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.
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:
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
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)
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
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)