Science Dept News, October 2017

Science Dept News, October 2017
Posted on 10/23/2017
Science Dept News, October 2017 

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GHS Science Department News

October 2017

GHS Students Visit Eagle Point Park on the Mississippi River

Students in Ms. Buebe’s Environmental Science class visited Eagle Point Park in Dubuque, Iowa to study the ecosystems of the Mississippi River Valley. The students spent two days on the river and exploring the exhibits in the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.




Melting Point and Boiling Point

They say, “A watched pot never boils.” but Mr. Gayheart’s Physical Science students were able to watch a thermometer in a beaker of ice as it melted to water and then boiled to make steam. By measuring the temperature every 30 seconds and graphing the data, Mr. Gayheart’s students determined the melting point of ice and the boiling point of water in degrees Celsius.


Catch a Wave in Physics!

The old Beach Boys song goes, “Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world.” None of these Physics students probably know that song, but they were definitely catching waves sent back and forth along heavy springs.

We had a tough time capturing pictures of the waves on camera but students were able to measure wavelength and frequency in order to calculate wave speed.  

Calculations and experiments like this help model real world problems such as resonant frequencies of musical instruments, the shimmy of a car at a certain speed, or the behavior of a building in an earthquake. You Tube has some great video footage of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse to show what happens when physics lessons like these are not well understood. Check it out!




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