Class 24 Friday 11/16/2018 

Warm-Up:     
The diagrams on the right show some rock layers in two different parts of the world.
1.  What do the buried fish, snail, plant, bug, and human represent?

2.  Which layer is probably older, Layer S (in diagram A) or layer H (in diagram B)?

3.  Which layer is probably the oldest of all?  Why?

4.  Which layer is probably the youngest of all?  Why?

Today: 

Homework:  None

Class 23 Wednesday 11/13/2018 

Warm-Up:     
The object on the right is a piece of rock.  The big dots represent parent atoms in the rock, and the small dots represent daughter atoms.  The half-life of the parent element is 2 million years.

1.  What is the age of the rock sample, in half-lives?
2.  What is the age of the rock sample, in years?

Today: 

Homework:  

 

Class 23 Monday 11/12/2018 

Warm-Up:     
Trick questions:
1.  How much dirt is in a hole that is 2feet wide, 2 feet long, and 1 foot deep?
2.  Daddy bull weighs 1,000 pounds.  Baby bull weighs 100 pounds.  How much does mama bull weigh?
3.  How many 3 cent stamps are there in a dozen?
4.  How many eggs can a grown woman eat on an empty stomach?

Today: 

Homework:  

Class 22 Thursday 11/8/2018 

Warm-Up:     

Today: 

Handouts/Links: Ages of Rocks, Part 1

Homework:  

  • Study for quiz on Wednesday

Class 21 Tuesday 11/2/2018 

Warm-Up:     
1.  What is a sonic boom?
2.  In the picture on the right, would you guess that the cloud has been created by rapidly warming air or rapidly cooling air?  Explain.
3.  What is a wave?

Today: 

Handouts/Links: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 20 Friday 11/2/2018 

Warm-Up:     
The diagram on the right shows a cross forming two line segments of coins.  The vertical segment has 5 coins and the horizontal segment has 4 coins.  How can you form two segments of 5 by moving just one coin?

Today: 

Handouts/Links: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 19 Wednesday 10/31/2018 

Warm-Up:   

If you're standing next to a race track, what do you hear as the cars pass you?

a.  Their pitch changes from high to low.

b.  Their pitch changes from low to high.

c.  There is no change in pitch.

 

Today: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 18 Monday 10/29/2018 

Warm-Up:   
1.  How did Earth's moon form?
2.  What are some similarities and differences between comets and meteors?
3.  How old is the Earth?
4.  What keeps the Earth in its orbit?
5.  Why isn't the Earth a gas giant?
6.  What's the closest galaxy to the Milky Way?
7.  Before our solar system was a solar system, what was it?  What was it like?

 

Today: 

Homework:  

  • Prepare for astronomy test next class.  Get a blank version of the test review, and study!

Class 18 Thursday 10/25/2018 

Warm-Up:   

The figure on the right is a graph with two axes, a Y axis and an X axis.

1.  Where's the Y axis?  Where's the X?

2.  What variable is changing along the X axis?

3.  What variable is changing along the Y axis?

4.  What are the diagonal lines?

Today: 

Handouts/Links: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 17 Tuesday 10/23/2018 

Warm-Up:    None

Today: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 16 Wednesday 10/17/2018 

Warm-Up: 

The picture on the right shows a simple dehumidifier.  Refrigerant moves through the pipes.  At one point, the refrigerant passes through a compressor and gets compressed.  At another point, the refrigerant passes through an expansion valve and expands.
1.  What happens to the temperature of the refrigerant when it passes through the compressor?
2.  What happens to the temperature of the refrigeratnt when it passes through the expansion valve? 
3.  As the air blows across the pipes, water comes out of the air and drips to the bottom.  Where does the water drip, position A or position B?

Today: 

  • Quiz:  Formation of Earth, Plus the Greenhouse Effect
  • Begin Star Lifetimes, Part 1 Notes
  • Mr. Stapleton will be gone on Tuesday.

Homework:  

  • None

Class 16 Monday 10/15/2018 

Warm-Up: 

1.  What is in the air?
2.  Does air have mass?  What about weight?
3.  Does helium have mass and/or weight?
4.  Can we prove any of these answers?

Today: 

Homework:  

  • Study for short quiz next class over Formation of The Earth and The Greenhouse Effect

Class 15 Thursday 10/11/2018 

Warm-Up: 

This solar oven has several features that helps it create a high temperature environment using solar energy.  One of those features exploits the Greenhouse Effect.  
 
1. What part of the solar oven targets the Greenhouse Effect? 
2.  How does the Greenhouse Effect work? 
3.  What can be done to limit the effects of the Greenhouse Effect?
4.  What is the ultimate source of the energy that heats a solar oven and the Earth?

