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7th Grade Physics

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The 7th Grade physics course continues and deepens our studies of physics from 6th grade, and adds several new areas of research.  Continuing to work through close observation and experimentation, and using all of our senses, we strive to find lawful relationships within the areas of: (1) illumination and seeing (especially image formation using a variety of materials, in particular mirrors and the camera obscura), (2) warming and cooling (especially thermal mediating and expansive/contractive properties of materials), (3) wet cell electrical phenomena (contrasted with triboelectric “dry” electrical effects in 6th grade) and a beginning introduction to electrical circuits, and, (4) new this year: lever principles and rotational balance.  At the end of the course, the successful student will have honed her/his skills of attention to the phenomena of the natural world and be able to describe them accurately, originally and richly using written word, illustration, metaphor and mathematics.


Faculty:                         Brian Gleichauf
Class Dates:               October 28, 2013 – June 13, 2014
Curriculum Area:       Grade School Handwork


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