HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS 1 COURSE. ( SPH 3U1/SPH 4A1)
updated: Aug 2006
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Most phenomena in the universe involve motion and energy. The importance of studying movement becomes evident when one looks at daily activities such as physical fitness, sports and driving cars. In this unit we will begin to understand why and how objects move. In physics, the topics of motion, force, work, energy, and power are called mechanics.
Extra Resources

Sources:
draw dt, vt, and at graphs
from ticker tape data
find instantaneous velocity
from a dt graph
state the meaning of area under
at and vt graphs; and the meaning of slope of dt and vt graphs
use these graphs to solve motion
problems
describe the meaning of uniform
motion and uniform acceleration
understand the difference between
average velocity and average speed; calculate these quantities
solve motion problems with
the 5 equations of motion
use the quadratic formula to
solve for t when necessary
know the limitations on using
v= d/t
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state what the four fundamental
forces of nature are
state Newton’s Laws of Motion
explain how Newton’s Laws of
Motion apply to everyday situations involving motion
draw Free Body Diagrams correctly
solve force problems (using
F = ma and net force)
solve problems involving Newton’s
Law of Universal Gravitation
distinguish between mass and
weight
explain what determines how
fast an object falls
explain the concept of terminal
velocity
explain what an inversesquare
law means
experimentally determine the
coefficient of friction
solve force problems involving
friction[should this be left for grade 12?]
define work and explain its
importance in physics
define energy; find kinetic
and gravitational potential energy
explain why the conservation
of energy is an important law
use the conservation of energy
to solve problems
find the efficiency of something
experimentally and theoretically
define power and solve power
 energy problems
Legend:
Ministry of Education requirement
AP Physics requirement
Teacher's extra requirement
Not done: heat and heat transfer
In Next Physics Course (SPH 4U1):
> relative motion
> frames of reference
> solving 2D projectile motion (x and y components)
> distinguish between static vs. kinetic friction
> uniform circular motion
> statics (example: a weight hanging from the middle of a clothes line)
> torque
Last updated: Aug 2006