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. 2/10 – Thu. 2/13

I hope you enjoyed your unexpected 3-day weekend! Here are your assignments for the abbreviated week of Monday, February 10th through Thursday, February 13th:

  • Mon. 2/10
    • Lab #3-4: Let’s Play With Magnets!
  • Tue. 2/11
    • finish Lab #3-4; review magnetism homework
    • HW: Lab #3-4: Let’s Play With Magnets! (due Thu. 2/13)
  • Wed. 2/12
    • review magnetism homework
    • HW: read Ch. 20-6; do p. 578-580, Problems #26-32, 36-39, 41-42, 47
  • Thu. 2/13
    • Ampère’s Law; review magnetism homework
    • HW: read Ch. 20-8; do p. 581-583, Problems #67-68, 70-73, 81, 83-84
    • DUE: Lab #3-4: Let’s Play With Magnets!
  • Fri. 2/14
    • Teacher Professional Development – NO SCHOOL

Have a great week, and enjoy your 4-day weekend!

AP Physics 2: Mon. 2/3 – Fri. 2/7

Welcome to February – only four months of high school left! Here are your assignments for Monday, February 3rd through Friday, February 7th:

  • Mon. 2/3
    • Quiz #3-2A: RC Circuits
    • HW: read Ch. 20-1 thru -3; do p. 576 Questions #1-7
  • Tue. 2/4
    • review quiz; intro to magnetism
    • HW: do p. 577 Problems #1-8
  • Wed. 2/5
    • Quiz #3-2B: RC Circuits
    • HW: read Ch. 20-4; do p. 576 Questions #8, 19-23
  • Thu. 2/6
    • Magnets, magnetic fields & current loops
    • HW: do p. 578 Problems #9-17
  • Fri. 2/7
    • review magnetism problems SNOW DAY

Have a wonderful week!

Environmental Science: Mon. 2/3 – Fri. 2/7

Welcome to February! This week we’ll continue our unit on Atmospheric Pollution with a variety of hands-on activities. Here’s what we’re doing for Monday, February 3rd through Friday, February 7th:

  • Mon. 2/3
    • Quiz #6: Energy Resources and Consumption (make-up)
    • finish #7-2: Air Pollution in Kent
    • APES: complete Unit 6 Progress Check: MCQ Parts A & B on AP Classroom (due Fri. 2/7)
  • Tue. 2/4
    • #7-3: Greenhouse Effect Lab
  • Wed. 2/5
    • finish #7-3: Greenhouse Effect Lab
    • thermal inversions
  • Thu. 2/6
    • start #7-4: Acid Rain Lab
  • Fri. 2/7
    • watch “VICE: The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China” videoSNOW DAY!
    • APES DUE: MCQ Progress Check for Unit 6 on AP Classroom

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

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/27 – Fri. 1/31

Welcome to the last week of January! Here are your assignments for Monday, January 27th through Friday, January 31st:

  • Mon. 1/27
    • review Chapter 19 homework
    • HW: do Chapter 19 Problems #23-31 (p.547)
  • Tue. 1/28
    • Lab #3-3: EMF of a Battery
    • HW: Lab #3-3: EMF of a Battery (due Thu. 12/13); Chapter 19 Problems #35-45, 49-51
  • Wed. 1/29
    • review Chapter 19 homework
  • Thu. 1/30
    • review Chapter 19 homework
    • DUE: Lab #3-3: EMF of a Battery
  • Fri. 1/31
    • Quiz #3-2A: RC Circuits

Have an excellent week!

Environmental Science: Mon. 1/27 – Fri. 1/31

Hello! This week we’ll wrap up our unit on Energy Resources & Consumption with a fun activity and a quiz before moving into our new unit on Air Pollution. Here’s what we’re doing for Monday, January 27th through Friday, January 31st, the last week of January (already!):

  • Mon. 1/27
    • start #6-6: Wind Power Competition
    • APES: read textbook Chapters 16-5 through 16-8; do p.437 Questions #7-10 & Data Analysis (due Fri. 1/31)
  • Tue. 1/28
    • finish #6-6: Wind Power Competition
    • DUE: #6-4: Alternative Energy Diorama
  • Wed. 1/29
    • watch “VICE: The Future of Energy” video
  • Thu. 1/30
    • Quiz #6: Energy Resources and Consumption
    • intro to Unit #7: Air Pollution
    • start #7-1: Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • Fri. 1/31
    • review quiz
    • #7-2: Air Pollution in Kent
    • DUE: #6-5: “Cosmos: The World Set Free” Reflection
    • APES DUE: p.437 Questions #7-10 & Data Analysis

I hope you have an awesome week! Please let me know if you have any questions.

