Merivale High School

Welcome to Mr. Taylor's Science and Physics Page

Mr. Taylor,

Rooms E104 & E106
Office E105


Mr. Taylor teaches grade 9 and 10 Science:

  • SNC1P: Grade 9 Science, Applied. Grade 9 Science is mandatory; the applied section is intended for students who are practically inclined or who may not want to continue studying sciences in the senior years.
  • SNC1D: Grade 9 Science, Academic. Grade 9 Science is mandatory; the academic section is intended for students who are academically and mathematically inclined and who may want to continue studying one or more sciences in the senior years.
  • SNC2D: Grade 10 Science, Academic. Grade 10 Science is mandatory; the academic section is intended for students who are academically and mathematically inclined and who may want to continue studying one or more sciences in the senior years.

There are three high school Physics courses:

  • SPH3U: This grade 11 course is for students who want to study science, engineering, or technology at university. You must have passed grade 10 Academic Science (SNC2D) to take this course. This course is a prerequisite for SPH4U.

  • SPH4U: This grade 12 course is for students who want to specialize in science, engineering, or technology at the university level. You must have passed SPH3U to take this course.

  • SPH4C: This course is for students who want to go to college and take a science or technology program. This course would also be useful to students who want to get a job that involves machines: mechanical, electrical or communications. You must have passed grade 10 Science to take this course.

The following information is common to all courses. Click on the course codes above for information specific to each course.


Students should learn:

  • knowledge and understanding of the course content,
  • the thinking and mechanical skills to perform laboratory experiments,
  • how to relate science or physics to real applications and to other fields,
  • presentation skills for communicating their ideas to others.

Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning by working independently and in small groups and by making sure that all assignments are completed and handed in on time.

Students Daily Responsibilities

  • Attend all classes with necessary materials for note taking and analysis
  • Pay attention to the teacher or other student presenters and take notes
  • Read the current sections of the textbook
  • Perform practice calculations and problem solving for homework to learn skills
  • Complete all assignments and hand them in on time
  • If you have been absent, check for work you have missed and talk to the teacher about any necessary extensions
  • Check for e-mail and updates to these Web pages
  • Ask for help when you need it, give help when you can
  • Read current articles and books about Science and its applications

Rules and Regulations (based on policies of the OCDSB, Merivale High School and MHS Science Department)

  1. Regular attendance is an integral part of learning and assessment. Irregular attendance will hinder a student’s ability to earn a credit.
  2. Students are responsible for all the material studied in class including work missed due to illness, field trips and other excused absences.
  3. Assignments: After the window of opportunity and the final due date is passed, a contract may be entered with the teacher and/or 2% per school day will be deducted (up to a maximum of 10%). Once the teacher has returned evaluated assignments then a mark of zero will normally be assigned.
  4. Tests are considered “time sensitive” and should be written on the date assigned. Students who are aware of a necessary absence from school on a scheduled test day are responsible for discussing this with your teacher as far in advance as possible. Unexcused absences may receive a mark of zero.
  5. Time-sensitive presentations will follow the same guidelines as tests. Non-time sensitive presentations will follow the same guidelines as assignments.
  6. Summative Tasks: A students who has an excused absence during a summative evaluation will have the percent missed added to the weighting of the final examination. Unexcused absences will receive a mark of zero.
  7. Exams: All students must write the exam at the scheduled time. An unexcused absence will receive a mark of zero and receipt of the credit may be in jeopardy. All other absences must be cleared through the Administration.
  8. Academic dishonesty, fraud, copying (in whole or in part or giving your work to someone else to copy), plagiarism, and cheating on tests or exams will result in a mark of zero.

Required materials

All students are required to have a scientific calculator, pencils, pens, an eraser, paper, a ruler and a protractor for each class. Physics students should have a bound notebook of graph paper for labs. Please come to class prepared.

Getting Started

Mr. Taylor finds electronic communication to be very useful. Familiarity with e-mail and web-based learning will also be required for most university and college courses, so it is important for students to become familiar with these tools. If you don't already have an e-mail address, sign up for one NOW. To make sure you can communicate with Mr. Taylor, send an e-mail message right now to The subject line must contain the course code. The message must include your name, and information about how to contact you and your parents (names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, postal address.) Include any information about special needs or health problems. Use plain text only so that your message doesn't look like spam. Make sure you receive a reply from Mr. Taylor - if you don't, try again and check the address carefully.

When your e-mail message is received, your address will be put into a mailing list for students in this course. You may send e-mail questions at any time. The replies will be sent to the entire class, but any information that identifies the student asking the question will be erased. In this way, you don't have to be embarassed about asking "stupid" questions, and all students will receive all the answers. Personal questions (e.g. regarding marks) will receive a personal reply only to the student asking the question.

Physics students, please buy a hard-bound notebook of graph paper (quad paper) for use in the lab. Suitable notebooks (Blueline A9Q, 192 pages) are available for less than $10 at Staples on Merivale Road (a few blocks north of the school.) You should get into the habit of keeping good, neat notes at the time you perform experiments. Graph paper is helpful for drawing neat diagrams as well as graphs and is also acceptable for written notes. A hard-bound notebook keeps your notes together and in order at all times. These notebooks will be collected and marked as part of your lab assignments.