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ISC Physics

ISC Physics



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1. To enable candidates to acquire knowledge andto develop an understanding of the terms, facts,concepts, definitions, fundamental laws,principles and processes in the field of physics.2. To develop the ability to apply the knowledgeand understanding of physics to unfamiliarsituations.3. To develop a scientific attitude through the studyof physical sciences.4. To develop skills in -(a) the practical aspects of handling apparatus,recording observations and(b) drawing diagrams, graphs, etc.5. To develop an appreciation of the contributionof physics towards scientific and technologicaldevelopments and towards human happiness.6. To develop an interest in the world of physicalsciences.
There will be two papers in the subject.
Paper I
: Theory - 3 hours ... 70 marks
Paper II
: Practical - 3 hours ... 20 marksProject
Work 7 marksPractical File 3 marks
PAPER I -THEORY – 70 Marks
Paper I shall be of 3 hours duration and be divided into two parts.
 Part I (20 marks):
This part will consist of compulsory short answer questions, testingknowledge, application and skills relating toelementary/fundamental aspects of the entire syllabus.
 Part II (50 marks):
This part will be divided intothree Sections A, B and C. There shall be
 questions in Section A (each carrying 7 marks) and candidates are required to answer 
questions from this Section. There shall be
questions inSection B (each carrying 6 marks) and candidates arerequired to answer 
questions from this Section.There shall be
questions in Section C (eachcarrying 5 marks) and candidates are required toanswer 
questions from this Section. Therefore,candidates are expected to answer 
questions inPart II.
Unless otherwise specified, only S. I. Units areto be used while teaching and learning, as well as for answering questions.
SECTION A1. Role of Physics
(i) Scope of Physics.(ii) Role of Physics in technology.
(iii) Impact on society.
2. Units
(i) SI units. Fundamental and derived units(correct symbols for units includingconventions for symbols).(ii) Accuracy and errors in measurement, leastcount of measuring instruments (and theimplications for errors in experimentalmeasurements and calculations).(iii) Significant figures and order of accuracy withreference to measuring instruments. Powers of 10 and order of magnitude.
3. Dimensions
(i) Dimensional formula of physical quantities(from Mechanics only).(ii) Dimensional equation and its use to check correctness of a formula, to find the relationbetween physical quantities, to find thedimension of a physical quantity or constant;limitations of dimensional analysis.
4. Vectors, Scalar Quantities and ElementaryCalculus
(i) Vectors in one dimension, two dimensionsand three dimensions.(ii) Vector operations (addition, subtraction andmultiplication of vectors including use of unitvectors
k  ˆ 
; parallelogram and trianglelaw of vector addition).(iii) Resolution and components of like vectors ina plane (including rectangular components),scalar (dot) and vector (cross) products.(iv) Elementary Calculus: differentiation andintegration as required for physics topics inClasses XI and XII.
5. Dynamics
(i) Cases of uniform velocity, equations of uniformly accelerated motion and applicationsincluding motion under gravity (close tosurface of the earth).(ii) Relative velocity, projectile motion.(iii) Newton's laws of motion and simpleapplications. Elementary ideas on inertial anduniformly accelerated frames of reference.(iv) Concurrent forces (reference should be madeto force diagrams and to the point of application of forces), work done by constantand variable force (Spring force).(v) Energy, conservation of energy, power,conservation of linear momentum, impulse,elastic and inelastic collisions in onedimension only.
6. Friction
 (i) Friction in solids: static; sliding; rolling.(ii) Laws of friction. Co-efficient of friction.
7. Motion in Fluids
(i) Equation of continuity of fluid flow and itsapplication, buoyancy, Bernoulli's principle,(venturimeter, pitot tube, atomizer, dynamicuplift).(ii) Stream line and turbulent flow, Reynold'snumber (derivation not required).(iii) Viscous drag; Newton's formula of co-efficient of viscosity.(iv) Stoke's law, terminal velocity of a spherefalling through a liquid or a hollow rigidsphere rising to the surface of a fluid.
8. Circular Motion