Today: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 14 Monday 10/8/2018 

Warm-Up: 

1.  Do you know the name of the constellation on the right?

2.  How big is our solar system, in comparison with the rest of the Universe?

scale of universe video

Today: 

Homework:  

  • Study for quiz next class

Class 13 Thursday 10/4/2018 

Warm-Up: 

1.  The first diagram on the right shows four hydrogen atoms that combine to make one helium atom.  What looks wrong?

2.  E = mc2 is a famous equation.  What do each of the letters in the equation represent?

3.  Why does the sun shine?  Why does it really shine?

Today: 

Homework:  

  • None

Class 12 Tuesday 10/2/2018 

Warm-Up: 

1.  Look at the diagram on the right.  What will happen if I grab the pvc pipe and swing the ball around, as shown?
2.  Why will that happen?
3.  This is a model of a real physical system.  Can you guess what some of the parts of the model are supposed to represent?

Today: 

  • Quiz:  Objects in space
  • Begin Solar System Formation Notes
  • There will not be a separate quiz over Birth of The Earth.  It will be part of the solar system formation quiz.

Homework:  

  • None

Class 11 Friday 9/27/2018 

Warm-Up: 

1. Which object appears bigger in our sky, our Moon or our Sun?

2. Do our Moon, Sun, and Solar System have names?  If so, what are they?

Today: 

  • What happened while I was gone?
  • Hand back practice quizzes. -- Discuss the real quiz.  It will happen on Tuesday.
  • Finish presentations
  • Walk through a scale model of the solar system.
  • How to study for the quiz

Homework:  

  • Study for the quiz over the objects in space notes.  The quiz will be on Tuesday (next class).  The quiz will come directly from the notes. You may use this link to print the notes.  This will not be an open-note quiz.
  • Next Thursday we will have a quiz over the Birth of The Earth video.

Class 10 Wednesday 9/26/2018 

Warm-Up: 

No warm-up today.

Today: 

  • If you haven't finished Birth of The Earth, finish it.  At the end, correct your answers.  You will have a future quiz over this information, but for now your papers will be collected.
  • Complete the practice quiz.  If you follow the directions, you will receive 100% for this assignment.  For 100%, you must...
    1. Complete the entire quiz without using notes.
    2. Once you are finished, use your notes to grade your quiz.  There are 24 questions.  At the top of your paper, write the number you got correct.
    3. Correct all of your answers
    4. Turn in the practice quiz.
  • Watch "Who's Afraid of a Big Black Hole?"
To watch the video, click on the link.  Then enter the username: ehscte and password: hornets Then return to this page and click the link again.    

Homework:  Nothing new

 

Class 9 Monday 9/24/2018 

Warm-Up: 

1.  Do this:  hold a tennis ball on top of a basketball and drop them to the floor together?  See what happens.

2.  Guess why it happens.

3.  Watch this video to find the answers and to see how this relates to supernovas.

Today: 

  • We will finish sharing objects when Mr. Stapleton returns.
  • For now, copy the missing parts of the "Objects in Space" notes.  The missing parts are "solar system," "stars," and "outer galaxies."
  • Make sure that you have a complete copy of the objects in space notes.  You may use this link to look at or print Mr. Stapleton's notes. 
  • Watch "Birth of The Earth."  To watch the video, click on the following link.  Then enter the username: ehscte and password: hornets Then return to this page and click the link again.     Video Link.
  • Answer these questions as you watch the video -- Questions to answer while watching video. 
  • If you finish the video... the teacher will go over the correct answers with you.  Make sure your answers are correct!  Then hand in your papers. 

Homework:  

  • Review your objects in space notes.  There will be a practice quiz next class.  The real quiz will be on Friday.
  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 8 Thursday 9/20/2018 

Warm-Up: 
The picture on the right is misleading in a few ways.  How many problems can you find with the picture?

Today: 

Handouts/Links:  Mr. Stapleton's copy of Objects in Space notes

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 7 Tuesday 9/18/2018 

1.  Why is the sky blue?

2.  Why are sunsets red?

3.  What does the sky look like from our moon?

Today: 

  • Did anyone else find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project.  Continue sharing objects using the class slideshow and take notes on objects in the solar system
  • Objects in Space notes sheet

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 6 Friday 9/14/2018 

1.  What's the current moon phase?  Full? Quarter? Crescent?

2.  Suppose you hold an object at arm's length and use it to cover up the moon.  How large does the object need to be to perfectly cover up the moon?  Quarter sized?  Dime sized?  Something else? 

