APES Activities and HW 2010-11


08/25 Course purpose, class rules, roster, distribute books, discuss course, class web page, projects (Fall and Spring); FISH!
HW: Read Ch. 1; do HW#1a(2,3,9); familiarize yourself with the class web page; Get a copy of the Power of Doubling and Controls and Variables and the Scientific Method. Also print the class prospectus and the Lab Safety Contract, read them over with your parents, sign and return them to me.

08/26 Course purpose, class rules, roster, distribute books, discuss course, class web page, projects (Fall and Spring); FISH!
HW: Read Ch. 1; do HW#1a(2,3,9); familiarize yourself with the class web page; Get a copy of the Power of Doubling and Controls and Variables and the Scientific Method. Also print the class prospectus and the Lab Safety Contract, read them over with your parents, sign and return them to me.

08/27 Q01a; Lab: Power of Doubling;
HW: HW1b(5,6,8); write up the report for Power of Doubling;

08/30 Q01a; Lab: Power of Doubling;
HW: HW1b(5,6,8); write up the report for Power of Doubling;

08/31 Q01b; Graphing rules; Exponential Growth (N = No e(kt)); Discuss lab report for Power of Doubling;
V: The Lorax
HW: HW1c(4,10,11); Finish lab report for Power of Doubling

09/01 Q01b; Graphing rules; Exponential Growth (N = No e(kt)); Discuss lab report for Power of Doubling;
V: The Lorax; Distributed AP Exam Fee Information Sheet
HW: HW1c(4,10,11); Finish lab report for Power of Doubling

09/02 Distributed AP Exam Fee Information Sheet; V:The Environmental Revolution; V: The Lorax;
HW: Study

09/03 Distributed AP Exam Fee Information Sheet; V:The Environmental Revolution; V: The Lorax;
HW: Study

09/06 Labor Day Holiday
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09/07 Activity: Controls and Variables; Causes of Environmental Problems; Hormone Disrupters; Synergism/antagonism; Overfishing; Habitat fragmentation (#1 Cause of Extinction);
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09/08 Activity: Controls and Variables; Causes of Environmental Problems; Hormone Disrupters; Synergism/antagonism; Overfishing; Habitat fragmentation (#1 Cause of Extinction);
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09/09 Teacher Workday
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09/10 Teacher Workday
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09/13 Finish up ch. 1 concepts: Non-native species; Global warming; Ozone depletion; some key terms to know; Worldviews (Planetary Management Beliefs, Earth Wisdom Worldview); and start on Ch. 2 - Scientific Method, Risk, Cost Benefit, Toxicology, Dose Response curves
HW: HW2a(2,4,5,6)

09/14 Finish up ch. 1 concepts: Non-native species; Global warming; Ozone depletion; some key terms to know; Worldviews (Planetary Management Beliefs, Earth Wisdom Worldview); and start on Ch. 2 - Scientific Method, Risk, Cost Benefit, Toxicology, Dose Response curves
HW: HW2a(2,4,5,6)

09/15 Tragedy of the Commons ("Ocean Resources")
HW: HW2b(7,8,9,10)

09/16 Tragedy of the Commons ("Ocean Resources")
HW: HW2b(7,8,9,10)

09/17 Finish Tragedy of the Commons Activity; Instructions for activity report; Begin Ch. 2 - Review of some chemistry concepts; matter and energy; electromagnetic energy; energy quality;
HW: If you have not done so, please get the Test Registration Form (Yellow Sheet) for APES signed and returned as soon as possible. Also, remember that we do need paper towels and tissues!

09/20 Finish Tragedy of the Commons Activity; Instructions for activity report; Begin Ch. 2 - Review of some chemistry concepts; matter and energy;
HW: If you have not done so, please get the Test Registration Form (Yellow Sheet) for APES signed and returned as soon as possible. Also, remember that we do need paper towels and tissues!