(i) Centripetal acceleration and force, motionround a banked track, point mass at the end of a light, inextensible string and moving in ahorizontal circle and as a conical pendulum.(ii) Centre of mass, moment of inertia:rectangular rod; disc; ring; sphere.(iii) Parallel axis theorem and perpendicular axistheorem; radius of gyration.(iv) Torque and angular momentum, relationbetween torque and moment of inertia andbetween angular momentum and moment of inertia; conservation of angular momentumand applications.(v) Two-dimensional rigid body motion, e.g.point mass on string wound on a cylinder(horizontal axis rotation), cylinder rollingdown inclined plane without sliding.
9. Gravitation
(i) Newton's law of universal gravitation;gravitational constant (G); gravitationalacceleration on surface of the earth (g).(ii) Relation between G and g; variation of gravitational acceleration above and below thesurface of the earth.(iii) Gravitational field, potential and potentialenergy.(iv) Escape velocity (with special reference to theearth and the moon); orbital velocity andperiod of a satellite in circular orbit(particularly around the earth).(v) Geostationary satellites - uses of communication satellites.(vi) Kepler's law of planetary motion.
SECTION B10. Properties of Matter - Temperature
(i) Properties of matter: Solids: elasticity insolids, Hooke’s law, Young’s modulus and itsdetermination, bulk modulus and modulus of rigidity, work done in stretching a wire.Liquids: surface tension (molecular theory),drops and bubbles, angle of contact, work done in stretching a surface and surfaceenergy, capillary rise, measurement of surfacetension by capillary rise methods. Gases:kinetic theory of gases: postulates, molecularspeeds and derivation of p=
c, equationof state of an ideal gas pV = nRT (numericalproblems not included from gas laws).(ii) Temperature: kinetic interpretation of temperature (relation between
and T);absolute temperature. Law of equipartition of energy (statement only).
11. Internal Energy
(i) First law of thermodynamics.(ii) Isothermal and adiabatic changes in a perfectgas described in terms of curves forPV = constant and PV
= constant; joule andcalorie relation (derivation forPV
= constant not included).(iii) Work done in isothermal and adiabaticexpansion; principal molar heat capacities; C
 and C
; relation between C
and C
- C
= R). C
and C
for monatomic anddiatomic gasses.(iv) Phase diagram and triple point.(v) Second law of thermodynamics, Carnot'scycle. Some practical applications.(vi) Thermal conductivity; co-efficient of thermalconductivity, comparison of thermal andelectrical conductivity. Convection withexamples.(vii) Thermal radiation: nature and properties of thermal radiation, qualitative effects of natureof surface on energy absorbed or emitted byit; black body and black body radiation,Stefan's law (using Stefan's law to determinethe surface temperature of the sun or a star bytreating it as a black body); Newton's law of cooling, Wien's displacement law, distributionof energy in the spectrum of black bodyradiation (only qualitative and graphicaltreatment).
SECTION C12. Oscillations
(i) Simple harmonic motion.(ii) Expressions for displacement, velocity andacceleration.(iii) Characteristics of simple harmonic motion.(iv) Relation between linear simple harmonicmotion and uniform circular motion.(v) Kinetic and potential energy at a point insimple harmonic motion.(vi) Derivation of time period of simple harmonicmotion of a simple pendulum, mass on aspring (horizontal and vertical oscillations).(vii) Free, forced and damped oscillations(qualitative treatment only). Resonance.
13. Waves
(i) Transverse and longitudinal waves; relationbetween speed, wavelength and frequency;expression for displacement in wave motion;characteristics of a harmonic wave; graphicalrepresentation of a harmonic wave; amplitudeand intensity.(ii) Sound as a wave motion, Newton's formulafor the speed of sound and Laplace'scorrection; variation in the speed of soundwith changes in pressure, temperature andhumidity; speed of sound in liquids and solids(descriptive treatment only).(iii) Superimposition of waves (interference, beatsand standing waves), progressive andstationary waves.(iv) Laws of vibrations of stretched strings.(v) Modes of vibration of strings and air columns;resonance.(vi) Doppler Effect for sound.
 Numerical problems are included  from all topics except where they arespecifically excluded or where onlyqualitative treatment is required.

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