Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Today's schedule is A-B-Lunch-C-D

A - Law 12 - Today and tomorrow we are in the library to work on our civil law case study project. You should be aware that there are 5 classes remaining until our final exam days and 7 classes remaining until our major project is pressure.

B- Earth and Space Science 11 - Today we'll take a look at our sun and the solar system to which we belong. You'll have three worksheets (Kepler's Third Law of Planetary Motion, The Sun and Solar System #2, and The Sun and Solar System #3) to have completed by Monday of next week. There is math involved in today's activity so bring a calculator! We'll spend some time on Kepler's Third Law:

The square of the orbital period of a planet is proportional to the cube of the mean distance from the Sun - or in other words--of the"semi-major axis" of the ellipse, half the sum of smallest and greatest distance from the Sun) .

For help see:
University of Tennessee Kepler Law Calculator
Goddard Flight Space Center - Kepler's Three Laws
Suite - Understanding Kepler's Third Law
University of Illinois Astronomy Department Kepler Calculator
The Space Site - Kepler's laws

C - Introduction to Law 9/10
- Today we will finish up the Chapter 10 sentencing questions from yesterday. We will review all of our work for the unit final tomorrow (three crossword puzzles!) and we'll get to the end of that Law & Order episode from Friday (that we keep missing out on).

D - Geography 12 - Today we are going to make sense of ecosystem evolution and community succession (thrown in will be the terms establishment and extinction). We'll try to understand how species co-evolve and adapt to create complex communities (self regulation and emergent properties) and then we'll look at Mount Saint Helens to understand primary and secondary succession. You'll need to complete questions 21 & 22 from page 662 of your Geosystems text along with a question on fire ecology and the effects of modern fire suppression. For more on ecosystem services and conservation see the Earth Pulse website.

Please don't forget you have a biomes, climate, and ecosystem unit final tomorrow in class!

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