Grade 12 Physics
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Welcome to Queen Elizabeth Academy, providing SPH4U Physics Grade 12 Course and Tutoring, for you to excel at grade 12 Physics. Our course instructors and tutors have deep experience in SPH4U Physics Grade 12 course, for you to understand the concepts, and apply the equations. This serves as a foundation knowledge, if you are applying to engineering, architecture or science in university.

SPH4U Course - Physics Grade 12

SPH4U Physics Grade 12 is a challenging course. It's built upon grade 11 physics but the problems are tougher. Most students are not accustomed to problem solving aspect of the course. They try to use the math appraoch, to memorize equations and subsitute values. This will run into problems with physics 12. We teach the proper way of approaching physics and you will perform much better, once you understand the concepts and know how to apply it.

Grade 11 Physics, University Preparation
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Curriculum Format:
A. In Person lesson 110 hours (credit granted)
B. Online live lesson 110 hours (credit granted)
C. Tutoring (non credit)

Queen Elizabeth Academy offers SPH4U Physics Grade 12 course as an online course or in person (subject to space availability). Our SPH4U Physics Grade 12 online course runs the same as in person, with a small class settings (maximum 9 students) where our students will have a full interactive experience with our teachers. This includes teaching the foundational skills, the concepts step by step in an easy to understand manner, and going over problems, especially the application and thinking problems.

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Private SPH4U Physics Grade 12

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Experience our online live teaching that is fully interactive. Our students participate and clarify their understanding, rather than sitting passively watching a screen.
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Experience our online live teaching where our teachers explain complicated concepts in an easy to understand, step by step manner. We facilitate understanding of the student, not memorizing.

Benefits to Students
in taking SPH4U Physics Grade 12
Private Credit with QEA:

1. Small Class Sizes

To maintain the quality of our lessons, class size is limited to a max of 9 students, giving students the opportunity to ask questions throughout an on-going lecture.

2. Step by Step

Our focus is to build step by step on the students’ understanding of the materials. We turn complex concepts into simpler steps for our students to absorb and understand.

3. Building

For our students who are applying to universities, building a better foundational knowledge is key to success.

4. One on One Attention:

We structure a work period in each of our lessons that our teachers walk around and help each student one by one. In our online live class, each student will get a ‘slice’ of time, where our teacher will enter their virtual room, to work with them one by one. This will help clarify any misunderstanding immediately.

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One on one private tutoring SPH4U Physics Grade 12 course

Queen Elizabeth Academy’s Private Tutoring Program provides our students with one on one, personalized tutoring lessons that are based on a step by step, easy to understand methodology.

Our Approach of Tutoring for
SPH4U Physics Grade 12

At QEA, we focus on tutoring the students and build his or her foundation and understanding. Our tutoring approach facilitates independent thinking, so that our students can analyze the questions properly. Our tutors go through math and science lessons step by step, and make sure that you have a firm foundation before they move onto more complex math and science concepts.

1. Step by step explanation

For our science and math tutoring programs, we focus on providing step by step explanations during the tutoring session, facilitating the student’s understanding of the math and science concepts.

2. Building Foundations

Math and science are cumulative. Therefore, building a good foundation is important for the student’s long-term success. In our math and science tutoring, we focus on clarifying the student’s knowledge gaps to help them build a good foundation in math and science.

3. Organize Knowledge

Our tutors will categorize types of problems and organize knowledge making it easier for students to retain.

QEA's Math, English and Science tutoring has equipped students with the skills they need to succeed by building good foundations. We offer online tutoring in major Canadian cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Milton.

The challenge for students for SPH4U Physics Grade 12 online or in person course, is to understand the concept and have a good foundation skills. On top of this, the student needs to understand how to dissect complex application questions and apply the concepts to the equations and steps. We provide good guidance and lessons, and want our students to work hard and practice to master this skills.

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Teaches:  Calculus, Advanced Functions, Physics

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QEA tutors in Math, Science, Chemistry and Physics are specialized in those areas so students walk away with a foundation of knowledge that will help them in the long run. Students across Canada can benefit from QEA which is offered in major cities such as Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Markham.

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SPH4U Physics Grade 12
Private Credit Course Overview

SPH4U Physics Grade 12 is one of the most important Science courses in grade 12 for university admission (engineering / life science / architecture)

SPH4U Physics Grade 12 - Course Description

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principes. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

What is taking SPH4U Physics Grade 12 like?

Grade 12 physics is an extension from grade 11 physics, except the problems are more in depth and require more steps. Having good problem solving technique is very important to succeed in this course. The student needs to understand the concepts and how to apply in individual questions. That comes with good explanation and practicing a variety of questions.

