Students, this is not the webpage for Mr. Collinson's current classes, this is old information put up for other teachers to view. I only update this file once a year, so it does not contain our information. Please go through the school webpage to get to our site.
Teachers, I have adapted my student webpage to contain information that you can use. I cannot post my tests, as students will undoubtedly find them here.


Science Binder. The following is a list of things that you should have in your science binder for this unit.  Updated as of March 24th.



Title Page

Definitions Page (found here)

Equations Page (found here)

Name That System (Explanation found on page 8 of lesson 1)

Work Questions (found on page 10 of lesson 2)

Work, Efficiency and Mechanical Advantage Calculations (a copy may be found here, answers may be found here)

Simple Machine Experiment Documentation (information found in lesson 7)


This list is now complete.





Other Documents. There are a few other documents that have been used in this unit, they are not expected to be in your binder, but are here for your reference.  Updated as of March 24th.


Review of Grade 7 Forces Lessons (found here and here)

Simple Machines Experiment Sheets (a copy may be found here)

Simple Machines Experiment Rubric (a copy may be found here)

History of Assembly Line Article (the article may be found here)

Systems in Industry Task (a copy may be found in your drive)


This list is now complete.




SmartBoard Notes. In this section you will find information that was shown on the SmartBoard during class.  Keep in mind that each class may have slightly different notes, but the information will be the same overall.  Updated as of April 11th.


Lesson #1 Systems
Lesson #2 Work
Lesson #3 Levers
Lesson #4 Mechanical Advantage
Lesson #5 Rotation, Gears, Pulleys
Lesson #6 Calculation Practise
Lesson #7 Experiment Explanations
Lesson #8 Simple Machine Experiments Day 1
Lesson #9 Simple Machine Experiments Day 2
Lesson #10 Simple Machine Experiments Day 3
Lesson #11 Simple Machine Experiments Day 4
Lesson #12 Test Preparation
Lesson #13 Automation in Industry
Lesson #14 Impact of Automation
Lesson #15 Test Day 1
Lesson #16 Test Day 2


Weekly Quiz.  We will have a weekly quiz this year, in an attempt to help you keep on top of the learning.  The quiz concepts are posted outside of my room, as well as here, approximately 5 days prior to the quiz.

This week (March 20th)

No quiz, we will just be starting. 


Next week (March 27th)

Your quiz this week will be based on the features of systems.


Next week (April 3rd)

Your quiz this week will be based on the levers. You will need to know information about and the difference amongst the three classes of lever. 


Next week (April 10th)

For your quiz this week you will need to know how to determine mechanical advantage of different types of simple machine.



Next week (April 17th)

No quiz.


Next week (April 24th)

No quiz, we will be writing our unit test.


Next week (May 1st)

No quiz, we will be learning how to use tools safely, which will be your quiz the following week.




Assignments.  These are the assignments that have been assigned for this unit. If there is no due date set, you will not submit it, simply complete it and have it in your binder.

Note:  Dates that assignments were assigned are approximate, as I teach four classes, and not on the same day.

Name that System

Assigned: Feb 24th

Due: Next Class

This task involved picking a system (any system other than a garden) and listing the five features for that system (purpose, input, output, components, processes).
Work Questions

Assigned: Feb 25th

Due: Next Class

In class you were presented with 5 questions to help you check your understanding of the content from lesson 2.  The answers to these questions are posted at the end of the lesson, so you can check how you did.
Work, EFF. and Mech. Adv. Calculations

Assigned: March 3rd/4th

Due: One Week

For this assignment you were given a series of questions covering the concepts we have looked at so far in this unit.  The concepts covered are Work, Efficiency, and Mechanical Advantage.  You have one week to complete and submit the questions.  Please recall that in class I indicated that the last question is a high level 4 question, not all students will be able to solve it.  However, my expectation is that all students have something for the question, whether it be an attempt at the math, or a written explanation of what you think you would need to do to solve it.