Honors Earth Science - 2006-07

North Middlesex Regional High School
Mr. Virzi

Independent Reading Assignment - Due January 2, 2007*** Soil Buffer Survey*** Read your book reviews here

Extra Credit Project - worth 20 bonus test points for either 3rd or 4th quarter
Hike to the summit of Mount Watatic in Ashby. In order to receive the bonus points, you must hand in (A) a photograph of you standing on the summit, with Mount Wachusett in the background, and (B) five photographs with your own original captions showing the same or similar landmarks that are described at http://www.newenglandtrailreview.com/trail.asp?TID=156 .

Extra Credit Project - worth 20 bonus test points for 4th quarter
Participate in the Earth Day Cleanup at Mount Wachusett on Saturday, May 5th. All particpants will recieve a complimentary BBQ and a Lift Ticket Voucher for next season! For more info, go to Wachusett Mountain - Earth Day Cleanup. Please bring in a photo to document your participation in the cleanup to receive the bonus points.

6/4 to 6/8

1. Test on Chapter 52 (Modern Biology) on Friday 6/8

2. Practice the "Homework Help" multiple choice questions for 20.1, 20.2, and 20.3

3. Listen to "Jellyfish Take Over an Over-Fished Area" by John Nielsen at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5573968

5/28 to 6/1

1. Read Chapter 52 (Modern Biology), pages 810-819.

2. Practice the "Quiz Yourself" questions at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HM2%20CH20

3. Listen to "The Rise and Fall of the Chilean Sea Bass" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5722897

5/21 to 5/25

1. Test on Chapter 51 (Modern Biology) on Friday 4/27

2. Practice the "Homework Help" multiple choice questions for Sections 21.1, 21.2, and 21.3

3. Listen to "Linking Isolated Habitats Said to Help Biodiversity" by John Nielsen at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5767771

Bring your answers to the following questions with you to be stapled to your test o Chapter 51 on Friday.

4. Go to http://www.truth-n-beauty.com/transfer/NasaCT/invasive/index.html and read the 8-page introduction; then run the simulation and find a set of conditions that (a) cause the blue to take over the island as quickly as possible, (b) cause the blue and red to share the island and coexist peacefully, and (c) cause a blue outbreak that stays in one place and doesn't take over, but also doesn't get destroyed.

5/14 to 5/18

1. Read Chapter 51 (Modern Biology), pages 796-809.

2. Practice the "Quiz Yourself" questions at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HM2%20CH21

3. Listen to "Charles Darwin and the Racing Asparagus" by By Robert Krulwich at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6105541

4. Play the three food web games at http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/food/food_menu.html

5. Go to http://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspView&ResourceID=381 and answer the 5 questions

5/7 to 5/11

1. Test on Chapter 50 (Modern Biology) on Friday 4/27

2. Practice the "Homework Help" multiple choice questions for Sections 22.1 and 22.2

3. Listen to "Are Humans Causing Elephants to Go Crazy?" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6209655

4. Listen to "Devious Dodder Vine Sniffs Out Its Victims" by David Malakoff http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6160709

5. Our field trip to study a few geological landmarks of Townsend and Pepperell will be on Thursday, May 17th. We will be working on these questions in the computer lab to get ready for the field trip:

A. On Google Earth, click on “Tools” and the “Ruler.” Use the ruler (“path” tab) to measure the perimeter of Heald Pond in Pepperell, in feet. Use Heald Street as the northern boundary of the pond, and measure only clear standing water (and not the marshland in the southeastern corner of the pond).

B. Use the Google Earth ruler again to measure the goal line-to-goal line distance in feet of the football field at NMRHS. Do this three times, and calculate the average. See how close your measurement matches up to 300 feet. Write down your three values here __________, __________, __________, and the average value here___________.

C. Earlier in the year we measured the distance around the track by calibrating our footsteps and then counting the number of steps it took to walk around the track. Use the Google Earth ruler to measure this distance, in feet. _________ How many miles is this?____________

D. Look at the area behind the Hannaford’s Plaza, with Warren Road and Shirley Road on the west and Townsend Road on the east. Why are there so few houses in this area?

