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 Saturday, 12 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009 13:58:18 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

This week's Homework through Wednesday night: Study for your finals! 

Important reminders below for each day:

M 12.14- Noteplate is due today.  (regular schedule)

T 12.15- Finals Schedule, 1° and 6° (dismissal at 12:15)

W 12.16- Finals Schedule, 2° and 3° (dismissal at 12:15)

R 12.17- Finals Schedule, 4° and 5° (dismissal at 12:15)

F 12.18- (regular schedule)   Enjoy your vacation; see you back at school in the new year, on Jan. 5th, 2010!

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 Friday, 04 December 2009
Friday, 04 December 2009 15:32:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( final )

M 12.7- Read TB p. 259-267, do SciNB p. 62, add "magnitude"
       and Homework Check # 6 due Thursday at beginning of period. 

Absent Monday?  We filled in SciNB p. 64 and compared the ways to measure earthquakes using Magnitude compared to Intensity, looked at maps of the intensity of the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.  Also distributed today: HW Check #6, click to download .pdf file: HWcheck6.pdf (33.79 KB)

T 12.8-  Answer TB p. 267 # 1, 2, 3, 8 in SciNB p. 63 using FCS, RSQ
      and finish the Plate Boundary Data Lab (due tomorrow)

Absent Tuesday (or on Field Trip to King Tut)?  Today is a "Catch Up Day" where students must FIRST finish their Plate Boundary Data Lab, and then have an opportunity to get caught up to make sure they have finished all of their assignments for Science.

W 12.9- Finish SciNB p. 63 and 64.
        & Homework Check #6 due tomorrow at the beginning of the period.

Wednesday's computer lab activity link: Determining the Earthquake Epicenter:

Once you finish Determining the Earthquake Epicenter, you will look at the map of earthquakes on this link.  What can you find out about plate tectonics when you increase the number of earthquakes shown on the map?  Link:;jsessionid=2814E8E30028F95E6B842C277A826A0C.ranch3_4

Absent Wednesday?  We are in the computer lab.  Go through the process of "Determining the Earthquake Epicenter" using the link above.  After you have found the epicenter, your information will be shown on the screen.  Copy the data of yours and the actual for S-P interval, distance, amplitude and magnitude for all 3 stations onto a paper and submit for credit.

R 12.10- Note plate due Monday; study for final!

Absent Thursday?  Did Homework Check #6, distributed half-a-plate to be used for notes during the final IF it is returned on Monday.  Alternative to the plate, you may write on both sides of a 4x6 card.  Include the information which you will find useful to remember during the test.  Also distributed, a study guide for the final.  Click to download the study guide: 6.Sem1ReviewSheetch1-6.pdf (25.5 KB)

F 12.11- Note plate due Monday; study for final!

Absent Friday?  We practiced finding the epicenter of an earthquake again (this time on paper rather than using the computer).  Once finished, students had time to study for their final.


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Friday, 04 December 2009 15:24:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) ( )

Standford University has an interesting program called QNClive, offered through their "Quake Catcher Network",  it allows you to turn your laptop into a seismograph which will detect vibrations, including seismic waves.  This is possible on newer laptops (which include acceleromoters); Quake Catcher Network does sell a USB sensor which can be hooked up to desktop machines.

We were looking at the program in a few of the classes on Friday, if you would like to download the software, here is a link to the Quake Catcher Network  - make sure you have parental permission before you download software to your computer.

Click here to link to the Quake Catcher Network:

Note: Mrs. Z has told me that iPod has an App that has similar capabilities; there are 3 of them.  You can do a search for "seismo" and they'll pop up.  One is free, the others are not ($0.99 to $1.99 in range).


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