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Physics

Course Overview Documents
SHS Physics 3 Overview
Three-ring Binder Information
Lab Notebook Information
Common Lab Report Format (SHS) (Word doc)
Lab Report Writing Information

Math Skills

Lab: Physics Measurement (doc)
Group Activity: SI Conversions 1 (html)
Group Activity: SI Conversions 2 (html)
Conversions Homework (PDF)
Conversion Competition (PDF)
Dimensional Analysis Notes and Practice (doc)
Group Activity: Dimensional Analysis (html)
Dimensional Analysis Homework (html)
Group Activity: Size of the Solar System (html)

Labs

Excel: Graphing Ticker Tape Data (xls)
Lab: Free Fall (using gravity to measure the height of an object) (html)
Lab: Acceleration and Distance—Rolling Ball (html)
Excel: Rolling Ball Spreadsheet Example (xls)
Lab: F = ma Cart Lab (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Atwood’s Machine (html)
Lab: Physics Measurement (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Projectile Motion (doc) from G. Bither
Excel: Projectile Motion Spreadsheet Example (xls)
Lab: Friction (html)
Lab: Measuring the Speed of Sound (html) from G. Bither
Lab: Moment of Inertia (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Angular Momentum (doc) from G. Bither

Kinematics (Physics of Motion)

Kinematics Equations (html)
Graphing Slopes: Relation between Velocity and Acceleration (xls)
Lab: Free Fall (using gravity to measure the height of an object) (html)
Lab: Acceleration and Distance—Rolling Ball (html)
Excel: Rolling Ball Spreadsheet Example (xls)
Excel: Graphing Ticker Tape Data (xls)
Lab: Projectile Motion (doc)

Newton’s Laws

Hmwk: Newton’s Laws Part 1 (html)
Hmwk: Newton’s Laws Part 2 (html)
Lab: F = ma Cart Lab (doc)
Lab: Atwood’s Machine (html)
Group Activity: Friction (html)
Homework: Friction (html)
Lab: Friction (html)

Waves

Lab: Speed of Sound (html)

Rotation, Torque, Angular Momentum

Lab: Moment of Inertia (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Angular Momentum (doc) from G. Bither
Simple Rotation Worksheet (doc) from G. Bither
Rotational Motion Worksheet (doc) from G. Bither
Rotational Motion Homework (doc) from G. Bither
Homework: Rotation and Angular Momentum (html)

Gravitation

Notes: Gravity (doc) from G. Bither
Worksheet: Universal Law of Gravitation (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Gravity Simulator (doc) from G. Bither

Electricity and Magnetism

The following are all from G. Bither
Electricity Notes (doc)
Ohm’s Law Lab (doc)
Series & Parallel Circuits Worksheet (doc)
Lab: Series & Parallel Circuits (doc)
Lab: Electric Motor (doc)

Astronomy

Gravity

Worksheet: Universal Law of Gravitation (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Gravity Simulator (doc) from G. Bither

Solar System

Web Assignment: Prove that the Earth is Round (html)
The Motions of the Sun
The Size of the Sun
Project: Motions of the Moon
Activity: Size of the Solar System
The Size and Scale of the Solar System
Asteroids, Part I
Asteroids, Part II
Asteroids, Part III
Asteroid Facts Worksheet
Asteroids: What should be done about Apophis?

Activity: Orbits and Ellipses.
Demo: Blue Sky, Red Sunset
Activity: The Planets an on-line research activity

Stars

A List of Constellations
Introduction to the Planisphere, Part I
Planisphere, Part II
Exploring Astronomy Online
Web Assignment: Sky View Café Link for Sky View Café

Latitude, Longitude and the Seasons

Activity: Latitude and Longitude
Introduction to the Seasons
Basic Coordinates and Seasons Module (from NAAP, not by me)
Questions: Motions of the Sun

Phases of the Moon

Observation Assignment: Observe the Phases of the Moon
Moon Phases: Hand-held Simulator
Phases of the Moon
Moon Phases and Rise and Set Times
Use the NAAP Moon Simulator and these questions:
Moon Phases with Simulator
Here is an illustration that helps to explain why the cycle of the Moon’s Phases is 29.5 days but the time it takes for the Moon to orbit the Earth is only 27.3 days.
Moon Poster Project.

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Group Work Defined

Working in small groups to solve problems is a great way to learn science. Here are a few documents to give group work some shape and definition so that it can be a self-regulating learning tool:
Group Work Definitions
Group Work Process
Group Work Observer Form
Group Work Recorder Form

Periodic Table (PDF) from http://www.webelements.com/ Link goes outside the Scarborough School Department Web Site
Periodic Table Image suitable for printing
Periodic Table colored by groups from http://www.chemicool.com/ Link goes outside the Scarborough School Department Web Site
Examples of Chemistry Problems
Vapor Pressure of Water Data
A fully-functional scientific calculator for chemistry including a table of useful constants.
A Partial Bibliography of works consulted

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Last updated: Feb 13, 2011       Home