E. Measure the length of the Squannacook River using the Google Earth ruler, starting at the South Street Bridge at the corner of Rte. 119 and following the twists and turns all the way to Groton Road, Rte. 225. Distance:______________________feet.

F. Now measure the distance going by car from the South Street Bridge at Rte 119, down South Street, down Warren Road,left at Shirley Road, which becomes Townsend Road, left at Squannacook Road, and left on Groton Road stopping at the bridge that leads into the intersection with Townsend Road and W. Main Street. Distance:_________________ feet.

G. Go to http://www2.wwnorton.com/college/geo/egeo2/content/index/animations.htm and watch animation 14.1 - Evolution of a meandering stream. Then draw three diagrams for the Ox Bow that is east of the junction of Rte. 111 & 119 - one drawing showing the past shape, one showing its present shape, and another showing its future shape.

H. Do the same thing for the bend in the Nashua River that the Groton Street Bridge passes over.

I. Read these two descriptions of the Wekepeke Fault, which we will be visiting at our Gulf Brook Ravine stop:

“The eastern portion of the Town of Sterling sits astride the Worcester Formation. The southern end of the formation is the drainage divide between the Nashua River watershed and the French and Blackstone River watersheds. The northeast trending Wekepeke Normal Fault Zone, a faulted fold in the Worcester Formation, runs parallel to Route 12 and I-190, east of the two roads. The fault extends from the junction of Route 9 with I-290 in Worcester northward into New Hampshire. It forms the western edge of the Nashua belt and the western wall of the Nashua Valley. The feature underlies the historic town center district and continues north. The east slope of the ridge is comprised of slate and phyllite. It intersects the Clinton-Newbury Fault in Worcester at the northern end of Lake Qunsigamond." (from Sterling Open Space and Recreation Plan, Year 2002 Update)

"A striking geologic feature in Pepperell is Gulf Brook Ravine, the most visible remnant of a normal prehistoric fault, known as the Wekepeke Fault, which runs from central Massachusetts to southern New Hampshire. Technically, it is a "resequent fault scarp". Time, glaciers, and erosion have combined efforts to cause the original fault line to recede leaving a deep, steep-sided ravine, which provides a cool microclimate more typical of sites in northern New England." (from the Pepperell Open Space & Recreation Plan, 2005)

Using Google Earth, take your best guess as to where the Wekepeke Fault runs, and print out a map that shows where you think the path that this Fault takes, from New Hampshire to Worcester.

J. Here are some facts that could be used for Clean-Out-Your-Locker Day recycling posters, from the Harvard Green Campus Initiative

1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree (and those add up quickly!)
At least 38.9% of the U.S. waste stream is paper.
One person uses two pine trees worth of paper products every year.
Making one sheet of paper uses over 13 ounces of water- more water than in a soda can!
Use less paper!

4/30 to 5/4

1. Read Chapter 50 (Modern Biology), pages 780-795.

2. Practice the "Quiz Yourself" questions at http://go.hrw.com/activities/frameset.html?main=2003.html (skip questions 9 & 10)

3. Listen to "Smells Like Home: For Fish, Reefs Are Unique" by John Nielsen at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6817159

4. Listen to "Wild Camels Run Amok in Australia's Outback" by Larry Massett at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6599903

4/23 to 4/27

1. Test on Chapter 4 (Modern Biology) on 4-27

2. Practice the "Homework Help" multiple choice questions (for Sections 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3) at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HM2%20CH03

3. Watch the narrated animations each of the four types of macromolecules at http://bcs.whfreeman.com/thelifewire/content/chp03/0302002.html and then take the 5-question quiz

4/9 to 4/13

1. Read Chapter 4 (Modern Biology), pages 46-55.

2. Practice the "Quiz Yourself" questions at http://go.hrw.com/activities/frameset.html?main=912.html

3. Watch Molecular View of Solution Formation at http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/chemistry/essentialchemistry/flash/molvie1.swf

4. Watch the narrated animations "Polarity and Hydrogen Bonding" and "Ionic Bonds" at http://bcs.whfreeman.com/thelifewire/content/chp02/02020.html?

