Talk Homework Questions

 Innovation STEM

Agenda and homework

Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Diffraction lab grading
  • The Martian discussion
  • Potato schematic explanation
  • Reading video
  • Lens lab
  • Reading time
Homework: See Wednesday

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Begin reading The Martian
  • Lens experiments
Homework: Draw a detailed schematic that explains how Mark Watney is going to grow potatoes. This homework is due next Tuesday.

Monday, March 5, 2018 (Sub Day)
Homework: See Thursday

Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Light Lecture
  • Start October Sky
Homework: Watch the following How Do We Study Stars? and How Small are We In the Scale of the Universe? and take notes. This homework is due on Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Course selection (7B: 10th grade: library, 9th grade: counseling center)
  • Class safety procedures
  • Review lab
  • Finish lab
  • Lab contribution paper
  • Lecture (if time allows)
Homework: Answer the following questions using the interference text given out during class. 
1.  Define the term interference (as it is used to describe the behavior of light).
2. Use diagrams and text to compare and contrast constructive and destructive interference.
3. Using your own words, summarize Young's experiments. What did we learn about light from his experiment?
4. How does interference explain the colored "fringes" observed by Newton.
5. How is a hologram different from a photograph. Provide a detailed explanation.
Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Review diffraction slide show
  • Prelab
  • Diffraction Lab
No Homework

​Wednesday, February 21, 2018: I am out sick today. Please follow what I have shown below.
  • Watch TedTalk: Radio Telescopes
  • It is clear from the lab presentations that we need to review: reflection, refraction and diffraction: Read and take notes on the Physics classroom (these notes will be useful when we have an open note test in a few weeks)
  • Using the handout: Answer the prelab questions on slides 21 and 22 of the Light slide show (which is on the Resources section of the class webspace). Answer the questions on a separate piece of paper using complete sentences.
Homework: Read Dark Energy and answer the following:
1. What was the purpose of this mission?
2. Why was funding cancelled?
3. Why do some astronomers think that the mission should be continued?
4. What did astronomers observe in 1998 that was significant for this mission?
5. What is a possible explanation for the behavior observed in 1998?
6. What tools are astronomers using to track dark energy?
7. Which telescopes have been involved in this quest to understand dark energy  and how have they been useful?
8. If you were in charge of NASA what missions would you fund and why?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Contribution to lab handouts
  • Finish presentations
  • Prelab lecture
  • Prelab questions (if time allows)
Homework: Watch and take notes on Interference video

Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Science Current Events
  • Work on Presentations
  • Present Light Experiments
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Math tutorial on Wednesday at 8:30 AM.  Make up Math test on Friday.
Homework: Watch: Light Waves, Sunlight is Older and take notes. Read about the Parker Solar Probe and write down 5-7  things that you found interesting on the page.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
  • Collect field trip forms
  • Collect Homework: Both EMR notes and latest homework
  • Watch TED talk for Mars Monday
  • Light slide show (if time allows)
  • Project time

No Homework:  Meet at 8:45 AM on Wednesday
Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • Field trip information (permission slips passed out)
  • Science club information
  • Call for boxes or cardboard
  • Light lecture
  • Work on light experiments
Homework:  Worksheet on light waves (handed out in class)

Tuesday, January 30, 2918
  • New seating chart
  • Go over lunch and before school extra class schedule
  • Discuss homework: Sound wave hacking article
  • TedEd videos on light
  • Introduce light experiment
Homework:  Read and take notes on: Light: Electromagnetic waves. Go over the math problems and make sure you understand how to solve the problems. REMEMBER there is an the extra credit math tutorial on Thursday morning starting at 7:30 AM.

Friday, January 26, 2018 (Sub)
  • Movie
  • Start electromagnetic spectrum sheet
No Homework
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Organize notes and take test on waves and sound
  • Go over homework: discuss articles
  • Introduction to light
Homework: If you did not finish the homework from Monday then complete that work.  Otherwise there is no homework.

Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Mars Monday
  • Finish Presentations
  • Practice problems for the test (if time allows)
Homework:  Remember the open note test is on Wednesday. No formulas will be given so they must be included in your notes.
Read: Sound wave article and answer the following (using complete sentences for numbers 2-5).:
1. Choose 5 words from the article that you do not already know. Write out the definitions and use each word in a sentence.
2.  Explain the main issue addressed in the article.
3.  Why is this issue considered a problem?
4. Which groups or individuals would be most affected by this issue?
5. What are some possible solutions to the issue? You will need to do some research to answer this question.Provide the links that you used to answer this question.

