict elliptical paths ... and define Apogee, Perigee,... Students include 1 copy of ellipse drawing in notes and turn in another copy to be graded.
  4. Teacher-led discussion: (VI.C.) The ellipse equation... drawing, plotting, how to solve.
  5. Students use Ellipse Equation, solve for Y, calculate 2 Y's, and results are graphed using OpenOffice.org on "The Big Screen".
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing. Formal assessment of Ellipse diagrams.
  • Closure: Which ellipses are most like planets and which are more like comets?

Oct 11 VII. Earth and Sun

  • GLE: ESS.3, 4, 8
  • Objective: TLW Demonstrate How the Earth and Sun Interact, to include proof of the Earth's rotation
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Students set up telescope to Observe Sunspots
  3. Teacher-led discussion: VI.D. Define Year and Season Terms, and the Sun affects weather in the Troposphere
  4. Teacher (with student help) Simulates Year and seasons with globe & Spotlight
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure: Does the "Eccentricity" of a planets orbit affect seasons? Which has a greater effect on seasons - Earth's orbit or its tilt?

Physics II HW:


Oct 12 VII. Earth and Sun

  • GLE: PS.7, ESS.3-6, 28, 29
  • Objective: TLW Demonstrate the relative motion of the Earth and Sun to explain their Luminous and Gravitational relationships
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Students set up telescope to Observe Sunspots
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Students ask and answer questions for Test review, and solve problems related to Kepler's third Law and Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
  4. Zodiac Demonstration with students that handed in info on THEIR sign to determine why Zodiac signs are associated with the dates they are.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure: How would things be different if it wasn't tilted or if it had am more extreme tilt?

Physics II HW:




Oct 15 VI. Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Demonstrate How the Earth and Sun Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
  • Assessment: Formally grade chapter 6 test
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW: Project "Life-Form" Due Friday


Oct 16 VII. Big Stuff in the Solar System

  • GLE: ESS.16
  • Objective: TLW Identify and Locate Celestial Objects within the Solar System to Model Scales and Distances
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Test
  3. Teacher Mastery Lecture ... Asteroids
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure: When will life on Earth be wiped out by an Asteroid?

Physics II HW:


Oct 17 VII. Big Stuff in the Solar System

  • GLE: PS.7
  • Objective: TLW Identify and Locate Celestial Objects within the Solar System to Model Scales and Distances
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher Mastery Lecture ... Comets
  3. Student groups collaborate on "Project Life-Form"
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure: How long is the "year" of an object that started out beyond Pluto?

Physics II HW:


Oct 18 VII. Big Stuff in the Solar System

  • GLE: SI.16.b
  • Objective: TLW Identify and Locate Celestial Objects within the Solar System to Model Scales and Distances
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher Mastery Lecture ... Comets, Meteors...
  3. Teacher Reads examples of "Project Life-Form" from previous Semesters
  4. Review "Big Stuff in the Solar System" for test tomorrow
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine pacing
  • Closure: What steps did Scientists go through to "prove" that comets are periodic? Who first stated the Theory? Who gave the first good evidence?

Physics II HW:


Oct 19 VII. Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Demonstrate how the Sun and Planetoids Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
  • Assessment: Formally grade chapter 7 test
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW:




Oct 22 VII. Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Demonstrate how the Sun and Planetoids Interact
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test VII
  3. Student-led discussion: Students read "Project Life-Form" stories to the class and answer questions.
  • Assessment: Formally grade chapter 7 test
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW: Write 10 test questions related to your project. Submit questions and key separately.


Oct 23 VIII. Planets

  • GLE: ESS.8,9
  • Objective: TLW Read and discuss "Project Life-Form" to Describe the physical characteristics of Solar System bodies and the methods by which they have been explored.
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review Test
  3. Student-led discussion: Students read "Project Life-Form" stories to the class and answer questions.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: I had you turn these questions in today so I can type them tonight and give them back to you tomorrow for review. Here are a couple of examples...

Physics II HW:


Oct 24 VIII. Planets

  • GLE: ESS.8,9
  • Objective: TLW Read and discuss "Project Life-Form" to Describe the physical characteristics of Solar System bodies and the methods by which they have been explored.
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Student-led discussion: Students read "Project Life-Form" stories to the class and answer questions.
  3. Teacher prepares class for test review: Put a star next to the 5 most important questions on your list. Ask yourself, "What is most important that I want the class to know?" Expect an average of 4 of each of your questions to be on the test tomorrow.
  4. Student-led discussion: Students read their own test questions out loud and the class discusses, to review for test tomorrow.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Review old test questions that students may have missed.