4/2 to 4/5

1. Test on Chapter 8 - Thursady, 4/5.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 8 in your textbook (pp. 138-153) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG008.PDF Practice R1 - 14, APPLICATION 1-4.

3. Listen to "Beethoven Suffered from Lead Poisoning" by Robert Siegel at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5041495

4. Listen to "A Question on Earth Day: Paper, Plastic or Neither?" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4615730

5. Extra Credit Opportunity - Go to Periodic Table Games and click on "Level 1." Be able to complete level 1 anytime before the end of 4th Quarter for extra credit points which will be added toward your final 3rd or 4th Quarter grade. No more than 1 to 3 misses : +2 points; 0 misses : +4 points. WOW!!

3/26 to 3/30

1. Read Chapter 8, pages 138-153.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 8.1 and 8.2 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH08

Bring your answers to questions 3 & 4 with you to the test on Chapter 8 next week.

3. Go to http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chemlab/info/resources/qual/soluble.SolubleAppletC.html (click on "Lab Bench") and try to solve the following puzzle: Into an empty test tube you add some 5% thioacetamide, a few drops of concentrated nitric acid, some solid sodium hydrosulfite, a few drops of silver nitrate solution, and a few drops of sodium nitrite solution. Nothing happens. Then you heat the solution and get a black precipitate. Which ingredients combined to give the black precipitate?

4. Go to http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/geology/leveson/core/graphics/density/density_sim3x.html and measure, for each of the 9 minerals, (a) the volume of water before the mineral is dropped into the water, (b) the volume of water after the mineral is dropped into the water, and (c) the mass of the mineral. Use these measurements to calculate the density of each mineral.

5. Listen to "The Elements Song" by Tom Lehrer

3/19 to 3/23

1. Test on Chapter 7 - Wednesday, 3/21.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 7 in your textbook (pp. 128-9) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG007.PDF Practice R1 - 15, CT 1 & 2.

3. Read "Eruption Science: Volcanoes as Labs," by JAMES GLANZ, at http://college3.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/11/18/1125299.xml.

4. Listen to "Global Warming's Link to Clearer Skies on Earth" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4636777.

3/12 to 3/16

1. Read Chapter 7, pages 116-135.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH07

3. Listen to "Mount St. Helens, 25 Years Later" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4656182

Bring the answers to questions 4 & 5 with you to be stapled to the Chapter 7 test which we will be having next week.

4. Go to http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/pompeii/interactive/interactive.html. Click on "Build your own volcano and watch it erupt." Make a table to show how varying the viscosity of the magma and the gas content of the magma results in each of the four different kinds of volcanoes that are described. For each volcano type, describe what the eruptions look like.

5. Go to http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/kids/fun/volcano/volcano.html. Click on "adjustments," and pick any THREE volcano adjustments and for each one, run the eruption 5 times, varying the quantity for each eruption. You should end up with a total of 15 eruptions. For each eruption, record the maximum X distance, mean altitude, and maximum altitude. Also, for each of the three adjustments that you study, write a sentence or two that describes what you see; try to rationalize why you think the eruptions happen the way they do.

3/5 to 3/9

1. Test on Chapter 6 - Friday, 3/9.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 6 in your textbook (pp. 112-3) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG006.PDF Practice R1 - 14, CT 2 & 3.

3. Go to http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june04/earthquakes_6-2.html# and listen to "Predicting Earthquakes."

2/26 to 3/2

Test on Chapter 5 - Tuesday, 2/27.

1. Read Chapter 6, pages 98-115.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH06

3. Go to the University of Delaware's http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/animations/ch8.htm and view "Seismic Wave Motion" and "How a Seismograph Works" animations.

Bring the answers to questions 4-6 with you to be stapled to the Chapter 6 test which we will be having next week.

4. Go to http://www.infosports.com/m/map.htm and find the exact longitude and latitude of the middle of the ASC at North Middlesex Regional High School.

