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Physics

Physics

Vision

The Physics department aims to ensure the best techniques for students to learn the Physics in all of its aspects, working to strengthen their Mathematical knowledge to reinforce the theoretical learning, alongside practical vision related to the acquired concepts either through some videos, simulations or applications they encounter in their daily life and a deep assimilation of factors affecting these concepts through designed controlled experiment, done as demonstrations or to be carried and analyzed by the students themselves.

The Physics department benefits of the wide variety of methods and tools provided by the multitude of programs we are teaching Physics in, looking for any useful tips and techniques in one in order to apply it in the rest.

 

Mission

The Physics department is an active part of Sagesse High School family.

The members work as one team, following all the ethics stated and promoted by the school.

We seek to prepare our students to be highly educated and responsible people by acquiring a good objective critical thinking, alongside a deep knowledge of the phenomena encountered in real life, helping them to understand it in a scientific way and to learn how to deal with it in a safe respectful way in order to use it, when possible, in a good friendly, healthy and wise atmosphere.

 

 

Course Description

 

Intermediate AP:

 

8 AP

The course introduces the basic ideas of energy and power and their applications. It continues to describe the effects and the characteristics of forces and classify them as contact forces and forces acting from a distance. The course also gives an introduction of pressure exerted by both solids and liquids. It develops the fundamental ideas of hydraulics and their application. The basic ideas of electricity are introduced to the students by describing the characteristics of both parallel and series circuits. Optics is an essential part of the program. The course acquaints the students with the phenomena of both reflection and refraction.

 

9 AP

The course begins with familiarizing the students with kinematics and dynamics and acquaints the students with basic principles of mechanics. The Newton’s laws of motion are essential part of their understanding of dynamics. In addition, an introduction to turning forces, moments, work and power gives the students a solid foundation for upper classes. The last part is about electricity. This part describes the necessary parameters of an electric circuit and emphasizes on calculating the equivalent resistance in both series and parallel circuits. It also acquaints the students with Ohm’s law and how to use this law to calculate the different parameters of an electric circuit.

 

 

 

Intermediate LP:

 

8 LP

The course introduces the students to the basic concepts of physics through three main units, mechanics, electricity and optics. It begins by developing the basic ideas of kinematics like transitional and rotational motions. It continues to describe the effects and the characteristics of forces and classify them as contact forces and forces acting from a distance. The course also gives an introduction of pressure exerted by both solids and liquids. It develops the basic ideas of hydraulics and their application. The basic ideas of electricity are introduced to the students by describing the characteristics of both parallel and series circuits. Optics is an essential part of the program. The course acquaints the students with the phenomena of both reflection and refraction. Students will also be introduced to magnetism.

 

9 LP

The physics program at grade 9 L.P level includes three main units: optics, electricity and mechanics as continuation of what was covered in grade 8 L.P.

A more in depth coverage in each unit is ensured. At the mechanic’s level, Archimedes up thrust is studied in addition to forces and interaction. In electricity we have an emphasis on resistors in DC circuits as well as AC circuits and safety. In optics, the focus is now on image formation by converging and diverging lenses

 

Secondary AP:

10 AP

The grade 10 Physics course is designed as an elaboration on the concepts and principles studied in Grade 9 A.P and as a preparation for IB1 physics and Grade 11 A.P. The emphasis of the course is on problem solving, with special attention paid to mathematical solutions. The course will be mainly theoretical in approach, although there will be lab sessions when needed.

Specific topics covered include Kinematics in one dimension, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, and Electrostatics. Along with these topics, the course revisits concepts mastered in grade 9 Physics with an emphasis on more mathematical rigor. The level of problem solving is higher, with an emphasis placed on vector solutions in two dimensions using fundamental trigonometric equations.

 

11 AP

The grade 11 Physics course is designed as an elaboration on the concepts and principles studied in Grade 11 A.P and as a preparation for 12 AP physics.

The emphasis of the course is on problem solving, with special attention paid to mathematical solutions. The course will be mainly theoretical in approach, although there will be lab sessions when needed.

Specific topics covered include Electromagnetism, vibrations and waves, sound, Atomic Physics and fluid mechanics. Along with these topics, the course sometimes revisits concepts mastered in grade 11 Physics with an emphasis on more mathematical rigor. The level of problem solving is higher, with an emphasis placed on becoming familiar with historical concepts and discoveries, analyzing texts and answering questions that require a logical sequence of thought.

 

 

 

12 AP

The grade 12 Physics course is designed as an elaboration on the concepts and principles studied in Grade 11 A.P and as a culmination of the physics curriculum. The emphasis of the course is on problem solving, with special attention paid to mathematical solutions. The course will be mainly theoretical in approach, although there will be lab sessions when needed.

Specific topics covered include Vibration and Waves, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Sound, Interference and Diffraction of Light, and Early Quantum Mechanics.

Along with these topics, the course revisits concepts mastered in grade 11 Physics with an emphasis on more mathematical rigor. The level of problem solving is higher, with an emphasis placed on abstract concepts and application of mathematics.