Physics II HW:


Oct 25 Review


Oct 26 VIII. Test

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe Solar System objects and their Interactions
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test VIII
  3. Teacher-led Discussion: IX. Stuff that's bigger than the Solar System presentation
  • Assessment: Formally grade chapter 8 test
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW:




Oct 29 Solar System Models and V.B. Gravity

  • GLE: PS.7
  • Objective: TLW solve problems related to Gravity to explain the universal nature of that force
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Review test
  3. Students make models of Solar System objects to scale (1cm=2500km)
  4. Teacher-led discussion: Review of Physics basics - Variables, units, equations, problem solving
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How old are you? What does the answer mean if you do not give units?

Physics II HW:


Oct 30 IX. Stuff that's bigger than the Solar System A. Galaxies

  • GLE: PS.7, SI.8, ESS.24
  • Objective: TLW Describe the Structure of Galaxies to explain the universal nature of Gravity
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher-led Discussion: Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation - introduce equation and work examples as students copy problems and use units correctly.
  2. Guided Practice: Students solve problems involving Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation to illustrate its "Inverse Squared" nature.
  3. Teacher-led Discussion: IX. Stuff that's bigger than the Solar System presentation - How has new data caused theories to be revised?
  4. Student-led Discussion: What may be at the center of galaxies? Talk about the life-cycles of galaxies Why do you think they're shaped like that?
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Why is this equation so important to what we have learned and what we will learn this week?

Physics II HW: Gravity Problems - given 2 masses and the distance between their centers


Oct 31 IX. A. Galaxies and B. Galaxy Clusters

  • GLE: ESS.24
  • Objective: TLW Describe the Structure of Galaxies to explain the universal nature of Gravity
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Structure of Milky Way and Origins of Galaxies ... impress presentation
  3. Teacher Defines and Class Discusses “The Local Group”
  4. Galaxy Clusters, and larger structures – impress presentation
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How big is our galaxy, and have we ever been out of it (or sent anything out of it)?

Physics II HW:


Nov 01 IX. C. Universe

  • GLE: ESS.24
  • Objective: TLW Describe the Structure of Galaxies to explain the universal nature of Gravity
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Teacher-led discussion: X.C. notes - Teacher Explains Big Bang and Defines Strings & Walls ... impress presentation
  3. Student-demonstration: How do we know the Universe is expanding? Doppler Effect and Einstein's Fudge Class stands near Jefferson Island Road to hear Doppler shift Class discussion “The Search for Dark Matter” What are the possible outcomes?

Teacher-led discussion: (intro) Open-Closed Universe debate

  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Review for test

Physics II HW:




Nov 05 Test

  • GLE: ESS.23,24, PS.35
  • Objective: TLW Describe the Structure of Galaxies and Identify Galaxy types
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student Reads from 365 Nights and class discusses
  2. Test
  • Assessment: Formally grade test
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW:


Nov 06 X. Physics of Light A. Terms

  • GLE: PS.17,25,32,34
  • Objective: TLW Identify parts of a Periodic Motion graph to Define terms related to Wave Motion
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review Test
  2. Teacher presents Wave Diagram & terms X.A.
  3. Teacher defines the Electromagnetic Spectrum ... poster references X.B.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What do we call the collection of all frequencies of light? Electromagnetic Spectrum

Physics II HW:


Nov 07 X. C. Frequency and Period Calculations

  • GLE: PS.1,2,4,32-34
  • Objective: TLW Solve Periodic Motion problems by calculating Period and Frequency
  • P/A/T:
  1. Class demonstration “Do the Wave”
  2. XI.C. Teacher mastery lecture: Calc T and f ... T = 1/f f = 1/T
  3. Student-led discussion: the speed of light “c”, and other velocities How fast?
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What do we call the color of light that has a frequency slightly different from Red?

Physics II HW:


Nov 08 X. D. velocity & E. Calculating wavelength

  • GLE: PS.1,2,4,32-34
  • Objective: TLW Calculate Wavelength Frequency, Period, and velocity of waves
  • P/A/T:
  1. Student-led Discussion: relate Wavelength, Frequency, Propagation... in reference to color and sound
  2. Teacher mastery lecture: Intro to Calc. Wavelength, Frequency and Velocity of waves including units and problems solved by students.
  3. Students Demo Periodic Motion / Waves using several different devices
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Why aren't all antennas the same size/shape?

Physics II HW:


Nov 09 X. E. Wavelength calculations

  • GLE: PS.1,2,4,26,27,32-34
  • Objective: TLW Calculate Wavelength Frequency, Period, and velocity of waves
  • P/A/T:
  1. Guided Practice: Student pairs work problems to review equations (p470) 19, 36, 48, 49, 50, 51
  2. Students solve and explain problems on the board
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How do movie people show you the reflection of a person without showing you the camera?

