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CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 2017 - 2018

Apr 13, 2017 10:30 IST

CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 2017 - 2018

Latest CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for academic session 2017-2018 is available here for download in PDF format. Students can download the complete CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Physics from the link available at the end of this article.

Important portion of CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 2017 – 2018 is given below

Name of the Units and their weightage

Unit No.


No. of Period


Unit - I

Physical World and Measurement




Chapter–1: Physical World


Chapter–2: Units and Measurements

Unit - II




Chapter–3: Motion in a Straight Line


Chapter–4: Motion in a Plane

Unit - III

Laws of Motion



Chapter–5: Laws of Motion

Unit - IV

Work, Energy and Power




Chapter–6: Work, Energy and Power

Unit - V

Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body



Chapter–7: System of Particles and Rotational Motion

Unit - VI




Chapter–8: Gravitation

Unit - VII

Properties of Bulk Matter




Chapter–9: Mechanical Properties of Solids


Chapter–10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids


Chapter–11: Thermal Properties of Matter

Unit - VIII




Chapter–12: Thermodynamics

Unit - IX

Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases



Chapter–13: Kinetic Theory

Unit - X

Oscillation & Waves




Chapter–14: Oscillations


Chapter–15: Waves





Details of topics and sub-topics to be covered in each unit

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, 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: 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, 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: Evaluation Scheme and List of experiments  (Total Periods 60)

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.
  • The Report of the project to be carried out by the students.                                                                           
Time Allowed: 3 hours Max. Marks: 30

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 projects

5 Marks


30 Marks

List of Experiments: Section A

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 second’s 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 coefficient 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 sinθ.

Activities (for the purpose of demonstration only)

1. To make a paper scale of given least count, e.g., 0.2cm, 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.

List of Experiments: Section B

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 load 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.

Prescribed books

1. Physics Part-I, Textbook for Class XI, Published by NCERT

2. Physics Part-II, Textbook for Class XIPublished by NCERT

3. The List of other related books and manuals brought out by NCERT (consider multimedia also).

About CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 2017 - 2018

With the beginning of the new academic session, 2017 - 2018, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the latest syllabus for Class 11 Physics. The syllabus contains important information like course structure, list of practicals, prescribed textbooks, format of CBSE Class 11 Physics question paper etc. This syllabus will also act as guidelines for students and teachers.

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