High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

 NEW ONLINE BOOK ACCESS! (username "brysci" with password "OHSbears'). Great instructional videos for specific topics at the Khan Academy.

Tutoring is available in the OHS library Monday-Thursday from 2:25-3:25.

Mr. Stevick arrives before 6:45 AM every morning and is happy to help all students in their pursuit of excellence and understanding.


Here is a pdf of our periodic table if you lose yours.

Final Exam Study Guide . Study guide answers for ch. 8, 24, 25, 12, 13, 14Study guide answers for ch. 1, 2, and 17.

2016-2017 Class content and homework:

Wed, 6/21 --  Final Exam Study Guide . Study guide answers for ch. 8, 24, 25, 12, 13, 14Study guide answers for ch. 1, 2, and 17.

Tue, 6/20 -- Independent/group study for final exam. HW: Study for finals. Final Exam Study Guide . Study guide answers for ch. 8, 24, 25, 12, 13, 14Study guide answers for ch. 1, 2, and 17.

Mon, 6/19 -- Discuss ch. 13/14 test, sig figs, conversions, take review questions on light, sound, waves, electromagnetism, etc. HW: Study for finals. Final Exam Study Guide . Study guide answers for ch. 8, 24, 25, 12, 13, 14Study guide answers for ch. 1, 2, and 17.

Fri, 6/16 -- Ch. 13/14 test. HW: Study for finals. Final Exam Study Guide . Study guide answers for ch. 8, 24, 25, 12, 13, 14Study guide answers for ch. 1, 2, and 17.

Thur, 6/15 -- Ch. 13/14 review jeopardy for test tomorrow. HW: Prepare for Ch. 13/14 test tomorrow. Study guide answers for ch. 13/14

Wed, 6/14 -- Correct 14.4 review, discuss lab from yesterday, discuss nuclear chemistry. HW: Prepare for Ch. 13/14 test on Friday

Tue, 6/13 -- Discuss concentrations and molarity, Copper II sulfate to copper lab. HW: Summaries for 14.1-14.4 notes, and moles + stoichiometry notes

Mon, 6/12 -- Discuss nuclear chemistry, in computer lab answer the following questions using the links below. HW: 14.4 Review #1-9

  1) Using this simulation, describe what a half-life is and what happens to the number of protons and neutrons in an atom during beta decay 

  2) Using this simulation answer the following:

          a) what is nuclear fission?

          b) Using the "chain reaction" tab, what is the difference between U-235 and U-238? 

          c) Using the "nuclear reactor" tab, in terms of nuclear chemistry, how is energy produced in a nuclear reactor?

  3) Using this simulation answer the following:

          a) Using the "half life" and "decay rates" tabs, What is the half-life of C-14 compared to U-238?

          b) Is U-238 going through alpha decay or beta decay? How do you know?

          c) Using the "measurement" tab, why does the % C-14 measurement start only after the tree has died? Practice measuring living objects and rocks before playing the game.

          d) Play the "dating game" -- how many objects did you date correctly on the first try?

Fri, 6/9 -- Class feedback, random question day, Donut Party for 6th period. No HW. Final Exam Study Guide provided today. Study guide answers for ch. 8, 24, 25, 12, 13, 14Study guide answers for ch. 1, 2, and 17.

Thur, 6/8 -- Discuss MgO synthesis lab and increasing % yield with chemical engineering, reaction rate demos, exploding hydrogen and methane demos, acid/base reaction demo. HW: 14.4 Vocab + Notes.

Wed, 6/7 -- Correct 14.3 questions, stoichiometry practice, magnesium oxide synthesis lab. HW: finish conclusion for magnesium oxide synthesis lab. (Write a conclusion which should discuss potential causes for your percent error. From your observations, did it seem to be burning very hot? Are there other gases in the air that the magnesium could potentially be combining with? If the magnesium were synthesizing compounds with other elements in the air, what would the chemical formula for these be? Is the reaction happening in a closed container? These are the kinds of questions you want to consider in your conclusion.)

Tue, 6/6 -- Discuss reaction rates and endothermic/exothermic reactions with demo of hydrogen balloon, notes on moles and stoichiometry.  HW: 14.3 review #1-5

Mon, 6/5 -- Correct quizzes, dehydration reaction demo, double-displacement reaction demo. HW: 14.3 Vocab + Notes.

Fri, 6/2 -- 14.1/14.2 Quiz. No HW

HW EXTRA CREDIT (10 points HW extra credit possible) – 
In the spirit of initial preparations for the final exam, you may write and illustrate a children’s book (like the book earlier in the year) using and describing vocab terms and/or concepts from a chapter we have studied this semester (chapters 17, 24, 25, 8, 12, 13, and 14). To earn the full extra credit your book must include at least ten terms and/or concepts explained correctly and appropriately, be illustrated, be in color, use at least five words of the week, be neat and tidy in appearance, and be at least ten pages in length. This will be due before you take your final exam.

Thur, 6/1 -- Discuss reactivity of metals from lab, practice word equations for quiz tomorrow. HW: prepare for 14.1/14.2 quiz tomorrow (note card allowed).

Wed, 5/31 -- Double displacement reaction demo, Activity Series of metals lab. HW: Write word equation and state reaction type for "Balancing Chemical Equations" worksheet #1-13.

Tue, 5/30 -- Discuss reaction types, correct balancing and word equation practice, demonstrate reaction types. HW: 14.2 Review #1-6

Fri, 5/26 -- Work on Balancing Chemical Equations Worksheet and Writing Balanced Chemical Equations from Word Equations Worksheet (Use Khan Academy for balancing help, if needed). HW: Finish Balancing Chemical Equations Worksheet and Writing Balanced Chemical Equations From Word Equations Worksheet.

