Physics

Physics is taught by Mr. Ellis and is the most "traditional" class at MAMS. In a typical Physics class we take notes at the beginning of class and then we work on problems for the second half of class. We have covered a lot of topics in Physics so far, including kinematics, forces, and energy. Of these three units, I liked learning about energy the most. Mainly because the concepts of energy provided me with an easier way to solve problems from the earlier units.

Every unit in Physics, we are given a big problem called an Uber problem. Essentially, we have to solve this problem that requires us to use skills from the whole unit and then type up a solution for it. What makes these problems interesting is that everyone gets different starting values for their problems meaning that no two people will have the same answer. My favorite one to solve so far was the Uber problem for the kinematics unit, which was called the Uber Rocket Problem. For this problem, a rocket was launched into the air at an angle and was accelerating for some time. Then it stopped accelerating and reached a maximum height. After falling a certain distance, a parachute was deployed and slowed the speed of the falling rocket. Finally, while the rocket was falling, wind was moving it at a constant speed. The goal was to find how far away the rocket landed from the place it was launched from. You can view my solution to this problem here.

Occasionally we do labs in Physics where we need to perform an experiment and then write a lab report on it. One of the labs we did was the Spring Energy Lab. For this lab, we had to design an experiment that involved a spring to help us answer a researchable question. The experiment my group performed was created to determine if the height from which a cart on a ramp was increased was proportional to the maximum spring compression when the cart collided with the spring at the bottom of the ramp. You can read my final report here.