Environmental Science Assignments

Instructor
Milo Mitchel
Term
2021-2022 School Year
Department
Science ~ High School
Description
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. —Plutarch
 
This year we will be designing and building electric motors, solar ovens, and mushroom farms. The course also includes the science of weather, geology, biology, and the study of public health. More info about the electric motor project here: https://milomitchel.com/2021/07/22/electric-motor-design-project/
 

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Ch8

Read chapter 8 section 1 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
 
In class:
 
 

Past Assignments

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Ch7 sec2

Read chapter 7 section 2 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
 
Extra Credit, read this article and take notes:

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Ch7

Read chapter 7 section 1 and complete 1-4 in the section review. Extra credit: chapter 5 test prep. Medtronic has been busy printing more motor parts for us, and they have made some design changes based on your feedback. 

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Test on 5 and 6

Study for a test on chapters 5 and 6.

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Test on 5 and 6

Read Chapter 6 section 3 and complete 1-4 in the section review. Study for a test on chapters 5 and 6, class lecture, and articles we've read. Test is on Wednesday 11/17. Focus on key terms. Also, watch this video (this is what I was hoping you would find in your research during class, but it was not an easy assignment): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEYvlh1KaFs
 
 
 

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Ch6 part 2

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Waste Audit Follow Up

 
1) What is the author's criticism of Kiss the Ground? 
 
2) The author works for CalCAN. Research what this organization does and if they are a reliable source. 
 
3) Who made Kiss the Ground? Was it scientists? Do some research about the producers. 
 
4) What did the author argue is the problem with suggesting that consumers (like you) can make the choice to consume regeneratively produced food?

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Ch6

Read Chapter 6 section 1 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
 
 
 

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Ch5 sec 3

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Ch5 Sec 2

Read Chapter 5 section 2 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
There is no additional homework due since we had a non-instructional day yesterday.
 

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Chapter 5

Read Chapter 5 section 1 and complete 1-4 in the section review. Chapter 4 test prep extra credit due by Wednesday, must get at least 85% of the questions correct to get credit. 
 
Videos we will watch clips from:
Fungi:
Artificial selection of peppers:
 

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Motor Presentations

Research your assigned topic and create a slideshow with at least 5 slides and 3 sources listed. Animate your slideshow.

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Permafrost

Study for a test on 10/13. The test will cover chapters 3 and 4, plus class lecture and the articles we've read. Be sure to have examples of important key terms like adaptation, biodiversity, artificial selection, and domestication of plants and animals. If you think up your own examples for the test (not just use the examples from the book or class), you will get bonus points. 
 
 

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Electricity Worksheet Part 2

 
Homework: Read chapter 4 section 3 and complete 1-4 in the section review.  Review chapters 3 and 4, there will be a test on Wednesday 10/13. Extra credit: test prep for chapter 3.
 
 
 

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Electricity Units

 
Read Ch4 sec2 and complete 1-4 in the section review. 
 
Watch this review of unit conversion if the problems on the worksheet don't make sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7TlZ4i2tCM
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ch 4

 
In class videos: Breadboards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WReFkfrUIk
 
 
Homework: finish reading articles above and take notes (there will be questions on the next test about them). Also read Ch4 sec1 and complete 1-4 in the section review. 
 

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Ch3 Section 3

Read chapter 3 section 3 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
 

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Ch 3 Sec. 2

Read chapter 3 section 2 and complete 1-4 in the section review. Monday 9/27 is the last day to turn in the test prep extra credit for ch1+2.
 
In class (complete at home if you are absent): Research your assigned earthquake, writing down the 4 W's (who was impacted, what damage was caused, where did it occur, why was it so bad?).
 
 
 
 
 

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Ch 3

Read chapter 3 section 1 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
 
Extra Credit: Test Prep for ch1 and ch2- 10pts each.
 

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Test #1

Assigned 9/15. Study for a test on everything we have covered so far. The test will be 10 questions and worth 15 points. 
 
 
 

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Chapter 2 Sections 2 and 3

Assigned 9/13. Homework (only one option this time): Read chapter 2 section 2 and 3 and complete 1-4 in the section 2 review. Finish reading the article about cell phone radiation (see link below).
 
 
Cell phone radiation:
 
Check out our new motor design!
 
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Chapter 2

Assigned 9/8. Homework (only one option this time): Read chapter 2 section 1 and complete 1-4 in the section review.
 
 
Understand the difference between horsepower and torque: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM4SMQGMFz8
 
 

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Chapter One

Assigned 9/1.
 
Option 1: Read chapter one in the text book and complete 1-4 in the section 1 and section 2 reviews. 
 
Option 2: Watch this video and write a review (1 page if typed, 2 pages if handwritten). : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DFvlgthuOw&list=PL2s5lYj17_WrPaXMUWWSGE3CI75_C45zq&index=39
 
 
Instructions for today: 1) Draw a diagram of your magnetic motor, labelling your best guess of north and south on the magnets. 2) Draw a diagram the same motor, but which uses electrical power to move the magnet instead of mechanical power.  

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Assignment

Assigned 8/30. Read this Lichen Article and take one page of notes. Highlight, write down and look up terms you don't understand.

  • Come to each class with whatever you need to take notes. Save these notes and keep them organized by date. 
  • Come to each class on time. There will often be assignments that start right at 10:20.

Review the class syllabus if you missed the first class: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CgoQtQzPxEa5W2JSUTLLHENyLt2PLqC7JaGS849NFjE/edit?usp=sharing