High School

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Olympia, WA 98501
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Physical Science

schedule: 4th, lunch, 5th, 6th periods

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Peer Tutoring: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XI-Sbn-r9IVqDDdOBBya5ZYgmYOAMkH8ErXxz_rTVfc/edit?usp=sharing

Significant Figures Tool: https://ostermiller.org/calc/significant_figures.html

Jack made some quizlets here: https://quizlet.com/join/tzTKPj2hZ

2nd Semester

Finals Week

6/23: Final for 5th and 6th period. Enjoy your summer!

6/22: Review ch. 24, 25: waves. Text books due today! Final for 4th period.

6/21: Periods 1-3...good luck on your finals

6/20: Review ch. 16, 17: electricity and magnetism

6/19: Review ch. 12-14: chemistry. Answers to Ch. 24 book problems: chapter_24_answers.pdf


Week 18

6/16: All work due today!

6/15: Review: make your notecard, practice questions (6/12 and 6/13)...

6/14: Notes: behavior_of_waves.pdf and polarization_and_em_spectrum.pdf

6/13: final_review_revised.pdf and last_years_final.pdf

6/12: waves_quiz.pdf


Week 17

6/9: more_wave_notes.pdf

  • For those who are interested, Exploratorium has a couple free apps through the Apple Store (ipad only): one on sound and one on light (search "Exploratorium") called "Sound Uncovered" and "Light Uncovered". The one we looked at in class describes how voice recognition works, such as Siri. 

6/8: wave_notes.pdf and book problems (due next Friday, 6/16): pg. 612 #1-11, pg. 619 #1-9, and pg. 627 #2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11-14

6/7: Last quiz: ch. 16 and 17. 

  • There will at least be some extra credit on the final that will come from this movie: "Einstein's Big Idea", based on the book, "E=mc2: A biography of the World's Most Famous Equation" by David Bodanis. This movie (and book) ties together a lot of the themes that we've looked at this year in physical science.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTO2M-0Ti1k

6/6: Recap simulation. Answers from book problems: book_answers_for_ch._16.pdf

6/5: Being unit on waves (ch. 24 and 25)


Week 16

6/2: Discuss lab observations, meanings. Notes: ch_17_-_magnetism.pdf

6/1: Continue lab from yesterday, finish up circuits from last week, or vocab/notes on chapters 16, 17, 24, 25 (see 5/24)

5/31: Lab: a look at 6 different stations that involve magnetism.

5/30: Discussed problems from last Friday. Tests returned and discussed.

  • Test retake dates (all dates are after school except 6/7 and 6/14): 5/31, 6/1, 6/5, 6/7 (before school), 6/13, 6/14 (before school), 6/15

  • Test reflection (to be completed before test retake): test_retake_form.pdf



Week 15

5/26: Discussed last circuit lab, notes, practice problems (pg. 415): #15-17

5/25: Discussed 1st two circuit labs, notes, practice problems (pg 414-415): #3-8, 11, 13 

5/24: Make-up day for circuits. Also discussed the rest of year in terms of chapters and vocabulary:

  • Ch.16: electricity: all vocab, Ohm's law, circuit diagram w/ symbols

  • Ch. 17: magnetism (pg. 418-433)

    • vocab: "magnetic", "permanent magnet", "magnetic field", "electromagnet", "generator", "electromagnetic induction"

  • Ch. 24: waves & sound (pg. 606-626)

    • vocab: "harmonic motion", "cycle", "period", "frequency", "hertz", "amplitude", "natural frequency", "periodic force", "resonance", "wave", "wavelength", "reflection", "refraction", "diffraction", "absorption", "transverse wave", "longitudinal wave", "constructive interference", "destructive interference", "Doppler effect"

    • formulas: pg. 607 and pg. 614

  • Ch. 25: light (pg. 635-636)

    • vocab: "electromagnetic wave", "electromagnetic spectrum"

    • chart: pg. 636

5/23: Finished investigations on circuits: electric circuits (series and parallel)

5/22: Continued investigations on circuits: resistance and Ohm's law


Week 14

5/19: Lab write up due (see 5/8); began investigation on circuits: electricity

5/18: Ch. 14 test

5/17: Review

5/16: Book questions due

5/15: Lab write up and book questions (see 5/12)


Week 13

5/12: Book questions (due Wed.): pg. 342: #3, 5-8; pg. 347: #3, 6; pg. 353: #2-5; pgs. 361/362: "concepts" #2, 5, "problems" #2, "Apply Your Knowledge" #3.

5/11: Reviewed quiz from last week, previewed text (next Thurs.), and discussed lab results from yesterday.

5/10: Lab: metal activity series (for those who missed the lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c26Eg84hLak )

5/9: Introduction to electricity (demos). Copy ch. 16 vocab, circuit diagram and symbols (pg. 386), and Ohm's law (pg. 395).

5/8: Continue lab write up (for those who missed the lab, search YouTube for "iodine clock reaction changing concentration" to see what you missed):


Week 12

5/5: Register for classes, begin lab write up from 5/2 lab.

5/4: Quiz (vocab, 14.1, 14.2)

5/3: Recap factors and look at a couple other demos

5/2: Iodine clock reaction (looking at how concentration and mixing affects the rate of reaction)

5/1: Making slime, 14.3 notes:14.3_energy_and_chemical_reactions.pdf , video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN82GoBG98s


Week 11

4/28: Answers to yesterday's practice quiz and short video that shows part of the lab from Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOCV3fYY-_c

4/27: Answers to yesterday's problems, practice quiz: practice_quiz.pdf

4/26: Discussed yesterday's lab, answers to problems from 4/19, and predicting products of reactions: predicting_products.pdf

4/25: CaCO3 cycle lab

4/24: 14.2 notes 14.2_types_of_reactions.pdf and finished problems from last Wednesday (4/19).


