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  Mr. Toomey

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Parents' Night 2012 Presentation

Mr. Toomey's Class Notes

 


Welcome to Physics. This course is intended to teach the way the physical world in which we live works.  We will be covering that part of physics known as Classical Physics.  It is the physics of every day experience. The physical laws we will be studying were developed in the 17th through 19th centuries by investigators using laboratories no more advanced than we have in our school.  The goal of this course is to give you a better understanding of the basic physical concepts upon which your shop technologies are built.


Homework

Homework is due on date indicated unless other arrangements have been made. All homework must have assignment name and student name in ink on top of assignment to be counted. Homework will count as half credit if late. No homework will be accepted after the test on that unit has been taken.

Homework assignments are listed below. Click on "More>" to see the first assignments


Physics Week A17 (Juniors) - 28 April to 02 May

<p>I hope you are enjoying April vacation. Last academic week we finished up our unit on waves. This coming academic week we will review Chapters 25, 26, & 27 for a test on Tuesday. On Wednesday we will start our study of Electricity and Magnetism. The homework will be Chapter 32 Review Questions due on Wednesday. We will continue the study of Electricity and Magnetism the following academic week with Chapters 32 and 33. This will conclude all new material before our Physics Final on Wednesday 28 May.</p>

Astronomy has had some good nights for observing. We have had some great views of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. We even watched the moon Io go into eclipse behind Jupiter. We have also started to look for asteroids. Our current targets are Vesta, Ceres, Pallas, and Pax. We are looking forward to our next clear observing session. Please feel free to join us. All are welcome.

Physics Week B15 (Seniors) - 31 March to 04 April

This coming Academic Week we will pick up where we left off the week of MCAS Exams. Monday we will finish the Heat and Temperature worksheet we started in class. On Tuesday we will review Heat, Temperature, and Phase Changes for a Test on Wednesday. The Test will cover Chapters 21, 22, & 23. 

On Thursday we will start our introduction to Waves & Vibrations with Chapter 25. We will also go over the Chapter 25 Review Questions that are due.

On Friday, we will have a Lab on Phase Transitions.

It was raining again Saturday, so the Astronomy Club is still looking for some good observing weather.

Physics Week A14 (Juniors) - 10 March to 14 March

This academic week we will start our much delayed study of waves and vibrations. For those who like to plan ahead, we will be covering Chapters 25, 26, and 27 in this module. Chapter 25 Review Questions were due last academic week, but make sure you have them done for this Tuesday. The Chapter 25 Plug & Chug will be due on Thursday.

The First Robotics Team members are preparing for their first competition to be held Thursday and Friday at WPI. Try to give them your good wishes.

Our Astronomy club is still meeting after school on Thursdays in my classroom. Please feel free to join us.

Physics Week A13 (Juniors) - 24 Feb to 28 Feb

I hope everyone enjoyed their February Vacation. This coming Academic Week we will pick up where we left off before Mid-Year Exams. Monday we will finish the Heat and Temperature worksheet we started in class. On Tuesday we will review Heat, Temperature, and Phase Changes for a Test on Wednesday. The Test will cover Chapters 21, 22, & 23.  

On Thursday we will start our introduction to Waves & Vibrations with Chapter 25. We will also go over the Chapter 25 Review Questions that were due before Mid-Year Exams.

On Friday, we will have a Lab on Phase Transitions that was pushed off do to snow days.

The First Robotics Team put the finishing touches on our Robot during vacation. The team is looking forward to our two competitions coming up in March.

They are predicting a storm for next Saturday again, so the Astronomy Club is still looking for some good observing weather.

Physics Week B12 (Seniors) - 10 Feb to 14 Feb

This coming academic week is Mid-Year Exam week. The Physics Mid-Year Exam will be on Thursday 13 February. The Exam will cover Mechanics which includes Velocity, Acceleration, Momentum, Force, Work, Energy, and Power. This is essentially up to and including Chapter 8. We have covered some Thermodynamics which includes Heat and Temperature but this will not be on the Mid-Year Exam. Thermodynamics will be on the Final.

