Welcome to 10th Grade Science!!!!

3/7

Review of Instructions for Excel assignment:


If you look at the file, there are three tabs: DATA, QUESTIONS, and CRITICAL VALUES CHART. Start on the QUESTIONS tab and write your answers in the "responses" column. Whenever you need to make a data calculation, it will let you know within the questions. At that point, you will go over to your DATA tab, complete the calculation, and copy your result(s) to the corresponding response box. If you follow the questions in order, you will have done all the necessary calculations on your data by the end. You will set up your DATA tab the same way we set up the hummingbird data. Beneath the table you should have separate rows labeled as "mean", "SD" and "T-test, P=". I should not see any calculations that are unlabeled. Put your graph on the DATA tab as well. The third tab "CRITICAL VALUES CHART" is for if you decide to do the extra credit option. Instructions for how to do the t-test mathematically (without Excel) are in the powerpoint that I put on the Wiki. If you do not complete this option, then you won't need the CV chart other than to answer questions 16 and 17.


2/7

Excel project due FRIDAY no later than 8:00 am

Utilize this powerpoint if you would like to do the extra credit portion:


Please put your name in the document title when you turn it in. (File --> Save As --> 10-7-PROJECT-STATS#-MissKellie)

Koral:


21/6


18/6


10th


TUESDAY:



10th grade will be working on math problems involving statistical processes. This will lead into a project, but they need the practice working strictly with the math before they will be able to successfully complete the project.


I have attached a reading that will guide you/them though any questions as they work through the problems.


I have also included this guide on the Wiki:

They should begin by reading through this SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY and taking notes. If they finish early, you can let them start on Thursday’s work.




WEDNESDAY:


NO 10TH



THURSDAY


They should answer the questions on pages 12-15 from the reading they started on Tuesday.


If they finish, you can give them the supplementary problem sheet that is in a pile on the center of my desk (under the two assignment sheets for 8th and 9th)


10/6


Today we watched this video and took notes:

You each had to write the following:

  • 5 things you found interesting
  • 5 things you'd like to know more about
  • 5 things you had a strong reaction to, and why
  • Relate 5 things you know about nuclear power to something that occurred in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEB0gv_2V_w

27/5

Everyone will present tomorrow.


Be sure to include the following:



  1. 1. Summarize your plan and why you chose what you chose
  2. 2. Review each goal
    1. a. Did you meet the goal?

i. If so, how?

ii. If not, what is your justification?

  1. 3. Review why your energy plan is the best option for Décimo Nation


I will collect your project packet at the end of class.

You will receive a project grade and a presentation grade.


17/5

Today we watched a documentary called Hiroshima by BBC.

You each had to write the following:

  • 5 things you found interesting
  • 5 things you'd like to know more about
  • 5 things you had a strong reaction to, and why
  • Relate 5 things you know about nuclear power to something that occurred in the video.

16/5

Nuclear Reaction Simulator Box

Steps to take:

1- gather materials
2- construction
3- experimentation
4- reporting/ presenting on our essential questions

What we need:
  • Plywood: (ask mar vista y la paz)
4-48" long sections
8-24" long sections
  • Carpenters glue (Marcony)
  • Utility screws (3" and 1") (Marcony or Bianca)
  • MOUSE TRAPS (150)
  • PING PONG BALLS (MANY) (Maybe Dom's dad or Camila's family)
  • MAGNET (Marcony)
  • CLEAR PLASTIC PANELS (3 or 4- 24"x48" pieces) (Hardware store?)





13/5

Homework: I'll collect the Half Life Lab tomorrow at the beginning of class.

10/5

HW: Today we completed a radioactive half life lab which you will have part of the time to finish on Monday.

Questions we had from today:

1) "Francium is radioactive; less than 30 g of it exists on Earth at any given time.'


Interesting info on francium:

2) Uranium (info from http://www.chemicool.com/elements/uranium.html)

All isotopes of uranium are radioactive, some more so than others. Its radioactivity – in particular its capacity to undergo thermonuclear chain reactions – has led to uranium’s use in energy generation, both for civilian and military purposes.

