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To help your teen select appropriate courses and course sequences, refer to the High School Graduation Requirements.

Physics

High School
Physics Overview

20-Level Course

Physics 20

How does a lacrosse player know when to release the ball? Physics 20 students investigate the motion of objects. They apply Newton’s law of universal gravitation to astronomical observations. They also describe how energy is transmitted by mechanical waves and how waves relate to medical technologies, industry and musical instruments.

30-Level Course

Physics 30

When does a model or a theory need to change? Physics 30 students consider historical experiments and explore why the model of the atom has changed as a result of experiments and observations of natural phenomena. Students apply a quantitative approach to describe conservation of momentum in an isolated system, and they investigate applications and implications of electric and magnetic forces and fields. They also use the concept of wave-particle duality to understand both wave and photon behaviour of electromagnetic radiations.

Course Sequence

1 Although the recommended transfer point from Science 24 is to Science 10, in exceptional cases, students may be placed by the principal in 20-level courses, as serves the student’s best interests.
2 Science 20 and 30 are available in English only.
3 Students who have achieved a final mark of 50% or greater in Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Physics 20 or Science 20 may enroll in Science 30.
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