Physics is one of the most important subjects especially at class 11 and 12 level. The topics included in the Physics Class 11 syllabus are important for the final exam as well as competitive exams. Candidates preparing for both these exams are advised to gain complete familiarity with the CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 202324. The strategy of exam preparation should be made according to the syllabus. This article presents the important units included in the class 11 Physics syllabus and the marks they will be carrying in the final exam.
Marks & Period Distribution for CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 202324
The important units included in the Physics syllabus for class 11^{th} along with the periods and marks allocated to them are provided in the table below.
No. of Periods  Marks  
Unit–I  Physical World and Measurement 
08 
23 
Chapter–2: Units and Measurements  
UnitII  Kinematics 
24 

Chapter–3: Motion in a Straight Line  
Chapter–4: Motion in a Plane  
Unit–III  Laws of Motion 
14 

Chapter–5: Laws of Motion  
Unit–IV  Work, Energy and Power 
14 
17 
Chapter–6: Work, Energy and Power  
Unit–V  Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body 
18 

Chapter–7: System of Particles and Rotational Motion  
UnitVI  Gravitation 
12 

Chapter–8: Gravitation  
Unit–VII  Properties of Bulk Matter 
24 
20 
Chapter–9: Mechanical Properties of Solids  
Chapter–10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids  
Chapter–11: Thermal Properties of Matter  
Unit–VIII  Thermodynamics 
12 

Chapter–12: Thermodynamics  
Unit–IX  Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases 
08 

Chapter–13: Kinetic Theory  
Unit–X  Oscillations and Waves 
26 
10 
Chapter–14: Oscillations  
Chapter–15: Waves  
Total  160  70 
Unit I: Physical World and Measurement Chapter–2: Units and Measurements
Need for measurement: Units of measurement; systems of units; SI units, fundamental and derived units. significant figures. Dimensions of physical quantities, dimensional analysis and its applications.
Unit II: Kinematics Period
Chapter–3: Motion in a Straight Line
Frame of reference, Motion in a straight line, Elementary concepts of differentiation and integration for describing motion, uniform and non uniform motion, 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, 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 a banked road).
Unit IV: Work, Energy, power
Chapter–6: Work, Energy 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: 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 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, law 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).
Unit VI: Gravitation
Chapter–8: Gravitation
Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, 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.
Unit VII: Properties of Bulk Matter
Chapter–9: Mechanical Properties of Solids
Elasticity, Stressstrain relationship, Hooke’s law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, shear modulus of rigidity (qualitative idea only), 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 simple 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 .
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,
Second law of thermodynamics: gaseous state of matter, change of condition of gaseous state isothermal, adiabatic, reversible, irreversible, and cyclic processes.
Unit IX:Behavior 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 and their application.
Simple harmonic motion (S.H.M) and its equations of motion; phase; oscillations of a loaded spring restoring force and force constant; energy in
S.H.M. Kinetic and potential energies; simple pendulum derivation of expression for its time period.
Chapter–15: Waves
Wave motion: Transverse and longitudinal waves, speed of travelling wave, 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.
Practicals
The record, to be submitted by the students, at the time of their annual examination, has to include:
 Record of at least 8 Experiments [with 4 from each section], to be performed by the
 Record of at least 6 Activities [with 3 each from section A and section B], to be performed by the
 Report of the project carried out by the
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