Physics

Physics Higher Level: SPH3U and SPH4U and Seminar

Physics Standard Level: SPH3U and SPH4U

The IB Physics course is designed to introduce students to the laws of physics, the experimental skills required in physics, and the social and historical aspects of physics as an evolving body of human knowledge about nature. Course topics at the Standard Level include measurement, mechanics, thermal physics, oscillations and waves, electric currents, fields and forces, atomic and nuclear physics and energy, power, and climate change.  Students will complete options in sight and wave phenomena, relativity and particle physics, and electromagnetic waves. The course seeks to develop students’ experimental and investigative scientific skills. To meet this aim, twenty-five percent of a student’s classroom time must be devoted to performing practical (laboratory) work that covers a range of topics and skills, including a multi-disciplinary group science project.