This page is designed for students in Mr. Baum's Honors Physics class at Myers Park High School.

Important Dates:

Quest HW 1.3 Due: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Next Test Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (postponed due to snow days)

Online Textbook: (use access code given in class)

Quest and Edmodo:

Physics Tutoring This Week:

Monday, February 8th, from 2:20-3:20 pm: Shoaf (B-2)
Thursday, February 11th, from 2:20-3:20 pm: Baum (B-4)

Test Corrections:

If you score below a 70 on an end-of-unit test and would like to try to raise your grade to a 70, you may come into physics tutoring after school to do test corrections within two weeks after the test. Let me know in advance so that I can pull your folder for whoever is running tutoring that day!

Unit 1: Linear Motion

Online resources for this unit:
Physics Classroom tutorial on 1-D Kinematics (i.e. one-dimensional motion)
APlusPhysics videos on Kinematics

Problem set (first two pages will be photocopied and passed out in class):

February 5, 2016: Free Fall
Problem solving steps (draw a diagram, write down givens and unknowns, symbolic equations)
Free fall acceleration (air resistance and terminal speed versus falling without air resistance)
Kinematics problem solving
  • Quest HW 1.3 (Kinematics) due next Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET

February 4, 2016: Kinematics Equations
Finish kinematics lesson (examples and derivation of kinematics equations)
Problem solving in class (Quest and problem set)
Quiz on position and velocity vs. time graphs
  • Quest HW 1.2 (Motion Graphs) due tomorrow at 7 a.m. ET
  • Quest HW 1.3 (Kinematics) due next Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET

February 3, 2016: Sketching Position, Velocity, and Acceleration vs. Time
Small groups (on whiteboards): x-t, v-t, and a-t graphs
Notes: scalars and vectors, kinematic quantities, definition of acceleration
Meaning of positive and negative acceleration (same direction as velocity = speeding up, opposite direction = slowing down)
  • Turn in lab notebooks and velocity-time graphs worksheet by tomorrow if not yet turned in
  • Quest HW 1.2 (Motion Graphs) due Friday at 7 a.m. ET

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February 2, 2016: Velocity vs. Time Graphs Worksheet
Small group work (velocity vs. time graphs, accelerated motion)
  • Finish velocity-time worksheet to turn in (worksheet with graph paper stapled)
  • Quest HW 1.2 (Motion Graphs) due Friday at 7 a.m. ET

February 1, 2016: Accelerated Motion and Velocity vs. Time Graphs
Notes and examples: acceleration and average velocity
  • Quest HW 1.2 (Motion Graphs) due Friday at 7 a.m. ET
  • Fix walking labs as necessary and resubmit

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January 29, 2016: Position and Velocity vs. Time Graphs
Collect labs (discuss slope formula and velocity formula)
Position and velocity vs. time graphs worksheet in class (small groups)
  • Quest HW 1.1 (Motion) due Monday at 7 a.m. ET
  • Finish position and velocity vs. time graphs (classwork)

January 28, 2016: Constant Velocity Motion Lab
Check position, distance, and displacement worksheet in class
Walking lab (collecting data, graphing, calculating slope)
  • Finish graphs/slopes and turn in lab notebooks tomorrow
  • Quest HW 1.1 (Motion) due Monday at 7 a.m. ET

January 27, 2016: Motion
What does it mean to measure "how fast" something is moving?
Position measurements on a number line
Clock reading versus time interval
  • Bring lab notebooks to class tomorrow!
  • "Introduction to Position, Distance, and Displacement" worksheet due tomorrow (you do not have to finish the "Study Guide" -- just the other 3 pages)
  • Quest HW 1.1 (Motion) due next Monday at 7 a.m. ET

January 22 and 26, 2016: NO SCHOOL (Snow Days)

January 21, 2016: Introduction and Expectations
Please return signed:
  • back page of syllabus
  • honor code contract
  • lab safety contract
Sign up online:
  • Register for this class in Quest (class code given out in class)
  • Join class Edmodo group (group code given out in class)
  • Sign up for Remind (instructions on syllabus)

Start of Semester Information

Link to the UTexas (Quest) website: UT Online Homework
Other useful websites:

Required Materials:

  • Scientific calculator
  • 1.5" Three-ring Binder
  • Lab Notebook (see below)
  • Graph Paper
  • Notebook Paper
  • 12-Inch Ruler
  • Black and Red Ballpoint Pens
  • No. 2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils

The lab notebook is a composition notebook with grid/graph paper (4-5 squares per inch).