Thur, 5/25 -- Use models to balance chemical equations, combustion demonstrations, group balancing game. HW: 14.2 Vocab + Notes.

Wed, 5/24 -- Conclusion writing for Calorimetry Lab, balancing chemical equations using models, practice balancing chemical equations. HW: TB pg. 340 a-e, TB pg. 341 a,b

Tue, 5/23 -- Calorimetry Lab. HW: 14.1 Review #1-9

Mon, 5/22 -- Correct quizzes, nutrition and organic molecules, intro to chemical reactions with modeling kits. HW: 14.1 Vocab + Notes.

Fri, 5/19 -- Grade science notebooks, ionic/covalent 13.1/13.2 quiz. No HW.

Thur, 5/18 -- Read articles on the difference between studying and homework and take notes, work on recommended study guide for ch. 13 quiz tomorrow -- pg. 330 Vocab #1-21, Concepts #1-19, Problems #1-8 (ch. 13 review answers). HW: notes summaries for 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, Multiple oxidation states notes, Ionic and Covalent bonding notes (notebook check tomorrow).

Wed, 5/17 -- Correct #21-40 on Covalent/Ionic Naming practice, ionic/covalent naming jeopardy review. HW: 13.3 review questions #1-9

Tue, 5/16 -- Correct HW and work on #21-40, simple organic naming notes and the central dogma of biology. HW: 13.3 Notes + Vocab.

Mon, 5/15 -- Alkali metals demonstrations, diatomic elements, covalent naming practice. HW: Covalent/Ionic Naming Practice HW #1-20

Fri, 5/12 -- Check Answers to Naming Ionic Compounds Worksheet. In the computer lab answer the questions below on a new page of notes in your science notebook (title the page "Online chemistry notes" -- no essential question, but the purpose is to better understand atomic structure and ionic compounds relative to your current level of proficiency) using the links provided. No HW this weekend.

1) Using the "isotopes" tab on this Isotopes and Atomic Mass model, state what percent of naturally occurring carbon is carbon-12.

2) Using the "mixtures" tab on the same simulation as #1, cycle through the different elements in "nature's mix" and then state the percentage of naturally occurring sulfur isotopes that go to make up the average atomic mass of 32.06 amu.

3) Go to Build an Atom simulation and download. Using the different tabs, determine what the three numbers surrounding the element symbol represent and label these in your science notebook. Play each of the four games (start with the one on the left) and record the time it takes to complete each game.

 4) Go to the Khan Academy on ionic naming. Take the practice test on the left hand side and record your score. After taking this test, decide which of the following options (a-c) would be the most beneficial for you and take notes on them:

       a) Watch and take notes on the prescribed Kahn Academy tutorial videos from the test you just took and try extra practice problems

       b) Find video on electron configuration, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, or other topics of interest dealing with electron structure and take notes/try practice test.

       c) Only if you feel proficient at A and B and have satiated your curiosity at the above links, research and understand these chemistry jokes and record your favorites to share and explain to the class.


Thur, 5/11 -- Correct ionic naming HW, notes on Molar Mass and diatomic elements, group atomic structure and naming questions. HW: Naming Ionic Compounds Worksheet #20-40 (Complete Molar Mass for 25, 33, and 39)

Wed, 5/10 -- Notes on multiple oxidation states, practice ionic naming and writing of chemical formulas. HW: Naming Ionic Compounds worksheet #1-20

Tue, 5/9 -- Element Eulogy presentations, ionic and covalent bonding notes in class. HW: TB pg. 319 a + b, TB pg. 320 a + b

Mon, 5/8 -- New seating assignment, Element Eulogy Presentations. HW: Teach a parent/guardian about valence electrons, oxidation numbers, and the organization of the periodic table.

Fri, 5/5 -- Polyatomic ion quiz, ionic and covalent bond comparison. HW: Element Eulogy Presentations on Monday.

Thur, 5/4 -- In library researching for Element Eulogy. HW: Polyatomic ion memorization quiz tomorrow.

Wed, 5/3 -- Register for classes next year, and with remaining time research for element eulogy (helpful website for writing a eulogy with famous examples). HW: 13.2 review #1-8 (Polyatomic ion memorization quiz on Friday)

Tue, 5/2 -- 13.1 review, polyatomic ion practice quiz, element eulogy assignment. HW: 13.2 notes + vocab.

Mon, 5/1 -- Ch. 12 test, study polyatomic ions and read 13.1. HW: 13.1 notes + vocab.

Fri, 4/28 -- Grade Science Notebooks, Periodic Table Jeopardy Review Game. HW: Prepare for chapter 12 test on Monday

Thur, 4/27 -- Review 12.4 questions, electron configuration practice, label periodic table with trends, periodic table Bingo. HW: recommended ch. 12 review (Vocab, Concepts, and Problems) -- Ch. 12 test will be on Monday instead of Friday.

Wed, 4/26 -- Begin 12.4 review, electron configuration practice. HW: finish 12.4 review and 12.4 notes summary.

Tue, 4/25 -- Bonding pre-quiz, electron configuration notes and practice. HW: 12.4 vocab + notes.

Mon, 4/24 -- correct quizzes, poetry competition, label periodic table, bonding pre-quiz. HW: Make flash cards to memorize 13 polyatomic ions given in class.

Fri, 4/21 -- 12.1/12.2 quiz, grade science notebooks. No HW.

Thur, 4/20 -- 12.3 review, Game of atomic challenge. HW: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3 notes summaries and prepare for 12.1/12.2 quiz tomorrow.

