September 08, 2010
|Goals for this
1. Technical literacy: develop the ability to read and
communicate scientific concepts
2. Analytic skills: develop the ability to interpret
and mathematically analyse data
3. Problem solving skills: develop the ability to
apply mathematical techniques to model and predict outcomes
4. Scientific Knowledge: develop your understanding of
and abilities in the principles, methods and applications of physics
1st Day Handout << Read
How to write a good lab report...
Principles of Physics (Kinetic Books)
<< an interactive text/workbook
Zero - The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
10% Summative Lab - Early April, date TBA
20% Written Exam - June
You should be present during the week before March break
(March 7-10) in order to start the summative. Leaving early for
the March break may compromise your success on the summative lab.
Why take physics?
For many students this is the most challenging course in high school.
In order to be here you should have at least 70% in Gr 11 math and preferably have
already taken some senior math, be in your final year of high school (DO NOT
TAKE THIS COURSE IN Gr 11), and be
motivated to work on a regular basis to become a mathematical problem solver.
The best predictor I've found for final marks in physics is your Gr 11
math mark minus 7 to 10 percent.... :-(
But have hope: Hard work overcomes all obstacles!
Everything you need for the course is on this site and in your text books.
How to do well in SPH4U
Do work regularly - the concepts take time to acquire and
studying a couple of nights before the test is often
Don't spend hours working on a problem, if you can't get it in 10 minutes get
Get help often! Many students have
never been for extra help before in their lives - get over
it and get in for help! Help is available:
Every class starts with "Any Questions?" - this is your
first chance to get help
Open Classroom is Monday and Thursday at break - Mr. B is in
Mr. B is also available at START of lunch almost every day.
If you have a spare in common with me, feel free to drop by
Assessment for Learning:
|[Ku] - Knowledge &
||iQ- iQuizzes, PD, Soc
||iQuizzes/Tests, PP Portfolio
|[Ti] - Thinking & Inquiry
||TPS - ThinkPairShare
PD - Peer Discussion
PP - ProcessPage
Soc - Socratic Lesson/Discussion
PR - Peer Review
CM - Concept Map
|Lab Reports, Concept Maps
- IP] - Initiating & Planning
- PR] - Performing & Recording
||Reports, Tests/Quizzes, Portfolio
- AI] - Analysis & Interpretation
|[C] - Communication
||PD, PP, Soc, PR
|[A] - Application
||iQ, TPS, PD, Soc
||Tests/Quizzes, Reports, CM