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Program: Science

Course: SPH4U

Grade: 12

Level: University Preparation

Semester: 2, 2016-2017

Teacher Name: Mr. Hamilton


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.

Prerequisite: Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation

Course Documents

Units Of Study

  • Unit 1 – Dynamics
  • Unit 2 – Energy and Momentum
  • Unit 3 – Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Unit 4 – The Wave Nature of Light
  • Unit 5 – Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics


Final Exam

Final Exam Review HERE
Final Exam will be on Thursday, June 15 at 8:40am



Trebuchet Project (See article about Trebuchets) OR

Scientist Biography and Essay

Trebuchet Launch Data HERE

One or the other project due on Wednesday, June 7


Unit 5 – Quantum Physics Intro and Special Relativity

Some Class Notes from Unit 5 HERE

Quiz on Wednesday, June 7


Unit 4 – The Wave Nature of Light

Unit Outline HERE

Some Class Notes from Unit 4 HERE

Test on Thursday, May 25


Unit 3 – Electric, Magnetic and Gravitational Fields

Some Class Notes from Chapter 8 Here

Link to Lab Website

Helpful Hints for Chapter 7 Questions (7.1-7.2)  Helpful Hints for 7.3

Independent Study Chapter 7 Assignment

Chapter 7 Quiz and Answers


Unit 2 – Energy and Momentum

Scientific American Article (Assignment HERE) – is now ready to submit to check for plagiarism


Unit 1 – Dynamics

  • Some Class Notes HERE
  • Unit Outline HERE

Turn It In

To turn in documents and projects, log in to your Turn It In account. Please note, you should also submit a paper copy of all documents and projects.

Class ID: 14598235

Password: physics12


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