  • Go over practice problems on the speed of sound
  • Present sound experiments

Homework: Take notes and study for the open note test on Wednesday. (SEE NOTE ABOVE)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Practice Quiz 1
  • Waves lecture
  • Work on presentations
Homework: Read The Speed of Sound.  Take notes and do the Check for Understanding problems. This work is due on Monday when we will have an open note test on all we have covered so far on sound and waves.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Waves lecture
  • Sound Experiments:
Groovy Sounds, Water bottle membranophone, Spaghetti resonance, Bee hummer

Homework:  Watch the following video and take notes:Bozeman Sound

Tuesday, January 8, 2018
Core Time
Mini Rotations
  • Personality Test
  • Wave lecture
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Poster information:

Name of Country
Percentage of population without electricity
The reasons for lack of electricity in the area
An explanation as to how your device helps to alleviate one or more issues caused by the lack of access to energy in the region

Friday, December 15, 2017Homework; Project: Personal energy log, energy log for person from your country, country research:  All due on Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Homework;  If you want to take the naming compounds quiz again to improve your grade come in Friday at lunch.  This video should help:  Naming Compounds.
Monday, December 11, 2107 (sub)
  • Work on group analysis for Biofuels lab

Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • Compounds Quiz
  • Energy innovation videos
  • Collect class data

Homework/ Due Wednesday: Read Africa's Charcoal Economy. Using complete sentences answer the following: 
1.  What is the main problem or issue that is being addressed in this article?
2.  What are the causes of the problem?  What are some factors that have contributed to the problem?
3.  What are the repercussions of this issue?
4.  Devise some potential solutions to this problem.  
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Homework:  1. Edit analysis: Refer to the links below for the requirements and grading of the analysis. Make sure to staple your revised analysis to the original: analysis requirements and analysis grading
2. Study for the naming compounds test on Thursday. There is a practice quiz on Juno (Jupiter grades).
Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Core project  time: 5B
  • Practice quiz: Ionic bonding
  • Biofuels lab
Homework:  Read and or watch:poverty innovations, solar projects, 17 year old innovator.
Answer the following questions using complete sentences:

1.  Which innovation do you think is the most useful?  Explain.
2. Which was the most innovative? Explain.
3. Which innovation or device would be the most cost effective?  Explain.
4.  Which would be the most useful in the region which your group is studying?  Explain.
5.  What are the motivations that others might have for creating these innovations?  Explain.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 
  • Seating chart
  • Homework and slide show discussion
  • Practice quiz on naming covalent compounds
  • Introduction to biofuels lab
Homework:  Choose the country for your project
Cell phone challenge
​Extra Credit:
 Alternative energy virtual lab: For this lab you must have: Title, Purpose, Data table (with 5 different energy sources and 5 conditions for each energy source), Journal questions.  This should be turned in on a separate piece of paper.
Monday, November 27, 2017
  • Introduction to core project/final: STEM Project
  • Review naming of compounds
  • Energy lecture
1.  Choose team of 5 for core project.
2.  Read and annotate or take notes on the following: WHO energy report and Green Energy for the Poor.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (sub)
Lab analysis for Reaction rate lab
Tuesday, November 14, 2017Homework: Naming Binary Ionic Compounds: Read handout (section on Polyatomic Ions) and complete worksheet 3
Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • Review covalent bonds
  • Practice naming molecular compounds
  • Finish reaction rate lab and hot/cold packs (complete and turn in grading sheets for both)
Homework: Naming Binary Ionic Compounds: Read handout and complete worksheets 1 and 2
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (SUB)Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Lecture: Chemical reaction types
  • Finish hot/cold packs
No Homework: Have a nice weekend.  Do something kind for someone in your community.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017Homework: Naming Compounds practice  (given out during class)
Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Lecture: Naming compounds
  • Reaction rate lab critiques
  • Hot/Cold pack work 
Homework: Watch The Law of Conservation of Mass and Activation Energy and take notes. 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Lecture: Rate of reactions
  • Introduction to Reaction Rate lab
  • TedEd videos: reaction rates
No Homework

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Homework discussion
  • Atomic structure and chemical reactions test
  • Gel packs
NOTE: Biotech Lab on bacterial transformation will meet Thursday at lunch.
Homework:  Watch the covalent bonding video and take notes
Redo of graphing
 Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Practice Quiz
  • Chemical bonding lecture
  • Work on hot packs/cold packs
Homework:  Donate your time or other resources to help someone in your community.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Core Time
  • Periodic table video
  • Review
No Homework
Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Video: Periodic Table
  • Lecture: Chemical Reactions
  • Finish graphing practice
  • Begin designing hand warmer/cold pack
Homework:  Finish graphing practice OR analysis.  If both are completed then you have a homework free weekend.
Extra credit:  Do some research on the newest Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry and Physics:  Provide a brief biography of the winners.  Explain their discovery or discoveries.  Discuss why their discoveries are important to the world at large. (All work must be in your own words.  You must include a bibliography which cites the sources you used).
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Finish group analysis for the exothermic/endothermic lab
Sign up for partner for hot/cold pack project
Graphing Practice: Fertilizing Biofuels
Homework: Individual analysis for exothermic/endothermic lab (See Resources on class webspace: Chemical Reactions 3 slide show for instructions).

Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Review glow stick analyses
  • Meet with glow stick group to review data tables and graphs
  • ​Bozeman Science video: Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Finish exothermic and endothermic lab 

Homework:  Glow stick lab analysis revision: All revisions should be made on your slides.  Make a very brief summary of the revisions made on the handout so that I know which aspects of your analysis slides I should re-grade.  If I do not receive a revision handout sheet from you then I will assume that you are satisfied with the grade already given.

​Thursday, September 28, 2017
  • Lecture: Lab concepts
  • Perform Part 1 and Part 2 of the lab
No Homework:  Get some sleep, take a walk, spend time with a friend, watch a movie, relax a bit!

​Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • Check Jupiter grades
  • Roses/Thorns activity
  • Chemical Reactions 3 lecture
  • Lab preparation

Homework:  Watch: Why Do Chemicals React? and The Chemistry of Cold Packs and take notes on the 2 presentations.

Friday, September 22, 2017 (Substitute)
  • Pre-lab questions for Exothermic and Endothermic Reaction lab
  • Movie
Homework:  Individual analysis slides attached to group slide show.  Directions are under Resources/Chemical Reactions 2 on the class

​Wednesday, September 20, 2017
  • Discuss data collection, graphing and analysis
  • Finish labs
Homework: Due Tuesday: Individual lab analysis.  This must be included with your group lab slides.

Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Homework/grades discussion
  • Labwork
Homework:  Discuss what you have learned from the design and execution (so far) of the glow stick lab.  This may be written in paragraph format or as bullet points.  The expectation is that your learning will encompass what you learned about; experimental design, scientific concepts and working in a group.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Share information on elements
  • Review of periodic table video
  • Lecture: measurements and data collection
  • Lab work
Homework:  Watch: The uncertain location of electrons and How atoms bond.  Discuss what you learned in a few paragraphs.

​Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  • Review homework
  • Ted talk
  • Lecture: Chemical Reactions part 2
  • Lab work
Homework:Choose an element assignment
Extra credit:  Read Grinding Elements and answer the following questions (using complete sentences):
1. What was the purpose of the race between Dr. Mack and his son?
2. What is mechanochemistry?
3. Why is the use of solvents an issue?
4. Why was it a "hard sell" to get chemists to consider mechanochemistry?
5. What are some examples as to how chemists have successfully used mechanochemical methods?
6. Why might chemists be encouraged to explore mechanochemical methods?

Friday, September 8, 2017
  • Labyrinth game critique
  • Core library field trip
Homework:  See Wednesday homework
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • Homework discussion
  • Open note quiz
  • Begin glowstick lab 
Homework: Due next Tuesday:  Energy in the news/ Read: What Causes Hurricanes and A Giant Nuclear Blast.
For each article take notes and then summarize the main idea. Explain how these articles relate to what we have learned so far this semester. 
Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Agenda and homework discussion
  • More on chemical reactions and energy
  • Lab brainstorm
Homework:  Watch the Khan Academy Elements and Atoms video and take notes.  There will be an open note quiz on Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
  • Agenda and homework discussion
  • Chemical Reactions Part 1 lecture
  • Work on Glowstick Lab
Homework:  Read The Deep Seas Are Alive With Light and answer the questions below (using complete sentences):
1.  How was the evidence gathered for this study? Be specific.  
2. What conclusions were drawn based on the evidence?
3.  Using examples explain how at least 3 organisms use bioluminiscence.

Monday, August 28, 2017
  • Labyrinth building (5B and 6B)
  • History/English split: No science
Homework:  Save the homework that was due today to turn in on Wednesday as we did not have science class.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • Lecture: experimental design
  • Chemical reaction demo and discussion
  • Form lab groups
Answer the following question in your OWN words: Why do glow sticks glow?
Cite the sources you used to gather your information using EasyBib.
Explain how you know that the sources you used are legitimate.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
  • Reflection and more design work, review rubric (5B)
  • Begin building (6B)
  • Mini rotations (7B)

Friday, August 17, 2017
  • Mini rotations
  • Introduction to the labyrinth project
  • Brainstorming and designing the labyrinth project​


In the field of educational technology, some apps might be getting too smart.

More and more apps are delivering on-demand homework help to students, who can easily re-purpose the learning tools to obtain not just assistance, but also answers. Whether or not that's cheating—and how to stop it—is one of the concerns surrounding a new app that can solve math equations with the snap of a camera. While the software has inspired teachers to create real-world homework problems that can't be automatically solved, that strategy doesn't hold up to other apps that tap into real-life brains for solutions.