09/21 Quiz; Reports are due for the Tragedy of the Commons Activity; electromagnetic energy; energy quality; Radiation; Nuclear chain reactions (fission/fusion); energy laws; high- and low-waste societies; inductive and deductive reasoning; Models; Risks and Hazards; types of hazards (chemical, physical, biological); toxicology; dose/response curves; Chemical Hazards (mutagens, teratogens, carcinogens); Physical Hazards (Earthquakes, ionizing radiation, EMFs; Biological Hazards (infectious deisease); Risk Analysis;HW: If you have not done so, please get the Test Registration Form (Yellow Sheet) for APES signed and returned as soon as possible. Also, remember that we do need paper towels and tissues!

09/22 Quiz; Reports are due for the Tragedy of the Commons Activity; electromagnetic energy; energy quality; Radiation; Nuclear chain reactions (fission/fusion); energy laws; high- and low-waste societies; inductive and deductive reasoning; Models; Risks and Hazards; types of hazards (chemical, physical, biological); toxicology; dose/response curves; Chemical Hazards (mutagens, teratogens, carcinogens); Physical Hazards (Earthquakes, ionizing radiation, EMFs; Biological Hazards (infectious deisease); Risk Analysis;
HW: If you have not done so, please get the Test Registration Form (Yellow Sheet) for APES signed and returned as soon as possible. Also, remember that we do need paper towels and tissues!

09/23 Types of Hazards (cultural, chemical, physical, biological); causes of accidental death; Toxicology (toxicity - acute and chronic); bioaccumulation and biomagnification; LD50 and LC50; What is a poison?; Dose-Response Curves; Chemical Hazards (mutagens, teratogens, carcinogens); Hormone Disrupters; Physical Hazards (earthquakes, ionizing radiation); Nonionizing radiation (EMFs); Biological Hazards (transmissible and nontransmissible diseases); Malaria (Anopheles mosquitoes); model of the epidemiological transition; Ways of reducing infectious deisease; Risk Analysis (Greatest Risks to Humans); cost/benefit;
HW: Free HW or Quiz Pass for everyone in the class if the class collects/donates 20 rolls paper towels and 20 boxes tissues; This means you will get full credit for one HW assignment or Quiz of your choice during the first semester. The Free Passes will be distributed to the entire class once the goal has been met.

09/24 Types of Hazards (cultural, chemical, physical, biological); causes of accidental death; Toxicology (toxicity - acute and chronic); bioaccumulation and biomagnification; LD50 and LC50; What is a poison?; Dose-Response Curves; Chemical Hazards (mutagens, teratogens, carcinogens); Hormone Disrupters; Physical Hazards (earthquakes, ionizing radiation); Nonionizing radiation (EMFs); Biological Hazards (transmissible and nontransmissible diseases); Malaria (Anopheles mosquitoes); model of the epidemiological transition; Ways of reducing infectious deisease; Risk Analysis (Greatest Risks to Humans); cost/benefit;
HW: Free HW or Quiz Pass for everyone in the class if the class collects/donates 20 rolls paper towels and 20 boxes tissues; This means you will get full credit for one HW assignment or Quiz of your choice during the first semester. The Free Passes will be distributed to the entire class once the goal has been met.

09/27 Ch.3 info: Early Conservationists - who they were and what they did; Major Events in Conservation; The Environmental Movement - 1970s, 80s, 90s; Environmental Impact Statements; Laws that you should know; Marginal cost of Pollution and Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement;
HW: Study for Unit I test. It will cover Chapters 1,2 and 3; Dont forget your paper towels; HW3a(2,3,4); Remember: HW assignments must be handwritten, thorough and neat; Be sure to completely answer the questions. And write your name and the assignment on ALL work turned in so you can receive proper credit for your efforts.

