On this page you will find a day by day summary of what topics were discussed in class. Included (where possible) will be downloadable copies of any handouts and worksheets as well as links to any videos or power points used in class.
Of course what I cannot post here are class discussions. Much of the structure and flow of each class is determined by the class discussions. Also missing will be my many witty and hilarious, offthecuff remarks. The page is organized with the most recent class at the top and previous classes (all the way back to the first class) below. I will do my best to post updates after each class, but things happen, as you know! 


Next Test/Quiz: Wednesday Nov 14. Nuclear structure, Reactions and Radioactivity.
Mon Nov 5
Review of the Bohr Model of the Atom.
Review of the Bohr Model of the Atom.
4_n_bohr_model_of_the_atom.docx  
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Thursday Nov 1
Review for Nuclear Physics test
Review for Nuclear Physics test


Tuesday Oct 30
Look at properties of alpha, beta gamma and a discussion of the types of evidence that were used to determine the properties of these invisible particles.
16. Monday Oct 22
Mass defect. A look at how nuclear reactions release truly unbelievable amounts of energy. Today we get to use Einstein's famous formula E=mc^2.
15. Wednesday Oct 17
Nuclear notation/structure quiz.
Discussion of nuclear fusion and the 2 fundamental nuclear conservation laws. THE LAW of CONSERVATION of CHARGE and THE LAW of CONSERVATION of NUCLEON NUMBER.
14. Monday Oct 15
Nuclear notation. Definition of nucleons, nucleon number and charge number. Definition of isotopes.


13. Thursday Oct 11
Begin nuclear physics. Discuss the structure of the atom and nucleus. Look at the properties of the quarks that make up the protons and neutrons. The handout from today is the basis of the notes for the next few classes.
Begin nuclear physics. Discuss the structure of the atom and nucleus. Look at the properties of the quarks that make up the protons and neutrons. The handout from today is the basis of the notes for the next few classes.
n1_nuclear_structure nuclear reactions.docx  
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12: Tuesday Oct 9:
SCIENTIFIC THINKING TEST
11. Thursday Oct 4
Hubble's Law. Notes on the groundbreaking data collected by Edwin Hubble, published and 1929 and expanded upon in 1931.
We then did an activity (Ballooniverse) that demonstrated the significance of Hubbles data.
n_hubbles_law_balloon_activity.docx  
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10. Tuesday Oct 2
A breif history of the universe. We discussed the origins of our current understanding of the universe and some of the scientific breakthroughs, like the telescope, that have shaped our understanding.
National Geographic video on the Big Bang. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPzOWlLrbE
A breif history of the universe. We discussed the origins of our current understanding of the universe and some of the scientific breakthroughs, like the telescope, that have shaped our understanding.
National Geographic video on the Big Bang. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPzOWlLrbE
a_brief_history_of_the_universe.docx  
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UNIT 1: SCIENTIFIC THINKING
self_assess_scientific_thinking.docx  
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9. Friday Sept 28
Review of the first unit of the year. Included a discussion of SCIENTIFIC THEORY vs. NATURAL LAW.
Review of the first unit of the year. Included a discussion of SCIENTIFIC THEORY vs. NATURAL LAW.
ws_review.docx  
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8. Wed Sept 26
Scientific Notation
Scientific Notation
N_powers_of_10_scientific_notation.docx  
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7. Monday Sept 24
Discussion on the difference between correlation and causation. Ways to distinguish between causation and correlation. How the scientific method helps to establish causation.
correlation_vs_causation.docx  
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6. Wed Sept 19
The scientific method and controlled experiments.
The scientific method and controlled experiments.


5. Monday Sept 17
We went over the two graphs that students were to produce for homework. We discussed how to choose the scale for the x and y axes.
Types of CORRELATIONS were gone over, and students were given 3 more sets of data to plot and determine the correlation type.
We went over the two graphs that students were to produce for homework. We discussed how to choose the scale for the x and y axes.
Types of CORRELATIONS were gone over, and students were given 3 more sets of data to plot and determine the correlation type.
n_how_to_interpret_data_correlations_quant_qual.docx  
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ws_plotting_and_correlations_practice.docx  
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4. Thursday Sept 13
Quantitative Data collection and display.
Students collected measurements of height, armspan, forearm length and head circumference from classmates. Each student was asked to gather data from 5 students. Students were then handed sample data for 10 additional students to create a complete list of 15 students.
We then discussed data display, and in particular scatterplots. Students were provided with graph paper and we discussed how to set up the axes and plot the data. 2 graphs were due for next class.
Quantitative Data collection and display.
Students collected measurements of height, armspan, forearm length and head circumference from classmates. Each student was asked to gather data from 5 students. Students were then handed sample data for 10 additional students to create a complete list of 15 students.
We then discussed data display, and in particular scatterplots. Students were provided with graph paper and we discussed how to set up the axes and plot the data. 2 graphs were due for next class.


Tuesday Sept 11
Continue the MYSTERY BOX activity.
We started with a summary of part 1 and 2 of the activity. This included a review of the idea of OBSERVING and MEASURING.
For part 3 we focused on proper systematic observation techniques. We also briefly talked about the fact that some properties of the MYSTERY BOX were unobservable (without being able to open the box), such as colour of the marble, any designs inside of the box. This is important as we need to understand that science provides an incomplete picture, and the main goal of science is to to try to collect as much evidence as we can so we can figure out what is "in the box". Ideally as we learn more and develop new ideas, techniques, approaches and technologies we will be able to "open the box and peer inside".
We also discussed that a good next step would be to have other students look at our box and compare results. This is the idea of "peer review" in science.
Continue the MYSTERY BOX activity.
We started with a summary of part 1 and 2 of the activity. This included a review of the idea of OBSERVING and MEASURING.
For part 3 we focused on proper systematic observation techniques. We also briefly talked about the fact that some properties of the MYSTERY BOX were unobservable (without being able to open the box), such as colour of the marble, any designs inside of the box. This is important as we need to understand that science provides an incomplete picture, and the main goal of science is to to try to collect as much evidence as we can so we can figure out what is "in the box". Ideally as we learn more and develop new ideas, techniques, approaches and technologies we will be able to "open the box and peer inside".
We also discussed that a good next step would be to have other students look at our box and compare results. This is the idea of "peer review" in science.
Friday Sept 7:
Observations.
We completed the Mystery Bottle activity.
Discussion and notes about Observation and Data.
Began an observation activity using Mystery boxes.
QUIZ ON OBSERVATION NOTES NEXT CLASS
Observations.
We completed the Mystery Bottle activity.
Discussion and notes about Observation and Data.
Began an observation activity using Mystery boxes.
QUIZ ON OBSERVATION NOTES NEXT CLASS


Wed Sept 5:
Introduction: Course outline, work habit rubrick, parent information sheet were all handed out (you can download these below).
Activity: Mystery bottles. This was an activity designed to engage students and force students to think about the nature of OBSERVATION and inference.
Introduction: Course outline, work habit rubrick, parent information sheet were all handed out (you can download these below).
Activity: Mystery bottles. This was an activity designed to engage students and force students to think about the nature of OBSERVATION and inference.


