Introduction to Physics
SPH3U - Introduction Unit Outline

Activity, Material
Sept. 6,7
What is physics?

Collaborative problem-based learning
SPH3U Intro Presentation powerpoint

SPH3U Course Outline 2016-17
Go to the course website and find the following: (
(i) What Toronto high school has physics tutorial videos? (ii) What universities run summer science or engineering camps?

Watch the 3 minute video “The Growth Mindset” on the SPH3U Grade 11 Physics page. E-mail me and tell me what kinds of mindsets are talked about in the video, and which kind you think you are.
Sept. 8/9
The importance of mindset to learning

Measurement and uncertainty;

Review scientific notation, SI prefixes and unit conversions
Physics Math - Part A

Accuracy, Measurement and Significant Digits

How to do unit conversions

Video - unit conversions
Finish Physics Math - Part A
Sept. 12,14 /13,15
Scientific Inquiry, Measurement and Graphing
Review: Scientific Notation and Scientific Inquiry

Carrying out a physics investigation: The Pendulum
Finish Carrying out a Physics Investigation: The Pendulum (hand in at end of next class)
Sept. 16/19
Unit Conversions, Solving Equations
Worksheet: Physics Math - Part B
Finish Physics Math - Part B

Read Physics Math - Part C and D
Sept. 20/21
Equations and Unit Analysis
Worksheet: Physics Math - Part C and D

Physics Math - extra practice
Finish Physics Math - Part C and D
Sept. 22/23
Physics Math - Practice Quiz

Introduction to Physics Quiz
Day 1 Students: Sept. 29
Day 2 Students: Sept. 28