09/28 Ch.3 info: Early Conservationists - who they were and what they did; Major Events in Conservation; The Environmental Movement - 1970s, 80s, 90s; Environmental Impact Statements; Laws that you should know; Marginal cost of Pollution and Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement;
HW: Study for Unit I test. It will cover Chapters 1,2 and 3; Dont forget your paper towels; HW3a(2,3,4); Remember: HW assignments must be handwritten, thorough and neat; Be sure to completely answer the questions. And write your name and the assignment on ALL work turned in so you can receive proper credit for your efforts.

09/29 Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement; Fall Web Page Project; Discussed the project, potential topics, organization, rubric; created an actual web page using MS Word 2007 to show how links are to be made.
HW: Study for test next week

09/30 Environmental Impact Statements; Laws that you should know; Marginal cost of Pollution and Marginal Cost of Pollution Abatement; Fall Web Page Project; Discussed the project, potential topics, organization, rubric; created an actual web page using MS Word 2007 to show how links are to be made.
HW: Study for test next week .

10/01 Energy and Ecosystems; Ecology - levels of organization; organisms, populations, communities; What is Life?; Earth's support system; Open and closed systems; Energy flow; Ecosystem concepts; Ecosystem components; Limiting factors/Law of Tolerance; Producers - consumers - decomposers; Food Webs; Pyramids: energy, biomass, numbers;
HW: Study for test on Tues.; Marginal cost of Abatement; Laws You Should Know;


10/04 Energy and Ecosystems; Ecology - levels of organization; organisms, populations, communities; What is Life?; Earth's support system; Open and closed systems; Energy flow; Ecosystem concepts; Ecosystem components; Limiting factors/Law of Tolerance; Producers - consumers - decomposers; Food Webs; Pyramids: energy, biomass, numbers;
HW: Study for test on Wed.; Marginal cost of Abatement; Laws You Should Know

10/05 Test: Ch. 1,2,3 - Intro to ES, Science in ES, History, Legislation and Economics; finished Ch. 4 material.
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10/06 Test: Ch. 1,2,3 - Intro to ES, Science in ES, History, Legislation and Economics; V: "Cane Toads" - alien species.
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10/07 A1: Leaf Litter Lab Day 1; Keystone, Indicator and Alien Species; V: Cane Toads; A3: V: Great Transformations (Evolution);
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10/08 B1 and B2: Lab: Natural Selection; Chi Square;
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10/11 A1: Leaf Litter Lab Day 2; Calculation of Diversity Index (Simpson and Shannon-Weiner) A3: Leaf Litter Lab Day 1; Keystone, Indicator and Alien Species; V: Cane Toads;
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10/12 B1 and B2: V: Great Transformations (Evolution); discussed using Chi square in Natural Selection Lab; Lab is now due on thursday, 10/14; Discussed components of the Ecosystem lab (soil, seeds, fish, Elodea, etc.);
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10/13 PSATs; Shortened Classes; A1: V: Great Transformations (Evolution); A3: Leaf Litter Lab Day 2: Shannon-Weiner and Simpson Diversity Index
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10/14 B1: Leaf Litter Lab Day 1 (collect leaves in the woods, and set up funnels); Start Ch. 5 (Ecosystems and Living Organisms); B2: V: Finish "Great Transformations (Evolution); V: What Darwin Never Saw (Natural Selection on The Galapagos Islands".
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10/15 Natural Selection Lab (outside); How to analysze the data (Chi square analysis)
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10/18 B1: Leaf Litter Lab Day 2: Observation of the insects from the leaf litter, and use of Shannon-Weiner and Simpson Diversity Index to determine the diversity. Ch. 5 Intro to Ecosystems and Living Organisms; Leaf Litter Lab Day 1
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10/19 A1&A3: V: Extinction; Ch. 5 Intro to Ecosystems and Living Organisms;
HW: Go to Schoology.com and enroll. And register for the course I have set up for you. The codes for the classes are:
A1: ZZK2F-4ZZKH A3: VQB43-B5XT4 B1: GRK9B-53PQ7 B2: 6S94T-GGJNV

