Physics Class 11
Syllabus
Course Structure
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: Positiontime graph, speed and velocity.
Elementary concepts of differentiation
and integration for describing motion.Uniform and
nonuniform motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity. Uniformly
accelerated motion, velocity time and positiontime 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 accelerationprojectile 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, workenergy theorem, power.
Notion of potential energy, potential
energy of a spring, conservative forces: conservation of mechanical energy
(kinetic and potential energies); nonconservative 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 twoparticle
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.
Geostationary satellites.
Unit VII: Properties
of Bulk Matter
Chapter–9: Mechanical Properties of Solids
Elastic behaviour, Stressstrain
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 transferconduction, 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 equipartition
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 springrestoring 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.