Uranium is used as fuel for nuclear power plants. One kilogram of uranium-235 has the capacity to produce as much energy as 1,500,000 kilograms (1,500 tonnes) of coal.

Although most people think uranium is extraordinarily rare, it is in fact more abundant than familiar elements such as mercury and silver.

Uranium has 21 isotopes whose half-lives are known, with mass numbers 218 to 242. Natural uranium consists of three major isotopes: 234U, 235U, and 238U. All are radioactive. 238U is the most stable isotope, with a half-life of 4.51 x 109 years (almost the age of the Earth).




9/5

Today we did a little side experiment with milk, soap and food coloring.

HW: We handed in the following writeup:

1) 3 observations
2a) What is a key component in milk that you suspect is involved with this phenomenon? Explain.
2b) What is the major ingredient in food coloring that you suspect is involved with this phenomenon? Explain.
3) Think about the interaction of soap with the two ingredients above and describe (scientifically/chemically) what happened and how.

7/5

Today we continued working on the Webquest.
HW: Questions 11-20 will be due by email no later than 8:00 am on Thursday.

We will go over the questions in their entirety on Thurs.

6/5

Warmup: On a scratch piece of PAPER (they do not need computers), please write 3 things you KNOW about nuclear energy, and 3 things you WANT to know about nuclear energy.
They must write their name on the warmup and turn it in when finished.

Agenda:
  • Warmup/Discuss
    • o Inform the class that this week we will be focusing on Nuclear Energy
  • Spend the day working on “Atomic and Nuclear Physics” webquest as an introduction to nuclear power.
    • o Found at this website: http://physicsquest.homestead.com/nuclear.html
      • § They must have at least questions 1-11 finished by 8:00 am tomorrow, and then they can continue with the rest tomorrow in class. I would like them to email me their responses IN THEIR OWN WORDS. If they copy/paste responses, they will not receive credit.
      • § If they finish through 11 early, tell them to continue to the next section as they will have to complete it either way.
      • 10th GRADE: BE ADVISED THAT YOUR BEHAVIOR WILL BE A DETERMINING FACTOR OF HOW MUCH HOMEWORK YOU HAVE. THIS ASSIGNMENT CAN BE INCREASED AT ANY TIME. PLEASE BE COOPERATIVE AND ON-TASK TODAY.
3/5

Today we finished the quiz.

HW: You must email me responses to the following questions no later than 8:00am on Monday:

1. What are the major advantages of using petroleum? (Describe at least 3)
2. What are the major disadvantages of using petroleum? (Describe at least 3)
3. Does the use of petroleum provide more benefits or risks to society? (Please be sure to not only respond, but justify your response by writing at least one paragraph.)
4. What can consumers do to ensure that future generations will receive the benefits of petroleum products? (Explain by writing at least one paragraph.)

29/4

Today we started the presentations that you began working on last Friday. We will continue with those tomorrow.

Tomorrow you'll have a quiz over the energy transfers involved in using fossil fuels to power your television. You had this for homework, and we went over it thoroughly last week. STUDY.

You must take notes on the presentations given in class. There will be a quiz on Thursday over this material. If you are absent, you are expected to get the notes from a friend.

25/4

Please answer these questions using complete sentences if you have not done so already. I will collect them tomorrow.

1. What are petroleum and natural gas?
2. Where do they come from?
3. How are they retrieved?
4. How are they turned into useful products?
5. What petroleum products do we use every day?
6. What is their impact on society in CR?

23/4

We had a quiz today. If you were absent you must see me about making it up.

Homework: Complete steps 1-10 on the energy transfers involved in a fossil fuel plant (worksheet) for Thursday


16/4

Can You Patent Human Genes?

11/4



1) Find a current event (article, news clip, etc.) that presents a controversial science issue related to energy (it must be from within the last 2 years) *Use reliable sources!!!!!!!!*

2) Read it

3) Write a reaction paper (See below)



Formatting Requirements: At least 1.5 pages of content, typed, double spaced, times new roman, 12 point font, 1 inch or 2.5 cm margins



What is a reaction paper?__

–Intro paragraph introduces the issue and provides some background info (if it is a controversial topic, briefly overview both sides of the conflict)

–1 paragraph is dedicated to a summary of the article – in your own words!

