The syllabus for Class 11 Physics is helpful for students. ItÂ provides informationÂ on topics, sub topics along with the marks distribution of all chapters. Physics syllabus of Class 11 is designed by subject experts after a proper study and research. It includes all the necessary information that a student should know before start preparing for the exam. CBSE syllabus for Class 11 Physics for the academic year 20202021 cover all the important topics and subtopics along with the marking scheme and time duration.
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 CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Academic Year 202021
 CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Academic Year 202122
Students can download the Class 11 latest CBSE Class 11 syllabus of Physics subject along with the marking scheme and time duration from the PDF link provided below. This is the official CBSE syllabusÂ issued by board for class 11 students. It also contains the question paper design scheme.
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Marking Scheme of CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus 202021
The CBSE syllabus for class 11 Physics is divided into total 10 units.Â The table below shows the unit name, marks distribution and time allocated to complete each unit.
Unit No.  Name of Unit  No. of Periods  Marks 
Unitâ€“I  Physical World and Measurement  6  23 
Chapterâ€“1: Physical World  
Chapterâ€“2: Units and Measurements  
UnitII  Kinematics  16  
Chapterâ€“3: Motion in a Straight Line  
Chapterâ€“4: Motion in a Plane  
Unitâ€“III  Laws of Motion  10  
Chapterâ€“5: Laws of Motion  
Unitâ€“IV  Work, Energy and Power  12  17 
Chapterâ€“6: Work, Energy and Power  
Unitâ€“V  Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body  16  
Chapterâ€“7: System of Particles and Rotational Motion  
UnitVI  Gravitation  8  
Chapterâ€“8: Gravitation  
Unitâ€“VII  Properties of Bulk Matter  22  20 
Chapterâ€“9: Mechanical Properties of Solids  
Chapterâ€“10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids  
Chapterâ€“11: Thermal Properties of Matter  
Unitâ€“VIII  Thermodynamics  10  
Chapterâ€“12: Thermodynamics  
Unitâ€“IX  Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases  08  
Chapterâ€“13: Kinetic Theory  
Unitâ€“X  Oscillations and Waves  23  10 
Chapterâ€“14: Oscillations  
Chapterâ€“15: Waves  
Total  131  70 
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CBSE Class 11 Physics Deleted Portion of Syllabus 202021Â
Below we have provided the details of the topics under each chapter as per the latest revised CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for 202021 academic year. Go though it to the details of chapters.
UnitI:Â Physical World and Measurement
Chapter 1:Â Physical World
Physics – scope and excitement; nature of physical laws; Physics, technology and society.
Chapter 2:Â 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.
UnitII:Â Kinematics
Chapter 3:Â Motion in a Straight Line
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 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.
UnitIII:Â Laws of Motion
Chapter 5:Â 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 (recapitulation only).
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).
UnitIV:Â Work, Energy and Power
Chapter 6:Â Work, Energy 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.
UnitV:Â Motion of System of Particles and Rigid Body
Chapter 7:Â 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).
UnitVI:Â Gravitation
Chapter 8:Â Gravitation
Universal law of gravitation. Acceleration due to gravity (recapitulation only) and its variation with altitude and depth.
Gravitational potential energy and gravitational potential, escape velocity, orbital velocity of a satellite, Geostationary satellites.
UnitVII:Â Properties of Bulk Matter
Chapter 9:Â Mechanical Properties of Solids
Stressstrain relationship, Hooke’s law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus
Chapter 10:Â 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:Â Thermal Properties of Matter
Heat, temperature,( recapitulation only) 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 (recapitulation only), thermal conductivity, qualitative ideas of Blackbody radiation, Wein’s displacement Law, Stefan’s law, Greenhouse effect.
UnitVIII:Â Thermodynamics
Chapter 12:Â 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
UnitIX:Â Behaviour of Perfect Gases and Kinetic Theory of Gases
Chapter 13:Â 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.
UnitX:Â Oscillations and Waves
Chapter 14:Â 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 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. Free, forced and damped oscillations (qualitative ideas only), resonance.
Chapter 15:Â 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, Beats.
CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Physics Practical 202021
Below are the list of the experiments of Physics practicals.
SECTIONâ€“A
ExperimentsÂ
1. To measure the 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 the diameter of a given wire and thickness of a given sheet using screw gauge.
OR
To determine the volume of an irregular lamina using the screw gauge.
3. To determine the radius of curvature of a given spherical surface by a spherometer.
4. To determine the mass of two different objects using a beam balance.
