Course Schedule
2017

WeekMondayWednesdayFriday
1

9 Jan

 -Introductions
 -Syllabus
 -Photo Release
 -Why College?
 -Overview of Science
 -Diagnostic

11 Jan

 -Need to Know?
 -Inquiry Learning Cycle
 -Website

13 Jan

 -Box Stops at the Edge
 -The Role of Questions

First Homework Due: Writing assignment to explain the difference between playing and investigating. Submit online before class.

2

16 Jan

 No Class

18 Jan

 -Box Stops at the Edge
 -Focus on Experiment/Poster

20 Jan

 -Box Stops at the Edge
 -Focus on CAC
Homework Due: Writing Assignment (Article #1)
3

23 Jan

 -Writing Lab Reports/Inquiry Learning Cycle
  • Box Stopping at the Edge
  • Boiling Point
  • Freezing Sugar in Water
  • Moon Study

25 Jan

 -Squishy Circuits Exploration
 -Focus on Questions

27 Jan

 -Squishy Circuits
 -Focus on Experimentation/Quick and Dirty/Graphs
Homework Due: Stopping at the Edge Lab Report.
4

30 Jan

 -Squishy Circuits
 -Experimentation/Posters

1 Feb

 -Squishy Circuits
 -CAC

3 Feb

Mass of Pennies
 -Individually vs Collectively
Understanding Density
Homework Due: Squishy Circuits Lab Report
5

6 Feb

 -Density of Pennies and uncertainty
Homework Due (Online):
  • Research Homework: Electricity
  • Content Homework: Electricity

8 Feb

Density Experiments with uncertainty
  -graphs, posters, CAC
  -d vs V and d vs m

10 Feb

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Research Homework: Density
  • Content Homework: Density
  • Content Homework: Numbers/Uncertainty
6

13 Feb

Pendulum - explore/experiment
  -challenge, list variables
  -Quick and dirty, data not for lab
Homework Due: Density Lab Report.

15 Feb

Pendulums
  -Choose a different variable, collect data
  -Poster, with data for lab report

17 Feb

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Writing Assignment: Article #2
  • Reseach Homework: Pendulums
7

20 Feb

Pendulums
  -Choose third variable
  -Collect data, create poster for second lab report
  -Gather more data and create poster for data collected quick and dirty the first time
Homework Due: Pendulum (I) Lab Report

22 Feb

Pendulum/CAC

24 Feb

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Content Homework: Pendulums
  • Homework Due: Pendulum (II) Lab Report
8

27 Feb

Balls and Ramps
  -challenge
  -list questions and identify possible variables
  -quick & dirty expt with graph (3 points, extremes and middle)

1 Mar

Balls and Ramps
  -recollect data
  -more points (10), more trials per point
  -poster
  -for Balls & Ramps (I) Lab Report

3 Mar

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Content Homework: Balls and Ramps
     -Mass vs Speed
     -Length vs Speed
     -Position vs Speed
     -Speed vs Time
    (21 pages and 4 review)
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6 Mar

Spring Vacation

8 Mar

Spring Vacation

10 Mar

Spring Vacation
9

13 Mar

Balls and Ramps
  -new expt, use clamps, etc. to stablize
  -different variable vs speed
  - at least 8 points, poster
  -for Balls & Ramps (II) Lab Report

15 Mar

Balls and Ramps
  -change length w/o changing height
  -change height w/o changing length
  -angle, etc. (see class data to decide)
  -posters for CAC
Homework Due: Balls and Ramps (I) Lab Report

17 Mar

Online Class
Homework Due Next Class

  • Content Homework/Lab: Exploring Ramps (Hand in a hard copy next Monday)
10

20 Mar

Balls and Ramps - All
  -long ramp
  -acceleration
Homework Due: Balls and Ramps (II) Lab Report
Homework Due: Exploring Ramps

22 Mar

  -Balls and Ramps/CAC

24 Mar

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Writing Assignment: Article chosen by student.
11

27 Mar

Balancing Metersticks

29 Mar

Balancing Metersticks

31 Mar

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

12

3 Apr

  -Conservation of Energy, KE, PE, W
  -Bouncy ball exploration

Homework Due: Balancing Metersticks Lab Report

5 Apr


  -Conservation of Energy, KE, PE, W
  -Bouncy ball experiment

7 Apr

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Writing Assignment: Explore vs Experiment ⇒ Read webpage and write a reaction paper. Include how your view of this has (or hasn't) changed due to this class. Use the Writing Assignment page to hand this in online.
  • Content Homework: Energy
13

10 Apr

  -Finish energy posters
  -Relate to balls and ramps/pendulums
  -multitrack expt
  -Start prisms

12 Apr

  -Finish prisms
  -Adding filters
  -Color wheels
  -Our eye, eye fatigue
  -How to get colors by absorption
  -Hidden pictures

Homework Due: Expain why leaves are green.

14 Apr

Easter Break

14

17 Apr

Final Project - develop
Exploratory activity, launch, at least three possible questions to investigate, possible experiments for at least one question, probable results for the chosen question
Homework Due: Topic and list of materials for final project

19 Apr

Final Project - try and revise launch/questions/experiment
Homework Due: Possible Launch, Exploration and Questions for Final Project that someone else could follow.

21 Apr

Online Class
Homework Due at 12:15 pm

  • Content Homework: Content Assessment
  • Last Online Homework: Inquiry Cycle/Class Summary
15

24 Apr

Last Class - Final Project - finish final project including poster.

As Scheduled

Final Project / CAC - show all posters for all projects
Homework Due: Final Project Lab Report