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AP Physics C stands to benefit from new TI-Nspires

AP Physics C stands to benefit from new TI-Nspires

Alyssa Umino

September 9, 2019

Class set of graphing calculators purchased to thwart cheating in AP Physics C

Climbing the ladder: Two MVHS students qualify for and compete in prestigious physics olympiad

Iman Malik and Herman Saini

May 14, 2019

The United States National Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) is a prestigious exam administered by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) that tests high school students on physics concepts and theories beyond the scope of the high school curriculum. Known for its difficulty and tight selection ...

The gold coins of junior year

The gold coins of junior year

Annie Zhang and Claire Wen

May 14, 2019

AP tests, SAT prep and junior prom — while junior year is notorious for test taking-torment and heaps of schoolwork, the silver linings and gold coins sprinkled throughout both semesters made this year a year for the books. Check out the best or worst moments of these six juniors below:   ...

Students prepare for the second round of the Physics Olympiad

Students prepare for the second round of the Physics Olympiad

Iman Malik

March 13, 2019

Nothing. That was what junior Jacob Nie felt after he qualified for the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) for the second time in a row. After scoring a 22 out of 25 on the preliminary F=ma exam, Nie wasn’t particularly emotional about the results. “I didn’t feel anything,” Nie said. “Either you make it ...

A funhouse for all

A funhouse for all

Annie Zhang and Claire Wen

January 27, 2019

he latest pop music echoes through E101; the room thumps. A crowd of rowdy students huddle in front of the projector playing Nintendo Switch, their fingers deftly sweeping over the controllers. On the desk sits a tray of goodie bags adorned with heart shaped cutouts to be gifted to students on their bir...

Retake remake

Retake remake

Flora Peng

November 5, 2018

Almost every student is familiar with the sensation of receiving horrible scores for a test they studied really hard for. The gut-sinking feeling comes accompanied by a subsequent frantic search for a teacher’s syllabus, or message to a friend, to find out whether a retake will be offered. With th...

Exams in motion

Exams in motion

Brian Xu

October 15, 2018

Sophomore Upasana Dilip stared into her computer screen, reading and rereading a clump of questions from a past Calculus exam. She yawned before looking down at her notes, desperately scanning the numbers for a strategy to break through the stubborn question. It was already midnight, far too late to conta...

Separated in Physics classroom

Separated in Physics classroom

Vivian Chiang

October 20, 2017

hen Physics teacher Jim Birdsong displayed the new seating chart on the screen in his AP Physics C class, some students happily embraced their new group mates while others groaned, bidding farewell to their friends. But there were also a few students that just stared at the screen, slightly confu...

Spinning homopolar motors teach Science National Honor Society members about electromagnetism

Spinning homopolar motors teach Science National Honor Society members about electromagnetism

Jessica Xing

October 28, 2016

hen the copper wire began to spin all on its own, the room was awed. On Oct. 24, Science National Honors Society held their second lab this year in B101. This month, the club was exploring the different concepts of physics, starting with electromagnetism, the interaction of electric and magnetic currents. ...

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Shriya Deshpande

May 20, 2016

rom involving chemistry, history and other classes in the Martian Deconstructed event to the new chromebooks in classrooms, the 2015-16 school year has brought several new policies, events and classes. In the science department, there were newly designed AP Physics classes and teachers from different scie...

Physics students take part in annual egg drop project

Physics students take part in annual egg drop project

Amanda Chan

December 9, 2015

Around this time of the year, MVHS physics students take part in the egg drop project — a common project done in physics classes all over the country. The egg drop project allows students to put their physics knowledge to the test and apply it to the real world. View the video below to see students...

Thinking inside the box

Thinking inside the box

Zach Sanchez

November 18, 2015

AP Physics I has a reputation as one of MVHS’ toughest classes — it might be that reputation that led students, over the span of three years, to contribute to a Dropbox for the course, containing old, unreleased tests from 2011-2014. It is by far the most extensive prep book a student can get ...