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: Thurs Feb 7, Energy Transformations
6. COMPETITION, NICHES, ADAPTATION
Wednesday March 13:
Types of adaptation.
Types of adaptation.
Monday March 11:
Categories of living things: The 5 kingdom model.
Competetive advantage/disadvantage to : 1. big brain 2. bipedal 3. hairlessness
Categories of living things: The 5 kingdom model.
Competetive advantage/disadvantage to : 1. big brain 2. bipedal 3. hairlessness
5. ENERGY TRANSFORMATIONS 2



Tuesday March 5
Thermos Test
Thermos Test
Monday Feb 25
Hand out summary notes on conduction convection and radiation.
BUILD YOUR THERMOS!
Hand out summary notes on conduction convection and radiation.
BUILD YOUR THERMOS!
47. Thursday Feb 7
Conservation of mechanical energy. If you drop a ball from the top of a building it will, of course fall. In this simple process there is a fundamental lesson about the nature of energy. As the ball falls it loses gravitational energy and gains kinetic energy. The total energy of the ball will be conserved. Today we look at the math behind this.
Conservation of mechanical energy. If you drop a ball from the top of a building it will, of course fall. In this simple process there is a fundamental lesson about the nature of energy. As the ball falls it loses gravitational energy and gains kinetic energy. The total energy of the ball will be conserved. Today we look at the math behind this.
n_unit_notes_2.docx  
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4. ENERGY TRANSFORMATIONS 1
46. Tuesday Feb 5
Read Current events article: www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/magneticnorthupdatenavigationmaps/
Take questions for upcoming quiz and test
Give kinetic/gravitaional energy worksheet. Go over formulas for Ek and Epg, focus on appropriate units in calculations.
Read Current events article: www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/02/magneticnorthupdatenavigationmaps/
Take questions for upcoming quiz and test
Give kinetic/gravitaional energy worksheet. Go over formulas for Ek and Epg, focus on appropriate units in calculations.
45. Friday Feb 1
Review of Unit 4.
Review of Unit 4.
ws_energy_transformations_review with KEY.docx  
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44. Wed Jan 30
Alternate energy sources. Pros and Cons. A discussion based investigation of some possible replacements for coal and nuclear power.
Alternate energy sources. Pros and Cons. A discussion based investigation of some possible replacements for coal and nuclear power.
ws_energy_transformations_review with KEY.docx  
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43. Friday Jan 25
Coal and nuclear power plants
Coal and nuclear power plants
n_basic_nuclear_reactor.docx  
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42. Monday Jan 21
Energy in nuclear reactions.
Energy in nuclear reactions.
n_unit_notes.docx  
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41. Thursday Jan 17
Reaction Rate Lab
Reaction Rate Lab
l_62b_reaction_rate_lab.pdf  
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40. Tuesday Jan 15
Catalysis. A look at catalysts and how they affect the rate of a chemical reaction
n_unit_notes.docx  
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39. Friday Jan 11
Complete notes from last class.
Discuss collision theory and factors affecting reaction rate.
Complete notes from last class.
Discuss collision theory and factors affecting reaction rate.
ws Energy Diagrams Reaction Rate.docx  
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38. Wednesday Jan 9
Group Activity: Whiteboards analyzing energy level diagrams.
Discovery of the concepts of ENDO and EXOthermic, activation energy, activated complex, delta H and their graphical representations.
n_unit_notes.docx  
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37. Monday Jan 7
Definitions and examples for kinetic energy, potential energy and thermal energy. The Law of conservation of energy.
unit notes 1.docx  
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36. Thurs Dec 20
Return Chemistry Test
Talk about energy and chemical reactions.
Demo of a highly endothermic reaction: barium hydroxide and ammonium thyocyanate
Demo of a highly exothermic reaction: gummy bear in molten potassium chlorate
35. Tues Dec 18
C H E M I S T R Y T E S T
34. Fri Dec 14
Brainstorm: Types of energy
Stations: What energy transformations are occuring.
Classify: Kinetic vs. Potential
Return Chemistry Test
Talk about energy and chemical reactions.
Demo of a highly endothermic reaction: barium hydroxide and ammonium thyocyanate
Demo of a highly exothermic reaction: gummy bear in molten potassium chlorate
35. Tues Dec 18
C H E M I S T R Y T E S T
34. Fri Dec 14
Brainstorm: Types of energy
Stations: What energy transformations are occuring.
Classify: Kinetic vs. Potential
n1_energy_and_energy_transformations_intro_brainstorm.docx  
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3. CHEMICAL REACTIONS
33. Wed Dec 12
More Organic Chemistry
ws_review_chemistry with KEY.docx  
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32. Monday Dec 10
Organic Compounds. Naming, diagrams, formulas and structural formulas for some basic organic compounds.
31. Thursday Dec 6
Acid Base Indicator Lab
30. Tuesday Dec 4
Acids, Bases and Salts: Naming and Neutralization Reaction.
Acids, Bases and Salts: Naming and Neutralization Reaction.


