All posts by Chris Carman

I'm a science teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio, where I've taught since 2005, and I previously taught at Hamilton High School for seven years. I've been married to my wife since 2003, and we have two great kids, Anna & Dylan.

Coronavirus Closure Plans

Due to school being closed by the coronavirus pandemic, students in my classes should follow these plans:

  • Environmental Science:
  • AP Environmental Science:
    • follow the APES assignments document on Google Classroom; assignments will also be posted on Remind like usual
  • AP Physics 2:
    • follow the AP Physics 2 assignments document on Google Classroom; assignments will also be posted on Remind like usual
  • AT Chemistry:
    • finish Lab 6 & 7 write-up; await further instructions
  • AP Computer Science Principles:
    • finish Unit 4
    • complete the Explore Task
    • complete the Create Task
    • work on Unit 5

Since Governor DeWine has said that it’s likely we’ll be out longer than three weeks, please keep in touch through Remind, email or text.  Stay calm, stay safe, stay indoors, and I hope we’ll all see each other soon (but not too soon!).

Environmental Science: Mon. 3/9 – Fri. 3/13

Hello! This week, we’ll wrap up our unit on Aquatic & Terrestrial Pollution so we can close out 3rd Quarter and get ready to forget everything over Spring Break. 🙂 Here’s our agenda for Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 13th:

  • Mon. 3/9
    • re-finish #8-5: Lethal Dose (LD50) Lab 🙂
    • APES: read Ch. 20-1 through 20-3 and answer Questions #1-6 on p.571 (due Fri. 3/13)
  • Tue. 3/10
    • watch first half of “Contagion”
    • DUE: #8-7: Water Purification Lab
  • Wed. 3/11
    • watch “The Story of Poo” video
    • start #8-10: Fecal Coliform Testing
  • Thu. 3/12
    • finish #8-10: Fecal Coliform Testing
    • DUE: #8-8: Pollution Laws Timeline
  • Fri. 3/13
    • Quiz #8: Aquatic & Terrestrial Pollution
    • DUE: #8-9: Infectious Disease Activity
    • APES DUE: p.571 Questions #1-6

Have a wonderful week! 3rd Quarter ends on March 20th, so make sure you turn in all of your work on time.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 3/9 – Fri. 3/13

Hello, future optical engineers! Here are your assignments for Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 13th:

  • Mon. 3/9
    • refraction; review light & reflection HW; discuss Laser Boxes data
    • HW: start write-up for Lab #3-7: Laser Boxes! (due Wed. 3/11)
  • Tue. 3/10
    • total internal reflection; review reflection & refraction HW
    • HW: finish write-up for Lab #3-7: Laser Boxes!
  • Wed. 3/11
    • review reflection & refraction HW
    • DUE: write-up for Lab #3-7: Laser Boxes!
  • Thu. 3/12
    • Quiz #3-5A: Reflection & Refraction
    • HW: read Ch. 23-7 thru -8; do p. 657-8 Questions #16-28
  • Fri. 3/13
    • review quiz; intro to curved mirrors & lenses
    • HW: re-read Ch. 23-2 thru -3 (seriously); do p. 659 Problems #7-16

We only have three days left after this week before Spring Break and the Senior Class Trip, so we’re just going to try to get a basic understanding of lenses before we forget everything. Once we get mirrors and lenses down, we’ll do physical optics (which is a little weird but only appears on the exam in a limited amount), and then we’ll probably cover fluids during state-mandated testing. That gives us about 2-3 weeks of in-class review before the exam in May, which should be plenty. Have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 3/2 – Fri. 3/6

Welcome to the first week of March, the end of magnetism, and our first lessons on optics! Here are your assignments for Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th:

  • Mon. 3/2
    • Quiz #3-4A: Magnetic Induction
    • DUE: write-up for Lab #3-6: Magnetic Induction
  • Tue. 3/3
    • review quiz; intro to geometric optics
    • HW: read Ch. 23-1 thru -3; do p. 657 Questions #1-8
  • Wed. 3/4
    • Quiz #3-4B: Magnetic Induction
    • HW: do p. 658-9 Problems #1-4
  • Thu. 3/5
    • reflection & refraction; review light HW
    • HW: read Ch. 23-4 thru -6; do p. 657 Questions #9-15
  • Fri. 3/6
    • Lab #3-7: Laser Boxes!
    • HW: do p. 659 Problems #23-34, 36-39; start write-up for Lab #3-7: Laser Boxes! (due Tue. 3/10)

Enjoy the warmer week!

Environmental Science: Mon. 3/2 – Fri. 3/6

Welcome to March! We will continue our unit on Aquatic & Terrestrial Pollution with some more labs and an investigation into pollution laws. Here’s what we’re doing for Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 6th:

  • Mon. 3/2
    • finish #8-5: Lethal Dose (LD50) Lab
    • DUE: #7-1: Air Quality Index (AQI)
    • APES: read Ch. 17-4 through 17-5 and answer Questions #7-10 and the Data Analysis on p.470 (due Fri. 3/6)
  • Tue. 3/3
    • #8-7: Water Purification Lab
    • DUE: #8-3: Bioaccumulation Activity
  • Wed. 3/4
    • watch “Cosmos: The Clean Room” video
  • Thu. 3/5
    • #8-8: Pollution Laws Timeline
    • DUE: #8-6: Forensic Groundwater Contamination Lab
  • Fri. 3/6
    • #8-9: Infectious Disease Activity
    • DUE: #8-4: Eutrophication Lab
    • APES DUE: p.470 #7-10 & Data Analysis