5. To find the weight of a given body using parallelogram law of vectors.
6. Using a simple pendulum, plot its LT^{2} graph and use it to find the effective length of second’s pendulum.
OR
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.
7. To study the relationship between force of limiting friction and normal reaction and to find the co efficient of friction between a block and a horizontal surface.
OR
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 Î¸ by plotting graph between force and sin Î¸.
Activities
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.
SECTIONâ€“B
ExperimentsÂ
1. To determine Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material of a given wire.
OR
To find the force constant of a helical spring by plotting a graph between load and extension.
2. 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.
3. To determine the surface tension of water by capillary rise method.
OR
To determine the coefficient of viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring terminal velocity of a given spherical body.
4. To study the relationship between the temperature of a hot body and time by plotting a cooling curve.
5. To determine specific heat capacity of a given solid by method of mixtures.
6. To study the relation between frequency and length of a given wire under constant tension using sonometer.
OR
To study the relation between the length of a given wire and tension for constant frequency using sonometer.
7. To find the speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube by two resonance positions.
Activities
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 bimetallic 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.
Note: Same Evaluation scheme and general guidelines for visually impaired students as given for Class XII may be followed.
A. Items for Identification/Familiarity of the apparatus for assessment inÂ practicals (All experiments).Â
Spherical ball, Cylindrical objects, vernier calipers, beaker, calorimeter, Screw gauge, wire, Beam balance, spring balance, weight box, gram and milligram weights, forcep, Parallelogram law of vectors apparatus, pulleys and pans used in the same â€˜weightsâ€™ used, Bob and string used in a simple pendulum, meter scale, split cork, suspension arrangement, stop clock/stop watch, Helical spring, suspension arrangement used, weights, arrangement used for measuring extension, Sonometer, Wedges, pan and pulley used in it, â€˜weightsâ€™ Tuning Fork, Meter scale, Beam balance, Weight box, gram and
milligram weights, forceps, Resonance Tube, Tuning Fork, Meter scale, Flask/Beaker used for adding water.
B. List of Practicals
1. To measure diameter of a small spherical/cylindrical body using vernier calipers.
2. To measure the internal diameter and depth of a given beaker/calorimeter using vernier calipers and hence find its volume.
3. To measure diameter of given wire using screw gauge.
4. To measure thickness of a given sheet using screw gauge.
5. To determine the mass of a given object using a beam balance.
6. To find the weight of given body using the parallelogram law of vectors.
7. Using a simple pendulum plot LT and LT2 graphs. Hence find the effective length of secondâ€™s pendulum using appropriate length values.
8. To find the force constant of given helical spring by plotting a graph between load and extension.
9. (i) To study the relation between frequency and length of a given wire under constant tension using a sonometer.
(ii) To study the relation between the length of a given wire and tension, for
constant frequency, using a sonometer.
10. To find the speed of sound in air, at room temperature, using a resonance tube, by observing the two resonance positions.
Note: The above practicals may be carried out in an experiential manner rather than recording observations.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Syllabus for Academic Year 202122
The CBSE has released the latest CBSE Class 11 Syllabus for the academic year 202122 on their official site. Students can download the Physics syllabus pdf of Class 11 Physics from the link given below.
CBSE Class 11 Physics Course Structure 202122
UNITS  Â  NO. OF PERIODS  Â MARKS 
Unit I  Physical World and Measurements  Â
10 Â 
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Â Â Â Â Â 23
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Chapterâ€“1: Physical World  
Chapterâ€“2: Units and Measurements  
Unit II  Kinematics 
24 

Chapterâ€“3: Motion in a Straight Line  
Chapterâ€“4: Motion in a Plane  
Unit III  Laws of Motion 
14 

Chapter 5 Laws of Motion  
Unit IV  Work, Energy, Power 
Â 12 
Â 17 
Chapter 6 Work, Energy and Power  
Unit V  Â Motion of System of Particles and Rigid
Body 
18 

Chapterâ€“7: System of Particles and Rotational
Motion 

Unit VI  Gravitation  12  
Chapter 8: Gravitation  
Unit VII  Properties of Bulk Matter  Â
Â 24 
Â
Â Â Â 20 Â 
Chapterâ€“9: Mechanical Properties of Solids  
Chapter10: Mechanical Properties of Fluids  
Chapter11: Thermal Properties of Matter  
Unit VIII  Thermodynamics Â 
12 

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

Chapterâ€“13: Kinetic Theory  
Unit X  Oscillations and Waves 
26 
10 
Chapter 14 Oscillations  
Chapter 15 Waves  
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â TOTAL  160  70 
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