Wed, 4/19 -- Energy levels and electron orbitals. HW: 12.3 vocab + notes (3rd and 6th period)

Tue, 4/18 -- Energy levels and electron orbitals. HW: 12.3 vocab + notes (1st and 2nd period)

Mon, 4/17 -- Atomic structure and energy levels, receive periodic tables. HW: Atomic structure HW.

Mon, 4/10 -- Fri 4/14 --- The Cosmos "Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still" ,  Kaboom, and Hunting the Elements. HW: Vocab + Notes on 12.1 and 12.2 along with review questions for both.

 Ch. 17,24,25 Test questions -- use for corrections with the Scantron handed back to you (A version is first followed by the B version)

Fri, 3/31 -- Correct quizzes, DHMO reading and discussion of the importance of education in evaluating bias. HW: Enjoy spring break (starting into chapter 12 after spring break)

Thur, 3/30 -- Chapter 8 quiz. No HW.

Wed, 3/29 -- Grade science notebooks, practice quiz. HW: prepare for chapter 8 quiz tomorrow (note card allowed)

Tue, 3/28 -- Review phase change questions, temperature and pressure demos, finish notes on "Absolute Zero". HW: 8.1, 8.2 8.3 summaries

Mon, 3/27 -- phase change notes and super-heating steam demo, notes on "Absolute Zero". HW: 8.3 review #1-12

Extra Credit opportunities (Due by April 28th)
3 pts. In lab/projects grade – 1 hour of plant observations (hand-written notes, hand-drawn pictures) detailing observations of plants growing (I recommend spacing this out over several weeks, 15-20 minutes at a time)

6 pts. In lab/projects grade – independent research project (Investigative question, hypothesis, investigative design, data, conclusion) – 4 pts. If you write it up + 2 pts. If you present it to the class.


Fri, 3/24 -- Discuss 8.1/8.2 review questions and phase changes, continue "The Conquest of Cold." No HW.

Thur, 3/23 -- Begin "The Conquest of Cold," taking notes with the essential question: What discoveries and scientific progression have led to refrigeration and attaining temperatures close to absolute zero? HW: 8.3 Notes + vocab

Wed, 3/22 -- Finish separation of mixtures lab, work on HW questions. HW: 8.1 review #1-7, pg. 185 a-c, 8.2 review #1-9

Tue, 3/21 -- Separation of mixtures Lab. HW: 8.2 notes + vocab

Mon, 3/20 -- The Ideal Gas Law notes and demos. HW: 8.1 notes + vocab.

Fri, 3/17 -- Ch. 17/24/25 Test. No HW, although you may complete the test extra credit (show work and turn in Monday) if you did not have time in class:

a) The average distance from the earth to the sun is 150 Gm. Jupiter is, on average, 778 Gm from the sun. How long would it take someone in a supersonic jet traveling at 750 miles/hr. to travel from earth to Jupiter?

b) If this same individual were communicating with the earth using radio waves, how long would the delay be from when they sent the signal until it reached the earth?

You may answer this question as if the earth and Jupiter were on the same side of the sun or on opposite sides of the sun (indicate which you are calculating in your answer)


Thur, 3/16 -- Correcting reviews, grading science notebook, reviewing for test tomorrow. HW: study for ch. 17/24/25 test tomorrow (Use jeopardy from yesterday, review answers, past quizzes, and notebook to study)

Wed, 3/15 -- Chapter 17, 24, and 25 Jeopardy Review game HW: recommended (not graded, and there will be time tomorrow to work on these and correct them) ch. 24 and 25 review -- Ch. 24 (TB pg. 628 VOCAB #1-27, CONCEPTS #1-13, PROBLEMS #1-11)  Ch. 25 (TB pg. 652 VOCAB #1-22, CONCEPTS #1-17,21,23, PROBLEMS #1-11) Ch. 17, 24, and 25 review answers.

Tue, 3/14 -- Discuss and hand back pendulum lab report, optics demo and notes, optics lab + 25.3 review questions. HW: Chapter 17 review (TB pg. 444) VOCAB #1-19 and CONCEPTS #1-15

Mon, 3/13 -- Correct quizzes and discuss light/color. HW: 25.3 Notes + Vocab

Fri, 3/10 -- 25.1/25.2 Quiz on Electromagnetic Spectrum and Color. No HW.

Thur, 3/9 -- Correct HW problems, simulations to help explain light and EM spectrum, group practice quiz. HW: 25.1 and 25.2 summaries (allowed note card for 25.1/25.2 quiz tomorrow)

Wed, 3/8 -- Finish EM spectrum presentations, color demos and discussion, work on light and color problems. HW: 25.1 Review #1-11, 25.2 Review #1-14

Tue, 3/7 -- Discuss E-M Spectrum, read articles and plan group presentations on portion of the EM spectrum, and present. HW: 25.2 Notes + Vocab

Mon, 3/6 -- Correct chapter 24 quizzes and discuss, IVM. HW: 25.1 notes + vocab

Fri, 3/3 -- Enter science notebook grades into Skyward, Chapter 24 Quiz. No HW.

Thur, 3/2 -- Correct problems, grade notebooks, sound/wave demos and mini labs. HW: Chapter 24 quiz tomorrow (note card allowed)

Wed, 3/1 -- Instrument demos of sound, in-class work on problems pg. 615 a-c, 24.2 Review #1-9, 24.3 Review #1-14. HW: 24.1, 24.2, 24.3 summaries from notes (notebook check tomorrow)

Tue, 2/28 -- Resonance and oscillator demos, wave demos, Lab 24B -- Waves in Motion. HW: 24.3 vocab + notes.