We only have a few weeks left before the end of 3rd Quarter, so make sure you get your work turned in. Let me know if you have any questions, and have a great week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 2/24 – Fri. 2/28

Welcome to the last week of February! This week, we’ll wrap up magnetism and magnetic induction. Here are your assignments for Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th:

  • Mon. 2/24
    • review magnetism quiz
    • motional emf & induced current
    • HW: read Ch. 21-3 & -4; do p. 610 Problems #1-15
  • Tue. 2/25
    • Quiz #3-3B: Magnetism
  • Wed. 2/26
    • Lab #3-6: Magnetic Induction
    • HW: start write-up for Lab #3-6: Magnetic Induction (due Fri. 2/28)
  • Thu. 2/27
    • finish lab; review induction HW questions & problems
    • HW: finish write-up for Lab #3-6: Magnetic Induction
  • Fri. 2/28
    • Quiz #3-4A: Magnetic Induction
    • HW: read Ch. 22-3 thru -4; do p. 629-630 Problems #5-13 & 17
    • DUE: write-up for Lab #3-6: Magnetic Induction

March is just around the corner, and with it comes… optics! Only two more topics left in the class. Have a great week!

Environmental Science: Mon. 2/24 – Fri. 2/28

Finally, a normal week without holidays, snow days or professional development! This week we’ll continue our unit on Aquatic & Terrestrial Pollution by setting up several long-term labs and doing a couple simulations. Should be fun! Here’s what we’re doing for Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th:

  • Mon. 2/24
    • #8-3: Bioaccumulation Activity; set up #8-4: Eutrophication Lab
    • APES: read Ch. 17-1 through -3 and answer Questions #1-6 on p.469 (due Fri. 2/28)
  • Tue. 2/25
    • erosion demo
  • Wed. 2/26
    • start #8-5: Lethal Dose (LD50) Lab
    • DUE: #8-1: Pollution in Your Neighborhood
  • Thu. 2/27
    • #8-6: Forensic Groundwater Contamination Lab
  • Fri. 2/28
    • finish #8-4: Eutrophication Lab
    • DUE: #8-2: Pollutants in the Body
    • APES DUE: p.469 #1-6

Enjoy the last week of February! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Environmental Science: Tue. 2/18 – Fri. 2/21

I hope you enjoyed your 4-day weekend! This week we’ll start our new unit on Aquatic & Terrestrial Pollution. Here’s what we’re doing for the shortened week of Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February 21st:

  • Mon. 2/17
    • Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL
    • APES: complete Unit 7 Progress Check: MCQ on AP Classroom (due Fri. 2/21)
  • Tue. 2/18
    • Quiz #7: Atmospheric Pollution (make-up)
    • start #8-1: Pollution in Your Neighborhood
    • DUE: #7-4: Acid Rain Lab
    • APES DUE: Ch. 18 Questions #2, 3, 4, 8, & 9 and the Data Analysis on p.502
  • Wed. 2/19
    • finish #8-1: Pollution in Your Neighborhood
    • DUE: #7-5: Noise Pollution Lab
  • Thu. 2/20
    • the endocrine system; start #8-2: Pollutants in the Body
  • Fri. 2/21
    • finish #8-2: Pollutants in the Body
    • APES DUE: complete Unit 7 Progress Check: MCQ on AP Classroom

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have an excellent week!

AP Physics 2: Tue. 2/18 – Fri. 2/21

I hope you enjoyed your 4-day weekend! We’ll wrap up the basics of magnetism this week and move into the weirdness of magnetic induction next week. Here are your assignments for Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February 21st:

  • Mon. 2/17
    • Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Tue. 2/18
    • review magnetism HW problems
  • Wed. 2/19
    • Lab #3-5: Magnetic Force
    • HW: Lab #3-5: Magnetic Force (due Fri. 2/21)
  • Thu. 2/20
    • review magnetism HW problems
  • Fri. 2/21
    • Quiz #3-3A: Magnetism
    • HW: read Ch. 21-1 & -2; do p. 609 Questions #1-6
    • DUE: Lab #3-5: Magnetic Force

Have a great week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Environmental Science: Mon. 2/10 – Thu. 2/13

I hope you enjoyed your unexpected 3-day weekend! This week we’ll wrap up our unit on Atmospheric Pollution. Here’s what we’re doing for Monday, February 10th through Thursday, February 13th:

  • Mon. 2/10
    • finish #7-4: Acid Rain Lab
    • watch “VICE: The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China” video
    • DUE: #7-2: Air Pollution in Kent
    • APES: read Ch. 18 and answer Questions #2, 3, 4, 8, & 9 and the Data Analysis on p.502 (due Tue. 2/18)
  • Tue. 2/11
    • start #7-5: Noise Pollution Lab
    • DUE: #7-3: Greenhouse Effect Lab
  • Wed. 2/12
    • Quiz #7: Atmospheric Pollution
    • finish #7-5: Noise Pollution Lab
  • Thu. 2/13
    • review quiz
    • intro to Unit #8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution
  • Fri. 2/14
    • Teacher Professional Development – NO SCHOOL

I hope you have a great week; enjoy your 4-day weekend!