Feb. 11th, 2016, Quiz Measurement and Analysis

Feb. 16th, 2016, Quiz Vectors

Starting Feb. 16th, daily
lessons and homework will be updated on Google Classroom. See your teacher for the code.

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't you're right"

Henry Ford


Welcome to the wonderful world of physics!

SPH3U is an introduction to the world of physics and a prerequisite for the grade 12 course, SPH4U. In this course we will use inquiry in a collaborative group format.Many universities are transforming their introductory physics courses by reducing or eliminating traditional lectures and replacing them with engaging activities that have a deep conceptual and practical focus.

We will spend the majority of the class time discussing physics and doing  labs. Students are required to do textbook readings. In class, we will clarify the text before starting other activities and discussions. In addition to the readings, you will also have problems to solve as part of your homework.  Optional online lessons and resources are listed for each lesson.

Daily lessons and homework will be updated on Google Classroom. See your teacher for the code.
SPH3U Grade 11 Physics - LINKS
Explorelearning is a website that has science Gizmos.

Use the code given to you in class and register.

We will use Gizmos in each unit. They must be completed by the end of each unit.

How Staff Works
Howstuffworks has a lot of information.  Search the video database for any topic related to what we are doing at the time.  

If you find an excellent one, let me know and I will create a link to it directly.

St. Mary's Physics is a school in the states with some good information.  Check out the videos and animation links at the top of their page.  You will find some stuff for everything we do.

                               St. Mary's Physics Online

Java applets on Physics contains many useful applets.  Check them out.

SPH3U Unit Specific Links

Check below for some specific links  for each unit.

If you find something that you think would be useful for your classmates, let me know and I will add it to our resources.

Significant Digits: 

Quiz on Calculations with Sig Dig.

The Moving Man     Use this to compare graphs of motion to the man moving on the screen

The Moving Cow     You might like this cow moving as well.  There are some problems with a vi that is negative.

Motion Maze Game    

d vs. t Graphs quiz    Do this quiz to practice your knowledge of graphs!    Q#7 is not right! (Ignore it)    

v vs. t Graphs quiz    Do this one as well to make sure you understand graphs!

Graph Sketching and Recognition.  From the 'Physics Classroom'.  An absolute 'must do' to help with understanding graphs.

If you are still having problems with motion graphs, try this link.  It explains things in simple terms.

Thinkquest goes through all the basics in Kinematics.  Work your way through their site.

Vector Addition     

Chapter #1 - Kinematics Terms 

Kinematics - Graphs   Lots of help from the Physics Lab online

Kinematics - Equations  More from the Physics lab online.  Including Chase Problems!

Measurement and Motion Hangman  

The Science of Football from NBC Learn.  Some good videos that help describe motion (if you like footbal).


Can you 'Recognize the Forces'?  From the 'Physics classroom.  This activity has you determine if a Force is present or absent.

Newton's 1st Law.  From HippoCampus

Newton's 2nd Law.  From HippoCampus

Newton's 3rd Law.  From HippoCampus

Forces in 1 Dimension  

Free Body Diagrams       Can you identify the Forces in each of these examples?

Newton's 2nd Law Experiment  complete the handout.

Why doesn't the moon fall down?  Explained by Alice and Bob.

The Law of Universal Gravitation - Explained, with questions from the Physics Lab online

The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop  Check out this video on things falling on the moon.

Newtons, Forces and Weight Quiz    

Force and Motion Test       

Forces and Motion Quiz    

Motion and Energy Jeopardy     

Work, Energy and Power:   
Energy Skate Park     

Work and Energy - The Physics Lab online.

Conservation of Mechanical Energy - from the 'Physics Classroom'

A neat roller-coaster applet

Nuclear Decay and Half life Gizmos.  Complete the following handouts.

Nuclear Energy.  Here is a 'Prezi' that does a pretty good job at summarizing the major parts of nuclear reactions.

Electricity and Magnetism:

Electric Fields Applet.  Here you can set up any charges and see what the electric field will look like.

Ever wondered what it would be like to be hit by lightning while in a car?  Watch this and see. (from 'Top Gear')

Balloons and Static Electricity

Ohm's Law Simulation                 

Ohm's Law Problems  

DC Circut Construction Kit    and  The Ohm Zone  

Ohm Zone Worksheet and Equivalent Resistance

Magnetic Fields.  As explained at S-Cool.

Electric Currents and Magnetic Fields.  S-Cool has a great explanation and animation to explain the Motor Principle

Motor Principle Applet   

Magnet and Compass                   

Magnetism Words   

Magnets and Electromagnets  

Lenz's Law Video.  This is a little quicktime video explaining Lenz's Law.

Lenz's Law.  Try looking through this site to help you understand the direction of the induced current

Creating Current.  Using S-Cool to show how we can generate current from moving magnetic fields/

Transformers (not the robots in disguise).  This applet allows you to change the input and output coils.

Transformers.  This video from How Stuff Works.


Faraday's Law

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