Physics

Physics 20 (SCN2797)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Science 10
Required for: Physics 30 or Science 30; Preferred if Physics 20 taken with or after Math 20

Students will learn about significant contributors, experiments, and historical importance as well as current applications, in each of the topics studied.

  • Kinematics
    Investigation of change in position and velocity of objects and systems
  • Dynamics
    Investigation of causes of changes in position and velocity of objects and systems in a study of dynamics and gravitation. The concept of fields is introduced in the explanation of gravitational effects
  • Circular Motion, Work & Energy
    Extension of previous units to uniform circular motion and to mechanical energy, work and power
  • Oscillatory Motion and Mechanical Waves
    Investigation of simple harmonic motion and mechanical waves

Physics 30 (SCN3797)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Physics 20, Math 20

Students in this course will write an Alberta Education Diploma Exam valued at 50% of their final grade.

Students will learn about significant contributors, experiments, and historical importance as well as current applications, in each of the topics studied.

This course involves the study of four major units:

  • Momentum and Impulse
    Newton’s Second Law linked to concepts of momentum and impulse.
  • Forces and Fields
    Investigation of electric and magnetic forces and fields and applications in technical devices.
  • Electromagnetic Radiation
    Investigation of the nature and characteristics of electromagnetic radiation using the wave and photon models of light.
  • Atomic Physics
    Investigation of development and modification of models of the structure of matter.