 

 

IB-DP:

IB 1

The syllabus for the Physics course is divided into three parts: the core, the advanced higher level (AHL) and the options. Physics course allows students to develop traditional practical skills and to increase facility in the use of mathematics. The syllabus contains numbered topics as can be explained below. For detailed objectives and required skills, please refer to the physics IB booklet from the IBO.

 

Content

Topic 1: Physics and physical measurement

Topic 2: Mechanics

Topic 3: Thermal physics

Topic 4: Oscillations and waves

Topic 5: Electricity and magnetism

Topic 6: Circular motion and gravitation

Topic 7: Atomic, nuclear and particle physics

Option B1: Rigid bodies and rotational dynamics

Option B2: Thermodynamics

 

IB 2

The syllabus for the Physics course is divided into three parts: the core, the advanced higher level (AHL) and the options. Physics course allows students to develop traditional practical skills and to increase facility in the use of mathematics. The syllabus contains numbered topics as can be explained below. For detailed objectives and required skills, please refer to the physics IB booklet from the IBO.

 

Content

AHL

Topic 9: Motion in fields

Topic 10: Thermal physics (Thermodynamics)

Topic 11: Wave phenomena (Standing waves and Doppler effect)

Topic 12: Quantum and nuclear physics

Option B3: Fluids and fluid dynamics

Options B4: Forced vibrations and resonance.

Secondary LP:

Sec 1

The secondary one Physics course is designed as an elaboration on the concepts and principles studied in Grade 9 L.P and as a preparation for secondary 2 and secondary 3 physics.

The curriculum of the first secondary class is common to all students; the themes, laws, and concepts taken at the intermediate level are repeated and reinforced in order to give a general knowledge accessible to all. The program of this year allows the student to choose between the scientific and the literary sections; it gives the students the elements needed by either of the two sections.

Specific topics covered include Electrostatics (charged bodies and their interaction), current electricity (Ohm’s laws for ohmic conductors, generators and receivers) and Mechanics (uniform and uniformly accelerated rectilinear motions, to forces and interactions, and to Newton’s laws of motion)

 

Sec 2 Sc

The program of the second year (scientific sections) introduces some theories of physics like magnetism and electromagnetism. Students will study mechanics, apply Newton’s laws to two-dimensional motions like projectile motion. They also study rotational equilibrium, rotational dynamics, work, and mechanical energy.

They are also broadening their perspective in electrostatics and electricity by studying electric field and capacitors as a foundation for secondary 3 scientific classes.

Students will also study mechanical waves and verify experimentally the laws of reflection, refraction and superposition of mechanical waves.

 

Sec 2 SE

The secondary 2 Humanities physics is a descriptive course. It introduces the concepts more qualitatively than quantitatively. Part of this course serves as an introduction to Secondary 3 (SE).

It is mainly divided onto three basic units. In its first part it deals with AC and DC voltages, Renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and transformers. In the optics part students are introduced to the nature of light, electromagnetic waves, and lasers. Finally, it ends with the concept of work and energy.

 

Sec 3 SE

The program covers three main units: energy, radioactivity and the Universe. Students will study the different forms of energy, the sources of energy, its transformations, and the pollution resulting from these transformations.

The radioactivity unit includes the identification of the sources of radioactivity and its effects on health and environment, its detection, and protection measures. It also discusses spontaneous and stimulated nuclear reactions.

In the third unit, the Universe, the student will acquire knowledge about the historical development of astronomy and the solar system

 

Sec 3 LS

The program of the third-year life science section - offers the students a global view of Physics, of its theories and technological applications. It prepares the students for college physics and to apply for a scientific career of their choice.

The program involves

  • Electromagnetism where the students study electromagnetic induction, Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws, and the characteristics of coils, generators and motors. Properties of alternating currents and the electric energy transmission are also explained.
  • Mechanics: This unit deals mainly with conservation laws: Linear momentum and energy.
  • Optics: The dual aspect of light is studied: Wave nature through diffraction, interference, and particle nature through photoelectric effect and quantization of energy.
  • Atomic Physics: Atomic models, energy levels, spectra, and lasers are studied. Students should understand the composition of nuclei, nuclear reactions, and radioactivity and its effects on living organisms.

 

Sec 3 GS

The program of the third year-general sciences section offers the students a global view of Physics, of its theories and technological applications. It prepares the students for college physics and to apply for a scientific career of their choice.

The program involves

  • Electromagnetism where the students study electromagnetic induction, Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws, and the characteristics of coils, generators and motors. Properties of alternating currents, the electric energy transmission as well as electromagnetic oscillations* are also explained.
  • Mechanics: This unit deals mainly with conservation laws: Linear momentum, angular momentum*, and energy.
  • Optics: The dual aspect of light is studied: Wave nature through diffraction, interference, and particle nature through photoelectric effect and quantization of energy.

Atomic Physics: Atomic models, energy levels, spectra, and lasers are studied. Students should understand the composition of nuclei, nuclear reactions, and radioactivity and its effects on living organisms.