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SPH4U Physics – GRADE 11

PREREQUISITE : Grade 10 Science, Academic or Applied.

GRADE : 12 (College)


SPH4C online at Profectus 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. In SPH4C online, students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

UNIT 1 :

Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • 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.

UNIT 2 :

Motion and its Applications (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse selected technologies that are used to move objects or track their motion, and evaluate their impact on society and the environment, including their contribution to scientific knowledge.
  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the linear uniform and non-uniform motion of objects, and solve related problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different kinds of motion and the relationships between speed, acceleration, displacement, and distance.

UNIT 3 :

Mechanical Systems (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse common mechanical systems that use friction and applied forces, and evaluate their effectiveness in meeting social or environmental challenges.
  • Investigate forces, torque, work, coefficients of friction, simple machines, and mechanical advantage, and interpret related data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to forces and mechanical advantage in relation to mechanical systems.

UNIT 4 :

Electricity and Magnetism (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse the development of selected electrical and electromagnetic technologies, and evaluate their impact on society and the environment.
  • Investigate real and simulated mixed direct current circuits and the nature of magnetism and electromagnetism, and analyse related data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of electricity and magnetism.

UNIT 5 :

Energy Transformations (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact on society and the environment of energy-transformation technologies, and propose ways to improve the sustainability of one such technology.
  • Investigate energy transformations and the law of conservation of energy, and solve related problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse forms of energy, energy transformations, and efficiency.

UNIT 6 :

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse the development of technological applications related to hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and assess some of the social and environmental effects of these systems.
  • Investigate fluid statics, fluid dynamics, and simple hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles related to fluid statics, fluid dynamics, and hydraulic and pneumatic systems.


Course Culmination (14hrs)

The Culminating Unit incorporates all four strands of the Science Curriculum, and covers the four achievement chart categories. It consists of two parts:

  • Culminating Project worth 15% and a
  • Final Exam worth 15%

Online Course Policies

Listed below are various mandatory policies as you take on this course.

  • Attendance is regularly tracked through student contributions to online discussion boards, assignment completion, and learning logs. Failure to complete allocated activities may challenge the student’s ability to attain the credit.
  • This course will be presented using an asynchronistic model whereby work will be posted on the Google Classroom and it is the student’s responsibility to complete it on their own time.
  • ALL portions of this course are intended to be learned and completed online.
  • Final Exams and Tests will be written on site at Profectus Academy of Toronto. Course instructors will relay this information to students and families.
  • The integrity of student work will be checked on an ongoing basis using Quetext or Turnitin. Plagiarism is not tolerated.

Assessment & Evaluation Policies

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. The Achievement Chart for Science will guide all assessment and evaluation.

Knowledge and Understanding

The final grade will be determined as follows:

  • 70% based on Assessment OF Learning (including conversations, observations and products) conducted throughout the course.
  • 30% based on Culminating Tasks administered at or towards the end of the course.

Assessment and evaluation is divided into two important parts. The grade the student receives on a midterm or final report indicates achievement/ proficiency in Curriculum Expectations. A level of competence (Needs Improvement, Satisfactory, Good or Excellent) will be assessed and reported in the area of Learning Skills and Work Habits: Independent Work, Collaboration, Responsibility, Initiative, Self-Regulation, and Organization.