29. Friday Nov 30
Lewis diagrams for covalent molecules.


28. Wed Nov 28
Article: Olympic Enhancement : A Scandal
Review on naming ionic and covalent compounds
Article: Olympic Enhancement : A Scandal
Review on naming ionic and covalent compounds


27. Monday Nov 26:
Research class for Enrichment Essay
Research class for Enrichment Essay
current_events_nov_2018.docx  
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26. Wed Nov 20
Review the 3 reactions from the lab. Include discussions of balancing and classifying the chemical reactions.
Review the 3 reactions from the lab. Include discussions of balancing and classifying the chemical reactions.
25. Monday Nov 19
Classification Lab, Parts 2 & 3. (61B from old Text Book)
24. Thursday Nov 15
Classification Lab, Part 1. (61B from old Text Book)
23. Tuesday Nov 13
Group Work: Drawing Lewis Dot Diagrams for ionic compounds. Naming and writing formulas for ionic compounds. Classifying chemical reactions.
g_ws_ionic_compounds_classify_reactions.docx  
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22. Thursday Nov 8:
NUCLEAR REACTIONS, DECAY and STRUCTURE TEST
21. Tuesday Nov 6
Bohr and Lewis dot diagrams. Ionic and covalent compounds. Naming ionic and covalent compounds.
NUCLEAR REACTIONS, DECAY and STRUCTURE TEST
21. Tuesday Nov 6
Bohr and Lewis dot diagrams. Ionic and covalent compounds. Naming ionic and covalent compounds.
2. NUCLEAR STRUCTURE, DECAY and REACTIONS
Monday Oct 29:
Demonstrations of the bending of charged particles when exposed to a magnetic field. This was then compared to a laser light which is unaffected by the field. This shows important techniques used to determine properties of alpha, beta and gamma.
Thurs Oct 25:
Radiaoactive decay. Alpha beta and gamma decay. Includes a brief history of the discovery of these particles. How can we observe properties of things we cannot see?
Radiaoactive decay. Alpha beta and gamma decay. Includes a brief history of the discovery of these particles. How can we observe properties of things we cannot see?
15. Tuesday Oct 23
Fission and mass defect. We discussed the strange world of nuclear reactions. In particular we looked at the energy produced in a nuclear reaction as the result of MASS DEFECT. This includes the use of Einstein's famous E=mc^2.
Fission and mass defect. We discussed the strange world of nuclear reactions. In particular we looked at the energy produced in a nuclear reaction as the result of MASS DEFECT. This includes the use of Einstein's famous E=mc^2.
ws_nuclear_reactions_practice.docx  
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14. Thursday Oct 18
Nuclear fusion reactions. We discussed the two fundamental conservation laws in nuclear physics: THE LAW of CONSERVATION of CHARGE and THE LAW of CONSERVATION of NUCLEON NUMBER.
13. Tuesday Oct 16:
Discussion of enrichment project.
Introduction to nuclear physics. Notes cover the entire unit.
n1_nuclear_structure.docx  
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ws_nuclear_structure_with_isotopes.docx  
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key_ws_nuclear_structure_with_isotopes.docx  
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11. Friday Oct 5
REQUIZ
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.
REQUIZ
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. Wednesday Oct 3
Quizzes returned. Because quiz results were very mixed, the class was separated into groups with each group containing an 'expert' to help other students to make corrections. We will quiz again on Friday.
9. Monday Oct 1
Quiz on unit conversions.
Brief history of the universe. A look at popular views of the universe throughout history. Focus was on the shift from Geocentric to Heliocentric views with discussion of the SCIENCE that led to the change in the accepted view. Discussion of scientific technology, especially the telescope, and the emergence of scientific observation and data collection.
We also watched a quick video on the Big Bang Theory. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdPzOWlLrbE
a_brief_history_of_the_universe.docx  
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8. Thursday Sept 27
Finish conversions. Include time conversions. Quiz Next class
Revisit the question "What is Science?"
Hand out reading: "Is String Theory Science?"
n_what_is_science_skills_theory_law.docx  
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is_string_theory_science___scientific_american.html  
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7. Tuesday Sept 25
More unit conversions. Block 8 was slightly behind block 7 (my fault, not theirs) so they recieved the handouts from Sept 20th today.
6. Thursday Sept 20
Scientific Notation, the metric system and unit conversions PART 1.