Physics II HW:




Nov 12 X. F. Reflection

  • GLE: PS.1,2,4,26,27,32-34
  • Objective: TLW Use Ray Tracing to explain reflection
  • P/A/T:
  1. Students set up and begin Reflection Lab
  2. Student-led discussion: Explain what was seen in reflection lab and hypothesize a rule to explain those observations
  3. Teacher-led discussion: Reflection properties
  4. Students draw, label, measure and define reflection diagrams based on location of pins
  5. Student groups repeat lab with different angles to practice seeing reflected positions of pins, normals, and to measure angles
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Where are you when you see YOU in the mirror?

Physics II HW:


Nov 13 X. G. Light properties related to spreading of waves

  • GLE: PS17, PS32-34
  • Objective: TLW Use Ray Tracing to explain the Inverse-Squared Law, Diffraction, Interference, Polarization, and Spectra
  • P/A/T:
  1. Pop Quiz – PM terms
  2. Review Reflection Lab and reflection diagrams
  3. Teacher Defines Diffraction, Interference, and Polarization (XI. G.) using demonstrations, explained by students
  4. Field trip around WHS to see different spectra (through spectroscopes)
  5. Students set up Refraction Lab
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: If we met at Wal-Mart tonight with your spectroscope, what kind of spectrum would we see?

Physics II HW:


Nov 14 X. H. Refraction

  • GLE: PS17, PS32-34
  • Objective: TLW Use Ray Tracing to explain refraction
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher Demonstrates Snell's Law ... equation
  2. Refraction Lab – part 1 - groups calculate index of refraction
  • Assessment: Performance Assessment
  • Closure: Cleanup ... Can we finish this tomorrow and have related homework?

Physics II HW:


Nov 15 X. H. Refraction

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Ray Tracing and Snell's Law to explain refraction
  • P/A/T:
  1. Refraction Lab – Part 2 - groups use Snell's Law to predict Theta
  2. Teacher-led Discussion: Build Hypothetical Lens out of several Prisms and relate Prisms to Freznel lenses and Diffraction Gratings
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Who's grandad has an RV with a big back window? What do we call that lens thing on the back window?

Physics II HW: Problems involving Snell's Law


Nov 16 X. H. Refraction

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Equations to predict the outcome of refracting rays
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review HW
  2. Lab ... Groups find the Focal Point of a giant Lens on paper.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What do we call the color of light that has a frequency slightly different from Purple?

Physics II HW:




Nov 26 X. H. Refraction

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use Equations to predict the outcome of refracting rays
  • P/A/T:
  1. Lab ... Groups find the Focal Point of a giant Lens on paper.
  2. Teacher-led discussion: How do we measure distances to: Stars? (Parallax), Galaxies? (Doppler Shift)
  3. Review for test
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What do we call the color of light that has a frequency slightly different from Red?

Physics II HW:


Nov 27 Test X

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Use equations to calculate wave-related Quantities
  • P/A/T:
  1. Test on "Physics of Light"
  2. Review Test
  • Assessment: Teacher Formally grades test
  • Closure: If you haven't downloaded and printed the notes for the next section, you're late. Make a buddy quick.

Physics II HW: Print out Stellar Evolution notes.


Nov 28 XI. Stellar Evolution A. Nuclear Reactions B. Luminosity C. Spectral Class

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Arrange the Sequence of Stellar Evolution
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review Test
  2. Teacher-led discussion: Nuclear Reactions, Ignition & Nebulas
  3. Student-led discussion: Define Luminosity, and Spectral Class
  4. Teacher mastery lecture: H-R Diagram
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Where is the Sun on the H-R Diagram?

Physics II HW:


Nov 29 XI. Stellar Evolution D. H-R Diagram E. Birth and Death

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe the birth and middle-age of a star based on its mass
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review: H-R Diagram ... apply terms to explain T-Tauri's and Main Sequence
  2. Class Watches "SuperStars" documentary while answering questions on worksheet
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Is this our last test?

Physics II HW:


Nov 30 XI. Stellar Evolution D. H-R Diagram E. Birth and Death

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Determine the fate of a star based on the mass of its core at the "time of death"
  • P/A/T:
  1. Class Watches "SuperStars" documentary while answering questions on worksheet
  2. Teacher interrupts documentary several times to discuss points made.
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How will our sun end?

