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Aims: 3. To develop instrumental, communication,

deductive and problem-solving skills.
1. To acquire knowledge and understanding of the
terms, facts, concepts, definitions, laws, 4. To discover that there is a living and growing
principles and processes of Physics. physics relevant to the modern age in which we
2. To develop skills in practical aspects of handling
apparatus, recording observations and in
drawing diagrams, graphs, etc.


There will be one paper of one and half-hours straight line; errors; identifying proportional
duration carrying 80 marks and Internal Assessment relationships using straight line graphs.
of practical work carrying 20 marks.
2. Fluids
The paper will be divided into two sections, Section I
(i) Change of pressure with depth (including the
(40 marks) and Section II (40 marks).
formula p=hρg); transmission of pressure in
Section I (compulsory) will contain short answer liquids; atmospheric pressure.
questions on the entire syllabus.
(ii) Archimedes’ Principle; upthrust (buoyancy);
Section II will contain six questions. Candidates will floatation; relationship with density; relative
be required to answer any four of these six questions. density; determination of relative density of a
Note: Unless otherwise specified, only S. I. Units are solid; qualitative description of a hydrometer.
to be used while teaching and learning, as well as for 3. Motion in one dimension
answering questions.
Distance, speed, velocity, acceleration; graphs of
1. Measurements and Experimentation distance-time and speed-time; equations of motion
v = u + at; S = ut + ½at2; S = ½(u+v)t; v2 = u2 +
(i) Estimation by orders of magnitude of size
(length, area and volume), mass and time. 2as.
(ii) International System of Units (the required SI 4. Newton’s Laws of Motion
units are given at the end of this syllabus) and (i) Newton’s First Law of Motion (qualitative
other commonly used units of the relevant discussion) to introduce the idea of inertia:
physical quantities. mass and force.
(iii) Measurements using common instruments (ii) Newton’s Second Law of Motion (elementary
(metre rule, Vernier calipers and micrometer qualitative discussion) in terms of rate of
screw gauge for length, volume by change of momentum with time, definition of
displacement using a measuring cylinder, stop force.
watch and simple pendulum for time, equal (iii) Newton’s Third Law of Motion (qualitative
arm beam balance for comparison of masses); discussion only); simple examples.
least count of measuring instruments.
5. Forces
Significant figures; percentage error
associated with a measurement. (i) Contact and non-contact forces; Names of cgs
& SI units.
(iv) Presentation of data in tabular and graphical
form (straight line graphs only); labelling of (ii) Turning forces concept; moment of a force;
axes; scale and accuracy of plots; best-fit forces in equilibrium; centre of gravity;

(discussions using simple examples and 9. Electricity and Magnetism
simple direct problems).
(i) Static electricity – electric charge; charging
(iii) Uniform circular motion as example of by friction; simple orbital model of the atom;
constant speed, though force is present. Basic detection of charge (pith ball and
idea of centrifugal and centripetal force electroscope); sparking; lightning conductors.
(qualitatively only). (ii) Simple electric circuit using an electric cell
and a bulb to introduce the idea of current
6. Heat (including its relationship to charge); potential
(i) Concepts of heat and temperature. difference; insulators and conductors; closed
and open circuits; direction of current
(ii) Expansion of solids, liquids and gases (electron flow and conventional); resistance
(qualitative discussion only); uses and introduced through bulbs in series and
consequences of expansion (simple parallel.
examples); anomalous expansion of water.
(iii) Properties of a bar magnet; induced
(iii) Mercury thermometers, brief introduction; magnetism; lines of magnetic force; neutral
higher and lower fixed points of a points.
thermometer; special case of the clinical
thermometer; temperature scales - Celsius and
Fahrenheit only. Problems on inter-conversion INTERNAL ASSESSMENT OF
between the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. PRACTICAL WORK

