Extra Credit: Marking Period 2

The Nobel Prizes were recently announced!  This is one of the biggest awards in the world and every year it goes to a person or group for each of the following categories: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature, and Peace.  This year, the scientists who won were:

 Physics-  Isamu AkasakiHiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura
Medicine- John O'KeefeMay-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser

ChemistryEric BetzigStefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner

1.) Choose one of the scientists or scientist teams who won and explain in your own words what they did that was worthy of a Nobel.

2.)  Describe how this information can be used in the future. (Will we be able to cure something? To make something?)

3.) Include a picture of the scientist and/or a picture of something relating to their field of study

4.)  Include a link to wherever you got your information from. Nobelprize.org would be a good place to start but any reputable website is okay (answers.com, or answers.yahoo.com are not good sources).

5.) E-mail or Google Doc the assignment to me (masonmi@middletownk12.org) when it is completed.


Open Note test 12/17,12/18

We will be having an open note test next Wednesday the 17th and Thursday the 18th. Please make sure you have the notes for pages 27 to 39. An additional study guide can be found here.


Friday, December 5th: Kepler bio and Golf Gizmo

First, copy the notes for page 32 into your notebook.  You do not need to copy the whole biography, just Kepler's 3 laws of motion.

Second, use the password the substitute gave you and log onto the site www.explorelearning.com and complete the  golf gizmo program and the packet. This packet is page 33.

At the end of the class period, please hand in your passwords but keep page 32 and 33 in your notebook.

If you finish early, try some of the following physics games:

Cargo Bridge

Cargo Bridge 2

Bridge craft


Rube Goldbergs

The sheet for the Rube Goldberg drawing can be found here.
Here are the two Rube Goldberg videos we watched in class:

The band "OK Go" makes a paint blaster

The car company Honda makes their car roll forward.

If you find any more Rube Goldbergs pictures or videos, post them in the comments below! If you are the first person to post that particular machine, I'll give you extra credit. Post the link, a one sentence description of what it is, your first name, and class period.


Facts and ideas about Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes (Source).  However, 47 people officially died due to the Chernobyl (Ukraine) meltdown. New research argues that the death toll is actually 985,000. Why is there such a difference in the two numbers?  Additionally, no one has died due to radiation from the Fukushima (Japan) nuclear disaster...yet, but how many will that be? (Source)

One uranium fuel pellet creates as much energy as one ton of coal or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas (Source).   However,  Every 18 to 24 months, a power plant must shut down to remove its spent uranium fuel, which has become radioactive waste (Source) and United States power plants produce 2,000 metric tons of radioactive waste every year (Source).

Solar panels convert 22% of their available energy into electrical power, compared to nuclear energy’s 90% (Source and Source).100 nuclear facilities in 31 states provide nearly 20 percent of all U.S. electricity (Source).  However, coal amounts for 45% of the electricity generated in the U.S. (Source) and clean coal technology now exists which makes it much safer for the environment (source). One of the leading ideas is called carbon capture- trapping CO2 and turning it into a solid, then burying it (source).  However, some argue that clean coal is a myth (source and  source).

So, what do you think? Your assignment can be found here.


Dyson vacuum engineering

The instruction manual for the Dyson vacuum cleaner can be found here.  Start at page 32.

When you finish, go to edheads.org and click "Choose an Activity!"  and "design a cell phone"


Notebook check and nuclear posters

The second marking period notebook checks will begin Monday, November 17th.  I will be checking pages 13-26, all of which can be printed out from the upper right hand corner of this website, click "class notebook".

Your nuclear waste posters are due Monday or Tuesday.  They can be handed in on any paper and the instructions can be found here.


Nuclear Power: Pros and Cons

After completing the domino chain reaction activity, Read some of the following articles about nuclear power:

http://tiki.oneworld.net/energy/energy7.html  (basics of nuclear power)

http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power.htm  (how nuclear power works)

http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB121432182593500119  (more advanced pro and con list)

Then, on page 26 in your notebook, create a T-chart like this one  with some of the pros and cons about using it.  The more you find now, the better off you will be for a future assignment.