3rd Period Conceptual Physics – Extra Credit Assignment Description
From now until the end of
the year, you will be able to do Extra Credit assignments to cancel out some
of the assignments you may have turned in late, missed or where you got a 0
for whatever reason on a review day.
The extra credit assignment is to work
through some of the homework problems or concepts and document what you did
and what sites you used along with a brief review of them.
Credit is earned when you complete (for extra
credit) by making 3 postings on the newsgroup for at least 3 different
resources you used.
- the question number and/or
- the page source or author (i.e. Los
Alamos National LAB, NASA , NOVA, etc.) the link to the page
- that concept or question you
- a rating of 1 to 5
(1-'DUH, waste of time' , 2-'Sure, but I could don't know
anymore than I already did', 3-'hmm, that makes more sense
now',4-'Gee, is that what that means!”, to 5-'NOW I
- Brief explanation of what was good or
bad about it. If was bogus it’s ok to say so as long as you say
how it you might fix it. Good or bad make some suggestions for
how it could be made more useful, interesting, relevant, or
accessible ( How could it be improved)
These extra credit
assignments are intended to introduce you to alternative methods of learning
core class content. It is also hoped that you use this opportunity to
explore how your physics lessons are relevant to things familiar to you,
whether it is something you do or something you are interested in. Finally,
its is hoped that when you do find a resource that is useful you communicate
to your teachers and your classmates what that resource was, where it can be
accesses, what it helped you with, and why it was useful to you.
I also hope that you use
this opportunity to explore both physics and something of interest to you
and think about how one is related to the other.
Because this is an
exploration opportunity, you are free to propose an alternative assignment.
You may do so but only with prior approval. If doing a web-based assignment
is problematic, I will also consider written reports of similar research.
Also since you have to opportunity to re-take exams from earlier in the
semester, you should combine your preparation for the make-up with and extra
credit assignment for that chapter.
For those of you that
plan to you are re-taking a test from an earlier chapter you should consider
doing the extra credit assignment as part of your preparation for the
|Postings must be done by submitted to me
by 5 pm on the day following that chapter's exam but should be
posted the previous evening, or printed versions by beginning of
class that same day.
The following is a description of what I want you
to do for chapter 17 and/or chapter 18 to get credit.
Post 3 brief reviews of 3 DIFFERENT pages or sites
you used to research key concepts or specific homework or review questions
from the current or next chapter that you found helpful in either
understanding the concept or answering the question. I do not want you to
use examples where you just looked up a number or a word. Just simply
looking at it is not enough. If you review something and did not find it
useful, you must explain why it wasn’t and how you would improve it.
The resources should also be of
different types. Examples of different types would include sites
that are primarily on-line textbooks, animations, simulations,
games, videos, on-line tutoring resources/newsgroups, or
This will be handled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Stake out your claim to a site to avoid having to worry about this. I would
suggest you make a posting with the name and URL (link) to the resource and
the concept you are using it stake your claim to it for before you spend
much time on it and then go back and add to or reply to you original
YOUR POSTING SHOULD LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THE FOLLOWING
NEWSGROUP POSTING FOR CHAPTER 17
For extra credit assignment you must do 3 different postings
similar to this
: review questions #69,73,78
: USING THE PERIODIC TABLE
: PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB CHEMISTRY
: Using the periodic table as a way to quickly determine
chemical and atomic characteristics based on where they are on
the table. Elements side by side on the periodic table differ
by one proton in their nucleus, the number of protons is the
ATOMIC number listed on the chart that defines what element
the atom is. ATOMS directly above or below have same number of
electrons in their outmost orbital shell.
Rating:(5 - NOW I
It really helped to
be able to click on elements and see a picture of their atomic
structure. I learned that you can find out what element would
result when a proton is removed or added to an atom of a
specific element by just looking at the elements right next to
it on the table. Using this site helped me see how chemists can
use the chart as a tool to make their jobs easier. The
additional tutorials and history made it all fit together a
little more clearly.
|When done print out a copy of
your posting and the resources you list to turn in to me or put
them together in an MS Word document and email it to me. If it
is late I may not accept it so it is a good idea to hand me a
piece of paper even if you do email it to me. Take a screen
capture( go to software page) of it and paste it
into a word document an email it to me How you
document it is not as important as what you learned.
- BE PREPARED TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR POSTING FROM ME.
- IF IT IS APPARENT THAT YOU
DID NOTHING BUT LOOK BRIEFLY AT THE SITE LISTED, THAT WILL NOT
BE COUNTED. If you are going to review a site that has already
been reviewed, you may want to think twice as I will be much
more critical or duplicate reviews.
- If you are not sure, post
more than the minimum three reviews. Quantity is almost as good
as quantity for this type of assignment.
- Don’t get stuck on one site,
try out a variety. Do your own searches. Try anther search
engine than Google. (you will get different results for the same
- I AM NOT LOOKING
FOR EVIDENCE OF YOUR COMPUTER SKILLS. I AM LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE
OF YOUR USING THE WEB AS A TOOL TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND PHYSICS.
Explore. Enjoy. Propose an alternative
assignment if you have any ideas. I will consider anything reasonable that
fits within the constraints of this semesters’ coursework.