Students will be able to use their notes for the Mid-Year Exam. If you do not have a copy of the notes I passed out in class, you can get them from my website. On the top page, look for the link “Mr. Toomey’s Class Notes”. When you click on this link, it will give you a PDF file. You can the print it out. Think about printing it two sided to save paper and make you notes more compact.

Our next academic week will be 03 March to 07 March. We will continue our study of Thermodynamics. When we complete Thermodynamics, we will move on the Waves and Vibrations with Chapter 25.

Astronomy has had some bad luck with storms and clouds for the past four Saturdays. We hope next Saturday will be clear.

First Robotics has one week left for build season. Today (Sunday 9 February), we have completed the functionality of the robot, and we were able to practice in the small gym. Things are looking good.

Physics Week A12 (Juniors) - 03 Feb to 07 Feb

This coming academic week is Mid-Year Exam week. The Physics Mid-Year Exam will be on Thursday 06 February. The Exam will cover Mechanics which includes Velocity, Acceleration, Momentum, Force, Work, Energy, and Power. This is essentially up to and including Chapter 8. We have covered some Thermodynamics which includes Heat and Temperature but this will not be on the Mid-Year Exam. Thermodynamics will be on the Final.

Students will be able to use their notes for the Mid-Year Exam. If you do not have a copy of the notes I passed out in class, you can get them from my website. On the top page, look for the link “Mr. Toomey’s Class Notes”. When you click on this link, it will give you a PDF file. You can the print it out. Think about printing it two sided to save paper and make you notes more compact.

Our next academic week will be 03 March to 07 March. We will continue our study of Thermodynamics. When we complete Thermodynamics, we will move on the Waves and Vibrations with Chapter 25.

Astronomy has had some bad luck with storms and clouds for the past three Saturdays. We hope next Saturday will be clear.

First Robotics has two weeks left for build season. Today (Sunday 2 February), we were able to have the robot pick up the ball and score it into the goal. Things are looking good.

My wife and I went to the Shrek Musical Saturday afternoon. We have the highest praise for the students who made this such an outstanding event.

 Physics Week B08 (Seniors) – 09 December to 13 December

 

Last academic week was a short week due to Thanksgiving, but we finished our study of Momentum. There was no homework this past academic week.

 

 This coming academic week will be the first academic week of Term 2. We will complete our study of Mechanics by covering Work and Mechanical Energy. Mechanical Energy comes in two forms, Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy. The homework will be the Chapter 8 Review Questions due on Tuesday (10 Dec) and Chapter 8 Plug & Chug due on Thursday.

 

The following academic week we will quickly cover Circular Motion (Chapter 9). The homework will be the Review Questions due on Thursday (02 Jan).

 

Physics Week A08 (Juniors) – 02 December to 06 December

Last academic week we covered Work and Mechanical Energy. Mechanical Energy comes in two forms, Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy. The homework included the Review Questions and the Plug & Chug from Chapter 8. If you have not completed this homework, you have up to the test this coming week to get half credit.

This coming academic week will be the first week of Term 2. We will quickly cover two topics to finish up our study of Mechanics. They are Circular Motion (Chapter 9) and Universal Gravitation (Chapter 12). There will be a Lab on Gravitation on Thursday where we will use cell phone videos to calculate the value of g.  On Friday we will have a test on Momentum, Work, and Energy. The homework will be the Chapter 9 Review Questions due on Tuesday (03 Dec) and Chapter 13 Review Questions Due on Thursday.

The following academic week we will start our study of Heat with Chapter 21. The homework will be the Review Questions due on Tuesday (17 Dec) and the Plug & Chug due on Thursday.

Physics Week A05 (Juniors) – 21 October to 25 October

 Last academic week we looked at Newton’s 1st Law and introduced Newton’s 2nd Law to help us understand the difference between mass and weight. Homework consisted of Chapter 4 Review Questions and Plug & Chug.

This coming academic week we will finish Newton’s 2nd Law and quickly cover Newton’s 3rd Law. The homework will consist of Chapter 5 Review Questions due on Tuesday and Plug & Chug due on Thursday. We will be doing the Review Questions from Chapter 6 as a class exercise. We will be having a test on Friday covering Velocity, Acceleration and Motion.

It was good talking to so many parents at the Friends of Nashoba 5k Road Race this past Saturday. I hope everyone had as good of a time as I did.

