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Physical Science Schedule

Physical Science Course Schedule 2010-2011

"Courage faces fears and thereby masters it.  Cowardice represses fear and is therefore mastered by it."
Martin Luther King Jr. 
5/23165Generate & Lighten Up 
Essential ?sHow can simple machines be used to make work easier?
  What are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
ObjectivesTrace energy transformations. 
Develop a model for electricity. 
When studying science content, ask questions suggested by current social issues,  
   scientific literature, and observations of phenomena; build hypotheses
   that might answer some of these questions; design possible investigations;
   and describe results that might emerge from such investigations (C.12.1).
  
Bell WorkReview the electrical terms on your electricity study guide.
  Tell your partner what you know about different types of light bulbs.
    
Instructionhttp://home.howstuffworks.com/light-bulb1.htmhttp://www.howstuffworks.com/hydropower-plant1.htm
http://home.howstuffworks.com/fluorescent-lamp2.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel_power_plant
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power3.htmhttp://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/top-10-amazing.html
http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/http://www.explainthatstuff.com/powerplants.html
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/index.html#tablehttp://www.catf.us/projects/power_sector/power_plant_emissions/pollution_locator/
Activities SMART - Anagram - Electrical TermsPhET - Generator
NOVA - Car of the FutureHero's Engine
1 
AssignmentComplete your act. 1 ROTA and/or study your electricity notes.
Use study methods that will enable you to know all the electrical terms on the  
   study guide. 
 
   
   
   
   
"The safest road to Hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, 
without milestones, without signposts."  C. S. Lewis 
5/24166 Lighten Up  
Essential ?sHow can simple machines be used to make work easier?
  What are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
ObjectivesDefine and describe current, resistance, and voltage in your own words.   
Define couloumb, ampere, and volt. 
Compare series and parallel circuits. 
  
  
  
  
Bell Work Look at the posters around the classroom that describe different sources of
    energy.  Decide with your partner you would choose if you could and 
    discuss the reasons for your choice. 
Instructionhttp://scienceofeverydaylife.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/videos.cfm
PhET - Generator & Circuit Construction - DC & AC/DC 
Hero's Engine & Penguin Race 
http://www.watchknow.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=622 
http://www.stmary.ws/highschool/physics/home/notes/electricity/circuits/default.htm 
Activities2 
  
  
AssignmentAnswer the act. 2 What Do You Think question on pg. 450.
Answer act. 2 questions 2ab,3a,4a,5a, 6a, pgs. 451 & 452. 
Start Physics to Go #1 pg. 454. 
  Study electrical terms, energy transformations, the advantages and disadvantages 
     of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, and parallel and series circuits.
  Complete steps one and two and start step three on the electrical system 
      of your building. 
    
"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them." Mark Twain
    
5/25167Ohm's Law  
Essential ?sHow can simple machines be used to make work easier?
  What are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
ObjectivesCalculate the resistance of an unknown resistor given the potential drop and the current.
Properly use a voltmeter and ammeter in a series circuit.
State the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance.
During investigations, choose the best data-collection procedures and materials  
   available, use them competently, and calculate the degree of precision 
   of the resulting data (C.12.4). 
  
Bell WorkShare your answer to the What Do You Think question from pg. 455
      with someone other than your partner. 
  Log onto a computer for your group of four. 
Instructionhttp://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2317 
PhET - Circuit Construction (AC/DC) 
  
  
  
Activities3 
  
  
AssignmentRead pgs. 458-460 to learn about Ohm's Law. 
Start on Physics to Go 1-6 pgs. 461-462. 
Leaders for act. 1 and 2, hand in your leader checklists.
  
  
  
  
  
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them;  
that's the essence of inhumanity."  George Bernard Shaw  
5/26168Load Limit and Pay Up 
Essential ?sWhat are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
    
ObjectivesAnalyze household electric bills, relating energy consumed, billing rate, and cost.
Compare the costs of operating a variety of electrical appliances in terms of power  
   ratings, amount of time each appliance is used, and billing rate.
Define watt, insulator and conductor. 
Calculate electrical power. 
Differentiate between a fuse and circuit breaker. 
Understand the need for circuit breakers and fuses in a home.
Bell WorkPartner on the left, tell your partner which of the following stays the same in a 
     series circuit:  voltage or current. 
  Partner on the right, tell your partner which of the following stays the same in a 
Instruction   parallel circuit:  voltage or current. 
  
