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John Pearson: Conceptual Physics(college prep) and sheltered Physics
Room: N131

 Remember, you are encouraged to re-take any test (within a few weeks so the topic is still fresh)
I am available after school (and usually about 30 min before school),  or by appointment

Conceptual Physics materials are at very bottom of page; please scroll down


Continue with Chapter 27 & 28  (light and color)

5/20       Mon       ppt 28 ; cd 28-1 and review of E-M spectrum

5/21       Tue        Virtual Lab: Hit the lights;

5/22       Wed       Ch 25&26 guided reading due; REVIEW DAY

5/23       Thur      (advisory) Chapter 27 & 28 test

5/24       Fri           light refraction lab (HOW DOES LIGHT BEND AS IT PASSSES THRU A LIQUID)


                                  Waves and Sound then continue with Light (all Electro-magnetic radiation)

5/13       Mon       review and study for the test

5/14       Tue        Ch 25 & 26 test

5/15       Wed       Ch 27 Light CD 27-1

5/16       Thur      Polarized light lab

5/17       Fri           CD 27-2


5/06       Mon       Slinky Study of wave motion lab

5/07       Tue        CD 35-1              (superposition of waves constructive and destructive interference)

5/08       Wed       Speed of sound lab

5/09       Thur      (late start) Guided reading Ch 25&26 due; Time to complete lab write-ups

5/10       Fri           CD 26-1 speed of sound calculations, resonance, beat frequency)


4/29       Mon       Review, check in Ch 37 guided reading,

4/30       Tue        Ch 37 test

5/01       Wed       Ch 25 Vibrations and Waves CD 25-1

5/02       Thur      (advisory) Cd 25-2 bow waves and sonic booms (doppler to the extreme)

5/03       Fri           Review waves in general;  BN: TSG “waves”     (Prom tonight)


4/22       Mon       review electromagnet lab and skim over Ch 36 on magnetism

4/23       Tue        complete/review CD36-1 work on CD 37-1

4/24       Wed       ACT Testing adjusted schedule

4/25       Thur      Block scheduling 1,2,3,4  POWER GRID Online investigation

4/26       Fri           Block Schedule 1,5,6,7 POWER GRID Online investigation


4/15       Mon       CD 35-1 simplifying circuits and fuses (current limiters)

4/16       Tue        review study get guided reading checked in   (college/career fair in am)

4/17       Wed       Chapter 35 TEST (series, parallel and Compound circuits

4/18       Thur      Electromagnets (a little of Ch 36)

4/19       Fri           (race to justice day)


4/08       Mon       ppt on ch 35

4/09       Tue        CD 35-1series and parallel

4/10       Wed       CD 35-2 combined series and parallel circuits

4/11       Thur      (late start) virtual lab combined series and parallel circuits SNOW DAY

4/12       Fri           (CD 35-3 moved to monday)     virtual lab combined series and parallel circuits



3/25       Mon       review for Ch 34 test; last day to check in the Guided reading

3/26       Tue        Ch 34 Test

3/27       Wed       Electric circuits series; PHET simulation

3/28       Thur      Electric Parallel; PHET simulation

3/29       Fri           No Students (grading day) spring break begins


3/18       Mon       Ch 34 electric current ppt; (water analogy)

3/19       Tue        CD 34-1

3/20       Wed       CD 34-2

3/21       Thur      (advisory) ch 34 guided reading due

3/22       Fri           ? Ch 34 test (schedule may be pushed back a day or two but plan on this)


3/11       Mon       CD 33-1                (electric fields)

3/12       Tue        CD 33-2 Electrical potential

3/13       Wed       capacitor exploration, capacity of a Leyden jar activity

3/14       Thur      (Advisory schedule) review/study Check in Ch 33 guided reading

3/15       Fri           Chapter 33 test


3/04       Mon       CD 32-2 charging and Computer challenge on charging by induction

3/05       Tue        Study/ Review; check in Ch 32 Guided reading (and computer challenge if not done Monday)

3/06       Wed       Ch 32 test (Electrostatics and Coulombs law)

3/07       Thur      (late Start)         Begin electric fields (Ch 33) play electric field hockey

3/08       Fri           More on electric fields


2/25       Mon       how pressure affects phase change (Regelation; the physics of ice skating)