Physics Week B04 (Seniors) – 14 October to 18 October

Last academic week we covered Vectors & Scalars and how to combine Vectors mathematically. We also started our study of Newton’s 1st Law. The homework wasChapter 3 Plug & Chug due Tuesday and Chapter 4 Review Questions due Thursday.

This coming academic week we will continue with Newton’s 1st Law and start Newton’s 2nd Law. The homework will be Chapter 4 Plug & Chug due Tuesday and Chapter 5 Review Questions due Thursday.

Don’t forget the 2nd Annual Friends of Nashoba 5K Road Race this Saturday 19 October. I will be running and hope you will join me. Applications are online. See the School Website. This race is for everyone even walkers. You don’t have to be a runner to participate.

Physics Week A04 (Juniors) – 07 October to 11 October

Last academic week we covered Vectors and Scalars. We also covered Velocity and Acceleration Problem Solving which included understanding Falling Bodies. We finished the week with a measurement lab. The homework consisted of the Plug & Chug exercises from Chapters 2 and 3.

This coming academic week we will begin by looking at falling bodies again. This will be a good segue into Newton’s 1st Law of motion. We will discuss the difference between mass and weight and how to calculate one when given the other.  If we have time, we will close out the week by watching the 2nd NASA video on Project Gemini. Homework will consist of Chapter 4 Review Questions due on Tuesday and Chapter 4 Plug & Chug due on Thursday. Remember that the lab report from the measurement lab is due also.

The NVTHS Astronomy Club continues to meet on Thursdays after school in my classroom and observing Saturdays at the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB.org) observing field on the grounds of MIT Haystack Observatory here in Westford. We have more members improving their astrophotography skills with some very impressive pictures of galaxies and star clusters. A number of parents have been observing with the club. Please feel free to join us.

Physics Week B03 (Seniors) – 30 September to 04 October

Last academic week we started our study of Mechanics which deals with how objects move in space. We covered Velocity and Acceleration. We also introduced scalars and vectors another tool we will be using all year. We finished the week with a measurement lab. Homework was the Plug & Chug problems at the end of Chapter 2 and the Review Questions from Chapter 3.

This coming academic week we will complete our study of vectors and introduce Newton’s 1st Law of Motion. The homework will be Chapter 3 Plug & Chug due Tuesday and Chapter 4 Review Questions due Thursday.

Physics Week A03 (Juniors) – 23 September to 27 September

Last academic week we completed our introduction to physics by looking at some of the tools we will need in this course such as lab reports, scientific notation, and the metric system (called SI units).  We also started our study of Mechanics with Chapter 2 on Velocity and Acceleration. Homework was the Review Questions from Chapter 1 which was due on Tuesday and the Review Questions from Chapter 2 which was due on Thursday.

This coming academic week (23 September to 27 September) we will look at Vectors, Velocity & Acceleration Problem Solving, and Falling Bodies. Homework consists of Chapter 2 Plug & Chug due on Tuesday (24 September) and Chapter 3 Plug & Chug due Thursday (26 September). We will finish the week with a Lab on Friday.

Physics Week B01 (Seniors) – 02 September to 06 September

Welcome to physics. Last academic week we started our study of physics and some of the tools we will need such as scientific notation. Homework consisted of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 Review Questions.

This coming week we will start the study of Mechanics which deals with how objects move in space. We will cover Velocity and Acceleration. Later in the week we will introduce scalars and vectors another tool we will be using. We will finish the week with a measurement lab. Homework will be the Plug & Chug problems at the end of Chapter 2 and the Review Questions from Chapter 3.

Physics Week A01 (Juniors) – 28 August to 29 August

Welcome to physics. Last academic week was a short week where we just started our introduction to physics. This coming week (09 September to 13 September) we will continue that introduction by looking at some of the tools we will need in this course such as lab reports, scientific notation, and the metric system (called SI units).  We will then start our study of Mechanics with Chapter 2.

Homework consists of the Review Questions from Chapter 1 due on Tuesday (10 September) and the Review Questions from Chapter 2 due on Thursday (12 September).

Attached is a copy of our class policies which were sent home last week. If you have any questions, please call me or email me.