The kinematics and dyanmics units are very similar to last year, except they introduce more complex problems such as projectile motion. If you have a good foundation from grade 11, you will have a good starting point in grade 12. However, the latter units such as circular motion, momentum can get very difficult. Electricity and magnetism is very challenging, in that the concepts are abstract and the student needs to do calculation using those concepts such as voltage and magnetic field.

Tips to succeed in SPH4U Physics Grade 12

To succeed in grade 12 physics, you can't simply memorize the equations and plug in numbers. You need to first understand the concept, and more importantly, the rationale behind the steps. One techique we teach is to visualize the problem. What is happening? Then you can figure out the variables, the givens and the equations. In physics 12, it is rare that you can substitute the numbers straight into the equation and yield the answer. Often times you need to manipulate the equation, or combine multiple equations together, based on the stiuation. Therefore you need to expect that and be familar on how to apply the equations properly.

Practice makes perfect! You need to work on a large variety of problems, to the point you are familiar with the patterns, understanding the rationale behind the steps. (i.e. why do you take this step?). This way you will master your tests!

FAQ for SPH4U Physics Grade 12 course

How can SPH4U Physics Grade 12 tutoring help my child?

QE physics tutoring explains concepts in a way your child can understand, and builds his or her foundation of understanding This is the basis for achieving higher grades in physics.

How is QE SPH4U Physics Grade 12 tutor different from others?

QE physics tutoring is a lesson based tutoring. This means we actively teach the lesson and go through the problems step by step.

How much is a SPH4U Physics Grade 12 tutor?

We charge a very competitive rate. It's not just the rate, but effectiveness. Our tutoring is private and one on one, you will be taught privately by a physics specialist. In addition, we provide weekly worksheets and homework packages, mock tests and exams to help you succeed proactively, not just answering your questions.

Should I get a tutor for SPH4U Physics Grade 12?

Physics is cumulative, which means if you fall behind, your problems will persist and pile up further as you wait. It's better to have a professional tutor from QEA to clarify your misunderstanding, and tackle the key application problems. This will save you time, drive your performance, and help you to achieve higher grades, and hopefully lower your stress.

What is SPH4U Physics Grade 12?

SPH4U is physics 12, which deepens the student's knowledge on motion, forces, electromagnetism and light. This course requires both understanding of the theories and problem solving techniques to perform well on it.

Is SPH4U Physics Grade 12 difficult?

Considered one of the most difficult high school courses, SPH4U Physics Grade 12 covers much of the same material as its grade eleven prerequisite, but in greater depth and complexity. While you should not feel intimidated, there is no denying that you much spend time working on all practice problems if you want to perform well on tests and assignments.

What course is SPH4U Physics Grade 12?

SPH4U is physics 12, which is an important pre-requisite course for many university programs such as engineering. SPH4U explores the theories of kinematics, dynamics, electromagnetism and light. This course is heavy on problem solving

Is grade 12 physics Hard Ontario?

yes. But if the student works diligently and understand the concept, it is possible to perform excellent in this course. Well taught lesson is the first step, and the stuent needs to practice a variety of problems and understand the rationale behind the steps. QEA provides such help in our private credit course and tutoring!

Is SPH4U Physics Grade 12 difficult?

Physics 12, or SPH4U is one of the most difficult courses in high school. It covers mostly similar topics as physics 11, but getting more in depth and with more complicated calculations. The student needs to spend more time on practicing and understanding of the concepts, which is crucial. QEA provides such help in our private credit course nad tutoring!

Should I take physics 12?

Students who plan to enter engineering or science programs in university is recommended to take physics 12. If the student is taking first year physics, then physics 12 is necessary to have a foundational knowledge


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Overall Expectation for SPH4U physics 12

A1. demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);

- A1.1 select appropriate instruments (e.g., pendu- lums, springs, ripple tanks, lasers) and materials (e.g., sliding blocks, inclined planes), and identify appropriate methods, techniques, and procedures, for each inquiry

- A1.2 identify and locate a variety of print and electronic sources that enable them to address research topics fully and appropriately

A2. identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.

-A2.1 identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study (e.g., laser optics researcher, geoscientist, photonics researcher, aerospace engineer) and the education and training necessary for these careers

-A2.2 describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians (e.g., Elizabeth MacGill, Pierre Coulombe, Allan Carswell, Gerhard Herzberg), to the fields under study

B1. analyse technological devices that apply the principles of the dynamics of motion, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact;

-B1.1 analyse a technological device that applies the principles of linear or circular motion (e.g., a slingshot, a rocket launcher, a race car, a trebuchet) [AI, C] Sample questions: What aspects of the princi- ples of motion are applied in archery? How does the equipment used by competitive skiers reduce friction and resistance? How does a “pop bottle” rocket use the principles of motion? How does the spin cycle of a washing machine use circular motion to remove water from clothes?