Mon, 2/27 -- Turn in Pendulum Lab Reports, IVM, Review frequency and period problems, Pendulum equation testing. HW: 24.2 Vocab + Notes.

Fri, 2/24 -- Harmonic motion practice problems (TB pg. 608 a-e, 24.1 review #1-7), finish collecting data for pendulum lab. HW: Pendulum Lab Formal Typed Lab report due Monday

Thur, 2/23 -- Data collection for Pendulum Lab (Formal Typed Lab report due Monday). HW: 24.1 Vocab + Notes.

Wed, 2/22 -- Correct energy sources quizzes, begin pendulum lab. HW: Have hypothesis and design ready for data collection tomorrow.

Fri, 2/17 -- Energy debate and energy sources quiz. HW: enjoy mid-winter break!

Thur, 2/16 -- Energy debates, energy sources video and future energy sources video and discussion. HW: Open note energy sources quiz tomorrow.

Wed, 2/15 -- Energy Debates, energy sources video notes in science notebook. HW: Prepare for energy debates.

Tue, 2/14 -- Energy Debates. HW: Prepare for energy debates.

Mon, 2/13 -- Energy Debates. HW: Prepare for energy debates.

Fri, 2/10 -- Research energy sources. HW: 9 pro/con lists for energy debate due by Monday.

Thur, 2/9 -- Research energy sources (Here is the US Department of Energy website, which makes a good start to your research). HW: 9 pro/con lists for energy debate due by Monday.

Wed, 2/8 -- Correct quizzes, discuss Tournament of Energy Debates research. HW: 17.4 vocab + notes.

Fri, 2/3 -- Correct review, grade notebooks, take 17.1, 17.2, 17.3 quiz. No HW.

Thur, 2/2 -- Motor and generator simulation and demo, work on review questions from 17.1,17.2, and 17.3. + finish labs. HW: 17.1, 17.2, 17.3 summaries (note card allowed on quiz tomorrow).

Wed, 2/1 -- Electromagnets lab (17B). HW: 17.3 Vocab + Notes.

Tue, 1/31 -- Magnetic field lines drawing with permanent magnets, and magnet/compass lab (17A). HW: 17.2 Vocab + Notes.

Mon, 1/30 -- Beginning of New Semester! New seating chart, demos, notebook set-up, cones, magnetic field lines. HW: 17.1 vocab + Notes

Fri, 1/26 -- Final Exam (periods 1 and 2). HW: Bring in a new notebook (if needed) for the start of the second semester on Monday.

Wed, 1/25 -- Extra credit question for final exam followed by final exam (periods 3 and 6). HW: Bring in a new notebook (if needed) for the start of the second semester on Monday.

Tue, 1/24 -- Independent and/or group study for final exam. HW: Study for finals. Final Exam Study GuideFinal Exam Study Guide Answers.

Mon, 1/23 -- IVM, Independent and/or group study for final exam. HW: Study for finals. Final Exam Study GuideFinal Exam Study Guide Answers.

Fri, 1/20 -- Independent and/or group study for final exam. HW: Study for finals. Final Exam Study Guide Answers.

Thur, 1/19 -- Grade science notebook, study for final exam using Final Exam Study Guide. HW: Study for finals.

Wed, 1/18 -- Update table of contents, write summaries for chapter 16 notes, correct electricity problems from HW, final grade for science notebook. HW: Begin preparing for final exam by looking over quizzes, notes, and problems in science notebook.

Tue, 1/17 -- Discuss circuits and Ohm's Law using simulation, electromagnetism video, electricity problems (work on HW in class). HW: 16.2 (pg. 392) -- #1-3, #5-7, 16.3 (pg. 400) -- #1-10,
16.4 (pg. 411) -- #2-9

Fri, 1/13 -- Virtual Circuits Lab (questions to answer). HW: 16.4 notes + vocab.

Thur, 1/12 -- Static electricity, Series and Parallel Circuit Lab. (You can use this simulation to complete the lab if your are absent from class). HW: 16.3 notes + vocab.

Wed, 1/11 -- Finish Scientist presentations, examine static electricity with Van De Graaff Generator. HW: 16.2 notes + vocab.

Tue, 1/10 -- Scientist presentations. HW: Vocab + Notes on 16.1

Mon, 1/9 -- IVM, discuss and sign up for presentations, last day to work on scientist children's book. HW: Scientist Children's book due tomorrow.

Tue, 1/3 - Fri, 1/6 -- Research and work on Scientist Children's Book project (Wednesday in library). HW: Children's book due Tuesday, January 10th.

Fri, 12/16 -- Mousetrap Car testing. No HW -- Have a terrific winter break.

Thur, 12/15 -- Mousetrap Car testing. No HW.

Wed, 12/14 -- Work/print out written materials for mousetrap car in computer lab. HW: Mousetrap car, explanation of scientific principles, and design journal due tomorrow.

Checklist for Explanation of scientific principles:

- Two paragraphs explaining how your car converts the energy stored in the mousetrap into the motion of your car and how it uses simple machines.

-- Use at the very least the vocab specified on the assignment IN CONTEXT and RELATING DIRECTLY TO YOUR CAR (this is not a list of definitions)

-- Underline vocab when used

-- Your paper should not leave Mr. Stevick thinking "This student found instructions on the internet for how to build this car and has no idea about the physics principles behind its design" or "This student just wrote down a bunch of vocab definitions that don't relate to their car at all."

Design Journal checklist:

-- Includes dates and times worked on mousetrap car building

-- Includes sketches and/or pictures of at least your final car

-- Includes written thoughts on the process of building the car (reflections, rationale or justification of materials used, adjustments needed, frustrations, etc.)

