Physics 12

Course Outline: PHYSICS 12

Course Layout: The course is broken down as follows.


Unit Topic
1 Physics 11 Review
2 Equilibrium & Torque
3 Circular Motion
4 Momentum
Midterm Exam
5 Electrostatics
6 Electromagnetism
7 Electromagnetic Induction
8 Modern Physics
Final Exam

Grading: The following table outlines the mark breakdown of your course.

Item Weight
Substantive Assignment 5%
Quizzes 10%
Learning Guides 10%
Unit Exams 20%
Midterm Exam 12.5%
Final Exam 22.5%

Learning Guides:

As you work through the course content for each unit you should be completing the learning guide as you go. All submissions MUST be very neat and well organized. If you can’t figure out a question, you should be researching, then asking for help. The learning guides are assessed for completion and they will form the notes used to study for quizzes and tests.


Projects allow you to make some choices on how you wish to enhance your understanding. As you work through units look for projects that will enhance your understanding in areas of interest and/or weakness.

Quizzes and Exams:

Quizzes can be done on your own (not supervised). Use them as practice – ie. give them a try first, then refer to notes if you need a little extra help. You have two tries with each quiz. The questions will be different on your 2nd attempt. Keep track of where you needed help and review prior to your second try and/or unit exam. Your mark will be the higher of the two scores. Before you write a unit exam you should have completed all quizzes within that unit, the project for that unit and the learning guide for that unit. All exams are “closed book” and require supervision. You can choose to write your exams during my office hours at Riverside Centre every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00pm. You can also call the Riverside office (604-466-6555) to book an appointment to write it there from Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm.

If you are currently in high school, you can also choose to write your tests during the day at the Test Centre at Thomas Haney Secondary. You may also ask a teacher at your own school if they’d be willing to supervise you. If that’s the case, please send me their name and email address and I will contact them.


There is NO textbook required for this course. An optional workbook is available for purchase upon request for $30. You do need a basic scientific calculator. You are able to use the formula sheet for all quizzes and exams.

Keys to Success:

  1. Actively work through each lesson, trying examples and reflecting on material.
  2. Use the Learning Guide as your tool for documenting your understanding. Lay it out neatly, show all of your work and make it well organized.
  3. Make sure you understand any quiz/exam question you get wrong. If you can’t figure it out – ask for help!
  4. Be sure to attend the weekly office hours to get one on one help with the material. I’m available every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00pm at Riverside Centre in Room 1026. For students currently in high school, I’m also available for help during the day at various times at Thomas Haney Secondary. Please contact me to book a time to come in for help at Thomas Haney.

For further curriculum details please refer to the BC Ministry of Education: