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.
Fundamentals of Physics (D. C. Heath)
Physics 11 Laboratory Manual (Ministry of Education)
Supplies provided by students:
* 30 cm clear plastic ruler
* 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.
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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