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Physics Class 11 -- course

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Study Material 

Topics which are covered in  this course are 

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


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




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




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, Energy and Power


Work done by a constant force and a variable force

Kinetic energy

Work-energy theorem


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




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 behavior

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


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 −




Anomalous expansion of water

Specific heat capacity

Cp, Cv – calorimetry

Change of state

Latent heat capacity

Heat transfer −




Thermal conductivity

Qualitative ideas of Blackbody radiation

Wein's displacement Law

Stefan's law

Greenhouse 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 −




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




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


Doppler effect



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