-- It should be very evident that your physical car was made by you and could be distinguished from among all the other cars in class after Mr. Stevick reads through your design journal.


Tue, 12/13 -- Notes on energy transfers, Wheel and Axle systems activity, Simple machines video, Notes on efficiency and power. HW: Notes summaries for 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3

Mon, 12/12 -- IVM, In computer Lab answer these questions for "Forces in One Dimension" and then utilize info from these simulations: Simple machines (focus on levers and wheel and axle systems as they relate to mousetrap car), Energy Skate Park (focus on energy and friction), and Balancing Act (focus on first class levers). HW: 7.3 Notes due tomorrow. Work on Mousetrap cars due Thursday (7.3 Essential Question: is it more important for your mousetrap car to be efficient or powerful?)

Fri, 12/9 -- Snow day. HW: 7.2 notes due by Monday.

Thur, 12/8 -- Discuss Newton's 3rd law and momentum calculations, discuss simple machines/work/mechanical advantage, calculate the work of a mousetrap and lever system. HW: 7.2 Vocab + Notes due by Monday.

Wed, 12/7 -- Work on Momentum problems in class (see below). HW: 7.1 notes + vocab

Newton’s 3rd Law and momentum problems – 1st complete TB pg. 142 a and b and then 6.3 Review #1-6
1)    A 3,000 kg car bumps into a stationary 5,000 kg truck. The velocity of the car before the collision was +4 m/sec and after the collision was -1 m/sec. What is the velocity of the truck after the collision?
2)    A .22 caliber bullet with a mass of 2.6 g is shot from a gun, taking .0038 seconds to accelerate to 340 m/sec. What force is exerted on the gun?
      a)    What force would a 70 kg man feel shooting this gun? What force would a 30 kg boy feel shooting this gun? With what speed would the boy move in the opposite direction if there was no friction between him and the ground?
       b)    The same bullet takes .0041 seconds from the time it enters a wooden target to the time it is motionless. What is the average force exerted on the bullet by the wood?
Extra Credit: You once again find yourself in the middle of a frozen, frictionless lake with nothing but your cell phone. Dinner time is at 5:10 PM and it is currently 2:22 PM. You live on the edge of the lake, which is roughly 300 meters away. You have a mass of 60.0 kg, and fortunately yesterday you had some extra time in science class and found the mass of your cell phone to be 340.43 grams on a triple beam balance. You were at a Mariners game in September and there was a speed-clocking radar, showing that you could throw an object about the size of your cell phone 23 m/sec. Can you make it home in time for dinner?

Tue, 12/6 -- Discuss Newton's 1st and 2nd law questions, finish Newtons 1st and 2nd laws lab, check test. HW: 6.3 notes + vocab.

Mon, 12/5 -- IVM, 6.1 review questions, Lab- Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws. HW: 6.2 notes + vocab.

Fri, 12/2 -- Mousetrap Car project explained and observations of example cars. HW: 6.1 notes + vocab.

Thur, 12/1 -- Chapter 4/5 test. No HW.

Wed, 11/30 -- Grade notebooks, Test review, Jeopardy review game. HW: Study for chapter 4/5 test tomorrow. Optional test study problems from text book: pg. 94 concepts #1-10, Problems #1-12   & pg. 120 concepts #1-25, problems #1-18. Study Question Answers

Tue, 11/29 -- Correct 5.3 review, update table of contents in notebook, finish conservation of momentum lab. HW: 5.3 notes summary. Optional test study problems from text book: pg. 94 concepts #1-10, Problems #1-12   & pg. 120 concepts #1-25, problems #1-18.

Mon, 11/28 -- Momentum notes, Demonstrating the law of conservation of momentum. HW: 5.3 review #1-10 (Chapter 4 and 5 test on Thursday)

Tue, 11/22 -- "The Mu of My Shoe" data collection and poetry writing, poetry competition. HW: Be Thankful.

Mon, 11/21 -- New Seating chart, correct quizzes, friction video, optional extra credit beginning to "The Mu of My Shoe" poetry competition to take place tomorrow. HW: 5.3 vocab + notes.

Fri, 11/18 -- 4.3/5.1/5.2 Quiz. No HW.

Thur, 11/17 -- Write 4.3/5.1/5.2 summaries, Review homework and virtual forces lab, forces scenarios, grade science notebook, Mu video. HW: Study for 4.3,5.1,5.2 quiz tomorrow (3 x 5 note card allowed)

Wed, 11/16 -- In computer lab answer these questions using these simulations: Forces and Motion:basics, and Forces in 1 dimension. HW: 5.1 Review questions #1-9 and 5.2 Review questions #1-9.

Tue, 11/15 -- Practice with w=mg, practice force vector diagram, discuss and demonstrate tension, friction and forces simulations. HW: 5.2 Notes + Vocab

Mon, 11/14 -- IVM, Final superimposed graphing analysis, "Gravity is a Mystery" reading, Free Fall video, Force vector diagram. HW: 5.1 Notes and Vocab.

Thur, 11/10 -- Analyze superimposed graphs, add Usain Bolt to 100m STUNT graph, hypothesis and then graph curved track position vs. time on superimposed graph, free fall video. HW: Honor Veterans

Wed, 11/9 -- Correct 4.3 review questions, continue superimposed speed/position vs. time graphing data collection. HW: Finish Position/speed vs. time superimposed graph (Tab on x-axis).

Tue, 11/8 -- Motion graphs group quiz, begin superimposed speed/position vs. time graphing data collection. HW: 4.3 Review questions #1-11

Mon, 11/7 -- IVM, Review 100m questions and Moving Man simulation, begin motion graphs group quiz. HW: Demonstrate understanding of motion graphs to parent/guardian -- Signature required.