–1 paragraph is dedicated to your personal reaction/opinion in regards to the event and the ethical issues it presents .

–Conclusion paragraph





•DUE MONDAY (Attach BOTH the article AND your paper to an email and send it to me no later than 8:00 am on Monday.)



Some websites that might help you get started:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

http://discovermagazine.com/

http://www.popsci.com/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/

http://www.the-scientist.com/

http://www.newscientist.com

http://truththeory.com/category/articles/science-articles/

http://www.popsci.com/

http://myscienceacademy.org


15/3

HW: You must email me your completed science portfolio (both parts) no later than 8:00 am on Monday.

12/3

Homework: You must email your responses to the article questions to me NO LATER THAN 8:00 AM ON THURSDAY.

1. Choose an article
2. Answer the questions regarding the article
3. By next Tuesday, you will be required to teach the class about the main body system involved, the parts of the endocrine system involved, and any key parts of the brain involved in the process discussed in the research. (Don't worry about starting this part today. We will start this Thursday.)
4. This will be your first grade entry for Trimester 3 so make it good!


Article choices:

Do electromagnetic fields affect the pineal gland, limiting human consciousness?
http://truththeory.com/2012/11/21/do-electromagnetic-fields-affect-the-pineal-gland-limiting-human-consciousness/

Feedback loop maintains basal cell population
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101121540.htm


Fruit Flies Reveal New Evolutionary Link for Studying Human Health: How They Control Body Temperature Through Circadian Rhythm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120913123223.htm

Fructose Has Different Effect Than Glucose On Brain Regions That Regulate Appetite


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130101182010.htm


Low Ghrelin: Reducing Appetite at the Cost of Increased Stress?


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120913084637.htm


Molecular Key to Exhaustion Following Sleep Deprivation


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307122917.htm



Obesity-Related Hormone Discovered in Fruit Flies


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120927124200.htm


Skin and Immune System Influence Salt Storage and Regulate Blood Pressure


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120908081613.htm




11/3
LAB DUE TOMORROW. SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

2 THINGS:
  • In reference to our class discussion--nothing was written in reference to Dropbox on Friday. It clearly says to email the lab. Please read more carefully in the future.
  • At this point, it's fine if you submit on Dropbox IN ADDITION TO emailing it to me as an attachment, but I do expect that you will EMAIL IT AS AN ATTACHMENT AS WELL.





8/3

LAB DUE TUESDAY -- Must be sent to my email as an attachment no later than 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 12th. There will be no exceptions.

Graph help:

28/2

Homework:

BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT:
1. Do some research to find out the role of the brain and hormones in maintaining homeostasis in the human body. (Also provide an example or two!)
2. Summarize the main ideas in your own words
3. Email me your summary paragraph BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT


22/2

FORMAL LAB REPORT IS DUE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH -- NO EXCEPTIONS

Jose and Zach:

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLv3SkF_Eag

Use this sheet to guide your notes on the video:

19/2

Homework:
1) Make sure your procedure is finalized and that all group members have a copy. Update your data. Every group member should have a copy. There will be no excuses if group members are absent at some point and you do not have the required information.

2) Each person must email me their lab hypothesis no later than midnight tonight. (It must be written as an if/then statement that states how you think the IV and the DV are related.)

12/2

HOMEWORK:

By 8:00 am TOMORROW MORNING you must email the following:

1) your group's DETAILED and SPECIFIC procedure
2) your data tables

I will email you back with feedback.

ON THURSDAY YOU WILL ALL SET UP YOUR EXPERIMENTS. BE SURE TO BRING ALL MATERIALS TO SCHOOL BY THEN.

