Physics Grade 11, University Preparation (SPH3U)

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Course Title :SPH3U, Grade 11, University Preparation (SPH3U)
Course Name :Physics
Course Code :SPH3U
Grade :11
Course Type :University Preparation
Credit Value :1.0
Prerequisite :Science Grade 10 Academic, SNC2D
Curriculum Policy Document:Science, The Ontario Curriculum,Grades 11 and 12, 2008 (Revised)

Course Description

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and DescriptionsTime and Sequence
Unit 1: Kinematics

Students will demonstrate an understanding of uniform and non-uniform linear motion, in one and two dimensions. They will investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, uniform and non-uniform motion, and solve related problems. They will analyse technologies that apply concepts related to kinematics, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact.

22 hours
Unit 2: Forces

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between changes in velocity and unbalanced forces in one dimension. They will investigate qualitatively and quantitatively net force, acceleration, and mass; and solve related problems. They will analyse and propose improvements to technologies that apply concepts related to dynamics and Newton’s laws, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact.

22 hours
Unit 3: Energy and Society

Students will demonstrate an understanding of work, efficiency, power, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, nuclear energy, and thermal energy and its transfer as heat. They will investigate energy transformations and the law of conservation of energy, and solve related problems. They will analyse technologies that apply principles of, and concepts related to energy transformations, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact.

20 hours
Unit 4: Waves and Sound

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of mechanical waves and sound and of the principles underlying their production, transmission, interaction, and reception. They will investigate the properties of mechanical waves and sound, and solve related problems. They will analyse how mechanical waves and sound affect technology, structures, society, and the environment, and assess ways of reducing their negative side effects.

22 hours
Unit 5: Electricity and Magnetism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of magnetic fields, the principles of current and electron flow, and the operation of selected technologies that use the properties and principles to produce and transmit electrical energy. They will investigate magnetic fields and electric circuits and solve related problems. They will analyse the social, economic and environmental impact of electrical energy production and technologies related to electromagnetism, and propose ways to improve the sustainability of electrical energy production.

21 hours
Final Evaluation

The final assessment task is a three hour exam worth 30% of the student’s final mark.

3 hours
Total110 hours