Unit outlines
Here you will find an approximate outline of the material we will be covering for each unit.  Use this information to read ahead or catch up if you are away.


Kinematics - Const velocity (32) - Acceleration (27 pages)$2

Forces (34 pages) $1

Energy (17 pages) $0.50

Waves and Sound (39 pages)$1 

Electricity (26 pages) $1

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SPH3U - Grade 11 Physics - Links

Check below for some general and some Unit Specific Sites.

If you find something that you think is good, please let me know so that I can add it to our resources.

Explorelearning has science Gizmos that are designed very well.  Use the code given to you in class for your section and register.  Need help registering?  Remember to check out the exploration guide for each Gizmo.  These must be completed by the end of each unit.


Hyperphysics has a clickable 'mind-map' of all topics physics that you can use to find additional info on any topic that you need some extra help with. 

The Physics Lab has references and interactive quizes and applets.  Check them out for any topic you need help with.

 The Physics Classroom is an amazing resource that has tutorials and good clear explanations.  Click on the Tutorials or the Multimedia Studio and you will find good clear info on all of our topics. 

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.

 Mr. Clintberg's StudyPhysics! has notes and other multimedia information.  Filter through it and you will find some good notes to supplement our class notes.

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


Howstuffworks has tons of information.  The image is linked to their videos.  Go in and search the video database for any topic related to what we are doing at the time.  You are sure to find a great explanation of the topic.

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

 SPH3U Unit Specific Links

Check below for some specific links that I have found 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.

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    

A collection of position vs time graphs 

A collection of velocity vs time graphs

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.

Feather drop video.  

Vector Addition     

Watch this Vector Addition video.  I think you will like it.

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).

Human Universe - A Place in Space and Time.  (58 min)


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  

DC Circuit Builder from Simbucket...(HTML5)

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

Extra Circuit Analysis Practice.   2.  3.   

The Optics Bench  

PhET Geometric Optics  

Virtual Eye Dissection  

Exploratorium's Cow Eye Dissection     

Lenses and Refraction review.  Here is a good powerpoint presentation that reviews all the major concepts