Here's a look at 7 apps that can do your homework for you, and what they have to say about cheating:


Price: Free
Availability: iOS, Android app coming in early 2015

The new, seemingly magic app allows users to take pictures of typed equations, and then outputs a step-by-step solution. As of Wednesday, the app is the number one free app on the App Store. But the biggest issue, one teacher argues, isn't if students will use the app to cheat, because many will. Rather, it's about how teachers will adapt. A PhotoMath spokeswoman said educators have welcomed the app with positive reviews, but the software remains "quite controversial."

"We didn't develop PhotoMath as a cheating tool. We really wanted kids to learn," said Tijana Zganec, a sales and marketing associate at tech company MicroBlink, which created PhotoMath. "If you want to cheat, you will find a way to cheat. But if you want to learn, you can use PhotoMath for that."


Whether you’re a high schooler with eight periods of classes or a college student tackling dozens of credits, there’s one thing you’ve got for sure: a mess of assignments. iHomework can help you keep track of all your work, slicing and dicing it in a variety of ways. Sorting it by due date, week, month, or by course, the app is more organized than a Trapper Keeper. And in integrating data from Questia, you can link your reading material to your assignments so you don’t have to dig through a pile of papers to find the right information.

A scheduling feature can help you keep track of those random bi-weekly Thursday labs, and you can even mark the location of your courses on a map so you don’t end up on the wrong side of campus. And finally, with iCloud syncing, you can access all this information on whatever Apple-compatible device you’re using at the moment — no need to dig for your iPad.

Google Apps for Education

Taking the search giant's suite of free browser-based apps and sandboxing them so they are safe for school use, Google Apps for Education is an excellent alternative to the mainstream installable productivity software, but this one has a perk that almost school board will love—it's free. Packaging together favorites like Gmail, Hangouts, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Drive with Classroom, a digital hub for organizing assignments and sending feedback, the goal of this collection is to make learning a more collaborative process.

Though Google Apps for Education is cloud-hosted, the programs can be used offline, ideal for when your student needs to escape the internet and work distraction-free. And since it works on any device, it also helps students avoid buying overly expensive hardware. That means more money for extracurricular activities.


Price: Free, but some homework services require payment
Availability: iOS and Android

HwPic is a tutoring service that allows students to take send pictures of their homework to tutors, who will then respond within minutes to your questions with a step-by-step solution. There's even an option to expedite the answers if a student is in a hurry. HwPic Co-Founder Tiklat Issa said that the app was initially rejected by Apple's App Store, which believed it would promote cheating, but he successfully argued that just because someone uses the app in a way that it's not meant to be used doesn't mean the app should be punished.

Issa added that HwPic prohibits cheating in its terms and conditions. Tutors don't solve homework that has words like "Quiz" or "Exam," and they often know if a student is sending a photo during a test if they've paid for expedited answers, and if the photo is dim, blurry and taken under a desk. "We've minimized cheating," said Issa. "We haven't eliminated it. That's kind of unrealistic."

Wolfram Alpha

Price: $2.99
Availability: iOS and Android

Wolfram Alpha is similar to PhotoMath, only that it targets older students studying high levels of math and doesn't support photos. The service also outputs step-by-step solutions to topics as advanced as vector calculus and differential equations, making it a popular tool for college students.

"It's cheating not doing computer-based math, because we're cheating students out of real conceptual understanding and an ability to drive much further forward in the math they can do, to cover much more conceptual ground. And in turn, that's cheating our economies," said Conrad Wolfram, Wolfram Research’s Director of Strategic Development, in a TEDx Talk. "People talk about the knowledge economy. I think we're moving forward to what we're calling the computational knowledge economy."

Homework Helper

Price: Free
Availability: iOS and Android

Chinese Internet search company Baidu launched an app called Homework Helper this year with which students can crowdsource help or answers to homework. Users post a picture or type their homework questions onto online forums, and those who answer the questions can win e-coins that can be used to buy electronics like iPhones and laptops.

The app has logged 5 million downloads, much to the dismay of many some parents who argue that the students spend less time thinking about challenging problems. A Homework Helper staffer admitted to Quartz, "I think this is a kind of cheating."


Price: Free, but some homework services require payment

Slader is a crowdsourcing app for high school and college students to post and answer questions in math and science. While students can post original homework for help, many questions in popular textbooks have already been answered on the app, according to Fast Company. An Illinois high school said earlier this year that it suspected students were using the service to cheat on their math homework.

Slader argues that it's "challenging traditional ideas about math and education," and said that the ideas behind its app "aren't a write-off to teachers," according to its blog. Slader told San Francisco media outlet KQED that it shouldn't be dismissed as a cheating tool, but rather considered a way for students to access real-time help.

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