SPH3U - University Preparation Physics
waves & sound
January 5-6, 2014 - Monday/Tuesday
What are waves? How are the characterized? What types are there? Can their motion be described mathematically? What is sound and how does it travel and behave?
Power & heat investigations
December 19, 2014 - Friday [short period]
Today we will be doing a couple investigations related to power and heat transfer. Bring your running shoes!
December 18, 2014 - Thursday
Unit evaluation is today!
December 16-18, 2014 - Tuesday/Wednesday
Today will be a review period for tomorrow's evaluation.
December 15, 2014 - Monday
What is heat energy? What is thermal inertia? How can we quantify heat energy transfer?
power & efficiency
December 12, 2014 - Friday
Go through the presentation slide by slide - take notes on the key concepts - the video below will talk you through the slides.
The next two hand-outs are questions and examples of power problems. You are to do the examples with the aid of the video lesson and then do the problems.
This video will go through the examples in the hand-outs.
conservation of energy
December 10-11, 2014 (Wed & Thursday)
What is meant by energy conservation? How does energy transfer from one form to another? Is energy ever lost? What is entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics? How do roller-coasters work?
Start the PowerPoint, but do the Predict, Observe, Explain first from the online poll. Then click follow the work below.
Working on Problems & Examples
The ramp profile is below...the polling link to place your answer is: www.pollev.com/christopherb443
Gravitational potential energy
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
What is gravitational potential energy? How is it calculated?
Today's lesson will be learning about how energy can be stored in a gravitational field.
December 8, 2014
What is kinetic energy? How is it calculated?
Watch the video below for the definition and derivation of the kinetic energy equation as well as example problems. Use the template sheet download for your notes and examples, then do the problems (also a download)
Work & energy...
December 5, 2014
Work & Energy - work on examples and problems related to the basics of work and energy.
work, energy & Power
December 4, 2014
Introduction to work, energy and power. This will be a full period lesson going over the basics of work and energy
This unit will study forces and how they change the state of motion of an object. We will investigate Newton's 3 laws of motion, the four fundamental forces, the difference between mass and weight, and the role of friction in motion.
December 2, 2014
To further help you prepare for tomorrow's test try the following problems (on top the big review package that you already received and should have completed by now.
Frictional force lesson
The example above uses an applet found at PHeT...you can get to it from the following URL..
quiz + crumple zones
Friday, November 7, 2014
crumple zone physics
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Crumple Zone Physics...
dynamics - Newton's 2nd law
Friday, October 31, 2014 - Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Newton's Second Law of Motion. Investigating the relationship between Force, Mass, and Acceleration
>> Watch the video and do the questions below.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Test on Kinematics
Law of Inertia
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Introduction to Dynamics (The Study of Forces). Lesson and demonstrations about Newton's First Law of Inertia.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
1. Warm-up Quiz on the kinematics equations
2. Take up some of the kinematics problems
3. Review questions and problems
Friday, October 24, 2014 - Monday, October 27, 2014
Start of the Kinematics Problems. You can download the problem set form here...
Acceleration of gravity
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Lesson and PowerPoint (including demonstrations) about the acceleration of gravity. We also did a warm-up problem related to kinematics.
day 14 - kinematics equations
Monday, October 22, 2014
In traditional, classical physics there are a set of 5 standard equations that work for both uniform velocity and acceleration. These equations are collectively known as the Kinematics Equations. In this learning activity you will solve 6 questions using only the acceleration equation and the average speed equation. After you have solved the questions numerically, you will be challenged to write the general equations by substituting variables instead of numbers. The activity sheet below will guide you through this process.
Day 11-13 - acceleration labS
Wednesday, October 14, 2014 - Friday, October 16, 2014
We will be using the ticker-tape and spark timers to determine the acceleration of a cart moving down an inclined plane (you will need your laptops today) - analysis will be done by graphing d-t and v-t graphs - this is not a formal lab (no extensive write-up is required)
Day 10 - finding distances
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
We are going to further investigate finding distances during accelerated motion - we are also going to further investigate the connection between velocity-time (v-t) graphs and calculating distances.