5. Go to http://www.discoverourearth.org/tools/tectonics/continental_puzzle.html and make a table that lists in one column the names of the 9 different land masses ("Selected Objects"). Try rotating and dragging them to fit into Pangea. In second column of your table, list the angle that each land mass must be rotated to in order to fit into Pangea.

6. Go to http://www.sciencecourseware.com/VirtualEarthquake/VQuakeExecute.html and choose "Mexico." Generate a set of seismographs for the Mexico earthquake, and go through the steps to find the epicenter and the Richter magnitude. Print out your Virtual Seismologist Certificate of Completion and the table that shows your final results.

2/12 to 2/16

1. Test on Chapter 5 - Tuesday, 2/27.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 5 in your textbook (pp. 94-5) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG004.PDF Practice R1 - 15, CT 4.

3. Go to http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/animations/ch9.htm Click on and view "Process of Folding" animation.

4. Go to http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/animations/ch8.htm Click on and view "Types of Faults" animation.

Bring the answers to the following questions with you to be stapled to the Chapter 5 test on Friday.

5. Go to the animation of the breakup of Pangea. In what order did the following events happen?
____ a. East coast of Brazil splits from Africa
____ b. Antarctica splits from southern tip of Africa
____ c. East coast of North America splits from west coast of Africa
____ d. India crashes into Asia
____ e. Australia splits from Antarctica

6. Go to the graph of Snowmelt Resulting from Rainfall Falling on Snow (source: California Cooperative Snow Surveys)
a. How many inches of snow would melt if it rained for four inches at 50 oF?
b. How many inches of 80 oF rain would have to fall in order to melt 2 inches of snow?
c. Use the equation Mr = 0.00695 (Tr - 32) Pr to calculate how many inches of snow would melt if it rained 3.3 inches at a temperature of 43 oF. Round off your answer to the nearest 0.01 inch.

2/5 to 2/9

1. Read Chapter 5, pages 82-97.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH05

3. Go to the University of Delaware's Virtual Microscope. Click on "The Virtual Scope" (you may need to download the Flash 6 Plugin if it doesn't work). Answer the following questions, and bring them in to be stapled to your test on Chapter 5 next week.

(a) Take the tour of the microscope by clicking "start tour." When you finish, click on "try this" and then "m1."

i. How tall is the letter "e" from the top outer edge to the bottom outer edge, in micrometers?

ii. How wide is the letter "e" from the left outer edge to the right outer edge, in micrometers? Follow the directions for rotating the micrometer. Remember, each micrometer unit equals 10 micrometers with the 10X (green) objective!

iii. Look at the onion root tip under the 4X (blue) objective. How many micrometers thick is its diameter in the middle part of the root tip?

(b) Go to the scanning virtual electron microscope at http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/electronmicroscopy/magnify1/index.html. Examine the grasshopper eyes at 1700X, then go to the collection of images at Bugscope. Name 5 insects that have eyes with a similar appearance to that of grasshoppers.


1/29 to 2/2

1. Test on Chapter 4 - Friday, 2/2.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 4 in your textbook (pp. 78-9) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG004.PDF Practice R1 - 14.

3. Go to http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/animations/ch2.htm and click on "view animation" for Wegener - Continental Drift; click the stop button at the top (the square), then try to reconstruct Pangea by dragging and spinning the continents!

4. Go back to http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/animations/ch2.htm and view one more animation (yours to choose). Write down which one you picked,and tell me something that you learned from it in a couple of sentences; staple it to your test on Friday.

5. Read "Does Plate Tectonics Occur on Other Planets? by Stephen Marshak" at http://www.wwnorton.com/earth/egeo/features/ch2_2.htm


1/22 to 1/26

1. Read Chapter 4, pages 65-81.
2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 4.1, and 4.2 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH04

3. Play the plate tectonics matching game at http://www.quia.com/mc/514.html

4. Listen to "Continents in Collision: Pangea Ultima" (7 minutes 12 sec) at http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/ast06oct_1.htm

1/8 to 1/12

1. Test on Chapter 30 - Friday, Jan. 12

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 30 in your textbook (pp. 634-635) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG030.PDF Practice R1 - 12, CT 1, 2, 4, A1 & 2.