10/20 B1&B2: V: Extinction; Write out what you have learned about evolution and extinction; How have these videos and labs changed your thinking or opinion of evolution?
HW: Go to Schoology.com and enroll. And register for the course I have set up for you. The codes for the classes are:
A1: ZZK2F-4ZZKH A3: VQB43-B5XT4 B1: GRK9B-53PQ7 B2: 6S94T-GGJNV

10/21 A1&A3: V: What Darwin Never Saw; Write out what you have learned about evolution and extinction; How have these videos and labs changed your thinking or opinion of evolution?
HW: Go to Schoology.com and enroll. And register for the course I have set up for you. The codes for the classes are:
A1: ZZK2F-4ZZKH A3: VQB43-B5XT4 B1: GRK9B-53PQ7 B2: 6S94T-GGJNV

10/22 Ecosystem Lab - Make sure you have all your supplies to assemble the unit; B1: V: What Darwin Never Saw; B2: Leaf Litter Lab Day 2 - Observation of the insects from the leaf litter, and use of Shannon-Weiner and Simpson Diversity Index to determine the diversity.
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10/25 A1&A3: Ecosystem Lab - Make sure you have all your supplies to assemble the unit;
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10/26 B1&B2: I will be out today as I will be attending a Discovery Education Training session on Multimedia Presentations; Your assignment for the day is: Miller: Ch. 4 & 6; 109(1-4,7-9); 154(5-9,11); We will have a test next week on Ch.4&5.
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10/27 Finish Ch. 5 Material: Ecosystems; Niches; How Organisms Interact; Primary and Secondary Succession;
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10/28 B1: Ch.5 - Ecosystems; Niches; How Organisms Interact; Primary and Secondary Succession;
B2: Lab: Set up Ecosystem;
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10/29 Teacher Workday. No School!
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11/01 Nutrient Cycles; class divided into 5 groups to prepare and present information on the 5 nutrient cycles: Hydrologic cycle (water), Nitrogen, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur;
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11/02 Nutrient Cycles; class divided into 5 groups to prepare and present information on the 5 nutrient cycles: Hydrologic cycle (water), Nitrogen, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur;
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11/03 The Atmosphere; Global air Flow; Hadley cells; Ferrell Cells;
HW: Study for Test

11/04 The Atmosphere; Global air Flow; Hadley cells; Ferrell Cells;
HW: Study for Test

11/05 Test: Ch. 4&5 - Ecosystems
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11/08 Test: Ch. 4&5 - Ecosystems
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11/09 Coriolus Effect; The oceans - ocean currents factors affecting them (salinity, temperature) Air masses, Fronts, Storms (thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes);
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11/10 Coriolus Effect; The oceans - ocean currents factors affecting them (salinity, temperature) Air masses, Fronts, Storms (thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes);
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11/11 Holiday - No School
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11/12 Plate Tectonics; Ch. 7 - Biomes; Koppen Climate System; Rain Forests, Savannahs, Deserts; Grasslands, Chaparral; Forests; Tundra; Aquatic Ecosystems; Factors affecting aquatic ecosystems; Life Zones in the ocean; Estuaries and Coastal Wetlands; Barrier Islands and Coral Reefs; Freshwater Ecosystems; Oligotrophic and Eutrophic Lakes; Streams and Rivers.
HW: HW#6a(1,2,3,4)

11/15 Plate Tectonics; Ch. 7 - Biomes; Koppen Climate System; Rain Forests, Savannahs, Deserts; Grasslands, Chaparral; Forests; Tundra; Aquatic Ecosystems; Factors affecting aquatic ecosystems; Life Zones in the ocean; Estuaries and Coastal Wetlands; Barrier Islands and Coral Reefs; Freshwater Ecosystems; Oligotrophic and Eutrophic Lakes; Streams and Rivers.