11/2

Homework:
By 8:00 am tomorrow morning, send me an email that contains the following:
  • Names of group members
  • Experimental question
  • Materials List

The written procedure will be due by the end of class tomorrow

FORMAL LAB REPORT due next Friday (22/2)

RUBRIC:
LAB REPORT OUTLINE:


8/2

Bring materials for Mon

4/2

Water Quality Test

•Dissolved Oxygen
•Nitrate
•Phosphate
•Ph Level
•Fecal Coliform
•Turbidity
•Total Solids
•Temperature and Flow Rate
•Biochemical Oxygen Demand

Questions to answer about each test:

•Why do we test for this thing?
•What is the test method?
•How is it measured? (units and what the units mean)
•What is an acceptable level in water? Why?
•What is the effect on living things and ecosystems if the water has a higher than normal result for this test?
•What if the water has a lower than normal result for this test?


30/1

FYI: I emailed everyone the list of things we've wondered about. Sorry for any typos; I was typing quickly as you were talking and I didn't check thoroughly for errors.

28/1

WATER FOOTPRINT: (ON WIKI)
http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator

MAKE SURE YOU SAVE YOUR RESULTS FROM THE SITE

HOMEWORK:

Respond to the following using COMPLETE SENTENCES:

1. How many m^3 of water do you use per year?
2. How many liters is that? Gallons?
3. Under what category is your highest water consumption? Lowest? Why do you think that is?
4. Do you feel you under-consume water, over-consume water or are you about average? Why do you think so?
5. What are some practical ways you could lower your water consumption?
6. Count how many T-shirts you own and record this number.

18/1

Aquifer lab was due today (data table and questions)

15/1

Homework: Completed lab due first thing on THURSDAY

11/1

Homework:
•Monitor your family’s water use for 2 days and arrange it on a data table
•From your data and personal knowledge estimate how much water your family uses in
•1 week
•1 month
•1 year



8/1
Homework: REACTION PAPER DUE FRIDAY (11/1)

1) Use reliable sources to research this claim more thoroughly. EBSCOhost is no longer working, so you will have to find your sources independently. I suggest GOOGLE SCHOLAR. Find out whether this information is valid, or if there is more to the story. When writing your arguments, please quote reliable sources as evidence. Save any research/reports/articles you read/refer to because you must include a bibliography.

2) Formatting Requirements: At least 2 pages of content, typed, double spaced, times new roman, 12 point font, 0.5 inch margins

3) What is a reaction paper?
–Intro paragraph
–1 paragraph is dedicated to a summary of the article – in your own words!
–2 paragraphs (at least) dedicated to your personal reaction/opinion in regards to the event, the article's validity and the ethical issues it presents . You must quote reliable sources to support your claims
–Conclusion paragraph
--Bibliography (THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 2 PAGES OF CONTENT)

Article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-43767/Worlds-GM-babies-born.html

Follow-up links:

1. About the scientist:
http://bestivf.org/about-us/art-institute-of-washington-inc/jacques-cohen/

2. More in depth report from Washington Monthly:
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0203.brownlee.html

3. One person's opinion:
http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/02/worlds-first-genetically-modified-babies-born-or-were-they/



28/11

Helpful article: You can use this to double check your work.

Biogeochemical Cycles Overview (Encyclopedia of Earth)

22/11

Cycles project:

Groups:
Water: Jose, Zach, Liam
Nitrogen: Marcony, Roo, Bianca, Vianney
Phosphorus: Camila, Andrea, Dominic
Carbon: Nils, Kalima, Koral
Sulfur: Jackson, Matt, Omar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

11/22 (thurs)-11/28 (wed) - CLASS TIME TO WORK ON PROJECT
11/29 (thurs)- USE THIS CLASS TO PUT FINAL DETAILS ON PROJECT AND PLAN YOUR PRESENTATION (You must show me your completed project before the end of this class.)
11/30 (friday)-12/3 (monday)- Presentations (and a little review on Mon.)
12/4 (tues)- TEST ON CYCLES
12/5 (wed)-12/6 (thurs)- RINCON TRIP
12/7 - CONFERENCES

THEN IT'S VACATION TIME!!!



9/11

Great discussion today. No homework.

2/11
1) Your lab is due Monday. If you already turned it in, don't worry about it.
2) Quiz MONDAY

1/11

Homework:
1) Part 2 of your quiz will be tomorrow. I will give you some sort of graph or chart and ask some short-answer questions about it.

