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.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/18 – Mon. 11/25

Welcome to the last full school week of November! This week we’re going to learn about electric potential very quickly so that we can move on to capacitance in the hopes that we can complete DC circuits by the end of the semester. Here are your assignments for Monday, November 18th through Monday, November 25th:

  • Mon. 11/18
    • Quiz #2-2B: Electrostatics
    • intro to electric potential
    • HW: do Problems #1-13 (p.489)
  • Tue. 11/19
    • review book homework from Ch. 17
    • HW: do Problems #14-24 (p.489)
  • Wed. 11/20
    • review book homework from Ch. 17; start Lab #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations
    • HW: Lab #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations (due Fri. 11/22)
  • Thu. 11/21
    • finish Lab #2-3; review book homework from Ch. 17
  • Fri. 11/22
    • Quiz #2-3A: Electric Potential
    • HW: read Ch. 17-7 thru 17-9
    • DUE: Lab #2-3: Electric Potential Simulations
  • Mon. 11/25
    • review quiz; intro to capacitance

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Environmental Science: Mon. 11/18 – Mon. 11/25

This week we’ll be getting into the meat of Unit #5: Land and Water Use (har har har!). Here are your assignments for Monday, November 18th through Monday, November 25th:

  • Mon. 11/18
    • #5-2: What the World Eats
    • AP: read Chapter 12-1 through 12-3; do p.313 Questions #2-6 (due Friday 11/22)
  • Tue. 11/19
    • watch “This American Life: In Iowa, No One Can Hear You Scream” video
    • start #5-3: Agriculture in Ohio
  • Wed. 11/20
    • finish #5-3: Agriculture in Ohio
    • DUE: #5-1: The Fishing Lab
  • Thu. 11/21
    • Guest presentation on “Environment & Modern Agriculture” by Katie Medlock of the Education Choices Program!
  • Fri. 11/22
    • #5-4: The Impact of Food Choices
    • AP DUE: p.313 Questions #2-6
  • Mon. 11/25
    • watch “My Life as a Turkey” video
    • DUE: #5-2: What the World Eats
    • AP: complete Unit 3 Progress Check: MCQ on AP Classroom (due Monday 12/2)

Have a wonderful week, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Environmental Science: Mon. 11/11 – Fri. 11/15

Say hello to snow! We’re wrapping up Unit #4 and then moving on to Unit #5: Land and Water Use. Here are your assignments for Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 15th:

  • Mon. 11/11
    • finish #4-4: Watersheds of the United States
    • Seasons, climate & El Niño/La Niña
    • DUE: #4-3: Web Soil Survey
    • AP: read Chapter 7; do p.163 Questions #2, 3, 5, 9 & Data Analysis (due Friday 11/15)
  • Tue. 11/12
    • Quiz #4: Earth Systems and Resources
    • “The Tragedy of the Commons”
  • Wed. 11/13
    • review quiz
    • #5-1: The Fishing Lab
  • Thu. 11/14
    • Quiz #4: Earth Systems and Resources (make-up)
    • start watching “Food Machine” video
  • Fri. 11/15
    • finish watching “Food Machine” video
    • DUE: #4-4: Watersheds of the United States
    • AP DUE: p.163 Questions #2, 3, 5, 9 & Data Analysis

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/11 – Fri. 11/15

Here comes the snow! This week we’re going to wrap up electrostatics and electromagnetic force calculations before moving on to electric potential and circuits next week. Here are your assignments for Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 15th:

  • Mon. 11/11
    • finish Lab #2-2; review book homework from Ch. 16
  • Tue. 11/12
    • review book homework from Ch. 16
    • DUE: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations
  • Wed. 11/13
    • Quiz #2-2A: Electrostatics
    • HW: read Chapters 17.1 thru 17.5; do Questions #1-13 (p.488)
  • Thu. 11/14
    • review quiz; intro to electric potential
    • HW: do Problems #1-13 (p.489)
  • Fri. 11/15
    • Quiz #2-2B: Electrostatics
    • HW: do Problems #14-24 (p.489)

Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy your week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 11/4 – Fri. 11/8

Welcome to November! This week we’ll review electrostatics and develop a solid understanding of electric fields. Here are your assignments for the week of Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th:

  • Mon. 11/4
    • Lab #2-1: Electrostatics
    • HW: Lab #2-1: Electrostatics (due Wed. 11/6)
  • Tue. 11/5
    • finish electrostatics lab
  • Wed. 11/6
    • Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations
    • HW: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations (due Fri. 11/8)
    • DUE: Lab #2-1: Electrostatics
  • Thu. 11/7
    • review book homework from Ch. 16
  • Fri. 11/8
    • watch “Cosmos: The Electric Boy:” video
    • DUE: Lab #2-2: Electric Field Simulations

