SPH3U1

Welcome to Grade Eleven Physics

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.

What do we do?

Relating Science to Society, Technology and the Environment
Grade eleven physics will focus on big ideas that are meaningful and relevant to student's daily lives. Much of the learning will happen within the context of scientific issues. Students will apply theoretical concepts to practical applications that may include field work, computer simulations, investigations, case studies, debates, dissections, etc. Every effort will be made to link what is done in class to the broader community so that students can make their own decisions about issues related to science.

Conducting Scientific Inquiry
Scientific investigation skills will extend from grade 10. A great emphasis will be placed on lab skills as students will be given numerous opportunities to design and carry out experiments, as well as discover and validate fundamental physics concepts. Scientific investigation (inquiry and research) involves creativity, divergent thinking and collaboration. Students will have multiple opportunities to initiate, plan, perform, record, analyse, interpret and communicate scientific knowledge. These areas will be revisited throughout the course so that students can practice and refine their inquiry and research skills.

Understanding Basic Concepts
Students will acquire conceptual knowledge so they can understand the role of science and technology in their daily lives. 

For more information please see the course outline: 2016-2017 SPH3U1 Course Outline