Week 10

4/21: Test returned. Looked at a couple single-displacement reactions.

4/20: PhET simulation, Balancing Chemical Equations: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/balancing-chemical-equations. Complete all 3 levels (15 stars total).

4/19: Reviewed 14.1 and began to balance chemical equations.

4/18: Same as yesterday (periods 5 and 6).

4/17: Period 4 only. Finish video, "Hunting the Elements" (pt. 3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDSZ_oGzfSU&t=61s. Begin chapter 14, "Changes in Matter"


Week 9

4/14: Continued video, "Hunting the Elements" (pt. 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s-kE2N1NJg

4/13: Test: Bonding

4/12: Review (Kahoot!). Notes from yesterday: bonding_notes_rev..pdf

4/11: Continued to practice differentiating between compounds.

4/10: Finished "mixed compounds" (see 3/27)


Week 8

3/31: Video, "Hunting the Elements": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewf0p7BbZns 

3/30: Quiz: covalent compounds/bonding

3/29: Review and answers to book problems from yesterday.

3/28: Book problems (not due): pg. 314 #1, 7, 8; pg. 322 #1-5; pg. 330-331 "concepts" #2, 3, 6, 7, 13-17; pg. 331 "problems" #1-4

3/27: Answers to molecules from Th., 3/23. Naming and formulas for covalent compounds (pg. 322):


Week 7

3/24: Continue covalent compounds, discussing double- and triple bonds.

3/23: Intro to covalent compounds:

  • Introduction using puzzle pieces: covalent_bonding_intro.pdf

  • Additional practice with the following molecules. Be sure to include a) Lewis dot structure, b) structural formula, and c) bonded and lone pairs: H2S, I2, TeCl2, NI3, SiCl2H2, CH3OH, N2H2, CH3NH2, O2, CH2O, C2H2, CO2

3/22: Quiz on ionic compounds

3/21: Finished ionic compounds and discussed answers

3/20: Continued ionic compounds and book problems


Week 6

3/17: Continued ionic compounds, adding polyatomic ions. Late-work cut off: missing work due today!

3/16: Continued ionic compounds, adding transition metals. Discussed Freedom Farmers opportunities this summer and next school year. Application here (due April 10th): freedom_farmers.pdf

3/15: Tests handed back, questions discussed. The minimum to retake the test includes:

3/14: π Day! Begin unit on bonding (ch. 13): naming_ionic_compounds.pdf

3/13: Test on atomic structure and the periodic table


Week 5

3/10: Review (test on Monday, 3/13). Homework due (see 2/28). Answers below:

3/9: Review. Book questions: pages 305 and 306 (concepts: #2, 4-8, 11-14; problems #1-7; applying your knowledge #2, 4, 5)

3/8: "Alchemy" lab: turning a copper penny silver then gold. Follow up questions: an_alchemists_dream.pdf

3/7: Videos (trends): video_trends.pdf

3/6: Review for upcoming test: test_review.pdf


Week 4

3/3: Discuss trends to finish up periodic table

3/2: Quiz: atomic structure and periodic table II. A look at the spectral lines for hydrogen

3/1: Kahoot! (review) for tomorrow's quiz

2/28: Book problems on pages 290 and 296. Also homework (description below, due Friday, 3/10)

  • Homework: Write a conclusion (paragraph) for this lab that describes what was done. Use the following words in a manner that shows your comprehension of them: Bohr model of the atom, electron, ground state, excited state, light, photon, wavelength, color, emit, energy (flame or electricity). Be sure to underline or highlight these words in your conclusion. In addition, draw the spectral line for one of the elements that you saw for the flame test from Monday: strontium, calcium, potassium, barium, copper, sodium, or manganese.

2/27: Flame test (lab) and notes of 12.2: electron_states.pdf


Week 3

2/24: Elements and demos.

2/23: Reviewed yesterday and worked on big periodic tables.

2/22: Continued discussions about electron configuration, valence electrons and ions. 




Week 2

2/17: Quiz--atomic structure and periodic table I. Station A due (see Wed. 2/15)

2/16: Kahoot! (review for quiz). Discuss lab from Tues./Wed.

2/15: Lab continued. Be sure to finish station A (found here): periodicity_lab.pdf

2/14: Periodicity lab

2/13: Continued work from last Friday (electron configuration), adding ions: more_electron_configuration_notes.pdf


Week 1

2/10: Electron configuration notes, worksheet and useful link:

2/9: First quiz and homework #1 due (see last Monday, 1/30 for details)

2/8: Finish video from last Friday, 2/3, then Kahoot! to review for quiz tomorrow.


2/6: SNOW DAY! If you're bored, read Ch. 12.1 and copy vocabulary :)


Week 0

2/3: Answers to ion and isotope practice sheet (yesterday). 

2/2: Continue PhET simulation from yesterday. Complete all 4 modules (20 stars total).

2/1: PhET simulation, "Build an Atom": https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/build-an-atom

1/31: Continue to work on homework #1 and periodic table assignment.

1/30: Began unit on the periodic table and atomic structure (ch. 12).