Physics 12

We will be using the new curriculum, which was finalized this year. It has changed a little bit from the draft curriculum, so we will need to cover some material from Physics 11 that we missed, but we can skip some material we covered in Physics 11 last year.

The Big Ideas

  • Measurement of motion depends on our frame of reference.

  • Forces can cause linear and circular motion.

  • Forces and energy interactions occur within fields.

  • Momentum is conserved within a closed and isolated system.

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.


  • frames of reference

  • relative motion within a stationary reference frame

  • postulates of special relativity

  • relativistic effects within a moving reference frame

  • static equilibrium

  • uniform circular motion:

    • centripetal force and acceleration

    • changes to apparent weight

  • First Peoples knowledge and applications of forces in traditional technologies

  • gravitational field and Newton’s law of universal gravitation

  • gravitational potential energy

  • gravitational dynamics and energy relationships

  • electric field and Coulomb’s law

  • electric potential energy, electric potential, and electric potential difference

  • electrostatic dynamics and energy relationships

  • magnetic field and magnetic force

  • electromagnetic induction

  • applications of electromagnetic induction

  • impulse and momentum

  • conservation of momentum and energy in collisions

  • graphical methods in physics