HW: HW#6a(1,2,3,4)

11/16 Estuaries and Coastal Wetlands; Barrier Islands and Coral Reefs; Freshwater Ecosystems; Oligotrphic and Eutrophic Lakes; Streams and Rivers.
HW: HW#6(5,6,7,8); Print out the following labs for the next unit on Populations: Power of the Pyramids; Growth Rates; Something's Fishy; Human Population Dynamics.

11/17 Aquatic Ecosystems; Factors affecting aquatic ecosystems; Life Zones in the ocean; Estuaries and Coastal Wetlands; Barrier Islands and Coral Reefs; Freshwater Ecosystems; Oligotrophic and Eutrophic Lakes; Streams and Rivers.
HW: HW#6(5,6,7,8); Print out the following labs for the next unit on Populations: Power of the Pyramids; Growth Rates; Something's Fishy; Human Population Dynamics.

11/18 Start unit on Populations (Ch. 8&9); Characteristics of populations; Age Structure; growth limits, exponential vs. logistic growth, carrying capacity; r– vs. K–strategists; survivorship curves; extinction, ecosystem integrity, habitat fragmentation, corridors, bioinformatics; humans modification of ecosystems, sustainability
HW: Be sure to read the book.

11/19 Start unit on Populations (Ch. 8&9); Characteristics of populations; Age Structure; growth limits, exponential vs. logistic growth, carrying capacity; r– vs. K–strategists; survivorship curves; extinction, ecosystem integrity, habitat fragmentation, corridors, bioinformatics; humans modification of ecosystems, sustainability
HW: Be sure to read the book.

11/22 Test: Ch. 6&7 - Ecosystems
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11/23 Test: Ch. 6&7 - Ecosystems
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11/24-26 Thanksgiving Break
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11/29 Populations; Earth's population size; P2-P1 = (B+I) - (D+E); Crude Birth Rates (CBR) and Crude Death Rates (CDR); V: Polulation size, sampling, Hong Kong, Taiwan; Factors Affecting population size; density-dependent (communicable disease)and density-independent factors (natural disasters); Fertility Rates; Birth and Death Rates over time; WS: Growth Rates (calculations of r, doubling time, and populations;
HW: Complete WS: Growth Rates for HW to turn in on Wed., 12/01;

11/30 Populations; Earth's population size; P2-P1 = (B+I) - (D+E); Crude Birth Rates (CBR) and Crude Death Rates (CDR); V: Polulation size, sampling, Hong Kong, Taiwan; Factors Affecting population size; density-dependent (communicable disease)and density-independent factors (natural disasters); Fertility Rates; Birth and Death Rates over time; WS: Growth Rates (calculations of r, doubling time, and populations;
HW: Complete WS: Growth Rates for HW to turn in on Thurs., 12/02;

12/01 Select Groups for UN Debate on Zero Population Growth; Select groups for Power of the Pyramids activity; Age Structure Diagrams; Demographic Transition; Work on Population Pyramid
HW: Finish Population Pyramid (if needed);

12/02 Select Groups for UN Debate on Zero Population Growth; Select groups for Power of the Pyramids activity; Age Structure Diagrams; Demographic Transition; Work on Population Pyramid
HW: Finish Population Pyramid (if needed);

12/03 Research for UN Debate;
HW: HW#8a(1,2,3,4)

12/06 Research for UN Debate
HW: HW#8a(1,2,3,4)

12/07 Research for UN Debate
HW: HW#8b(7,8,9,10)

12/08 Research for UN Debate
HW: HW#8b(7,8,9,10)


12/09 Something's Fishy
HW: HW#9a(1,3,4,7)

12/10 Something's Fishy
HW:HW#9a(1,3,4,7)

12/13 UN Debate; turn in your research after the debate
HW: HW#9b(8,9,10,11)

12/14 UN Debate; turn in your research after the debate
HW: HW#9b(8,9,10,11)