AP Physics 2: Tue. 1/21 – Fri. 1/24

Welcome back from your three-day weekend! Here are your assignments for Tuesday, January 21st through Friday, January 24th:

    • Mon. 1/20
      • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • Tue. 1/21
      • review book homework on direct current
      • HW: finish Lab #3-2: Ohm’s Law write-up (due Wed. 1/22)
    • Wed. 1/22
      • Quiz #2-5A: Direct Current
      • HW: read Chapter 19-1 thru 19-4; do Questions #1-13 (p.545-6)
      • DUE: write-up for Lab #3-2: Ohm’s Law
    • Thu. 1/23
      • review quiz; intro to RC circuits
      • HW: read Chapter 19-5, -6 and -8; do Questions #14-24 (p.546-7)
    • Fri. 1/24
      • Quiz #2-5B: Direct Current
      • HW: do Chapter 19 Problems #1-18 (p.547)

Next week, we’ll solidify our understanding of Kirchoff’s loop rules, take a quiz on RC circuits, and then move on to magnetism. Have a wonderful week!

Environmental Science: Tue. 1/21 – Fri. 1/24

I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend! Here’s what we’re doing for Tuesday, January 21st through Friday, January 24th:

  • Mon. 1/20
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
    • APES: read textbook Chapters 16-1 through 16-4; do p.436 Questions #1-6 (due Fri. 1/24)
  • Tue. 1/21
    • start #6-4: Alternative Energy Diorama
  • Wed. 1/22
    • finish #6-4: Alternative Energy Diorama
  • Thu. 1/23
    • share dioramas
  • Fri. 1/24
    • watch “Cosmos: The World Set Free”
    • DUE: #6-3: Impacts of Natural Gas
    • APES DUE: p.436 Questions #1-6

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

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/13 – Fri. 1/17

Soooo… we didn’t get very far last week, but that’s okay, because we had some great discussions about the 1st Semester Exam, and we’ll be reviewing material from AP Physics 1. Here are your assignments for the first week of your last semester of high school – Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 17th:

  • Mon. 1/13
    • energy and power as it relates to direct current
    • HW: read Chapter 18-1 thru 18-3; do Questions #1-14, 18-19
  • Tue. 1/14
    • review Chapter 18 Questions #1-14, 18-19
    • HW: read Chapter 18-4 thru 18-6, 18-8; do Problems #1-11
    • DUE: Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations
  • Wed. 1/15
    • review Chapter 18 Problems #1-11
    • HW: do Chapter 18 Problems #12-16, 20-22
  • Thu. 1/16
    • review Chapter 18 Problems #12-16, 20-22
    • HW: do Chapter 18 Problems #26-39
  • Fri. 1/17
    • Lab #3-2: Ohm’s Law
    • HW: Lab #3-2 write-up (due Wed. 1/22)

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

Environmental Science: Mon. 1/13 – Fri. 1/17

We’re already halfway through January and halfway through the school year! Here’s the plan for Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 17th:

  • Mon. 1/13
    • finish oil presentation; start watching “Gasland”
    • DUE: #6-1: Kill-a-Watt Lab
    • APES: read textbook Chapters 15.4 and 15.5; do p.398 Questions #7-10 & Data Analysis (due Fri. 1/17)
  • Tue. 1/14
    • continue watching “Gasland”; start #6-3: Impacts of Natural Gas
  • Wed. 1/15
    • finish watching “Gasland”; finish #6-3: Impacts of Natural Gas
  • Thu. 1/16
    • start #6-4: Alternative Energy Diorama
    • DUE: #6-2: Oil Class Presentation
  • Fri. 1/17
    • finish #6-4: Alternative Energy Diorama
    • APES DUE: p.398 Questions #7-10 & Data Analysis

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

AP Physics 2: Mon. 1/6 – Fri. 1/10

Welcome back from Winter Break! We’ll be returning to an AP Physics 1 topic as we review DC circuits before making them more complicated by adding capacitors (of course). Here are your assignments for the first full week of 2020 – Monday, January 6th through Friday, January 10th:

  • Mon. 1/6
    • review 1st Semester Exam; intro to DC circuits
    • HW: read Chapter 18-1 thru 18-3; do Questions #1-14, 18-19
  • Tue. 1/7
    • Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations
    • HW: Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations (due Thu 1/9)
  • Wed. 1/8
    • finish Lab #3-1 & review book homework from Ch. 18
    • HW: read Chapter 18-4 thru 18-6, 18-8; do Problems #1-11
  • Thu. 1/9
    • energy and power as it relates to direct current
    • HW: do Chapter 18 Problems #12-16, 20-22
    • DUE: Lab #3-1: Direct Current Simulations
  • Fri. 1/10
    • review book problems
    • HW: do Chapter 18 Problems #26-39

I hope you had a restful Winter Break so that you’re ready to shove through DC/RC circuits quickly so that we can take on one of our weirdest topics in the course: magnetism. Have a wonderful week!