Physics 11

Course Info
Course Title: 
Physics 11 Paper
Grade Level: 
Course Format: 
J Templeton
Course Description

In Physics 11, students will focus on the study of light, motion, forces, and energy. Throughout this course students will be asked to observe, measure and analyse natural phenomena using the scientific method. By performing experiments, testing hypotheses, and using models, students will investigate some of the central ideas of physics.


This course has been designed so students without access to a laboratory can complete the necessary experimental work, however, it is preferable to do the experiments in a regular laboratory.


The modules in Physics 11 should be completed in order since students will be building on concepts as they work through the course.


It is recommended that students complete: Grade 10
Principles of Mathematics 11 should be taken prior to or concurrently with Physics 11.
No. Exams: 
Proctored Exams: 

Fundamentals of Physics (D. C. Heath) 

Physics 11 Laboratory Manual (Ministry of Education) 


Supplies provided by students:

* 30 cm clear plastic ruler

* protractor

* drawing compass


A scientific calculator is required. It may not be programmable. The calculator must NOT have a QWERTY keyboard, nor any external devices like memory cards or a printer.


No. Modules: 
Course Modules: 

Module 1: Wave Motion and Optics

Section 1: Properties of Waves Transmission of Waves, Transverse Pulses and Waves, Wavelength, Frequency and Speed of a Wave Train, Reflection of Water Waves

Section 2: Refraction of Water Waves Law of Refraction of Water Waves, Investigation

Section 3: Reflection of Light Waves The Nature of Light, Reflection of Light, Mirror Images, Ray Diagrams for Mirrors, The Mirror Equation

Section 4: Refraction of Light Waves Refraction of Light Waves, Investigation, Snell’s Law, Total Internal Reflection

Section 5: Refraction of Light—Applications Refraction of Light (Applications), Ray Diagrams for Lenses, The Lens Equation


Module 1 Test covers the work of Module 1.


Module 2: Motion and Momentum

Section 1: Kinematics The Mathematical Description of Motion, Velocity, Acceleration, Change and Average

Section 2: Downward Motion Motion Down an Incline (Position, Velocity and Acceleration), Free Fall

Section 3: Dynamics of Motion Forces, Hooke’s Law, Motion With Balanced Forces, Motion With a Constant Unbalanced Force, The Dependence of Acceleration on Net Force

Section 4: Newton’s Laws of Motion The Dependence of Acceleration on Mass, Newton’s Second Law of Motion, Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Section 5: Momentum Impulse and Momentum, Conservation of Momentum


Module 2 Test covers the work of Module 2.


Module 3: Energy and Nuclear Physics

Section 1: Energy Work, Energy

Section 2: Conservation of Energy Transformation of Energy, The Law of Conservation of Energy, Describing Energy Transformations

Section 3: Heat Energy Heat, The Transfer of Heat Energy, Temperature, Heat Engines

Section 4: Nuclear Physics and Special Relativity Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion, The Wave and Particle Models of Light, The Special Theory of Relativity (Postulates and Consequences)


Module 3 Test covers the WHOLE COURSE.


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