CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Physics

Course Structure for Class XI Physics (2017-18)

Unit Chapter / Topic Marks
I Physical World and Measurement 23
Chapter–1: Physical World
Chapter–2: Units and Measurements
II Kinematics
Chapter–3: Motion in a Straight Line
Chapter–4: Motion in a Plane
III Laws of Motion
Chapter–5: Laws of Motion
IV Work, Energy and Power 17
Chapter–6: Work, Energy and Power
V Motion of System of Particles
Chapter–7: System of Particles and Rotational Motion
VI Gravitation
Chapter–8: Gravitation
VII Properties of Bulk Matter 20
Chapter–9: Mechanical Properties of Solids
Chapter–10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids
Chapter–11: Thermal Properties of Matter
VIII Thermodynamics
Chapter–12: Thermodynamics
IX Kinetic Theory of Gases
Chapter–13: Kinetic Theory
X Oscillation & Waves 10
Chapter–14: Oscillations
Chapter–15: Waves
Total 70

Unit I: Physical World and Measurement

Chapter–1: Physical World

Physics – scope and excitement; nature of physical laws; Physics, technology and society.

Chapter–2: Units and Measurements

Need for measurement: Units of measurement; systems of units; SI units, fundamental and derived  units. Length, mass and time measurements; accuracy and precision of measuring instruments; errors  in measurement; significant figures.

Dimensions of physical quantities, dimensional analysis and its applications.

Unit II: Kinematics

Chapter–3: Motion in a Straight Line

Frame of reference, Motion in a straight line: Position-time graph, speed and velocity.

Elementary concepts of differentiation and integration for describing motion.Uniform and non-uniform motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity. Uniformly accelerated motion, velocity  time and position-time graphs.

Relations for uniformly accelerated motion (graphical treatment).

Chapter–4: Motion in a Plane

Scalar and vector quantities; Position and displacement vectors, general vectors and their notations;  equality of vectors, multiplication of vectors by a real number; addition and subtraction of  vectors. Relative velocity. Unit vector; Resolution of a vector in a plane – rectangular components. Scalar  and Vector product of vectors.

Motion in a plane, cases of uniform velocity and uniform acceleration-projectile motion. Uniform  circular motion.

Unit III: Laws of Motion

Chapter–5: Laws of Motion

Intuitive concept of force. Inertia, Newton’s first law of motion; momentum and Newton’s second  law of motion; impulse; Newton’s third law of motion.

Law of conservation of linear momentum and its applications.

Equilibrium of concurrent forces. Static and kinetic friction, laws of friction, rolling friction,  lubrication.

Dynamics of uniform circular motion: Centripetal force, examples of circular motion (vehicle on a  level circular road, vehicle on banked road).

Unit IV: Work, Energy and Power

Chapter–6: Work, Engery and Power

Work done by a constant force and a variable force; kinetic energy, work-energy theorem, power.

Notion of potential energy, potential energy of a spring, conservative forces: conservation of  mechanical energy (kinetic and potential energies); non-conservative forces: motion in a vertical  circle; elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions.

Unit V: Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body

Chapter–7: System of Particles and Rotational Motion

Centre of mass of a two-particle system, momentum conservation and centre of mass motion.

Centre of mass of a rigid body; centre of mass of a uniform rod.

Moment of a force, torque, angular momentum, laws of conservation of angular momentum and its  applications.

Equilibrium of rigid bodies, rigid body rotation and equations of rotational motion, comparison of  linear and rotational motions.

Moment of inertia, radius of gyration.Values of moments of inertia, for simple geometrical objects  (no derivation). Statement of parallel and perpendicular axes theorems and their applications.

Unit VI: Gravitation

Chapter–8: Gravitation

Keplar’s laws of planetary motion.The universal law of gravitation.

Acceleration due to gravity and its variation with altitude and depth.

Gravitational potential energy and gravitational potential. Escape velocity. Orbital velocity of a  satellite. Geo-stationary satellites.

Unit VII: Properties of Bulk Matter

Chapter–9: Mechanical Properties of Solids

Elastic behaviour, Stress-strain relationship, Hooke’s law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, shear  modulus of rigidity, Poisson’s ratio; elastic energy.

Chapter–10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids

Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal’s law and its applications (hydraulic lift and hydraulic brakes).  Effect of gravity on fluid pressure.

Viscosity, Stokes’ law, terminal velocity, streamline and turbulent flow, critical velocity.Bernoulli’s  theorem and its applications.

Surface energy and surface tension, angle of contact, excess of pressure across a curved surface,  application of surface tension ideas to drops, bubbles and capillary rise.

Chapter–11: Thermal Properties of Matter

Heat, temperature, thermal expansion; thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases, anomalous  expansion of water; specific heat capacity; Cp, Cv – calorimetry; change of state – latent heat capacity.

Heat transfer-conduction, convection and radiation, thermal conductivity, Qualitative ideas of  Blackbody radiation, Wein’s displacement Law, Stefan’s law, Green house effect.

