Physics - SPH4C
ILC Course Code: SPH4C-B
Grade 12, College Preparation, 1.0 credit
This course develops your understanding of the basic concepts of physics. You 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. You will develop your scientific investigation skills as you test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from your investigations. You will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Option to submit course work online is available, using Microsoft Word © or OpenOffice Writer.
A scientific calculator may be used for the final test.
Unit 1: Motion and Its Applications
In this unit you will study the rules that govern motion. You will find new ways of describing motion and the forces that set things in motion. In the final lesson, you’ll look at the technology of flight and space travel. You will be assessed on the quality of your responses to twelve key questions, all of which are based on real-world applications of motion. A teacher will evaluate your work by considering how well you have communicated (using proper symbols and terminology) as well as the logic of your work and your final answer.
Unit 2: Mechanical Systems
In this unit you will look at the force of friction and its positive or negative effect on acceleration. You will study various types of levers, which can be used to apply a twisting force called torque. You’ll practice the skills you need to evaluate the mechanical advantage of simple machines such as levers, wheels, ramps, and pulleys. This leads naturally to how work and efficiency are defined and calculated in a mechanical system. You will be assessed on the quality of your responses to thirteen key questions, involving diagrams and real-world applications of mechanical systems.
Unit 3: Electricity and Magnetism
In this unit you will use an application to test and build circuits. You’ll also learn the Law of Magnetic Poles and Oersted’s Principle. This provides the background you need to explain the operation of a DC motor, which is one of the many computer investigations into principles related to electricity and magnetism found in this unit. You will be assessed on the quality of your responses to nine key questions, the final one of which is an essay on the “green” transportation vehicle of your choice.
Unit 4: Energy Transformations
This unit will not only delight the physicist in you, but will help ensure that you are an informed and responsible energy-consuming citizen. You will examine how some of the useful electrical energy you pay for in your monthly energy bills gets converted to useless forms in your home, such as the un-needed heat that comes from a computer or a light bulb. With the rising price of electricity, and with the world’s finite energy supply, it is important that consumers be aware of efficiency and how it is measured. Measurement is an important skill you will learn in this unit. You will be assessed on the quality of your responses to ten key questions, all of which are based on real-world applications of energy transformations. One of the more exciting tasks is to design a padded “egg-drop container” that will allow an egg to drop from a height of two metres without damage.
Unit 5: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
In this last unit you will study the rules that govern motion. You will find new ways of describing motion and the forces that set things in motion. In the final lesson, you’ll look at the technology of flight and space travel. You will be assessed on the quality of your responses to fifteen key questions, all of which are based on real-world hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
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