Fri, 11/4 -- Work on questions from yesterday (see 11/3) with these graphs/data, work on extra credit procedure following exercise. HW: finish 100m graph questions #1-8 (see 11/3).

Procedure following exercise: On a blank sheet of notebook paper do the following (be very careful and attentive, and if all is done correctly you may earn 5 points extra credit in your homework grade)
1) Write your first then last name in the lower left hand corner using letters exactly 7.0 millimeters tall (write at the base and orient the page so that the red line runs vertically on the left hand side)
2) In PRECISELY the center and middle of the page draw a circle with a circumference of 5.00 centimeters
3) Turn the paper counter clockwise so that the red line is now running horizontally on the bottom.
4) In the EXACT center on the bottom of the page, write the word “WOW” in capital letters, with each letter being EXACTLY 1 1/8 inch tall
5) Turn the paper over like you are turning a page of a book (in English, not Hebrew or Japanese)
6) In the EXACT center and middle draw a square, with all the sides being 3.41 centimeters.
7) Inside this square write your middle name in cursive
8) Rotate the paper so that your middle name is upside down.
9) Make a dot with a different color in the lower right hand corner of the paper
10) Stand up and yell “Bingo”
11) Find something circular in the room or in your possession.
12) With a pencil, trace around the object onto your paper so that the very edge of the circle coincides with any side of the square you drew earlier.
13) Inside this circle write down the diameter measurement of the circle, making sure to use an appropriate SI unit and the correct resolution for your measuring device.
14) After following steps #1-13 explicitly, submit your paper to the appropriate period box in Mr. Stevick’s classroom at the beginning of class on Monday such that the side of the paper with your first and last name is face up and pointing north (toward the “curiosity” poster above the turn-in bin).

Thur, 11/3 -- Make Excel Position vs. time, speed vs. time, and acceleration vs. time graphs of 100m data in computer lab; use these to answer questions (below). HW: Answer 100m graph questions by Monday.

Excel graphing of distance vs. time, speed vs. time, and acceleration vs. time questions
1st make a distance vs. time graph of the 100m data for runners #1-3
2nd make a speed vs. time graph for runners #1-3 (v = Δd/ Δt) speed = (distance2-distance1)/(time2-time1)
3rd make an acceleration vs. time graph for runners #1-3 (a = Δv/ Δt) acceleration = (speed2 – speed1)/ )/(time2-time1)
These graphs should be scatterplots with no connecting lines (after you print off the graphs, connect the points using a different color for each runner). Print off all three graphs and your data table on one sheet of paper, as shown in class. Use these graphs to answer the following information or answer the questions.
1) Florence Griffith-Joyner holds the women’s 100m world record, set in 1988 at 10.49 seconds. On your speed vs. time graph, plot this speed. It takes “Flo Jo” .14 seconds to react to the starting gun (so she remains motionless at the start line for this period of time)
Here are her splits after the initial .14 seconds: 0-10m = 1.79 sec, 10m-20m = 1.08 sec 20m-30m = .99 sec, 30m-40m = .93 sec, 40m-50m = .92 sec, 50m – 60m = .92 sec, 60m-70m = .93 sec, 70m-80m = .93 sec, 80m – 90m = .93 sec, 90m-100m = .93 sec.
2) What is Flo Jo’s average speed over 100m?
3) According to this data, what is Flo Jo’s fastest speed at any point in her 100m world record?
4) Based on your acceleration vs. time graph, during what portion(s) of the 100m did runner #3 increase in speed?
5) Based on your acceleration vs. time graph, during what portion(s) of the 100m did runner #3 slow down?
6) plot the following data for Runner #6 to your acceleration vs. time graph: Runner #6 holds a constant 1.0 m/sec2 acceleration for the entirety of the time you have on your graph.
7) Plot data for Runner #6 on your speed vs. time graph and connect the data points (plot 4 data points) Hint: take the area underneath the acceleration vs. time graph to get speed
8) Plot data for Runner #6 on your distance vs. time graph and connect the data points (plot at least 4 data points)
Hint: find the area underneath the speed vs. time graph to get distance
Challenge question: Who would win in a race between runner #6 and runner #1 from your class?

Wed, 11/2 -- Record 100m data, correct quizzes, Free Fall (acceleration due to gravity)video, discuss Moving Man graphs. HW: STUNT graph of three runners on position vs. time graph.

Tue, 11/1 -- Moving Man simulation of position, velocity, and acceleration graphs (use new open set of pages to answer these questions and homework). HW: TB pg. 96 "Applying Your Knowledge" #2-4

Mon, 10/31 -- 1.4/4.1/4.2 Quiz, time to read through 4.3 after quiz. HW: 4.3 notes + vocab.

Fri, 10/28 -- Quiz postponed until Monday, grade science notebooks, 100m dash data collection and begin STUNT graph of position vs. time for Runners #1-3. No HW.

Thur, 10/27 -- Correct HW and go over questions, practice problems in lab groups --  pg. 94 Concept #5, 6, 7  pg. 95 problem #3, 6, 8, 9    pg. 96 Applying knowledge #1. HW: Prepare for 1.4,4.1,4.2 quiz tomorrow (allowed 3 x 5 note card).

Wed, 10/26 -- Finish photogate intro lab, time to work on speed/velocity HW problems and summaries. HW: 4.1 #1-10 review, 4.2 #1-9 review and notes summaries for 1.4, Scientific Method, 4.1, photogate intro notes, and 4.2 notes (grading science notebook tomorrow)

Tue, 10/25 -- Velocity practice problems, check over STUNT graphs, extrapolate/interpolate definitions, Photogate Intro Lab. HW: 4.2 Notes + Vocab.

