CBSE Syllabus For Class 11 Physics: Knowing the Syllabus is very important for the students of Class 11. Shaalaa has also provided a list of topics that every student needs to understand.
The CBSE Class 11 Physics syllabus for the academic year 20212022 is based on the Board's guidelines. Students should read the Class 11 Physics Syllabus to learn about the subject's subjects and subtopics.
Students will discover the unit names, chapters under each unit, and subtopics under each chapter in the CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus pdf 20212022. They will also receive a complete practical syllabus for Class 11 Physics in addition to this.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Revised Syllabus
CBSE Class 11 Physics and their Unit wise marks distribution
CBSE Class 11 Physics Course Structure 20212022 With Marking Scheme
#  Unit/Topic  Weightage 

C  Physical World and Measurement  
101  Physical World  
102  Units and Measurements  
CC  Kinematics  
201  Motion in a Plane  
202  Motion in a Straight Line  
CCC  Laws of Motion  
CD  Work, Energy and Power  
D  Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body  
501  System of Particles and Rotational Motion  
DC  Gravitation  
DCC  Properties of Bulk Matter  
701  Mechanical Properties of Fluids  
702  Thermal Properties of Matter  
703  Mechanical Properties of Solids  
DCCC  Thermodynamics  
CM  Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases  
901  Kinetic Theory  
M  Oscillations and Waves  
1001  Oscillations  
1002  Waves  
Total   
Syllabus
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Physical World and Measurement
 Concept of Physics
 WHAT IS PHYSICS
 Scope and Excitement of Physics

Physics  Scope and Excitement

 Nature of Physical Laws
 Physics, Technology and Society
 Fundamental Forces in Nature
 Fundamental Forces of Physics
 Gravitational Force
 Electromagnetic Force
 Strong Nuclear Force
 Weak Nuclear Force
 Towards Unification of Forces
 Physicsscope and excitement; nature of physical laws; Physics, technology and society.
 International System of Units
 SI Base Quantities and Units
 Systems of Units and SI Units
 Measurement of Length
 Measurement of Large Distances  parallax angle or parallactic angle
 Estimation of Very Small Distances : Size of a Molecule
 Range of Lengths
 Measurement of Mass
 Range of Masses
 Measurement of Time
 Accuracy Precision of Instruments and Errors in Measurement
Accuracy and Precision of Measuring Instruments
 Systematic errors  Instrumental errors, Imperfection in experimental technique or procedure, Personal errors
 Random errors, Least count error
 Absolute Error, Relative Error and Percentage Error
 Combination of Errors  Error of a sum or a difference, Error of a product or a quotient, Error in case of a measured quantity
 Significant Figures
 Significant figures
 Rules for determining significant figures
 Dimensions of Physical Quantities
 Dimensions of Physical Quantities and Constants
 Dimensional Formulae and Dimensional Equations
 Dimensional Analysis and Its Applications
 Checking the Dimensional Consistency of Equations
 Deducing Relation among the Physical Quantities
 Need for Measurement
 Units of Measurement
 Fundamental and Derived Units
 Length, Mass and Time Measurements
 Introduction of 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.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Kinematics
 Scalars and Vectors
 Scalar and Vector Quantities and Position and Displacement Vectors
 Equality of Vectors
 Multiplication of Vectors by a Real Number
 Addition and Subtraction of Vectors — Graphical Method
 Addition and Subtraction of Vectors
 Resolution of Vectors
 Resolution of a Vector in a Plane
 Unit Vector
 Vector Addition – Analytical Method
 Motion in a Plane
 Position Vector and Displacement
 Motion in a Plane with Constant Acceleration
 Projectile Motion
 Equation of path of a projectile
 Time of maximum height
 Maximum height of a projectile
 Horizontal range of a projectile
 Uniform Circular Motion
 Period, Radius Vector and Angular Speed
 Expression for Centripetal Acceleration
 General Vectors and Their Notations
 Motion in a Plane  Average Velocity and Instantaneous Velocity
 Rectangular Components
 Scalar and Vector Product of Vectors
 Relative Velocity in Two Dimensions
 Motion in a Plane  Relative Velocity
 Cases of Uniform Velocity
 Cases of Uniform Acceleration Projectile Motion
 Motion in a Plane  Average Acceleration and Instantaneous Acceleration
 Angular Velocity
 Introduction
 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.