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Environmental Science – Mon. 11/4 – Fri. 11/8

Welcome to November! We’re continuing with our dirt activities before moving on to the atmosphere and watersheds. Here are your assignments for Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th:

  • Mon. 11/4
    • finish #4-3: Web Soil Survey
    • AP: complete Unit 2 Progress Check MCQ on AP Classroom (due Friday 11/8)
  • Tue. 11/5
    • start watching “Dirt! The Movie”
  • Wed. 11/6
    • finish watching “Dirt! The Movie”
    • DUE: #4-1: Soil Tests Lab
  • Thu. 11/7
    • the atmosphere, wind patterns & weather
    • DUE: #4-2: Dirt Crayons
  • Fri. 11/8
    • #4-4: Watersheds of the United States
    • AP DUE: Unit 2 Progress Check MCQ on AP Classroom

Let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/28 – Fri. 11/1

Happy Halloween! This week we’ll move on from thermodynamics quizzes to something completely different: electrostatics! Here are your assignments for the week of Monday, October 28th through Friday, November 1st:

  • Mon. 10/28
    • review quiz; intro to electrostatics
    • HW: read Ch. 16-1 thru -6; do Chapter 16 Questions #1-12 (p.464)
  • Tue. 10/29
    • Quiz #2-1B: Thermodynamics & Cyclic Processes
    • HW: read Ch. 16-7 thru -9; do Chapter 16 Questions #13-23 (p.464)
  • Wed. 10/30
    • Electric charge & E-field
    • HW: do Problems #1-12 (p.465)
  • Thu. 10/31
    • review homework
    • HW: do Problems #13-22 (p.465)
  • Fri. 11/1
    • review homework

Like always, please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy the cool fall weather, and don’t forget to “fall back” on Sunday!

Environmental Science – Mon. 10/28 – Fri. 11/1

Happy Halloween! We’re starting our new unit on Earth Systems and Resources, which includes some hands-on investigations of dirt. Here are your assignments for Monday, October 28th through Friday, November 1st:

  • Mon. 10/28
    • review Quiz #3
    • rock kits!
    • DUE: #3-4: Population Growth by Country
    • AP: read Chapter 14; do Chapter Review Questions #2, 3, 6, 7, 9 & Data Analysis on p.370-371 (due Friday 11/1)
  • Tue. 10/29
    • QUIZ #3: Populations (make-up)
    • #4-1: Soil Tests Lab
    • DUE: #3-5: Solutions to Population Growth
  • Wed. 10/30
    • finish Soil Tests Lab
  • Thu. 10/31
    • #4-2: Dirt Crayons
  • Fri. 11/1
    • start #4-3: Web Soil Survey
    • AP DUE: p.370-371 Questions #2, 3, 6, 7, 9 & Data Analysis

Have a great week and stay warm! As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

AP Physics 2: Mon. 10/21 – Fri. 10/25

Welcome to the first week of 2nd Quarter! This week we’ll take a look at entropy and wrap up Thermodynamics with a quiz. Here are your assignments for Monday, October 21st through Friday, October 25th:

  • Mon. 10/21
    • review Chapter 15 Problems #1-13 & #17-27
  • Tue. 10/22
    • 2nd Law & Entropy notes
    • review Chapter 15 Questions #12-22
    • HW: do Chapter 15 Problems #51-53, 55, 60, 61 & 65
  • Wed. 10/23
    • review homework
  • Thu. 10/24
    • Quiz #2-1A: Thermodynamics & Cyclic Processes
    • HW: read Ch. 16-1 thru -4
  • Fri. 10/25
    • review quiz
    • HW: read Ch. 16-5 thru -6; do Chapter 16 Questions #1-12 (p.464)

Our next topic will be a review of electrostatics, which you learned in AP Physics 1. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Environmental Science – Mon. 10/21 – Fri. 10/25

Welcome to the first week of 2nd Quarter! We’ll wrap up our Unit 3 on Populations this week. Here are your assignments for Monday, October 21st through Friday, October 25th:

  • Mon. 10/21
    • #3-4: Population Growth by Country
    • AP: read Chapter 6-3 through -4; do p.140 Questions #7-10 & Data Analysis (due Friday 10/25)
  • Tue. 10/22
    • #3-5: Solutions to Population Growth
  • Wed. 10/23
    • watch “TED Talk: Global population growth, box by box” featuring Hans Rosling
    • finish #3-5: Solutions to Population Growth
    • DUE: #3-3: Cemetery Demographics Lab
  • Thu. 10/24
    • QUIZ #3: Populations
    • intro to Unit #4: Earth Systems & Resources
  • Fri. 10/25
    • review Quiz #3
    • rock kits!
    • AP DUE: p.140 Questions #7-10 & Data Analysis

As always, I hope you have a great week! Please let me know if you have any questions.