Mon, 10/24 -- IVM, Dice Lab data collection + STUNT graph + conclusion, Speed and velocity notes. HW: 4.1 Notes + Vocab.

Fri, 10/21 -- STUNT graphing notes, 1.4 review answers, Scientific Method notes, Dice Lab. No HW.

Thur, 10/20 -- STUNT graphing notes, finish Unit 1 Test, Read 1.4 on graphing. HW: 1.4 vocab + notes and 1.4 Review #1-5.

Wed, 10/19 -- Unit 1 Test. No HW.

Tue, 10/18 -- Sig Fig video and review, conversion practice (below). HW: Study for unit 1 test tomorrow (Textbook sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 10.1, and 9.1)

Unit 1 Pre-test conversion problems
(always round all answers to correct sig figs)
1)    If the speed of sound is about 334 m/sec, how long would it take sound to travel around the earth at its equator (24,900 miles)?
2)    If a car is travelling at 60 miles per hour, how many meters does the car travel in 1.00 seconds?
3)    If an air plane is travelling at 550 MPH, how many feet does it travel every 1.0 seconds?
4)    About 160,000 gallons of water falls over Niagra Falls every minute. How many 2-liter soda bottles could be filled up by Niagra falls in one second?
5)    The speed of light is 3.0 x 10^8 meters/second. What is this speed in Megameters per second?
6)    If you ran at your fastest mile pace (use the OHS school record of 4:11 minutes/mile if you would like), how many days would it take you to run across the state of Washington, which is about 580 kilometers wide?
7)    Convert 121,000 micrometers into kilometers.
8)    How many nanoliters are there in 175.05 liters?
9)    How many nanoliters are there in 175.05 gallons?
10)    Mr. Stevick is driving to Vancouver, Canada tomorrow. He wants to spend as little money on gas as possible and will use a credit card to purchase gas on his trip. The gas prices in Bellingham, Washington (right next to the Canadian border) are $2.88 per gallon. In Canada the gas prices are $1.19 per liter. The current exchange rate is such that $.89 American will buy $1.00 Canadian. Mr. Stevick’s credit card charges a foreign transaction fee of $1.60 (American $) for every purchase outside of the U.S.A (it does not matter how much money is spent). Assuming he will fill up his 2002 Hyundai Accent with 9.0 gallons of gas, compare the cost (in American $) of filling up in Bellingham, Washington and Vancouver, Canada?

Answers: 1) 1.39 days (120,000 seconds -- line over 1st zero to indicate 3 sig figs)   2) 30 m      3) 810 ft.     4) 5,000 bottles  (line over 1st zero to indicate 2 SF)     5) 300 Mm/sec  (line over 1st zero to indicate 2 sig figs)   6) 1.0 days (using 4:11 min/mile pace)  7) .000121 km    8) 1.7505 x 10^11 nl     9) 6.6256 x 10^9 nl     10) In American dollars, in Washington it costs $26 to fill up and in Canada it costs $38.

Mon, 10/17 -- Discuss lab and % error calculation, IVM, Final day for data collection and revisions to lab report (or if finished begin studying for unit 1 test on Wednesday). HW: Final revisions for ID Uknown Metal Lab report. Fill-in version if not completed for some late credit.

Fri, 10/14 -- No School

Thur, 10/13 -- Discuss Unknown Metal Lab report rubric, collect density and Cp data for ID Unknown Metal Lab.  HW: Continue working on Formal, Typed ID Unknown Metal Lab due Monday, 10/17. Specific Heat Capacity and Density Tables.

Wed, 10/12 -- Show sample lab report, collecting density and Cp data for ID Unknown Metal Lab. HW: Continue working on Formal, Typed ID Unknown Metal Lab due Monday, 10/17.

Tue, 10/11 -- Rearranging heat equation + example for lab, adding/subtracting Sig Fig Rule, Receive unknown metal  for lab and begin collecting quantitative data. HW: Research metal from qualitative observations.

Mon, 10/10 -- New Seating chart and lab groups, correct quizzes, IVM, Discuss "purpose" and "design" for ID Unknown Metal Lab. HW: Write rough purpose and design for ID Unknown Metal Lab.

Fri, 10/7 -- 1.2, 10.1, and 9.1 quiz. No HW.

Thur, 10/6 -- Write summaries for 1.2, 10.1, and 9.1 notes, specific heat demo and calculations, grade science notebook, Cp problems. HW: Study for density, Cp, and conversions quiz tomorrow (3 x 5 note card allowed)

Wed, 10/5 -- Discuss density calculations from measurements, practice lighting Bunsen Burners. HW: 9.1 review #1-10

Tue, 10/4 -- 10.1 Review #1-7, Monte Python on Density, find density of known metal. HW: 9.1 Vocab + Notes and finish 10.1 review.

Mon, 10/3 -- Finish the Science of Happiness, Measurement Olympics Awards and Closing Ceremonies, take density measurements. HW: 10.1 Notes + Vocab -- Density.

Fri, 9/30 -- The science of happiness: The Mystery of Happiness part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5. No HW

Thur, 9/29 -- Complete Measurement Olympics. HW: Finish Measurement Olympics Conversions.

Wed, 9/28 -- Cones, Measurement quiz, Measurement Olympics. HW: Finish Measurement Olympics Conversions.

Tue, 9/27 -- 1.2 review questions, update table of contents in science notebook, Lab group roles/names, begin MEASUREMENT OLYMPICS. HW: Finish 1.2 review and Measurement Olympics conversions. Metric-English Conversion and Metric Prefix Memorization Quiz tomorrow!