2) Part 1 of your lab should be completed for tomorrow. Be ready to explain the demographics of your region of the world to your other classmates. You will be put into new groups containing 1 person from each region of the world. If you are not prepared, that will negatively impact your entire group. NOTE: if you are struggling to answer number 4, you can leave it blank for now. I will explain it more tomorrow. Good luck!

HERE IS A COPY OF THE LAB IF YOU NEED TO REFERENCE YOUR AMBASSADOR CARD:




30/10

Homework: Read this article and answer the questions below:
Birth and Death Rates

Questions:

1. Explain in words what it means if the birth rate is 23 per 100. Is this a high birth rate or a low birth rate
2. If 3000 babies were born last year in a population of 15000, what is the birth rate per 1000?
3. What would be considered a high death rate per 1000? A low death rate?
4. Based on what you've learned about birth and death rates, what do you think infant mortality rate measures?
5. Where would you expect to find a high infant mortality rate? Why?
6. Where would you expect to find a low infant mortality rate? Why?


29/10

Questions from today:



Homework: Study for quiz tomorrow.

26/10

Homework: Review your notes. Possible quiz on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

23/10
Homework: Download Dropbox and have your notes ready for Thursday.

From this day forward, our goal is efficiency! :)

Notes for today:



16/10

Lynx/hare lab due tomorrow

12/10

Lab handout:



5-10
HW: Wiki feedback for presenters

1-10

HOMEWORK: PREPARE FOR PRESENTATION!!!! Be ready tomorrow. If my computer is your backup plan, send me your documents tonight so that I can have them ready tomorrow in case the internet isn't working.

Powerpoint Rubric:


Oral Presentation Rubric:


24.9

Citing Sources**
•SON OF CITATION MACHINE (APA 6TH EDITION)
http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?reqstyleid=2&newstyle=2&stylebox=2

–TO USE THIS WEBSITE: INPUT INFO FROM YOUR SOURCE INTO THE APPROPRIATE BOXES, THEN IT WILL FORMAT THE CITATION FOR YOU!
–PASTE THE LONG CITATION ONTO YOUR REFERENCE PAGE– YOU WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO FORMAT IT WITH THE SECOND LINE INDENTED
–USE THE PARENTHETICAL CITATION WHEREVER YOU QUOTE THE SOURCE WITHIN THE POWERPOINT

21/9

Homework: Continue working on your project. Due on TUESDAY

20/9

Homework: Continue working on your project

USE THIS AMAZING RESOURCE FOR RELIABLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION:


http://search.ebscohost.com
User ID: lapazschool
Password: password

13/9

HW: Continue researching your topic

11/9

Homework:
•Post your research question(s) to the Wiki
•Rationale due Thursday!
(Please feel free to send/give it to me early if you want feedback.)

10/9

Here is the project description:
The Costa's question starters are posted under Thursday

Homework:

•Collect a water sample from a body of water near you and bring it to class tomorrow. Please label it with your name and where you found it.
•You need to develop a research question by tomorrow

–Examples include: the ocean, puddles, still water from any location, ponds, streams, etc.
•IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR LAB SAFETY CONTRACT SIGNED/RETURNED YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LAB(S) THIS WEEK. YOU WILL BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENT.



7/9

What a crazy day!

No homework.

Sept. 6, 2012
  1. I'm so glad that everyone is safe and sound from yesterday's earthquake. I've included a really neat website with a live map tracking earthquakes around the world: Real Time Earthquakes Map
  2. Here are the Costa's Question Starters:
  3. Homework: Answer your questions about waterborne illnesses from this morning (INCLUDE: 1) question, 2) answer and 3) source). Post your responses to the WIKI. (Also save a copy on your computer in case we don't have internet access tomorrow!)

9/4 Homework:

1) Do some internet research to find out what waterborne illnesses are. (Either print and show evidence that you've actively read/understand the information, or take notes on a separate piece of paper)
2) From your preliminary research, choose 3 to 5 waterborne diseases that you would be interested in researching.


9/3 Homework: Get lab safety contract signed.