3. Use this java applet to help you learn the phases of the moon: http://www.ioncmaste.ca/homepage/resources/web_resources/CSA_Astro9/files/ multimedia/unit3/phases_moon/phases_moon.html (try dragging the moon around the earth with the mouse, while covering the picture in the lower left hand corner with your left hand. See if you can guess what the moon looks like and what phase it's in, then uncover the pic with your left hand to see if you have it right.) Also try this one to visualize neap tides vs. spring tides: http://www.ioncmaste.ca/homepage/resources/web_resources/ CSA_Astro9/files/multimedia/unit3/tides/tides.html

4. Listen to "Planet Minuet" (under "Space Songs") at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


1/2 to 1/5

1. Read Chapter 30, pages 614-637.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 30.1, 30.2, 30.3 and 30.4 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH30

3. Answer the following questions using the links below. Due on Friday, 1/12/06.

(A) between the years 2019 and 2030, there will be four months that will have two full moons. Name them.

(B) which of these years will be leap years? List them.

links :



4. Listen to "A Look Back at the Science Stories of 2006" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6696466

5. Listen to "Why Go Up There (under "Space Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs

6. Here is a link to the cool visual trick: http://www.patmedia.net/marklevinson/cool/cool_illusion.html


12/4 to 12/8

1. Read Chapter 15, pages 276 - 293.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 15.1, 15.2, and 15.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH15

3. Listen to "Arctic Freshwater Pouring Into Atlantic, Scientists Say" by Chris Joyce at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5705296

4. Listen to "New Data on Earth's Climate History" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5447575


1. Test on Chapter 29 - Friday, 12/1.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 29 in your textbook (pp. 610-611) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG029.PDF Practice R1 - 13, CT 1, 2.

3. Listen to "Flight Beyond Earth" at http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/2003/Dec/hour1_121903.html

4. Listen to "Interview of Astronomer Carolyn Shoemaker by David Levy" at http://www.letstalkstars.com/asx/2000/20000822.asx

5. Listen to "Planet Minuet (under "Space Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


11/14 to 11/22

1. Read Chapter 29, pages 590 - 613.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 29.1, 29.2, 29.3 and 29.4 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH29

3. Listen to "Planet-Like Ball Spied Beyond Pluto" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1769629

4. Listen to "NPR's Ira Flatow: Asteroid Panic" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1420038

5. Go to http://www.ioncmaste.ca/homepage/resources/web_resources/CSA_Astro9/files/multimedia/unit4/planetary_orbits/planetary_obits.html and answer the following questions. Staple it to your test on Chapter 29 (after Thanksgiving).

(A) How old does a person have to be to live long enough so that during their lifetime, the planet Uranus will have made one complete revolution around the sun?

(B) Go to http://www.ioncmaste.ca/homepage/resources/web_resources/CSA_Astro9/files/multimedia/unit4/weight_planets/weight_planets.html and calculate how many pounds you would weigh on Jupiter and Pluto.

6. Read "The Man Who Clears Kermit the Frog for Takeoff" (profile of 27-year old meteorologist who gives the ok for Macy's Thangsgiving Parade) By MICHAEL WILSON at http://college3.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/11/26/1126904.xml


11/6 to 11/13

1. Test on Chapter 28 - Monday, 11/13.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 28 in your textbook (pp. 586-587) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG028.PDF Practice R1 - 14, CT 4 & 5, A1.

3. Listen to "Bubble Physics Explored in Fusion Quest" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4520833

4. Listen to "Sunspot Activity" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1120960

5. Listen to "The Legacy of Jules Verne in Science and Literature" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4602300

6. Read "How Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work" http://home.howstuffworks.com/pop-up-timer.htm

7. Go to http://www.arachnoid.com/gravitation/small.html and answer the following questions. Bring your answers with you to be stapled to your test on Friday, 11/18.