Unit VIII: Thermodynamics

Chapter–12: Thermodynamics

Thermal equilibrium and definition of temperature (zeroth law of thermodynamics).Heat, work and  internal energy. First law of thermodynamics. Isothermal and adiabatic processes.

Second law of thermodynamics: reversible and irreversible processes. Heat engine and refrigerator.

Unit IX: Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases

Chapter–13: Kinetic Theory

Equation of state of a perfect gas, work done in compressing a gas.

Kinetic theory of gases – assumptions, concept of pressure. Kinetic interpretation of temperature; rms  speed of gas molecules; degrees of freedom, law of equi-partition of energy (statement only) and  application to specific heat capacities of gases; concept of mean free path, Avogadro’s number.

Unit X: Oscillations and Waves

Chapter–14: Oscillations

Periodic motion – time period, frequency, displacement as a function of time. Periodic functions.

Simple harmonic motion (S.H.M) and its equation; phase; oscillations of a spring-restoring force and  force constant; energy in S.H.M. Kinetic and potential energies; simple pendulum derivation of  expression for its time period.

Free, forced and damped oscillations (qualitative ideas only), resonance.

Chapter–15: Waves

Wave motion. Transverse and longitudinal waves, speed of wave motion. Displacement relation for a  progressive wave. Principle of superposition of waves, reflection of waves, standing waves in strings  and organ pipes, fundamental mode and harmonics, Beats, Doppler effect.

Practicals

The record, to be submitted by the students, at the time of their annual examination, has to include:

  • Record of at Least 15 Experiments [with a minimum of 6 from each section], to be performed by the students.
  • Record of at Least 5 Activities [with a minimum of 2 each from section A and section B], to be demonstrated by the teachers.
  • Report of the project to be carried out by the students.

Evaluation Scheme

Time Allowed: Three hours
Max. Marks: 30 marks

Two experiments one from each section 8+8 Marks
Practical record [experiments and activities] 6 Marks
Investigatory Project 3 Marks
Viva on experiments, activities and project 5 Marks
Total 30 marks

SECTION-A

Experiments

  1. To measure diameter of a small spherical/cylindrical body and to measure internal diameter and depth of a given beaker/calorimeter using Vernier Callipers and hence find its volume.
  2. To measure diameter of a given wire and thickness of a given sheet using screw gauge.
  3. To determine volume of an irregular lamina using screw gauge.
  4. To determine radius of curvature of a given spherical surface by a spherometer.
  5. To determine the mass of two different objects using a beam balance.
  6. To find the weight of a given body using parallelogram law of vectors.
  7. Using a simple pendulum, plot its L-T2 graph and use it to find the effective length of seconds pendulum.
  8. To study variation of time period of a simple pendulum of a given length by taking bobs of same size but different masses and interpret the result.
  9. To study the relationship between force of limiting friction and normal reaction and to find the co efficient of friction between a block and a horizontal surface.
  10. To find the downward force, along an inclined plane, acting on a roller due to gravitational pull of the earth and study its relationship with the angle of inclination θ by plotting graph between force and sin θ.

Activities
(for the purpose of demonstration only)

  1. To make a paper scale of given (east count, e.g., 0.2 cm, 0.5 cm.
  2. To determine mass of a given body using a metre scale by principle of moments.
  3. To plot a graph for a given set of data, with proper choice of scales and error bars.
  4. To measure the force of Limiting friction for rolling of a roller on a horizontal plane.
  5. To study the variation in range of a projectile with angle of projection.
  6. To study the conservation of energy of a ball rolling down on an inclined plane (using a double inclined plane).
  7. To study dissipation of energy of a simple pendulum by plotting a graph between square of amplitude and time.

SECTION-B

Experiments

  1. To determine Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material of a given wire.
  2. To find the force constant of a helical spring by plotting a graph between load and extension.
  3. To study the variation in volume with pressure for a sample of air at constant temperature by plotting graphs between P and V, and between P and 1/V.
  4. To determine the surface tension of water by capillary rise method.
  5. To determine the coefficient of viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring terminal velocity of a given spherical body.
  6. To study the relationship between the temperature of a hot body and time by plotting a cooling curve.
  7. To determine specific heat capacity of a given solid by method of mixtures.
  8. To study the relation between frequency and length of a given wire under constant tension using sonometer.
  9. To study the relation between the length of a given wire and tension for constant frequency using sonometer.
  10. To find the speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube by two resonance positions.

Activities
(for the purpose of demonstration only)

  1. To observe change of state and plot a cooling curve for molten wax.
  2. To observe and explain the effect of heating on a bi-metallic strip.
  3. To note the change in level of liquid in a container on heating and interpret the observations.
  4. To study the effect of detergent on surface tension of water by observing capillary rise.
  5. To study the factors affecting the rate of loss of heat of a liquid.
  6. To study the effect of toad on depression of a suitably clamped metre scale loaded at (I) its end (ii) in the middle.
  7. To observe the decrease in pressure with increase in velocity of a fluid.

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