 Position, Path Length and Displacement
 Position  frame of reference,reference point
 Path length
 Displacement
 Average Velocity and Average Speed
 Instantaneous Velocity and Speed
 Speed and Velocity
 Kinematic Equations for Uniformly Accelerated Motion

FIRST METHOD v = vo + at
 SECOND METHOD y = y + v t + at^2

 Acceleration
 Relative Velocity
 Elementary Concepts of Differentiation and Integration for Describing Motion
 Uniform and NonUniform Motion
 Uniformly Accelerated Motion
 Positiontime, Velocitytime and Accelerationtime Graphs
 Motion in a Straight Line  Positiontime Graph
 Relations for Uniformly Accelerated Motion (Graphical Treatment)
 Introduction
 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).
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Laws of Motion
 Aristotle’s Fallacy
 The Law of Inertia
 Newton's First Law of Motion
 Newton’s first law of motion
 Force
 Types of forces
 Resultant Force
 Newton’s Second Law of Motion
 Newton's Third Law of Motion
 Conservation of Momentum
 Law of Conservation of Momentum
 Equilibrium of a Particle
 Equilibrium of Concurrent Forces
 Common Forces in Mechanics
 Friction
 Circular Motion and Its Characteristics
 Kinematics of Circular Motion
 Dynamics of Circular Motion (Centripetal Force and Centrifugal Force)
 Centripetal force (CPF)
 Centrifugal force (c.f.f.)
 Solving Problems in Mechanics
 Static and Kinetic Friction
 Laws of Friction
 Inertia
 Intuitive Concept of Force
 Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion  Centripetal Force
 Examples of Circular Motion (Vehicle on a Level Circular Road, Vehicle on a Banked Road)
 Lubrication  (Laws of Motion)
 Law of Conservation of Linear Momentum and Its Applications
 Rolling Friction
 Introduction
 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).
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Work, Energy and Power
 Introduction of Work, Energy and Power
 The Scalar Product
 Notions of Work and Kinetic Energy: the WorkEnergy Theorem
 WorkEnergy Theorem
 Kinetic Energy
 Kinetic Energy and Its Expression
 Work Done by a Constant Force and a Variable Force
 Concept of Work
 The Concept of Potential Energy
 Notion of Potential Energy
 The Conservation of Mechanical Energy
 Conservative Forces : Conservation of Mechanical Energy (Kinetic and Potential Energies)
 Potential Energy of a Spring
 Various Forms of Energy : the Law of Conservation of Energy
 Heat
 Chemical Energy
 Electrical Energy
 The Equivalence of Mass and Energy
 Nuclear Energy
 The Principle of Conservation of Energy
 Power
 Collisions
 Elastic and inelastic collisions
 Perfectly Inelastic Collision
 Coefficient of Restitution e
 One dimensional or headon collision
 Coefficient of restitution during a headon, elastic collision
 Expressions for final velocities after a headon, elastic collision
 Loss in the kinetic energy during a perfectly inelastic headon collision
 Collision in two dimensions, i.e., a nonheadon collision
 Non  Conservative Forces  Motion in a Vertical Circle
 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.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
 Motion  Rigid Body
 What kind of motion can a rigid body have
 Centre of Mass
 Mathematical understanding of centre of mass
 Velocity of centre of mass
 Acceleration of the centre of mass
 Characteristics of centre of mass
 Motion of Centre of Mass
 Linear Momentum of a System of Particles
 Vector Product of Two Vectors
 Definition of Vector Product
 Angular Velocity and Its Relation with Linear Velocity
 Relation Between Linear Velocity and Angular Velocity
 Torque and Angular Momentum
 Moment of a Force (Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body)
 Angular Momentum and Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum and Its Applications
 Moment of force (Torque)
 Angular momentum of a particle
 Torque and angular momentum for a system of particles
 conservation of angular momentum
 Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies
Principle of moments
 Centre of gravity
 Moment of Inertia
 radius of gyration
 Theorems of Perpendicular and Parallel Axes
 Theorem of Parallel Axes
 Theorem of Perpendicular Axes
 Kinematics of Rotational Motion About a Fixed Axis
 Dynamics of Rotational Motion About a Fixed Axis
 Angular Momentum in Case of Rotation About a Fixed Axis
 Rolling Motion
 Linear Acceleration and Speed While Pure Rolling Down an Inclined Plane
 Momentum Conservation and Centre of Mass Motion
 Centre of Mass of a Rigid Body
 Centre of Mass of a Uniform Rod
 Rigid Body Rotation
 Equations of Rotational Motion
 Comparison of Linear and Rotational Motions
 Values of Moments of Inertia for Simple Geometrical Objects (No Derivation)
 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).
