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Physics
The expectations for the Grade 11 and 12 physics courses are organized in five distinct but related strands. The strands are different for each course. The content of the strands includes, where possible, topics set out in the pan-Canadian Common Framework of Science Learning Outcomes. The strands for all the Grade 11 and 12 physics courses are outlined in the following chart.

Strands Grade 11 University
(SPH3U)
Grade 12 University
(SPH4U)
Strand 1 Kinematics Dynamics
Strand 2 Force Energy &
Momentum
Strand 3 Energy & Society Gravitational, Electric,
& Magnetic Fields
Strand 4 Waves & Sound The Wave Nature
of Light
Strand 5 Electricity &
Magnetism
Quantum Mechanics & Special Relativity


Physics, Grade 11 University (SPH3U)
Prerequisite: Grade 10 Academic Science (SNC2D)

This course develops studentsí understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.


Physics, Grade 12 University (SPH4U)
Prerequisite: Grade 11 University Physics (SPH3U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.