Physics 11

We will be using the new curriculum, which was finalized this year. The Big Ideas are Motion, Forces, Energy, and Waves.

Textbook: Giancoli, Douglas C., Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th ed., Pearson, 2005.

Assessment will be based on unit tests, homework, labs, and a final exam.

Assignments 10%

Labs 25%

Unit Tests 50%

Final Exam 15%

Assignments will be marked by the student and handed in. Answer keys will be provided.

Labs will fall throughout the course units.

Unit Tests will occur at the end of each unit.

The final exam will take place in the exam period.


  • vector and scalar quantities:

    • addition and subtraction

    • right-angle triangle trigonometry

  • uniform and accelerated motion: graphical and quantitative analysis

  • projectile motion: 1D and 2D, including:

    • vertical launch

    • horizontal launch

    • angled launch

  • contact forces: for example, normal force, spring force, tension force, frictional force

  • Newton’s laws of motion:

    • First: the concept of mass as a measure of inertia

    • Second: net force from one or more forces

    • Third: actions/reactions happen at the same time in pairs

  • forces in systems:

    • one-body and multi-body systems

    • inclined planes

    • angled forces

    • elevators

  • power and efficiency:

    • mechanical and electrical (e.g., light bulbs, simple machines, motors, steam engines, kettle)

    • numerical examples (e.g., resistance, power, and efficiency in circuits)

  • simple machines: lever, ramp, wedge, pulley, screw, wheel and axle

  • electric circuits (DC), Ohm’s law, and Kirchhoff’s laws: including terminal voltage versus electromotive force (EMF) (e.g., safety, power distribution, fuses/breakers, switches, overload, short circuits, alternators)

  • thermal equilibrium: as an application of law of conservation of energy (e.g., calorimeter)

  • waves

    • propagation of waves:

      • transverse versus longitudinal

      • linear versus circular

    • properties and behaviours:

      • properties: differences between the properties of a wave and the properties of the medium, periodic versus pulse

      • behaviours: reflection (open and fixed end), refraction, transmission, diffraction, interference, Doppler shift, standing waves, interference patterns, law of superposition

    • characteristics of sound: for example, pitch, volume, speed, Doppler effect, sonic boom

    • frequency: for example, harmonic, fundamental/natural, beat frequency

  • graphical methods:

    • plotting of linear relationships given a physical model (e.g., uniform motion, resistance)

    • calculation of the slope of a line of best fit, including significant figures and appropriate units

    • interpolation and extrapolation data from a constructed graph (e.g., position, instantaneous velocity)

    • calculations and interpretations of area under the curve on a constructed graph (e.g., displacement, work)