Science In the News Assignment for Tuesday

Here is the Science In the News assignment for Tuesday:

How can chemistry, physics – or any other type of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) be important to your everyday life? TONS of ways, and this year we’ll be using Science In the News to research just that!

IMPORTANT guidelines for the assignment:

  • For today, you will have two articles to choose from. After today, you will find your article on websites like sciencenewsforstudents.org or https://www.sciencenews.org/
  • Make sure you pick an article you find interesting and that you understand!!
  • Make sure you pick an article that you can use to answer the questions on the Science In the News sheet. If there are questions you cannot answer with the type of article you have – pick another article!!!
  • The SItN assignment must be handwritten on notebook paper – you may write on the back

IMPORTANT #2: When you are finished today, put your laptop up in the correct slot and plug it in!!

Hon Chemistry 9-16-19 Fundamental Science Skills Graphing Activity

Welcome to Graphing 101 – or what I like to call, “A Quick Review of Everything You Learned About Graphing in the 8th Grade.” Here is your assignment for Monday.

IMPORTANT: Today’s assignment is one that you will have to complete at school. The program is on the school laptops and on the computers in the computer lab.

  1. Find the “Fundamental Science Skills” program on your computer.
  2. In the Graphing Skills section, click on “Graphing Data Points.” Read through and practice in each section VERY CAREFULLY!
  3. After you have completed each review section, go to the exam and complete it.
    • You must enter your name in the exact format you do when you title a lab – including the title of the activity.
    • Click on “Check Your Answers.” When you have 100% accuracy, bring your lap top to me to check your Check Answers Results Sheet. If you are doing the assignment outside of our class period, print off your exam results sheet and bring it to me to check.
    • IMPORTANT: Your answers and the format of it all must match exactly to receive credit. (Sometimes being exactly correct is extremely important!)
  4. The Graphing Data Points assignment is due by the end of the class period.
  5. Next, go to the Ring Challenge and complete it. You will need headphones or earbuds. If you don’t finish in class, bring the completed sheet to me to check off. It is due by the end of the school day on Friday.

Holler if you have any questions!

Physics 9-11-19 Chapter 2 Concepts, Rockets & Splash

PHYSICS: Test tomorrow! You can do this!! First here’s the conceptual review we did today, bumblebees, etc. Hope Joy, at the end I put a quick overview of the test for you because I forgot to start recording at the beginning.

Below today’s lesson is an old vodcast of one of the rocket problems. I didn’t have the mic on for the help session today, but I found an old one that might be helpful. It also has a complete look at #47, the mountain climber and the single splash (very key part to that problem!).

Are you becoming more comfortable with working problems? When selecting formulas, it’s always a good idea to ask yourself “Why?”. Why can you use this formula? Why is it legit? Why is it the best one? Is there a better route to the solution? And then, continue to practice them over and over til it starts to become second nature!

God bless you as you prepare for the test! I’m praying for you!!!


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PHYSICS 9-15-14 Free Fall Problems from Tammy Skinner on Vimeo.

Chemistry 9-6-19 Relationships Among Data & Homework Problems Review

CHEMISTRY – Can you believe it? We’ve finished the chapter! Here’s the lecture from today on direct and inverse proportions AND a look at the density and conversion factor problems from last night’s worksheet.

Homework UPDATE: The thLAB: Building a Balance due date is moved to Tuesday. The Chapter 2 Review Worksheet is due Monday. Be sure and read the instructions carefully for both!

Speaking of tests, have you gone to the TEST Info tab yet? You might find something that will help a lot as you study!!!

Also, don’t forget to check out the Interactive Review Games with your online text and also the review at sciencegeek.net. Great practice with both memorization, concepts and problem solving!

God bless you as you study this week! I’m be praying for you!!


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Chemistry 9-4-19 Cobra Venom and Liters of Water

CHEMISTRY: How are you doing with some of the longer conversion factor problems? Remember, you’re not just trying to get an answer. Most importantly, you are learning to express a logical progression of thought – from one unit to another. I think I see you getting way better at it! Keep practicing until you can do it by yourself with no help!!

Here are the ones we did in 3rd period today – #14, cobra venom, and #16, liters of water.


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Chemistry 9-3-19 Using Density & Conversion Factors

CHEMISTRY – Hey guys, here’s a pic of some “high density” koi that I saw in Hawaii (at the Dole Pineapple Plantation, of all places!). Great review on density problems today, and more! Remember, in chemistry we use math as a tool, therefore we might work problems a little differently in chemistry than you do in your math class.

When working these problems, don’t forget to follow the problem solving steps we discussed today:

  • Analyze – write down what you’re given and what you’re looking for
  • Plan – write a formula where you isolate the unknown on one side by itself
  • Compute – plug in your data, numbers and units; then cancel the units, and if they cancel correctly, go on to the calculator. Be sure and give your answer what the correct units.
  • Evaluate – does your answer make sense, have you used the correct units, do you have the correct sig figs?