Run the simple orbit under the following conditions. For each set of conditions, describe what happens and try to explain WHY it happens, in words, pictures, or both :
(A) For the star: x=0, y=0, vx=0, vy=0, radius = 192
For the planet: x= - 1000, y=0, vx=0, vy= -30, radius = 12

(B) For the star: x=0, y=0, vx=0, vy=0, radius = 250
For the planet: x= - 1000, y=0, vx=0, vy= -52.5, radius = 12

(C) For the star: x=0, y=0, vx=0, vy=0, radius = 300
For the planet: x= - 1000, y=0, vx=0, vy= -52.5, radius = 12

(D) For the star: x=0, y=0, vx=0, vy=0, radius = 300
For the planet: x= - 10000, y=0, vx=0, vy= -52.5, radius = 12

(E) For the star: x=0, y=0, vx=0, vy=0, radius = 192
For the planet: x= - 1000, y=0, vx=0, vy= -73, radius = 12

8. Listen to "Solar Energy (under "Energy & Motion Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


10/30 to 11/3

1. Read Chapter 28, pages 570 - 589.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 28.1, 28.2, and 28.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH28

3. Listen to "Aurora Borealis Lights Up the U.S. Sky" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4161446

4. Read "Is Global Warming Always Bad?" by Patrick J. Michaels http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2872

5. Listen to "Sunspot Activity" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1120960

6. Listen to "Why does the Sun Shine (under "Space Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs/


10/23 to 10/27

Chapter 3 test corrections are due by Monday 10/23.

1. Test on Chapter 27 - Friday, 10/27. Don't forget to bring in your take-home questions, to be stapled to your test on Friday! If you have not done them yet, see #5 & #6 below from last week's assignment.

2. The questions at the end of Chapter 27 in your textbook (pp. 566-567) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG027.PDF Practice R1 - 14, CT 2 & 5, A1.

3. Read "Music of the Heavens Turns Out to Sound a Lot Like a B Flat" (black hole sounds) By DENNIS OVERBYE at http://college4.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/09/16/1112664.xml

4. Listen to "Hour Two: New Planets / SETI" at http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/2004/Sep/hour2_090304.html

5. Listen to "What is the Milky Way (under "Space Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


10/16 to 10/20

1. Read Chapter 27, pages 544 - 569.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 27.1, 27.2, and 27.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH27

3. Listen to "Looking at Planets Beyond the Solar System" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4556714

4. Listen to "Limits on Star Size" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4529313

Take-Home Questions for Chapter 27 Test
Bring your answers to Questions 5 & 6 with you to be stapled to your test when we have the Chapter 27 test (it will probably be on Friday, 10/27; I will announce the date in class and update this page again for you next week.)

5. Go to http://www.astro.washington.edu/labs/parallax/solar.html and sketch 3 different parallax patterns that you are able to generate; in your own words, describe how they are different from each other.

6. Go to http://www.ioncmaste.ca/homepage/resources/web_resources/CSA_Astro9/files/multimedia/unit1/const_java_applet/const_app_window.html and sketch line drawings for 3 different constellations. Use Google to find information about them, and write one or two sentences describing each one.

7. Listen to "Why are Stars of Different Colors (under "Space Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


10/10 to 10/13

1. Test on Chapter 3 - Friday, 10/13.

2. Go to the National Atlas web site at http://www.nationalatlas.gov/dynamic.html and answer the following questions. Bring your answers with you to be stapled to your test on Friday.

(A) Name five rivers in which the invasive species zebra mussels were present in 2002 and were not present in 1988.

(B) Name two states that have very wide variation in the amount of vegetation growth over the course of a year, and name two states that have fairly mild variation in vegetation growth during one whole year.

(C) How much arsenic is in the groundwater at Longitude: 115° 08' 53'' West, Latitude: 32° 54' 20'' North?

3. The questions at the end of Chapter 3 in your textbook (pp. 56-57) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG003.PDF Practice R1 - 16, CT 1 & 2, A1, 3 & 4.

4. Try the World Jigsaw Puzzle at http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/pagesgames/gateway.cfm --------------------------------------

10/2 to 10/6

1. Read Chapter 3, pages 42 - 63.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH03

3. Listen to "Millennium Ecosystem Assessment" (about 30 minutes) at http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/2005/Apr/hour2_042205.html

4. Using http://www.mapquest.com/ describe in detail three different ways to get from NMRHS to the corner of Lowell Street and Groton Street in Pepperell. Bring your directions with you to be stapled to your test on Chapter 3 next week.

