Transitions

It has been too long since my last blog post.  I didn’t even do any writing reflections during the 2016-2017 school year!  But this school year will be different.  There are some changes this upcoming year.  I am a math teacher by training and experience.  But during the 2017-2018 school year I will not be teaching any math.  I will be teaching 3 periods, where one period is both of my engineering classes and my other two periods will be teaching physics.  No math!

I have been thinking a lot on how I will be teaching physics this year.  I know I will be using the modeling physics material from AMTA.  And I know I will be evaluating the students using a standards-based grading (SBG) system.  I have been using a SBG system in most of my math classes for the last 7-8 years so I have experience with the system.  But I had been having a tough time wrapping my head around how I would use SBG for physics.  Well, it seems that others have this problem also and I found a 3 day workshop in Manhattan, New York that was addressing SBG in STEM classes.  And one of the workshop leaders is a major contributor to AMTA for physics and uses SBG in his classroom.  That seems like a great place to learn, right?  So I went to the workshop last week, learned a lot, and got back home a couple of days ago.

Over the next week or two I want to post reflections from the workshop as I begin to build this system for my class.  This is really exciting for me.  I love implementing student-centered systems and learning with the students.  I am excited about the upcoming school year.

5/21/15 Physics

Agenda

1. You are getting your final preview today.  Really it is nothing more than your past tests (with two questions thrown in).  I know your momentum and impulse test is not back in your hands.  You will have it on Tuesday.  Those questions will also be included for possible questions for your final.  I will be posting solutions next week.

  • Your final will look like about 6-8 of these questions.  Different numbers.
  • You are allowed a user created reference.  But your reference cannot include any example problems.  Just formulas.
  • I would advise you to work on this as much as you can.  While it isn’t a collected homework assignment, you are expected to do this.  Your success on this packet will help you for the final.

2. Some of you will need to redo the lab on Wednesday.  I did state in the lab that I want graphs of your data.  Some of you didn’t get that.  We will go to the lab on Wednesday.  I will extend the due date to Monday, June 1st.  This is a hard deadline.

Physics 5/1/15

Agenda (5/1)

1.  Whiteboard your solutions to Impulsive Forces and Momentum.  Please turn this in before you leave.

Do I have a person to lead the whiteboarding session?

2.  You will walk away with some homework for the weekend.  Momentum Classwork.  I know it says classwork… it lies.  I would love to see this turned in on Monday.  Thank you.

Many of you have not turned in your Momentum and Impulse Development paper.  Finish your first draft by Monday (and send an email stating your completion) for full credit.  Thank you.

4/22/15 Develop Momentum and Impulse-Momentum Model

Momentum and Impulse-Momentum Model Template

Please download a copy of the template above to your computer.  Upload that template to your shared folder in your Google Drive.

  • You will change the name to LastNameMomentumModelDevelopment and save it in our shared folder.  For instance, my file name would be DavisMomentumModelDevelopment.  Notice where the upper case and lower case letters are!
  • When you finish this please send me an email at bryan.davis@my.husd.com to tell me you are finished.

Please answer all of the questions in the template. Thanks!

3/20/15 Develop Kinetic Energy Model

Kinetic Energy Model Development Template

Please download a copy of the template above to your computer.  Upload that template to your shared folder in your Google Drive.

  • You will change the name to LastNameKineticEnergyGraphAndAnalysis and save it in our shared folder.  For instance, my file name would be DavisKineticEnergyGraphAndAnalysis.  Notice where the upper case and lower case letters are!
  • When you finish this please send me an email at bryan.davis@my.husd.com to tell me you are finished.

Please answer all of the questions in the template. Thanks!

Physics 3/6/15

Hooke’s Law and Elastic Energy Template

Please download a copy of the template above to your computer.  Upload that template to your shared folder in your Google Drive.

  • You will change the name to LastNameHookesLawGraphAndAnalysis and save it in our shared folder.  For instance, my file name would be DavisHookesLawGraphAndAnalysis.  Notice where the upper case and lower case letters are!
  • When you finish this please send me an email at bryan.davis@my.husd.com to tell me you are finished.

Please answer all of the questions in the template. Thanks!

Hooke’s Law Graphs

Open this document.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uVoUCa9gTajt1Wh_5wzpKhs3TOlCRZyDExtdZsQ9yi8/edit?usp=sharing

Please paste in one Logger Pro graph of displacement (measured in meters on the x-axis) versus force (measured  in N on the y-axis) in the correct row (according to group number).  Also, please have the line of best fit (and equation) for your points.  Thank you.  Also, please state the color of the spring.

Physics: 2/23/15

We have a test on Wednesday!  You will get the second part to your test preview today.  The worked out solutions for your test are online.  Look here for part 1 and 2.

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Can Mr. Davis write a worksheet without a mistake?  Heck no!  Look at Unbalanced Forces Test Preview 2.  Look at 1e.

  • Bad:  Determine the acceleration for the downward travel.
  • Good: Determine the minimum force on the scale for the downward travel.

Also I want to clarify the back side of this.  Assume the accelerations given in the Luxor hotel elevator have both a horizontal and vertical component.  Yet the scale reads everything in just the vertical component.  So you will have to make some changes.

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A reminder… I routinely tell people that I get to teach the best kids in the school.  Today you get to show that.  I have high expectations.  Please  meet them.  Thank you.