Today: 

  • Check on hurricane Florence.
  • Missing Course Expectations -- Martin?
  • Did anyone else find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 5  Wednesday 9/12/2018 

Sometimes you can "see your breath." 

1.  Why can't you see it right now?

2.  I know a way to make my breath visible right now.  Can you guess how I do it?

3.  Can you guess how this concept relates to objects in our solar system and the universe in general?

Today: 

  • Missing Course Expectations -- Martin
  • Did anyone find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project
    • Finish building your object. 
    • Hang objects from the ceiling
    • Will we be ready to share objects on Friday?

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 4  Monday 9/10/2018

 

1.  What is gravity?

2.  What role does gravity play in the diagram on the right?

3.  Are clouds affected by gravity?

4.  Is there gravity on the International Space Station?

5.  Can you think of something that is not affected by gravity?

6.  If you were to locate the Earth's current position on the diagram to the right, where would it be?

7.  What is special about each of the dates in the diagram?

 

Today: 

  • Missing Course Expectations -- Martin
  • Did anyone find Polaris?  If so, turn in your data.
  • Objects in the Universe Project
    • Today:
      • Finish your research questions, and get them checked by Mr. Stapleton.
      • Finish your slide.
      • Plan your model.
      • Begin building your model.
    • Wednesday: Finish building your object. Make sure that it can be hung from the ceiling.
    • Friday:  Share your object with the class and report on the answers to your research questions.

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.

Class 3  Thursday 9/6/2018

 

The center star, on the right, is Polaris.

1.  What is the common name for polaris?

2.  How can you find polaris?

3.  Do you know how a quadrant is used in astronomy?

Today: 

  • Turn in course expectations sheets.
  • Make a quadrant (a.k.a. astrolabe) and practice using it.
  • Objects in the Universe Project
    • Today:
      • Conduct Research
      • Using Google Slides, create a slide featuring your object.  Create your slide in this slide show (click the link).  The reason for the slide is that your model may not look exactly like the real object in space.  When you share your object with the class, this slide will be projected onto the classroom screen to help you better explain the features of your object.  Create a slide with at least two images that will help the rest of the class to fully understand your object.   The images must be large eand clear enough to see easily.
      • Add your name to the slide.

Handouts:

Homework:  

  • On a clear night, find polaris.  Use your quadrant to measure its altitude, in degrees.  Write down the altitude and the date and time of your observation.  Then turn your data (date, time, altitude, and your name) in to Mr. Stapleton.
Class 2  Tuesday 9/4/2018
Warm-Up: 

  1. What are the lines in the sky?
  2. How was the picture created?
  3. Why are the lines arranged in a circular pattern?
  4. a. If a star trail picture is taken in the Northern Hemisphere, in which direction do the circles form? (clockwise or counter-clockwise)  b.  How do you know?
  5. Which stars are moving faster, the inner ones or the outer ones?
  6. If there is a star near the center, what is its name?
  7. Draw a rough sketch of what the star trails would look like if you created a star trail picture by standing on the equator and pointing a camera eastward.
  8. Why did the photographer have to stop the picture before the stars made a complete circle?
  9. If a bicycle had passed through the scene with a flashlight in the spokes of one of it's tires, what would the bicycle light trail have looked like?

 

Today: 

  • Check to see if anyone is on yesterday's unverified list.
  • Turn in course expectations -- and get it back.
  • Objects in the Universe -- introduction -- short Video:  AMNH The Known Universe
    • Today:
      • Brainstorm objects
      • Assign objects
      • Brainstorm materials and construction ideas.  Most will be roughly shoebox sized.
        • Available Materials:  Paint, Foam Balls, Pipe Cleaners, Streamers, Airdry Clay, Cardboard (from the recycling bins)
      • Research objects
    • Thursday: 
      • Finish Research
      • Create a Google Slide featuring your object
    • Next Monday (9/10): Build your object. 
    • Next Wednesday:  Share your object

Handouts:

Homework:  

  • Course expectations are due by Friday (9/7).
Class 1  Thursday 8/30/2016
Warm-Up: 

1.  What would happen if you made a hole through the center of the Earth, and you jumped in? 
2.  If you made it all of the way through, where would you come out? 
(antipodes map)

Today: 

Handouts:

Homework:  

  • Share your course expectations handout with your parents.  Have them sign and return it by Next Friday (9/7).
Class 0  Tuesday 8/28/2018 (15 minute class) 12:50-1:05

Warm-Up: 

1. Use the seating chart to find your seat.

2.  Can you point to the North Pole?  How can you find it?

Today: 

  • Find your seat.
  • Names (pronunciations etc.)
  • Warm-up

Homework:  None