5. Listen to "What Makes a Rainbow (scroll down to "More Nature Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


9/25 to 9/29

Test on Chapter 2 will be Friday, 9/29

1. Read "Not Science Fiction: An Elevator to Space" by KENNETH CHANG at http://college4.nytimes.com/guests/articles/2003/09/23/1114118.xml

2. Listen to "'Seize the Daylight': A History of Clock Chaos" (4 minutes 54 sec) at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4572036

3. The questions at the end of Chapter 2 in your textbook (pp. 38-39) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG002.PDF Practice R1 - 15, CT 1, 2 & 3.

4. Listen to "Longitude and Latitude (under "Space Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


9/18 to 9/22

1. Read Chapter 2, pages 22 - 41.

2. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH02

3. Look at the Earth at night at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0011/earthlights_dmsp_big.jpg

4. Answer the following questions. Bring your answers with you to be stapled to your test on Chapter 2 next week.
(A) When it's 8:47 AM in Townsend, what time is it
i. in Peru?
ii. in Alaska?
iii. in Sweden?

(B) Go to http://physci.kennesaw.edu/javamirror/ntnujava/projectileOrbit/projectileOrbit.html
i. For a satellite traveling at an initial velocity of 7117 meters per second, what will be its velocity after 21,294 seconds?
ii. after 40,027 seconds?
iii. If the initial velocity is 10,280 m/s, how many seconds will it take for the satellite to reach its minimum velocity?

5. Listen to "What's Inside our Earth? (scroll down to "Experiment Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


Test on Chapter 1 will be Friday, 9/15

9/10 to 9/16

1. Read "How Thermometers Work" by Marshall Brain at http://www.howstuffworks.com/therm.htm/printable

2. Listen to "Researchers Suspect Impact Crater Near Australia" (4 minutes 17 seconds) at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1895710

3. Listen to "Commentary: Forget Fires; Here Come the Asteroids (3 minutes 44 sec)" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1490887

4. Go to http://eo.ucar.edu/skymath/tmp2.html and read only the first three sections - "What is Temperature," "What is a Thermometer," and "The Development of Thermometers and Temperature Scales."

5. Read the 4 pages about about telescope history at the Hubble Telescope Site, http://hubblesite.org/reference_desk/facts_.and._figures/telescope_history/

6. The questions at the end of Chapter 1 in your textbook (pp. 18-19) are at http://go.hrw.com/resources/go_sc/mes/HQ2SG001.PDF Practice R1 - 12.

7. Listen to "The Earth Goes Around the Sun (scroll down to "Experiment Songs")" at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs


8/29 to 9/8

1. Cover your books.

2. Read Chapter 1, p. 3-21.

3. Practice the "quiz Yourself" questions for Sections 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 at http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?HQ2%20CH01

4. Listen to "Deflecting Near-Earth Space Hazards" (17 minutes) at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4273770

5. Library book assignment - Prepare a 3 - 5 minute oral report about any LIBRARY BOOK having to do with any Earth Science topic. For example your book may be about the ocean, rocks and minerals, fossil fuels, weather, earthquakes, astronomy, or any other subject covered in Modern Earth Science. You do not have to read the whole book! Spend enough time investigating what the book is about, see how the book is organized, tell us about the author and why he or she decided to write the book. Look at the chapter titles, tell us about any pictures or illustrations that caught your interest and made you want to read the book. This is a pass/fail assignment, You will be called on AT RANDOM one day next week, no advance warnings and no second chances. Please be ready to give your report on any day next week. In order to pass, you must bring in the book so that we can pass it around and have a look at it.

6. Listen to The Face of the Earth is Changing (scroll down to "More Nature Songs" - it's the last song) at http://www.acme.com/jef/science_songs

7. Read "Drowning New Orleans" by Mark Fischetti, from the October 2001 issue of Scientific American.

8. Listen to Astronomers May Add Planets to Solar System at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5653191

9. Lynn Margulis

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