Mon, 9/26 -- Finish Quiz, grade quiz, IVM, discuss quiz corrections. HW: 1.2 Vocab + Notes on Time and Distance.

Fri, 9/23 -- Grade science notebooks, 1.1-1.3 Quiz. No HW.

Thur, 9/22 -- HW questions and correct HW, prize problem, make note card for quiz tomorrow, make/review memorization flash cards. HW: Summaries for 1.3 notes and Sig Fig notes. UNITS METHOD CONCEPT SHEET

Wed, 9/21 -- Questions and correct Unit Conversion HW #1, work on Unit Conversion #2 in class. HW: Finish Unit Conversion HW #2 (questions below)

Unit Conversions HW #2
1)  2 km=        cm                          2) 1500 ml=       kl          3)  2,000,000 µm=     Mm        4)  12 m^3 =            cm^3                5)  1 microsecond =  ______seconds                       6)  2 miles^2= ________ m^2                                 
7.    The speed of light is 3.0 X 10^8 m/sec. On average the moon is 236,000 miles from the earth. How long, in seconds, does it take light to travel from the earth to the moon?
8.    On average the earth is 93,000,000 miles away from the sun. If the sun were to explode today at 3:30.27 PM, at what time (to the second) would you know about it?        
9.    The earth is about 24,900 miles around at the equator. How many of people of your height, lying end to end, would it take to stretch around the whole earth?
10.    First, you top off your gas tank in Olympia. You then drive your Hummer to Spokane, traveling 354.5 miles. You fill up your gas tank with 32.89 gallons of premium gasoline that costs $ 3.89 per gallon. A) What is your gas mileage in miles per gallon? B) How much money does it cost to drive one mile in your Hummer?    
EXTRA CREDIT: Bill is about ready to blast off from Houston, Texas in a spaceship that travels at 0.0070% the speed of light (3.0 X 10^8 m/sec). Steve is rowing a single (boat), and it takes him 1 minute and 32 seconds to travel 1640.5 feet. Io, one of Jupiter’s moons, is 778,330 megameters away. How many times can Steve circle the globe at its equator (40,075 km) in the time it takes Bill to reach Io, perform 11.5 days of scientific research, and then return back to Earth? Make sure to answer in correct sig figs.                                   

Tue, 9/20 -- 1.3 Review #1-6, Sig Fig Notes, Unit Conversion HW #1 (conversion practice). HW: Finish 1.3 review #1-6 and Unit Conversion HW #1 (questions below)

1)    a) 25.5 km = ______ mm            b)    37.8 Gl = _______µl            c)    4.56 ng = ______ Mg         d)   4.56 mg = ________kg
2)    How many meters are there in 5.00 kilometers?
3)    How many yards are there in 5.00 kilometers?
4)    How many miles are there in 1,400,000 Megameters?
5)    How many millimeters are there in 17.00 inches?
6)    An individual high jumps 5 feet 8 1/2 inches at a track meet; how many meters have they jumped?
7)    How many milliliters are there in 5.83 quarts?
8)    A parsec is 3.26 light years. A light year is equal to 9.46 x 10^12 km. How many miles are there in a parsec?
9)    Usain Bolt set the 100.0m world record at 9.58 seconds. What was his average speed in miles per hour?
extra credit) If the fastest spaceship that ever traveled out of our earth’s gravitational pull is 5.576 X 108 meters/hour, how long would it take this spaceship to reach the closest star, which is 4 light years away (light travels at 3.0 X 10^8 meters/second)?

Mon, 9/19 -- IVM, Finish Notebook grading, unit conversion notes, flashcard construction for memorization. HW: 1.3 Vocab + Notes (Text book pg. 17-22)

Fri, 9/15 -- Summaries and essential questions, review measurement and correct homework, Notebook grading. No HW.

Thur, 9/15 -- 1.1 review questions, discuss resolution, begin Anthropic Measurement Diagram. HW: Finish 1.1 questions and Anthropic Measurement Diagram.

Wed, 9/14 -- HW check, Math review, Notes and reading expectations. HW: Read, take notes, and paraphrase vocab from chapter 1.1-- Measurement.

Tue, 9/13 -- Safety poster presentations, Math review. HW: Hug a parent/guardian.

Mon, 9/12 -- IVM, Safety Poster completion and presentation, set up science notebook, work on math review. HW: Finish "Important Math for this year in Physical Science" worksheet by tomorrow.

Fri, 9/9 -- Discuss class content and Syllabus, make safety poster from safety contract. HW: Signed syllabus and safety contract due Monday (Also, make sure to have your 120+ pg. spiral notebook on Monday)

Thur, 9/8 -- Check out text books, I like chairs game, begin sig figs. HW: Bring in 120+ pg. notebook dedicated to science by next Monday.

Wed, 9/7 -- Organization, supplies, the heart of why a science education is important. HW: Bring in 120+ pg. notebook dedicated to science by next Monday.





The Mu of My Shoe

Data collection, calculations, and haiku

Collect data on your shoe, using the level countertops at the lab stations:

Force of static friction (Fs) =

Force of kinetic friction (Fk) =

Force Normal (FN) =


Use this data to calculate the coefficients of static and kinetic friction:

Coefficient of static friction (µs) = Force of Static Friction (Fs) / Force Normal (FN)

µk = Fk / FN


After you have collected data and made calculations, write a haiku titled “The µ of My Shoe.” Yes, there will be a poetry competition tomorrow. In lieu of a haiku you may also write another more lengthy variety of poem such as a limerick, free verse, cinquain, ballad, or other epic poem.