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Grade 11 University Physics 414
Grade 11 University Physics
 Welcome to Grade 11 PHYSICS
INSTRUCTOR:                          OFFICE:  Rm 344      Voice Mail: 905-882-0277 Ext. 587
PREREQUISITE: Grade 10 Academic Science   
TEXTBOOK: Nelson Physics 11
Course Description: This course develops students’ 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 analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.
Big Ideas
Motion involves a change in the position of an object over time.
Motion can be described using mathematical relationships.
Many technologies that apply concepts related to kinematics have societal and environmental implications.
Forces can change the motion of an object.
Applications of Newton’s laws of motion have led to technological developments that affect society and the environment.
Energy and Society
Energy can be transformed from one type to another.
Energy transformation systems often involve thermal energy losses and are never 100% efficient.
Although technological applications that involve energy transformations can affect
society and the environment in positive ways, they can also have negative effects, and therefore must be used responsibly.
Waves and Sound
Mechanical waves have specific characteristics and predictable properties.
Sound is a mechanical wave.
Mechanical waves can affect structures, society, and the environment in positive and negative ways.
Electricity and Magnetism
Relationships between electricity and magnetism are predictable.
Electricity and magnetism have many technological applications.
Technological applications that involve electromagnetism and energy transformations can affect society and the environment in positive and negative ways.
EVALUATION: Units of Study and Corresponding Evaluation Pieces:
Evaluation Pieces
Two tests and one laboratory report and/or assignment
One test and one laboratory report and/or assignment
Energy and Society
One test and one laboratory report and/or assignment
Waves and Sound
One test and one laboratory report and/or assignment
Electricity and Magnetism
One test and one laboratory report and/or assignment
NOTE: 1. Units sequence is not fixed
            2. Number of evaluations may vary due to time restriction
Mark Breakdown:
70% Course Work Evaluations
Knowledge & Understanding                  17.5%              
Communication                                       17.5%
Making Connections/Applications           17.5%
Thinking & Inquiry                                   17.5%
(All four categories will be represented on each evaluation equally throughout the course)
30% Summative Evaluation
Written Exam                                           20%   
Portfolio                                                   10%
Total                                                       100%
Test dates are usually announced one week in advance.  In the case of absences due to:
SCHEDULED EVENTS:  such as school field trips, sports, appointments known in advance, you must inform the teacher AT THE TIME THE TEST IS SCHEDULED.
ILLNESS:  Your parents must leave me a voice message (ext 587) before the test time or you must provide a medical note after the absence.  A make-up test will be give on return.
Assessment of Learning Skills
The report card provides a record of the learning skills demonstrated by the students in every course in the following six categories listed in the table below. Separate evaluations and reporting of these learning skills will be assessed through out the course and will play a critical role in student achievement of the curriculum expectations. These assessments of the learning skills will not be considered in the determination of percentage grades.
·      completes and submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines
·      punctual
·      academic honesty
·      devises and follows a plan and process for completing work and tasks
·      establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals
·      preparedness
Independent Work
·      uses class time appropriately to complete tasks
·      follows instructions with minimal supervision
·      responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others
·      shares information, resources, and expertise
·      promotes critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions
·      encourages and motivates others
·      demonstrates the capacity for innovation and a willingness to take risks
·      demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning
·      actively participates in class
·      sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them
·      seeks clarification or assistance when needed
·      takes responsibility for and manages own behavior
·      stays on task
You can succeed in this class if you:
·       have required skills for this course
·       attend all classes and arrive ready to learn with the necessary materials
·       are attentive in class
·       practice critical thinking all the time
·       positively participate in class, ask/answer questions without calling out, assist peers, etc.
·       study the material covered in class after school on a daily basis
·       complete the assigned homework
·       seek help as soon as possible to remedy any difficulties you have with the assigned homework
·       submit work that is only your own
·       Summarize and review topics regularly
§  Assignments will be accepted late only if prior arrangements have been made with the teacher.
§  No assignment will be accepted once it has been marked and returned to the class.
§  Assignments not accepted for being past the deadline or for truancy will receive a mark of ZERO.
§  Your binder should be chronologically maintained by date.
§  Notes are to be dated and titles underlined.
§  Everything that is put up on the board such as notes, examples, solutions to homework questions you were not able to do, is important and must be written down.
§  Key words and equations should be underlined or highlighted.
Laboratory Activities
A major portion of the evaluation in this course will be based on activities performed in the laboratory.   Students will be assessed and evaluated on these laboratory skills and will be expected to actively participate regularly. 
Extra Help
Extra help is available by appointment. It will only be provided to students who have tried their best to learn during classes and after school.

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