Physics SPH4U

$500.00

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

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The SPH4U Physics course is designed for Grade 12 students planning to study physical sciences or engineering at the university level. This course deepens students’ understanding of the fundamental principles of physics and builds analytical skills necessary for solving real-world problems in science and engineering.

Course Overview

Students will delve into complex physics concepts including energy transformations, dynamics, electromagnetism, and wave phenomena. The course provides a mix of theoretical understanding and practical application, preparing students for advanced studies in physics-related disciplines.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Grade 11 Physics, University Preparation (SPH3U) is required.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Analyze energy transformations and understand their implications in practical scenarios.
  • Examine forces and dynamics, and their roles in engineering and technological systems.
  • Explore electromagnetism and its application to various scientific and technological fields.
  • Understand wave phenomena and their roles in communication and optical systems.
  • Develop scientific inquiry and problem-solving skills to investigate real-world applications of physics.

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, the student will:

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Scientific inveStigAtion SkillS And cAreer explorAtion

  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);
  • Identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.

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Dynamics

  • Analyse technological devices that apply the principles of the dynamics of motion, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact;
  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, forces involved in uniform circular motion and motion in a plane, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forces involved in uniform circular motion and motion in a plane.

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energy And momentum

  • Analyse, and propose ways to improve, technologies or procedures that apply principles related to energy and momentum, and assess the social and environmental impact of these technologies or procedures;
  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, through laboratory inquiry or computer simulation, the relationship between the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work, energy, momentum, and the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, in one and two dimensions.

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grAvitAtionAl, electric, And mAgnetic fieldS

  • Analyse the operation of technologies that use gravitational, electric, or magnetic fields, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact;
  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, properties, principles, and laws related to gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields and their interactions with matter.

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the wAve nAture of light

  • Analyse technologies that use the wave nature of light, and assess their impact on society and the environment;
  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the properties of waves and light, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of waves and light in relation to diffraction, refraction, interference, and polarization.

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revolutionS in modern phySicS: QuAntum mechAnicS And SpeciAl relAtivity

  • Analyse, with reference to quantum mechanics and relativity, how the introduction of new conceptual models and theories can influence and/or change scientific thought and lead to the development of new technologies;
  • Investigate special relativity and quantum mechanics, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evidence that supports the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of special relativity.

Course Details

Course CodeSPH4U
Course TypeAcademic
FormatUniversity Preparation
PrerequisiteSPH3U
DepartmentScience
Course TitlePhysics
GradeGrade 12
Credit Value1.0

Outline of Course Content

UnitTitleTime
1Dynamics23 hours
2Energy and Momentum23 hours
3Gravitational, Electric, and Magnetic Fields24 hours
4The Wave Nature of Light22 hours
5Revolutions in Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity16 hours
Final Examination2 hours
Total110 hours