B2. investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, forces involved in uniform circular motion and motion in a plane, and solve related problems;

-B2.1 use appropriate terminology related to dynamics, including, but not limited to: inertial and non-inertial frames of reference, components, centripetal, period, frequency, static friction, and kinetic friction [C]

B3. demonstrate and understanding of the forces involved in uniform circular motion and motion in a plane.

-B3.1 explain the derivation of equations for uniform circular motion that involve the variables fre- quency, period, radius speed, and mass

C1. analyse, and propose ways to improve, technologies or procedures that apply principles related to energy and momentum, and assess the social and environmental impact of these technologies or procedures;

-C1.1 analyse, with reference to the principles of energy and momentum, and propose practical ways to improve, a technology or procedure that applies these principles (e.g., fireworks, rocket propulsion, protective equipment, foren- sic analysis of vehicle crashes, demolition of buildings) [AI, C]

D1. analyse the operation of technologies that use gravitational, electric, or magnetic fields, and assess the technologies’ social and environmental impact;

-D1.1 analyse the operation of a technological sys- tem that uses gravitational, electric, or magnetic fields (e.g., a home entertainment system, a computer, magnetic strips on credit cards) [AI, C]

D2. investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields, and solve related problems;

- D2.1 use appropriate terminology related to fields, including, but not limited to: forces, potential energies, potential, and exchange particles [C]

D3. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, properties, principles, and laws related to gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields and their interactions with matter.

-D3.1 identify, and compare the properties of, fun- damental forces that are associated with different theories and models of physics (e.g., the theory of general relativity and the standard model of particle physics)

E1. analyse technologies that use the wave nature of light, and assess their impact on society and the environment;

-E1.1 analyse, with reference to the principles related to the wave nature of light, a technology that uses these principles (e.g., Xeon lights, spectroscopes, polarized sunglasses) [AI, C]

E2.investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the properties of waves and light, and solve related problems;

-E2.1 use appropriate terminology related to the wave nature of light, including, but not limited to: diffraction, dispersion, wave interference, nodal line, phase, oscillate, polarization, and electro- magnetic radiation [C]

E3. demonstrate an understanding of the properties of waves and light in relation to diffraction, refraction, interference, and polarization.

- E3.1 describe and explain the diffraction and interference of water waves in two dimensions

F1. analyse, with reference to quantum mechanics and relativity, how the introduction of new conceptual models and theories can influence and/or change scientific thought and lead to the development of new technologies;

-F1.1 analyse the development of the two major revolutions in modern physics (e.g., the impact of the discovery of the photoelectric effect on the development of quantum mechanics; the impact of thought experiments on the develop- ment of the theory of relativity), and assess how they changed scientific thought [AI, C]

F2. investigate special relativity and quantum mechanics, and solve related problems;

-F2.1 use appropriate terminology related to quantum mechanics and special relativity, including, but not limited to: quantum theory, photoelectric effect, matter waves, time dilation, and mass–energy transformation [C]

F3. demonstrate an understanding of the evidence that supports the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of special relativity.

- F3.1 describe the experimental evidence that supports a particle model of light (e.g., the photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, pair creation, de Broglie’s matter waves)

Sources: Ministry of Education Ontario: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/2009science11_12.pdf

Course organization for SPH4U physics 12

Unit 1Dynamics20 hours
Unit 2Energy and Momentum20 hours
Unit 3Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields20 hours
Unit 4The Wave Nature of Light20 hours
Unit 5Revolutions in Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity20 hours
Final Assessment Tasks10 hours

Total Hours 110 hours

Assessment & evaluation components for SPH4U physics 12

Assessment is the process of gathering information from a variety of sources (including assignments, demonstrations, projects, performances and tests) that accurately reflects how well students are achieving the curriculum expectations.

Evaluation is the process of judging the quality of a student’s work on the basis of established achievement criteria, and assigning a value to represent that quality.

The term score will be divided into 4 categories:

  • Knowledge (30 – 35%)
  • Applications (20 – 25%)
  • Thinking / Inquiry (15-20%)
  • Communications (10-15%)

Teaching/learning strategies for SPH4U physics 12

  • Whole-class, small group, and individual instruction;
  • Electronic technology – use of dynamic software, calculators, the Internet, spreadsheets and multi-media in activities, demonstrations and investigations;
  • Encourage maximum student participation in classroom activities;
  • Share the rubrics for culminating activities at the beginning of the unit, so expectations are clear
  • Encourage inquiry – questioning, investigating, communicating in a variety of ways;
  • Provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and apply that knowledge in a variety of contexts;
  • Identify & address different learning styles throughout the course;
  • Use self- and peer assessments;
  • Encourage brainstorming, exchange of ideas, debating;
  • Encourage students to take responsibility for learning;
  • Encourage students to apply individual/group learning skills;
  • Respect cultural differences of international students.


When planning a program in science, teachers must take into account considerations in a number of important areas, including those discussed below:

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