Day 5: Unbalanced Force Experiment Post-lab

The regular physics classes put together Newton’s 2nd Law today. Once we got the big idea, we chatted a bit about why it was such a big deal. A few choice quotes: “We did this. It’s our idea.” and “Does this mean we can get values for things now when the forces are unbalanced the same way we could when the forces were balanced?” and … Continue reading Day 5: Unbalanced Force Experiment Post-lab

Day 4: Reflecting on Exams and Physics Comics

The homework for this week in every class was to find a time to meet with me so they could look over their corrected exams (and after looking them over/chatting about them, get their semester grades). The back of the exam always has a chance to draw a physics comic or write a physics joke. (Bonus fun, though not bonus points of course since there … Continue reading Day 4: Reflecting on Exams and Physics Comics

Day 3: Unbalanced Force Particle Model Experiment

The regular physics classes have been working on the UBFPM experiment for the first few days of the week. Most groups are about finished, and we should be having board meetings to put together the big relationship by the end of the week (probably in our next class meetings). The theme of the first photo is “I love to pose for physics photos”. The theme … Continue reading Day 3: Unbalanced Force Particle Model Experiment

Day 57: Momentum Transfer Model Building // Gravitational Force Experiment

One section of Honors Physics came up with an expression of conservation of momentum today. We finished taking some data, then broke into groups to do some thinking about how we could represent it to highlight a pattern. After about 15 minutes, we came back together for a board meeting to talk about strategy. We had some graphical representations, some ratios, and a lot of consensus … Continue reading Day 57: Momentum Transfer Model Building // Gravitational Force Experiment

Day 54: Victory! Standards-Based Grading in Action

Here’s the snapshot I took of a board that a student worked on for close to an hour while testing on constant velocity. In the process, she worked out how to represent the good ideas she had about motion in a more mathematical form (graphs), and I think she saw that she can be successful by persisting in this class. It was really fun to … Continue reading Day 54: Victory! Standards-Based Grading in Action