The following syllabus is for Physical Science Sixth grade for school year 2012 – 2013. Assignments may change at any time throughout the quarters, students will be notified of any changes.
Here is a introduction ‘knowledge map’ of what you will learn in physical science. Unit 1 #1a-OH
Introduce yourself so we can get to know you here are some ideas to write about:
- what do you like to eat,
- what’s your favorite thing to do after school
- what kind of music do you like
- when is your birthday
- what inspires you
- what career path do you want to pursue
- do you have any ideas for your science fair project, if so what is it
- Include a cool fact about yourself
- who is your favorite scientist
A roller coaster, called the Dragon’s Breath, and has been designed for an amusement park. Your challenge is to take the roller coaster design and modify it for a select group of riders. For instance, you may decide that you will modify the roller coaster so that young children can experience the thrill of a roller coaster in a safe and non-threatening way. You may prefer to design the roller coaster for adults that are a bit squeamish about the big hills and sharp turns. They want to experience the thrill of a roller coaster ride, but are ready to pass on the death-defying action. On the other hand, you may choose to design a roller coaster for daredevils that are ready to handle any thrill you can provide. You may also wish to design a roller coaster for people who are physically challenged or visually impaired. However, in each situation, you must ensure that the roller coaster is safe and nobody will be in danger.
Your design is based on whatever group you choose. Your design will have to meet certain criteria. All designs must have certain components including:
- at least two hills
- one horizontal curve or one loop.
In addition, you will have to provide evidence that the ride is safe. Safety data will include the height, speed, and acceleration of the roller coaster at three designated locations and a safe arrival in the cup at the end of the ride. Finally, you will have to calculate the work required to get the roller coaster rolling. You will present your design as both a model and a written report to a group of judges.
Team work is required for this project. The team should decide on a roller coaster design that is specific for a select group of participants. There are other elements that should be included in a roller coaster model and presentation, such as theme, and presentation format or layout of all your data.
Follow the directions. Before clicking on Step 3, create your teams hypothesis on which element is the most common. As a class vote on the most common element in the universe. Then complete the simulation.
As a team complete the following questions.
1. The simulation explains that since the densest part of Earth includes the crust, mantle, and core, and these are composed mainly of iron, oxygen, and silicon, these three elements are the most common on Earth. Why is density important to determine the most common elements on Earth?
2. How does the atomic number of the most common elements in the universe compare with those of less common elements? Give a hypothesis about why this might be so.
As a team make circle graphs on a poster size paper to compare the composition of the five different space objects shown in the simulation. Use your circle graphs to help others better understand the composition of the different space objects.