Welcome & Assignment 1

Hello all. Welcome to Mary and Brian’s fall 2019 Physics course. I will be posting work here and to the Google Classroom. Each student should also create a blog to house their portfolio of student work. This portfolio will serve as the evidence of growth and will allow students to obtain their final grade in the course.

Our first class project is linked below. Students should create a blog as a digital warehouse of their work. They can use WordPress, Blogspot, Wix, Weebly, etc. The important thing is that they will have assignments due each week on their blog.

For this week’s project, get your three photos up along with your short written piece accompanying all three. Include a short reflective piece on your blog. Share what you learned about photography. What was your process like? Did you enjoy it? Do you see yourself doing more photography?

Students will submit their weekly blog post through Google Classroom. Assignments will also be posted there.

Intro to Photography Project

World is Ending Articles

Human Impact:

  1. Salton Sea Looming Environmental Disaster
  2. Salton Sea Faces Catastrophic Future
  3. Governor Jerry Brown to Decide Fate of Bond Proposal

High Altitude Balloon

  1. Watch the first HTH Balloon Video
  2. Watch Ascent
  3. Photography from a balloon
  4. MIT Balloon Article

Drone Film

  1. Watch Golden Coast for ideas
  2. Watch New York City film
  3. Watch Epic Drone Film
  4. Read How Drones Fly
  5. Read What Drones Did Next 

Tree Planting

  1. Listen to this RadioLab
  2. Read Bark Beetle
  3. Read Plant a Tree

Sea Explorers

  1. Read Ocean Acidity
  2. Read NASA 
  3. Read Ocean Might Swallow CA
  4. Explore NOOA’s Sea Level Rise Predictor

Science Final Grade

Please keep the following in mind as you work through the end of the semester and finalize your blog.

  • You need thirteen posts responding to the questions from each week. You can find those here: http://www.quantumquasars.com/about
  • 300 word reflection on How You are Ready for the Next Grade Level
  • Photos – At least 28
    • 1 processed astrophotography image from shared folder
    • 3 from the zoo
    • 6 from downtown and Barrio Logan
    • 3 from Ocean Beach
    • 3 from Little Italy
    • 2 from Balboa Park
    • 2 from Sunset Cliffs
    • 3 from Old Town
    • 3 from Liberty Station
    • At least two from the studio session one and two
  • Problem Sets – 4
    • Waves (post 3), Optics (post 4), Energy Usage (post 8) and Ideal Problem Set (post 9)
  • Map from beginning of semester 1 & 2
  • Final Page from semester
  • Depth of Thought on the four or six posts you want graded. Put more work into these. Write more. Think more. Show it. This will be the difference between an A and a B.
  • Honors Post (if needed)

Work Time – May 26th

Please work on the following during the time you are given on May 26th

  • Blog Post 1 – 13. Many of you still have work to make up here. Please send me an email with the final list of blogs you want graded. Freshman choose four posts. Sophomores choose six. Email me by the end of the day.
  • 300 word essay reflecting on how they are ready to move to the next grade using evidence from humanities, science, and math.
  • Use the tPOL rubric  and the reflective questions list to put together a 7 – 10 minute presentation for you transitional Presentation of Learning. You will be presenting this to Adam, Brian, and a panel of your peers over the final week and a half of school. Feel free to begin practicing said presentation if you get that far.
  • Final print. Process your favorite photo from the semester for a large print. We will only print the photo for you if we have an assurance the the image has a place to be hung. This could mean your home. It would be better if it was a business, a public gathering spot or even a friend’s home. You will need a 13″ x 19″ or 19″ x 13 “, 300 dpi, processed image in either psd or jpg. Add the files to this shared folder on Google drive. This is one students can opt out of. However, there are over 25 students who wanted to do this. We will begin printing on Monday. We will print in the order the photos are placed into the folder.
  • You can go into the astronomy shared folder to access, download and process an astrophoto. Students can use the data to create timelapses, digital photography or photography for prints. We will go over how to stack and prep the deep field photos next week. We will have additional data then as well. Students should know how to process a single photo. Look online for tutorials on how to create star trails or time lapses.