  
  
  
Activities7 
HOBO Lab 
Student Self Assessment of Achievement of Habits of Mind
AssignmentSelect three or more appliances from pages 496 and 497 that you will use in your
    handicap accessible building and calculate the approximate cost for the 
    amount of energy that each appliance will use per month in kilowatt hours.
 Also calculate the approximate cost for the electrical energy use per month 
    for lighting your building. 
Answer the What Do You Think question on pg. 498 and ask if you can bring an 
   electric bill from home. 
Complete all fourth quarter assignments, extra credit, and redos by Friday. 
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- 
the apathy of human beings."  Helen Keller  
5/27169Pay Up & Heating Systems 
Essential ?sWhat are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
    
ObjectivesAnalyze household electric bills, relating energy consumed, billing rate, and cost.
Compare the costs of operating a variety of electrical appliances in terms of power  
   ratings, amount of time each appliance is used, and billing rate.
Define watt, insulator and conductor. 
Calculate electrical power. 
Differentiate between a fuse and circuit breaker. 
Understand the need for circuit breakers and fuses in a home.
Bell WorkFinalize your calculations with your partner for the handicap accessible building 
      for the cost of the energy used by your three appliances and lighting your 
      building per month. 
Instructionhttp://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_a.htmlhttp://www.howstuffworks.com/hydropower-plant1.htm
http://www.make-my-own-house.com/diagram-electrical-wiring.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel_power_plant
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power3.htmhttp://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/top-10-amazing.html
http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/http://www.explainthatstuff.com/powerplants.html
7 
ActivitiesHand in your activity 5 Physics to Go #s 3-7 and 9 with the known and needed 
    information recorded, the equations you used, your calculations, and your
    answers with the correct label and correct number of significant figures.
AssignmentComplete electrical system by Friday including the following:
1.  Drawings and description of how electrical energy gets from a power plant 
        to your building including the following terms: 
        turbine, energy source, generator, electrical lines, meter, circuit box, 
        circuit breakers, outlets, lights, and light switches.
2.  3 or more outlets for your appliances, 3 automatic and 3 manual switches, 
       and 3 or more lights. 
  3.  Description of the type of lights chosen and two or more reasons 
          why those were chosen.    
  4.   Calculations for the electrical energy and the cost of lighting your building.
  5.  Three or more appliances and the calculations for the energy use and
         energy cost for each per month. 
  Decide on a date for the electricity test and the electrical circuit.
    
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all --  
the apathy of human beings."  Helen Keller  
5/27169Pay Up & Heating Systems 
Essential ?sWhat are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
    
ObjectivesAnalyze household electric bills, relating energy consumed, billing rate, and cost.
Compare the costs of operating a variety of electrical appliances in terms of power  
   ratings, amount of time each appliance is used, and billing rate.
  
  
  
  
Bell WorkFinalize your calculations with your partner for the handicap accessible building 
      for the cost of the energy used by your three appliances and lighting your 
      building per month. 
Instructionhttp://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_a.htmlhttp://www.howstuffworks.com/hydropower-plant1.htm
http://www.make-my-own-house.com/diagram-electrical-wiring.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel_power_plant
http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power3.htmhttp://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/09/top-10-amazing.html
http://www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/http://www.explainthatstuff.com/powerplants.html
7 
ActivitiesHand in your activity 5 Physics to Go #s 3-7 and 9 with the known and needed 
    information recorded, the equations you used, your calculations, and your
    answers with the correct label and correct number of significant figures.
AssignmentComplete electrical system by Friday including the following:
1.  Drawings and description of how electrical energy gets from a power plant 
        to your building including the following terms: 
        turbine, energy source, generator, electrical lines, meter, circuit box, 
        circuit breakers, outlets, lights, and light switches.
2.  3 or more outlets for your appliances, 3 automatic and 3 manual switches, 
       and 3 or more lights. 
3.  Description of the type of lights chosen and two or more reasons 
          why those were chosen.    
  4.   Calculations for the electrical energy and the cost of lighting your building.
  5.  Three or more appliances and the calculations for the energy use and
         energy cost for each per month. 
  Decide on a date for the electricity test and the electrical circuit.
    
    
"Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge."  Alfred North Whitehead
6/1OR  
2-Jun170Simple Machines, Electricity and Thermal Energy Test 
Essential ?sWhat are the key parts of an electrical circuit and what is their function?
  How can I heat a building effectively? 
ObjectivesDesign, build, evaluate, and revise models and explanations related to physical  
  science that are also in agreement with Scripture (G.12.2).
  
  
  
  
  
Bell WorkAsk any final questions that you have on the electricity study guide.
  Every other person should have a test divider. 
  Get your #2 pencil, calculator and hand written notes ready for taking the test.
InstructionComplete electrical and heating systems for your building by exam day including:
1.  Drawings and description of how electrical energy gets from a power plant 
        to your building including the following terms: 
        turbine, energy source, generator, electrical lines, meter, circuit box, 
        circuit breakers, outlets, lights, and light switches.
Activities2.  3 or more outlets for your appliances, 3 automatic and 3 manual switches, 
       and 3 or more lights. 
3.  Description of the type of lights chosen and two or more reasons 
Assignment        why those were chosen.    
4.   Calculations for the electrical energy and the cost of lighting your building.
5.  Three or more appliances and the calculations for the energy use and
       energy cost for each per month. 

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