 Statement of parallel and perpendicular axes theorems and their applications.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Gravitation
 Kepler’s Laws
 Law of orbit
 Law of areas
 Law of periods
 Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation
 Newton’s universal law of gravitation
 Importance of the Universal Law of Gravitation
 Application of Newton’s law of gravitation
 The Gravitational Constant
 Acceleration Due to Gravity of the Earth
 Acceleration Due to Gravity Below and Above the Surface of Earth
 Acceleration Due to Gravity and Its Variation with Altitude and Depth
 Gravitational Potential Energy
 Gravitational Potential Energy and Gravitational Potential
 Escape Speed
 Earth Satellites
 Projection of Satellite
 Weightlessness in a Satellite
 Time Period of a Satellite
 Binding Energy of an orbiting satellite
 Energy of an Orbiting Satellite
 Geostationary and Polar Satellites
 GeoStationary Satellites
 Weightlessness
 Weightlessness Condition in Orbit
 Escape Velocity
 Orbital Velocity of a Satellite
 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; Geostationary satellites
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Properties of Bulk Matter
 Thrust and Pressure
 Thrust
 Unit of thrust
 Example of thrust
 Pressure
 Unit of Pressure
 Examples of Pressure in our daily life
 Transmission of Pressure in Liquids: Pascal’s Law
 STREAMLINE FLOW
 Streamline and Turbulent Flow
 Applications of Bernoulli’s Equation
 Speed of efflux
 Ventury tube
 Lifting up of an aeroplane
 Working of an atomizer
 Blowing off of roofs by stormy wind
 Viscous Force Or Viscosity
 Coefficient of viscosity
 Reynolds Number
 Surface Tension
 Effect of Gravity on Fluid Pressure
 Terminal Velocity
 Critical Velocity
 Excess of Pressure Across a Curved Surface
 Introduction to Fluid Machanics
 Archimedes' Principle
 Stokes' Law
 Equation of Continuity
 Torricelli'S Law
 Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal's law and its applications(hydraulic lift and hydraulic brales); effect of gravity on fluid pressure.
 Viscosity, Stokes’ law, terminal velocity, Reynold’s number, streamline and turbulent flow. Critical velocity, Bernoulli’s theorem and its applications.
 Surface energy and surface tension, angle of contact, excess of pressure, application of surface tension ideas to drops, bubbles and capillary rise.
 Heat and Temperature
 Introduction
 Meaning of heat
 Meaning of work
 Meaning of temperature
 Measurement of Temperature
 Celsius scale
 Fahrenheit scale
 Idealgas Equation and Absolute Temperature
 Thermal Expansion
 Linear Expansion
 Areal Expansion
 Volume expansion
 Relation between Coefficients of Expansion
 Specific Heat Capacity
 Specific Heat Capacity
 Units of specific heat capacity
 Measurement of specific heat: (mixing method) and calorimeter
 Specific Heat Capacity of some common substance
 Calorimetry
 Change of State  Latent Heat Capacity
 Change of State  Latent Heat Capacity
 latent heat of fusion, latent heat of vaporisation (Lv)
 Heat Transfer
 Conduction
 Thermal Conductivity
 Conduction
 Newton’s Law of Cooling
 Qualitative Ideas of Blackbody Radiation
 Wein'S Displacement Law
 Stefan's Law
 Anomalous Expansion of Water
 Anomalous expansion of water
 Importance of Anomalous expansion of water
 Liquids and Gases
 Thermal Expansion of Solids
 Green House Effect
 Green House Effect
 Green House gases
 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.
 Elastic Behaviour of Solid
 Stress and Strain
 Stress
 Tensile stress or compressive stress
 Volume stress or hydraulic stress
 Shearing stress
 Strain
 Tensile strain
 Volume strain
 Shearing strain
 Hooke’s Law
 Stressstrain Curve
 Elastic Moduli
 Shear Modulus
 Shearmodulus of Rigidity
 Shear Modulus
 Applications of Elastic Behaviour of Materials
 Elastic Energy
 Elastic behavior, Stressstrain relationship. Hooke’s law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, shear, modulus of rigidity, poisson’s ratio; elastic energy
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Thermodynamics
 Thermal Equilibrium
 Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
 Heat, Internal Energy and Work
 Internal Energy
 Thermodynamic system and Thermodynamic Process
 Heat
 Change in Internal Energy of a System
 First Law of Thermodynamics
 Formulation of first law of thermodynamics
 First law of thermodynamics for various processes
 Isothermal process
 Adiabatic process
 Isochoric process
 Isobaric process
 Specific Heat Capacity
 Specific Heat Capacity
 Units of specific heat capacity
 Measurement of specific heat: (mixing method) and calorimeter
 Specific Heat Capacity of some common substance
 Thermodynamic State Variables and Equation of State
 Property of a system or a system variable