Day 9 - finding distances during accelerated motion
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Finding the distance an object travels during accelerated motion is more challenging than an object moving at a constant speed. Since the object is speeding up or slowing down it travels an increasing amount of distance during each time interval (or less if slowing down). In order to to find the distance an object travels during this type of motion we will make use of the acceleration equation and the average speed equation. [There are two video tutorials following the downloads that you must watch before moving forward]
DAY 8 - Uniform acceleration
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
DAy 7 - Write-up & Introduction to Uniform acceleration
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
In-class time will be given to work on the uniform motion investigation write-up.
What is acceleration? Is it a vector or scalar? How is calculated?
DAY 6 - investigation/writeup
Monday, October 6, 2014
Today we will be in room 309 working on the lab report write-up for the uniform motion investigation from Friday. All information is provided on the previous day. Please be reminded that the Vectors Assignment and Average Speed problems are now overdue.
day 5 - uniform motion
Friday, October 3, 2014
Today we will be starting an investigation on uniform motion. This will involve the analysis of ticker tape dragged from dynamics carts. A formal lab report along with excel graphs will be the result. Various video tutorials are available to go over the expectations of the report.
Day 4 - average speed problems
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Today we will be working on some basic average speed problems. This is great practice to help us with the more complicated work that will follow and for the investigation that we will be doing on Friday.
Day 3 - vectors & scalars
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Day 2 - vectors & Scalars
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Today was an introductory lesson on vectors and scalars. We did the lesson and worked through examples of solving displacement, distance, speed and velocity problems.
Day 1 - introduction
September 29, 2014
Today we did an introductory note on kinematics and worked on some math skills - CONVERTING UNITS of MEASUREMENT
Electricity & Magnetism
In this unit we will explore the incredible link between electricity and magnetism. We will investigate the relationship both with hands-on building activities and challenges as well as mathematical analysis. Learn how to generate electricity, build electric motors, simple radios, generators, etc.
DAY 14 - TRANSFORMERS
Today we are learning about transformers (step-up and step-down transformers) - what are they? what is the physics behind it?
DAy 13 - Quiz & Video
September 18, 2014
Day 4 - electromagnetism
September 5, 2014
Today we watched the first part of E=mc2. We learned about Michael Faraday's amazing discoveries and insights into the connection between electricity and magnetism and the development of the branch of physics called electromagnetism. We also learned Oersted's Principle and the Right Hand Rule (we did practice on this and will work on a practice sheet on Monday)
>> E=mc2 Movie
>> Online Applet for Oersted's Principle
>> Right Hand Rule
Advanced Explanation of how Magnets "Work"
DAy 3 - magnetism
September 4, 2014
Today we investigated the fundamental properties of magnetism and introduced the domain theory of magnetism. We also started to learn about the link between electricity and magnetism - simple demonstration.Domain Theory of Magnetism - Explained
Day 2 - Fundamentals of Magnetism
September 3, 2014
What is magnetism? What are magnets? We will investigate the mysterious nature of magnets. We will learn to draw magnetic fields and learn what they look like.
Magnetic Field Lines - Good Explanation
Day 1 - Introduction to Course
September 2, 2014
Today's class is only 30 minutes long. We will go over some basic expectations and rules of the classroom as well as the course outline.
Welcome to Grade 11 University Preparation Physics - SPH3U
>> Course Outline
Units of Study:
1. Electricity & Magnetism
2. Kinematics (Study of Motion)
3. Dynamics (Study of Forces)
4. Energy, Work and Power (Energy & Society)
5. Waves & Sound
Download this review package and start this now - the sooner you review the better off you'll be. These questions go over the main concepts and problems we did this year. You should also go over your other evaluations and re-try questions you had difficultly with.
performance task & Exam
Your performance task is a culmination of concepts learned in this course - mainly in the area of dynamics, kinematics, and energy. You will be designing and building a mousetrap car - the car can only be powered by a single Victor Brand Mousetrap (supplied by the teacher or purchased independently). There can be no other sources of energy. The car must travel 10 m for full marks on the performance.
Overview & Handout
Timeline & Due Dates
Last Day of Classes: January 20, 2014
The last day of review is on the 20th of January - we will go over the exam format in detail.
The exam will be written on Tuesday, January 27th, 2014 at 8:45 am in room 305.