12/15 Test: Ch.8&9 - Populations; Discuss Guidelines for answering FRQs.
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12/16 Test: Ch.8&9 - Populations; Discuss Guidelines for answering FRQs.
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12/17 Practice Free Response Question - Population Pyramids; Ch. 10 - Fossils Fuels - Introduction
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12/20 Practice Free Response Question - Population Pyramids; Ch. 10 - Fossils Fuels - Introduction
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12/21 Fossil Fuels
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12/22-1/02 Christmas Break
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01/03 Fossil Fuels
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01/04 Oil spills (Exxon Valdez, Gulf Oil spill);
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01/05 Oil spills (Exxon Valdez, Gulf Oil spill);
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01/06 Finish Coal; Coal Sequestration; Coal Gasification; Tar Sands (bitumen), Oil Shale (kerogen); Energy and Power Worksheet
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/07 Finish Coal; Coal Sequestration; Coal Gasification; Tar Sands, Oil Shale; Energy and PowerWorksheet
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/10 SNOW DAY!
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/11 SNOW DAY!
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/12 SNOW DAY!
HW: Study for Semester Exam; As a suggestion, review APES Key terms (see APES home page);

01/13 No Exams will be given on this day. All classes will meet A-day and B-day; WS: Energy Calculations;
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/14 Exams Begin; S1 Exam Per A1; S1 Exam Per. B1;
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/17 Make-up Day! No Exams will be given on this day. All classes will meet A-day and B-day; WS: Energy Calculations;
HW: Study for Semester Exam

01/18 S1 Exam Per B2;
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01/19 S1 Exam Per A3; Nuclear Energy (Three Mile Island; Chernobyl); Nuclear Fission/Fusion; hazards; Pollution associated with nuclear power (thermal, radioactive waste); Yucca Mountain; Vitrification; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants;
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01/20 Block 4 exams will be given today. Nuclear Energy (Three Mile Island; Chernobyl); Nuclear Fission/Fusion; hazards; Pollution associated with nuclear power (thermal, radioactive waste); Yucca Mountain; Vitrification; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants; Q2 ends
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01/21 Teacher Workday! No School.
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01/24 Free Response Question #2 (Coal Fired Power Plants); Review problems 2&3 from WS Energy Calculations (The Super Bonus);
HW: Next test will cover fossil fuels (Ch. 10) only. This test will be given next week (Feb. 1).

01/25 Free Response Question #2 (Coal Fired Power Plants); Review problems 2&3 from WS Energy Calculations (The Super Bonus);
HW: Next test will cover fossil fuels (Ch. 10) only. This test will be given next week (Feb. 2).

01/26 Nuclear Energy (Three Mile Island; Chernobyl); Nuclear Fission/Fusion; hazards; Pollution associated with nuclear poser (thermal, radioactive waste); Yucca Mountain; Vitrification; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants
HW: Personal Energy Consumption Lab; Study for a test on Fossil Fuels (scheduled for Feb 1).

01/27 Nuclear Energy (Three Mile Island; Chernobyl); Nuclear Fission/Fusion; hazards; Pollution associated with nuclear poser (thermal, radioactive waste); Yucca Mountain; Vitrification; Decommissioning of nuclear power plants
HW: Personal Energy Consumption Lab; Study for a test on Fossil Fuels (scheduled for Feb 2).

01/28 Finish Nuclear Energy; Three Mile Island/Chernobyl; Storage of hazardous waste; Yucca Mountain; The politics of long-term storage; Alternative Energy Sources (overview,
HW: Study for a test

01/31 Finish Nuclear Energy; Alternative Energy Sources; Storage of hazardous waste; Yucca Mountain; The politics of long-term storage
HW: Study for a test

02/01 Test: Ch. 10 - Fossil Fuels ; I will be attending technology training all day; V:"More for Less" (Episode 6 from Race to Save the Planet)
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02/02 Test: Ch. 10 - Fossil Fuels; V:"More for Less" (Episode 6 from Race to Save the Planet)
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02/03
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