Mr. MacDonald

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This is the rubric (see attached file below) I will be referring to for the semester to evaluate the science and engineering practices we are learning and exploring in class.  The rubric was adapted from a version created by the Conjo Valley Unified School District (http://www.conejousd.org/Portals/49/Departments/Science/ponce/AP%20Chem/...)

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Physics 112

  • We have started out next unit on the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Notes are below.
  • Please read to page 11 in the following: em_spectrum_tour_nasa.pdf
  • We will quickly review the EM spectrum but then proceed in to our next section on refraction.

Chemistry 112

  • We have started the next unit, The Underlying Structure of Matter.
  • Test on isotopes will be Tuesday, March 12.
  • The first dedicated re-test day will be Monday, March 18.

Physics 122

  • We have begun working through projectile motion problems.
  • Work through page 1 of the practice problems (below).

Science 10

  • Last week students were designing egg capsules, but before using an egg they tested their design with accelerometers.
  • The worksheet they were using is below and videos will be uploaded within a few days.
  • This week we will review science and engineering practices and do some project planning.

Posted: March 6, 2019

A booklet put together by NASA detailing the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Posted: February 19, 2019

Physics 112

  • Waves unit is complete and there will be a test Thursday, February 21.
  • The complete unit notes and review sheet are below.

Chemistry 112

  • The second test on mixtures and the periodic table is scheduled for Friday, February 22.
  • Completed notes will be posted tomorrow.

Physics 122

  • We have been working on the mathematical solving of vectors. 
  • The test is scheduled for Monday, February 25 and the practice worksheet is below.

Science 10

  • Last Thursday and Friday saw students focusing on asking questions and documenting redesigns in creating a cushion out of simple materials to lessen the impact of a crash between a toy car and the floor.
  • This week students will focus on developing and planning their Science 10 project and an activity on Friday with a focus on making informed decisions from data.

Physics 112

  • Waves: Focus on explaining a mechanical wave, frequency and period.
  • Unit learning target guide and the notes are below.
  • First learning target assessment will likely be Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

Chemistry 112

  • Working on the classification of matter.
  • Notes are below.
  • First learning target assessment is this Friday.

Physics 122

  • We have been working on scale diagrams of vectors in 2-dimensions.
  • Worksheet is below.

Science 10

  • This week students will be choosing a project to meet course learning targets.  More details still to come, but essentially, students will work through a project (or two or three) to demonstrate their understanding of science and engineering practices (file below).

Physics 112

  • Physics is the study of nature and the laws that govern the universe. Students will start by exlporing the concept of light, then move on to kinematics and dynamics and we will finish the course with a study of work, energy and power.

Chemistry 112

  • Chemisrty focuses on the interactions of matter.  The course breaks down in to two major units: From Structures to Properties and Stoichometry.  The first unit is a more theoretical look at how matter is classified, its physical and chemical properties and a more detailed look at the atom and formation of compounds.  Stoichometry is a more mathematical approach to chemical reactions.

Physics 122

  • A more indepth, 2-D, look at concepts from grade 11.  Additional units will cover qualitative and quantitative studies of circular motion, universal gravitation, simple harmonic motion and electricity.

Science 10

  • How will you learn science? Details to come.

Science 10

  • Students were given a review for each of our units of motion, chemistry, and weather.  Students can complete and submit these reviews before the exam to count for marks to stregthen their grade.

Chemistry 112

Physics 112

Posted: December 17, 2018

Chemistry 112 Periods 1 & 3

  • Students can finish/review Chapter 10.1 (notes are in a file below)
  • Page 291 #s 3, 4 & Page 296 #s 7, 8, 13 - 15.
  • Read through Chapter 10.2
  • Page 298-299 #s 16 - 19, Pages 301-303 #s 20 - 31
  • Page 301 #s 20, 21; Page 302 #s 22, 23; Page 303 #s 25 - 31.

Physical Science Period 4

  • Weather Unit - Chapter 13: Read pages 516-517 then #s 1 - 3 on page 519.
  • Read pages 522 - 523, 525 - 527 then #s 1 - 7 on page 527.
  • Work on the unit review (file below)

Physics 112

  • Continue with questions 1 - 10 on the Waves worksheet (below)
  • Read the Waves information sheet (handed out Friday, or pages 344 - 345 of their text) then answer the following in your notebooks:

1. What is a medium when talking about waves?
2. Summarize the properties of mechanical waves.
3. What determines the speed of a mechanical wave? Provide an explanation for your answer.
4. What affect does friction have within a mechanical wave?

Posted: December 14, 2018

Chemistry 112 Periods 1 & 3

  • Began our next unit, stoichometry, by learning about the mole. (notes are below)
  • Practice with questions 3 & 4 on page 291.  Also, review notes and new terms.

Physical Science Period 4

  • Weather Unit - chapter 13 in the textbook for reference.

Physics 112

  • Began the waves unit (notes are below).  Be sure to answer the questions on page 4 (you will need the textbook, and we will review the questions Monday).

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Added: Wed, Dec 18 2019

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Science & Engineering Practices Evaluation Rubric
Electromagnetic Spectrum Booklet
Chemistry 112: Molecular Bonding Learning Target Guide
Physics 112 Newton's Laws Notes Fall 2018