• Academic Physics - Distance Learning Version

    Distance Learning Schedule



     Class Notes - Academic Physics

    Canvas CBSD Link

    If you missed the Teams call, here are the main points:

    1. New information starts the beginning of next week.  Check the schedule above  for times for each block.

    2. I'll put up the notes of new information each day, and an explanation video of how to solve harder problems.

    3. I'll also post up worksheets for you to try, with the answers.

    4. Every now and again, I'll post a Canvas quiz on the material to be graded.

    5. Everyone's grades are going to a pass/fail format as far as I know.

    6. I know this won't be as good as meeting every day in person, but we'll do the best we can given the circumstances.



    Breaking News: I will be hosting a Teams meeting for these classes:


    First Block = Wed: 4/1/20 10 AM

    3rd Block = Thurs: 4/2/20 10AM



    Overview: NASA Twins Study

    1. This video describes the experiment that Scott and Mark Kelly who are twins and both astronauts participated in.

    2. Things to consider:

    A. Why is it a big deal to have twins fpr this project?  Why not just study 1 person?

    B. Why did NASA keep one twin here on Earth?  Why not send both to the space station?

    3. The results of the study are (finally) published, you can see them here.

    4. Each astronaut is allowed to take a personal item to the space station, Scott brought a really nice camera.  Here are some of his photos from space, theyre awesome.





    Overview: Life on the Space Station

    One of the coolest scientific achievements is the International Space Station (ISS), which is 200 miles above Earth, and does a lap around it every 90 minutes.

    1. This video is a rapid fire Q&A with an astronaut that has returned from spending 6 months on the space station.

    2. He takes you through the practice space station which is at the NASA headquarters.

    3. The video covers lots and lots on questions that people have about how living up there is different from here.

    4. After you've seen that, check out what water looks like in zero gravity, it's weird!




    Overview: Article - What it takes to Be an Astronaut

    1. DT Results - Would You Rather...

    A. Cry at comedies: 47.8%

    B. Laugh at sad movies: 43.5%

    C. Both (lol): 8.7%

    2. Friday Jokes

    A. What sign do astronauts put up when they leave the office?  Out to Launch.

    B. If you get cold, stand in the corner for a bit, they're 90 degrees.

    C. What do we want?  Low Flying Airplane Noises!  When do we want them?  NNNNeeeeeoooooooWWWWW!

    3. Read this article - What it Takes to Be An Astronaut

    As you read it, think about these questions -

    A. How much do they get paid?

    B. What education do you need?

    C. What physical requirements are needed?




    Overview: Review Light Bulb Setup

    Time: 45 mins

    Things to Do:

    1. First, our discussion: Click here for DT.

    2. Read this article on How Lightbulbs Work.  It goes into more detail than we got into in class but has some neat information.

    3. Try the first level, "Which Bulb Lights?" of this simulation.  The other two levels are pretty hard and I would skip those.




    Overview: Using Slope Simulation

    Time: 45 mins

    Things to Do:

    1. Review your notes for Slope and Intercept.

    2. Goto this simulator - Using Graphs Concept Builder

    A. The first two levels have you calculate slope.  You can hold your mouse over the points to see the values.

    B. The last level is a little tricky but give it a shot if you're feeling confident.



    Overview: Position Time Graph Matching Simulator

    Time: 45 mins

    Things to do:

    1. Review your notes for Still, CV-Away, and CV-Towards Position Time graphs look like.

    2. Go to this site for their simulator.  NOrmally we would do this in class by moving around the lab, but we have to simulate this the best we can for now.

    3. Move the caterpillar around, to the right is positive, the left direction is negative, the flower is the origin (zero meters).

    4. Try to match the pre-drawn graphs for position 1, 2, and 3.  Graph 4 is a little tricky since it has a curve in it.

     My example



    Overview: Distance Vs Displacement Simulation

    Time: 45 minutes

    Things to do:

    1. Review your notes for Distance and Displacement.

    2. Go to this website for the simulation.  You should be able to do all three levels on this one.

    3. You might want to use a calculator (or your cellphone calc) for the last level, the math is a little hard to do in your head.



    Let's have a chill Friday.  But first - the jokes.

    1.  What happens to a frog's car when it parked in a no parking zone?  It gets toad.

    2. Q: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it?   A: Envelope.  

    3. I never wanted to believe that my friend was stealing from his job as a road worker. But when I went to his house, all the signs were there.  




    Overview:Slope WS, Discussion, Funny Video

      1. Discussion Thursday Link 

    2. Review your notes for the math connection between slope and Position Time Graphs.

    3. Give this Worksheet a try. Slope and Linear Equations WS

    4. Once you have it done, check your answers for the WS Key

    5. Once you have that done, check out this guy's great song.   Fire Track







    Overview: Proportion Practice (Double, Triple, etc)

     Time: 45 min

    Tasks and Things to Know:

    1. Review your notes (or the posted notes on the main Academic Physics site) for Proportions.

    2. Go to Physics Classroom to use their Concept Builder called Proportional Reasoning.

    A. Try the first level, Which Two Rows. 

    B. It will ask you which two rows fit the pattern, example: When you double X, Y will also double. 

    C. Make sure to select all of the rows that fit the given pattern, there are multiple correct!  (I missed this the first time and got several wrong, oops.)

    D. If you get all of the first level right, give the 2nd level "Predict the Value" a try.  This one gives you a pattern and asks you to try to calculate the next level.  You might want to use a calculator or cellphone for this one.

    E. The 3rd level, "Extrapolate" is kind of tough and above what I'd ask you to do.... Give it a shot if you want though!

    F: Update: I made a helper video for this, hopefully it is of assistance.  Helper Video



     Overview: Speed Cameras and Speed Enforcement

    Time: 45 mins

    Tasks and Things to Know:

    1.Review your notes for the following:

    • Average Vs Instantaneous Speed
    • Different Types of Speed Traps
    • Equipment police use to measure drivers' speeds


    2.Once you have a good review of the material, read this article and answer the questions.  (This article isn't legal advice, I'm obviously not a lawyer, it's a good read anyway!) 

    😂How I Used Math To Beat A Speeding Ticket


     3.After that, read this article to determine where the speed cameras are in the Philadelphia region.

    Philly Speed Cameras - Inquirer Article