5. Tuesday Sept 18
Controlled Experiments. Definitions of INDEPENDENT VARIABLE, DEPENDEMT VARIABLE, CONTROLLED VARIABLES and the EXPERIMENTAL CONTROL
4. Friday Sept 14
Review of the graphs created last block.
Correlation vs. Causation.
Review of the graphs created last block.
Correlation vs. Causation.
3. Wednesday Sept 12:
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 15 students.
We then discussed data display, and in particular scatterplots.
Students then looked for "trends" in the data or, more scientifically, we looked for CORRELATIONS. Then we discussed basic correlation types: POSITIVE vs. NEGATIVE, WEAK vs STRONG, LINEAR vs. NONLINEAR.
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 15 students.
We then discussed data display, and in particular scatterplots.
Students then looked for "trends" in the data or, more scientifically, we looked for CORRELATIONS. Then we discussed basic correlation types: POSITIVE vs. NEGATIVE, WEAK vs STRONG, LINEAR vs. NONLINEAR.
n_how_to_interpret_data_correlations_quant_qual.docx  
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2. Monday Sept 10:
Notes on Observations and Data.
Mystery Box activity to practice observations and measurement.
Part 3 of the activity helps to introduce/enforce the concept of scientific observation. The idea of careful, systematic observation.
Notes on Observations and Data.
Mystery Box activity to practice observations and measurement.
Part 3 of the activity helps to introduce/enforce the concept of scientific observation. The idea of careful, systematic observation.
n_observation_filled.pdf  
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1. Thurs Sept 6:
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. The activity asked students to attempt to determine the contents of 12 "mystery bottles" without being able to look inside the bottles. Initially the students are given no other information. Afterwards students are given a list of 12 possibilities for the contents and are asked to match them up.
Discussion focusses on how we observe without our eyes, how additional information affects our thinking, how this additional information could potentially be misleading. We then talked about how these ideas are used in "real science" to determine things like the structure of the Earth's interior by studying seismic activity.
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. The activity asked students to attempt to determine the contents of 12 "mystery bottles" without being able to look inside the bottles. Initially the students are given no other information. Afterwards students are given a list of 12 possibilities for the contents and are asked to match them up.
Discussion focusses on how we observe without our eyes, how additional information affects our thinking, how this additional information could potentially be misleading. We then talked about how these ideas are used in "real science" to determine things like the structure of the Earth's interior by studying seismic activity.