2/26       Tue        Test on Ch 17(atomic structure) and Thermo (Phase changes)

2/27       Wed       Begin Ch 32 Electrostatics

2/28       Thur      Explore electrostatic attraction and repulsion

3/01       Fri           Coulombs law CD 32-1

2/18       Mon       No school Presidents Day

2/19       Tue        Ch 23 PPT Phase changes (guided reading Ch 17 due)

2/20       Wed     CD 23-1                     SNOW DAY schedule adjusted accordingly

2/21       Thur      More practice with Heat conversions Guided reading Ch 23 due)

2/22       Fri           Test Ch 17&23 (structure of matter phase conversions)  (Test moved to Tuesday 2/26)


2/11       Mon      Ch 13 test (moved back due to weather)

2/12       Tue        Review of the atom and properties of matter (Ch 17)

2/13       Wed      CD 17-1

2/14       Thur       Atom builder and Rutherford simulations "lab"

2/15       Fri           No school for students; teacher conferences 


2/04       Mon      PHET gravity (and solar system) simulations

2/05       Tue        CD 13-1 the inverse square relationship

2/06       Wed      CD 13-2 weight vs mass          (Ch 13 guided reading due)

 2/07      Thur       (late start) CD 13-3 doing the math with BIG G

2/08       Fri           Ch 13 test

2nd Semester begins (3rd Quarter)

1/28       Mon      School Canceled (district Snow predicted day)

1/29       Tue        School Canceled (Severe cold weather)

1/30       Wed      School Canceled (Severe cold weather)

1/31       Thur        School Canceled (Severe cold weather)

2/01       Fri           2nd Semester really begins; Universal Gravitation (an inverse square law)


Texybook: Conceptual Physics: by Paul Hewitt

Students will be issued a testbook and can acess my online version at: 
                                                                                                                              Username: swmpls
                                                                                                                               Password: Lakers16

A copy of the Physical Science text “CPO Physical, Earth and Space Science” for 2016-17 can be accessed at:


Helpful Links:

Physics 2000 Website: Physics 2000 website from Colorado


Play the "Build an Atom" game here to help rember the basic building blocks of all matter


The Wooden Periodic Table: Great interactive periodic table of elements

Electron configuration applet:  periodic Table with electron configuration helps us better understand where light comes from (atmic emission spectra)


Jefferson Labs:  Chemistry Games and Puzzles, hangman, crosswords, etc

Heating: Curve Simulation
Mole Conversion Video: Helpful video about mole conversions

Gas Properties Simulation: Useful simulation of gas properties

 Files available for Download:

document Metric system prefixes   --  here is a more complete list of the SI (system international) prefixes
PDF Sig Figs clickr Q's   --  The Questions and answers to The Sig Fig questions from class 9/14/15
PDF Dimensional Analysis Notes and Worksheet   --  Notes and worksheet from class on Thursday 9/24/15
document Conversions Showdown   --  Conversion powerpoint from 9/30/15
document lab write-up template   --  here is a basic template to use when doing a full lab write up for most science classes
PDF The Magnificent Mole PowerPoint   --  A primer to moles and mole calculations.
PDF Periodic Table basics   --  Power point from Monday 11/30/15 make sure to have these notes.
document Properties of Covalent and IOnic   --  after the lab we want to make sure you have these ideas well understood (chapter 7&8)
document simplified rules of Nomenclature   --  here are the notes and answers to practice problems; also has the "writing a chemical formula homework and answers to help study
PDF Practice questions on Periodic trends   --  these are the clicker questions from Tuesday 12/15/15
document bonding vocabulary   --  these terms are due when you take the final; here is a gift in case you want to check your answers before the test. (look in Ch 7&8)
document Notes and answers to types of Reactions   --  get any notes you might have missed on reaction types and check your note pages
PDF Nomenclature, mole and balancing review   --  here are a lot more review questions for the clickers from 1/27/16; formatting is not so good; sorry
document review of limitin g reagents & study guide   --  the review of limiting reagents from 2/22/16 and the study guide (with answers highlighted)
document more stoichiometery and % yield   --  the worksheet and answers we used as a practice test Monday 2/29/16 (also the answers to last mondays begining review and guide sheet)
document Heat and Thermodynamics notes   --  use these to help you get ready for the Thermo test
document Study guide for Thermo chem   --  as given monday 3/14 in prep for the test Friday3/18(w answers in red at end)
document Pink page of notes and solubility curves   --  These were the notes/practice that began the unit; check you answers
document Reaction rates Simulation   --  Here is the simulation we will use to get started with Chapter 16 on rates of reactions. It NOW HAS the Khan Achamedy video link as well.
document Acid Base notes   --  you should be doing a little of this each day in your acid/base practice packet and/or in your notebook.
document practice naming acids, bases and salts   --  a copy of the group exit ticket with answers to help you review for the Test
PDF Sig Digits reading   --  after working your own answers check them out here.
document MYP Ruberic for Criterion D   --  Use this to help guide your writing of the Concussion paper
document forms for info about the elements   --  watch the ed.ted videos on the elements(link available near top of web page) and take notes on these sheets.
PDF History of atomic models   --  this is the power point from 3/7/17 need to know for Ch 12 quiz
document Chemistry unit review packet   --  Study and complete this packet to make sure you are understanding the rang of things you should know from the Chemistry unit in 9th grade
document solubility rules and D>R reactions   --  questions and answers to the review for the 3rd Q final.Check your practice here to get more confident
document Acid Base notes   --  Here notes we got in class, the blue highlighted parts are the ones you were asked to copy downare the
document Types of chemical reactions   --  in case you lost your notes on types of chemical reactions and more balancing practice.
document Power point for Chapter 2   --  Here is the power point we went thru Tuesday & Wednesday 9/5&6
document PowerPoint for Ch3   --  good summary of chapter and a few practice questions at the end
document PowerPoint for Ch 4   --  review this at your will, we will have gone over much of this in class
document Ch 5 PowerPoint   --  Conceptual Development PowerPoint for Chapter 5 projectile motion
document Physics Chapter 6 PPT   --  here is the powerpoint for Chapter 6 practice questions at the end
document Ch 7 PPT Newton's 3rd law   --  review and practice the questions at the end in prep for the test
document Power Point for Chapter 8   --  review study learn
document Chapter 9 powerPoint   --  here is the full powerpoint of Chapter 9 for you to review
document Practice test questions for Ch 9   --  Work and simple machines worksheet to use as a practice test (done in class 12/19/17)
document Chapter 10 PowerPoint   --  here is the complete powerPoint to review and practice questions
document ch 10 sample ramp, work efficiency   --  here is the sample ramp, work and efficiency problem we reviewed in class 12/5/18 in prep for the test..
document Rube Goldberg assignment   --  Drawing due the teusday after Winter break; extra credit can work in groups due the 2ns Monday we are back
document Ch 11 Powerpoint   --  Torque, rotational equilibrium and Center of Gravity(CG)
document Ch 14 Power Point   --  Satellites and their motion
document Ch 13 Universal Gravity   --  PPT of Ch 13
document Gravity Lab (solar system and moon landing as well)   --  here is the lab we did in class on Monday 2/4/19
document Ch 17 powerpoint   --  the Atomic nature of Matter
document Rutherford Experiment & simulation   --  do this activity 2/14/19 in class. Open this document to use the hotlinks.
document Ch 23 PPT (change of phase)   --  all materials undergo phase changes and the shape of the heating curve is the same
document Ch 32 Electrostatics   --  the PowerPoint of Ch 32; starting 2/27/19
document Ch 33 Powerpoint   --  Electric fields and electric potential
document Chapter 34 electric current   --  Current (amperes)Voltage/electrical potential (Volts), Resistance (ohms), Power (watts) and their relationship to each other.
document Ch 35 Circuits   --  Here is the PPT we use in class
document Ch 37 Power point   --  study electromagnetic induction, motors, generators, transformers and the power grid
document Waves Ch 25   --  waves: transverse or longitudinal, mechanical or electro-magnetic, frequency, wavelength, speed, etc
document Ch 26 Sound (waves)   --  get more details here
document Chapter 27 Light   --  speed, polarization, etc
document Ch 28 COLOR   --  color addition of light(Red,Green,Blue) color subtraction of pigment(Yellow, Cyan, Magenta)