Physics: SPH4C (Grade 12, College Preparation)

Availability
Semester 2
Prerequisite
Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
Credit Value
1.0
Required Text
  • None

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

SPH4C is based on Science, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, Ministry of Education, 2008 and Course Profile. It is comprised of five main units, each of which has from seven to ten activities.

Units and Activities

Unit 1: Motion and Its Applications

  • Activity 1: Average Velocity
  • Activity 2: Average Acceleration
  • Activity 3: Velocity and Acceleration Investigation
  • Activity 4: Forces and Free Body Diagrams
  • Activity 5: Force and Acceleration Investigation
  • Activity 6: Newton’s Laws
  • Activity 7: Gravity Project
  • Activity 8: Motion Technologies
  • Activity 9: Motion Test

Unit 2: Mechanical Systems

  • Activity 1: Problem Solving With Forces
  • Activity 2: Friction Investigation
  • Activity 3: Work and Simple Machines
  • Activity 4: Mechanical Advantage
  • Activity 5: Levers Investigation
  • Activity 6: Machines Design Project
  • Activity 7: Mechanical Systems Technology
  • Activity 8: Mechanical Systems Test

Unit 3: Electricity and Magnetism

  • Activity 1: Circuits, Ohm’s Law, and Equivalent Resistance
  • Activity 2: Circuit Investigation
  • Activity 3: Electrical Safety Devices
  • Activity 4: Magnetic Fields Investigation
  • Activity 5: Oersted’s Principle
  • Activity 6: Motor Principle
  • Activity 7: AC/DC Currents
  • Activity 8: Electric Device Design Project
  • Activity 9: Electricity and Magnetism in Technology
  • Activity 10: Electricity and Magnetism Test

Unit 4: Energy Transformations

  • Activity 1: Conservation of Energy
  • Activity 2: Energy Transformations Investigation
  • Activity 3: Efficiency Investigation
  • Activity 4: Energy Generation
  • Activity 5: Energy Transformations Design Project
  • Activity 6: Energy Transformation Technology
  • Activity 7: Energy Transformations Test

Unit 5: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems

  • Activity 1: Static Pressure Head
  • Activity 2: Pascal’s Principle
  • Activity 3: Components of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
  • Activity 4: Flow Rate Investigation
  • Activity 5: Hydraulic or Pneumatic System Design Project
  • Activity 6: Laminar Flow
  • Activity 7: Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Activity 8: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Technologies
  • Activity 9: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Test

Unit 6: Final Assessments

  • Activity 1: Exam Review
  • Activity 2: Final Exam