Physics II HW:




Dec 03 XI. Stellar Evolution E. Birth and Death

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Determine the fate of a star based on its mass
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review: H-R Diagram ... apply terms to explain Main Sequence and Dying stars
  2. Class Watches "SuperStars" documentary while answering questions on worksheet
  3. Teacher-led Discussion: The End-Game for Stars ... different ends for different masses ... Possible Lives beyond “death” of a star
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How will our sun end?

Physics II HW:


Dec 04 Review

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe several characteristics of stars and trace their lives based on their mass
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher-led discussion: Review notes for test tomorrow
  2. Math practice activity: How much brighter is a 2 than an 8?...
  3. Class Plays game to review for test
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How will our sun end?

Physics II HW:


Dec 05 Test XI

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Describe several characteristics of stars and trace their lives based on their mass. Arrange the Sequence of Stellar Evolution and explain how we know what we know.
  • P/A/T:
  1. Test XI
  • Assessment: Teacher formally grades test
  • Closure: Review Test

Physics II HW:


Dec 06 XII. History of Space Flight

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review Test
  2. Class Watches "Space Flight"
  3. Students compile timeline and list of "firsts" for space exploration
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: So, how many planets have humans visited?

Physics II HW:


Dec 07 XII. History of Space Flight

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Class Watches "Space Flight"
  2. Students compile timeline and list of "firsts" for space exploration
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What happened to all of the hardware left over from the race?

Physics II HW:




Dec 10 XII. History of Space Flight

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher-led discussion: Presentation with 2 projectors to show progress of US and Soviet Space Programs
  2. Students compile timeline and list of "firsts" for space exploration
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Q&A about final Project

Physics II HW:


Dec 11 XII. History of Space Flight

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher-led discussion: Presentation with 2 projectors to show progress of US and Soviet Space Programs
  2. Students compile timeline and list of "firsts" for space exploration
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What happened to all of the hardware left over from the race?

Physics II HW:


Dec 12 XII. History of Space Flight

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher-led discussion: Presentation with 2 projectors to show progress of US and Soviet Space Programs
  2. Students compile timeline and list of "firsts" for space exploration
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What happened to all of the hardware left over from the race?

Physics II HW:


Dec 13 Review

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Teacher-led discussion: Review notes for test tomorrow
  2. Class Plays game to review for test
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Q&A about final Project

Physics II HW:


Dec 14 Test XII

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare and Contrast US and CCCP space programs
  • P/A/T:
  1. Test
  2. Review Test
  • Assessment: Teacher Formally Assesses Test
  • Closure: So, now who has the most reliable booster available?

Physics II HW:

Pisces



Dec 17 Modern Physics Topics

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Compare Events on the moon to related events on Earth
  • Hi Y Str: Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition
  • P/A/T:
  1. Review Test
  2. Class watches “The Dish” to answer the question, “What was going on while man walked on Moon?”
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: What are you using for Fins and Nosecones? How are you attaching them?

Physics II HW:


Dec 18 Modern Physics Topics

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Explore Relativistic Physics Topics
  • P/A/T:
  1. Class reads/discusses Time Dilation (ch 2) p66
  2. Class reads/discusses Relativistic Addition of Velocities (ch 3) p110
  3. Class reads/discusses The Equivalence of Mass and Energy (ch 5) p190
  4. Students solve problems Relating mass and Energy
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: How will we measure how high your rocket goes?

Physics II HW:


Dec 19 Modern Physics Topics

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW Explore Relativistic Physics Topics
  • P/A/T:
  1. Class reads/discusses Orbiting Satellites and Black Holes (ch 7) p266
  2. Class reads/discusses Quantum Angular Momentum (ch 8) p302
  3. Student-led discussion:How can we demonstrate conservation of Angular Momentum?
  4. Class reads/discusses Electron Tunneling (ch 2) p714
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Assign duties for Rocket launch

Physics II HW:


Dec 20 Rockets

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW solve problems related to gravity and Newton's Laws
  • P/A/T:
  1. Students Fire Rockets and record data (time and angle at a specific distance)
  2. Student-led Discussion: How do we use this data to figure out how high the rockets went?
  • Assessment: Teacher Asks Oral Questions throughout class, to gage student understanding and to determine understanding and pacing.
  • Closure: Worksheets are due tomorrow.

Physics II HW:


Dec 21 Rockets

  • GLE:
  • Objective: TLW solve problems related to gravity and Newton's Laws
  • P/A/T:
  1. Students Fire Rockets and record data
  2. Review Worksheet: Students solve problems on the board
  • Assessment: Teacher Formally grades Rockets based on performance and Student Worksheet problems based on Rocket Data.
  • Closure: How fast would your rocket need to go to NOT come back down?

Physics II HW:

Mimas

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