 Intensive and Extensive variables
 Thermodynamic Equilibrium
a) Mechanical equilibrium
b) Chemical equilibrium
c) Thermal equilibrium  Thermodynamic State Variables and Equation of State
 The p  V diagram
 Thermodynamic Process
 Work Done During a Thermodynamic Process
 Heat Added During a Thermodynamic Process
 Heat Engines
 A working substance
 Hot and cold reservoir
 Cylinder
 The Heat Engine Cycle and the pV Diagram
 Refrigerators and Heat Pumps
 Heat Flow from a Colder Region to a Hotter Region
 Refrigerator
 Performance of a Refrigerator
 Air conditioner
 Heat Pump
 Second Law of Thermodynamics
 Limitations of the First Law of Thermodynamics
 The second law of thermodynamics, statement
 Reversible and Irreversible Processes
 Second Law of Thermodynamics  Reversible and Irreversible Processes
 Carnot Engine
 Isothermal Processes
 Adiabatic Processes
 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 the thermodynamics: Reversible and irreversible processes, Heat engines and refrigerators.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases
 Molecular Nature of Matter
 mean free path
 Gases and Its Characteristics
 Gases
 Behaviour and characteristic properties of gases
 Composition of gases
 Gases have neither a fixed volume nor a fixed shape
 Gases exert pressure in all directions
 Gases are highly compressible
 Gases are highly expansible
 Gases have low density
 Gases have a natural tendency to mix with one another (diffusion)
 Gases can be liquefied
 Equation of State of a Perfect Gas
 Work Done in Compressing a Gas
 Interpretation of Temperature in Kinetic Theory
 Law of Equipartition of Energy
 Degrees of Freedom
 Diatomic Molecules
 Specific Heat Capacities  Gases
 Application to Specific Heat Capacities of Gases;
 Monatomic Gases
 Diatomic Gases
 Specific Heat Capacity of Solids
 Specific Heat Capacity of Water
 Mean Free Path
 Kinetic Theory of Gases  Concept of Pressure
 Kinetic Theory of Gases Assumptions
 rms Speed of Gas Molecules
 Degrees of Freedom
 Definition
 Monoatomic molecule
 Diatomic molecule
 At Normal temperature
 At High Temperature
 Triatomic molecules
 Avogadro's Number
 Equation of state of a perfect gas, work done on 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
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Oscillations and Waves
 Periodic and Oscillatory Motions
Period and frequency
Displacement
Time Period
 Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)
 Simple Harmonic Motion (S.H.M) and Its Equation
 Simple harmonic motion) Phase
 amplitude, phase constant (or phase angle)
 The projection of uniform circular motion on a diameter of SHM
 Time period, frequency, phase, phase difference and epoch in SHM
 Simple Harmonic Motion and Uniform Circular Motion
 reference particle, reference circle
 Velocity and Acceleration in Simple Harmonic Motion
 Force Law for Simple Harmonic Motion
 Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion
 Energy in S.H.M. Kinetic and Potential Energies
 Some Systems Executing Simple Harmonic Motion
 Simple Pendulum Derivation of Expression for Its Time Period and Damped Simple Harmonic Motion
 Oscillations of a Loaded Spring  Restoring Force and Force Constant
 Oscillations due to a Spring
 The Simple Pendulum
 Damped Simple Harmonic Motion
 damping constant
 Forced Oscillations and Resonance
 Free, Forced and Damped Oscillations
 resonance
 Small Damping, Driving Frequency far from Natural Frequency
 Driving Frequency Close to Natural Frequency
 Displacement as a Function of Time
 Periodic Functions
 Oscillations  Frequency
 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 loaded 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.
 Reflection of Transverse and Longitudinal Waves
 transverse wave
 capillary waves and gravity waves
 Displacement Relation for a Progressive Wave
 Amplitude and Phase
 Wavelength and Angular Wave Number
 Period, Angular Frequency and Frequency
 The Speed of a Travelling Wave
 Speed of a Transverse Wave on Stretched String
 Speed of a Longitudinal Wave Speed of Sound
 Principle of Superposition of Waves
 Reflection of Waves
 Standing Waves and Normal Modes
 Standing Waves in Strings and Organ Pipes
 Fundamental Mode and Harmonics
 fundamental mode or the first harmonic, second harmonic
 Standing Waves and Normal Modes
 Beats
 Analytical method to determine beat frequency
 Applications of beats
 Doppler Effect
 Source Moving and Listener Stationary
 Listener Approaching a Stationary Source with Velocity v_{L}
 Both Source and Listener are Moving
 Common Properties between Doppler Effect of Sound and Light
 Major Differences between Doppler Effects of Sound and Light
 Wave Motion
 Speed of Wave Motion
 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 hanmonics, Beats, Doppler effect