(iv) Transfer of heat (simple treatment) by Candidates will be asked to carry out experiments for
conduction, convection and radiation; thermal which instructions are given. The experiments may be
insulation; keeping warm and keeping cool; based on topics that are not included in the syllabus
vacuum flask; ventilation. but theoretical knowledge will not be required. A
candidate will be expected to be able to follow simple
7. Light instructions, to take suitable readings and to present
these readings in a systematic form. He/she may be
(i) Rectilinear propagation of light; shadows. required to exhibit his/her data graphically.
Candidates will be expected to appreciate and use the
(ii) Reflection of light; image formed by a plane concepts of least count, significant figures and
mirror (characteristics of the image by simple elementary error handling.
ray diagrams); regular and irregular reflection; A set of 6 to 10 experiments may be designed as given
images formed by a pair of parallel and below or as found most suitable by the teacher.
perpendicular plane mirrors; simple periscope. Students should be encouraged to record their
observations systematically in a neat tabular form - in
(iii) Spherical mirrors; characteristics of image columns with column heads including units or in
formed by these mirrors and their uses numbered rows as necessary. The final result or
(only simple direct ray diagrams are required; conclusion may be recorded for each experiment.
sign convention, magnification, focal length Some of the experiments may be demonstrated (with
and associated problems are not required). the help of students) if these cannot be given to each
student as lab experiments.
8. Wave Motion 1. Determine the least count of the Vernier callipers
and measure the length and diameter of a small
(i) Demonstrating that a medium is required for cylinder (average of three sets) - may be a metal
sound waves to travel; nature of sound, its rod of length 2 to 3 cm and diameter 1 to 2 cm.
propagation and speed in different media; 2. Determine the zero error, zero correction, pitch
comparison with speed of light. and least count of the given screw gauge and
(ii) Range of hearing; ultrasound, a few measure the mean radius of the given wire, taking
applications. three sets of readings in perpendicular directions.
3. Measure the length, breadth and thickness of a the lines representing reflected rays. Measure the
glass block using a metre rule (each reading object distances and image distances in the three
correct to a mm), taking the mean of three cases. Tabulate. Are they equal? Generalize the
readings in each case. Calculate the volume of the result.
block in cm3 and m3. Determine the mass
10. Obtain the focal length of a concave mirror
(not weight) of the block using any convenient
(a) by distant object method, focusing its real
balance in g and kg. Calculate the density of glass
image on a screen or wall and (b) by one needle
in cgs and SI units using mass and volume in the
method removing parallax or focusing the image
respective units. Obtain the relation between the
of the illuminated wire gauze attached to a ray
two density units.
box. One could also improvise with a candle and
4. Measure the volume of a metal bob (the one used a screen. Enter your observations in numbered
in simple pendulum experiments) from the rows.
readings of water level in a measuring cylinder
using displacement method. Also calculate the 11. Connect a suitable dc source (two dry cells or an
same volume from the radius measured using acid cell), a key and a bulb (may be a small one
Vernier callipers. Comment on the accuracies. used in torches) in series. Close the circuit by
inserting the plug in the key. Observe the bulb as
5. Obtain five sets of readings of the time taken for it lights up. Now open the circuit, connect
20 oscillations of a simple pendulum of lengths another identical bulb in between the first bulb
about 70, 80, 90, 100 and 110 cm; calculate the and the cell so that the two bulbs are in series.
time periods (T) and their squares (T2) for each Close the key. Observe the lighted bulbs. How
length (l). Plot a graph of l vs. T2. Draw the best does the light from any one bulb compare with
- fit straight - line graph. Also, obtain its slope. that in the first case when you had only one bulb?
Calculate the value of g in the laboratory. Disconnect the second bulb. Reconnect the circuit
It is 4π2 x slope. as in the first experiment. Now connect the
6. Make a test tube hydrometer using a test tube, second bulb across the first bulb. The two bulbs
lead shots, and a strip of graph paper. Determine are connected in parallel. Observe the brightness
the RD of any two liquids. of any one bulb. Compare with previous results.
7. Take a beaker of water. Place it on the wire gauze Draw your own conclusions regarding the current
on a tripod stand. Suspend two thermometers - and resistance in the three cases.
one with Celsius and the other with Fahrenheit 12. Plot the magnetic field lines of earth (without any
scale. Record the thermometer readings at 5 to 7 magnet nearby) using a small compass needle. On
different temperatures. You may start with ice- another sheet of paper place a bar magnet with its
cold water, then allow it to warm up and then heat axis parallel to the magnetic lines of the earth, i.e.
it slowly taking temperature (at regular intervals) along the magnetic meridian or magnetic north
as high as possible. Plot a graph of TF vs. TC. south. Plot the magnetic field in the region around
Obtain the slope. Compare with the theoretical the magnet. Identify the regions where the
value. Read the intercept on TF axis for TC = 0. combined magnetic field of the magnet and the
8. Using a plane mirror strip mounted vertically on a earth is (a) strongest, (b) very weak but not zero,
board, obtain the reflected rays for three rays and (c) zero. Why is null point, so called?
incident at different angles. Measure the angles of 13. Using a spring balance obtain the weight
incidence and angles of reflection. See if these (in N) of a metal ball in air and then completely
angles are equal. immersed in water in a measuring cylinder. Note
9. Place three object pins at different distances on a the volume of the ball from the volume of the
line perpendicular to a plane mirror fixed water displaced. Calculate the upthrust from the
vertically on a board. Obtain two reflected first two weights. Also calculate the mass and
rays(for each pin) fixing two pins in line with the then weight of the water displaced by the bob
image. Obtain the positions of the images in each M=V.ρ, W=mg). Use the above result to verify
case by extending backwards (using dashed lines), Archimedes principle.


There will be one paper of one and half-hours (using ray diagrams only); magnifying glass;
duration carrying 80 marks and Internal Assessment location of images using ray diagrams and
of practical work carrying 20 marks. thereby determining magnification
The paper will be divided into two sections, Section I (sign convention and problems using the lens
(40 marks) and Section II (40 marks). formulae are excluded).

Section I (compulsory) will contain short answer (iv) Using a triangular prism to produce a
questions on the entire syllabus. spectrum from white light; simple treatment
of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Section II will contain six questions. Candidates will
be required to answer any four of these six questions. 3. Sound
Note: Unless otherwise specified, only S. I. Units are (i) Reflection of Sound Waves; echoes: their use;
to be used while teaching and learning, as well as for simple numerical problems on echoes.
answering questions.
(ii) Forced and natural vibrations and resonance
(through examples).
1. Force, Work, Energy and Power
(iii) Loudness, pitch and quality of sound;
(i) Newton’s Second Law of Motion (including difference between music and noise
F=ma); weight and mass. (overtones, harmonics, nodes and anti-nodes
(ii) Machines as force multipliers; load, effort, are excluded).
mechanical advantage, velocity ratio and
efficiency; simple treatment of levers, 4. Electricity and Magnetism
inclined plane and pulley systems showing the (i) Ohm’s Law; concepts of emf, potential
utility of each type of machine. difference, resistance; resistances in series and
parallel; simple direct problems using
(iii) Work, energy, power, and their relation with
combinations of resistors in circuits.
force (simple numerical problems included).
(ii) Electrical power and energy; household
(iv) Different types of energy (e.g., chemical
consumption of electrical energy (simple
energy, gravitational potential energy, kinetic
problems based on electricity bill
energy, heat energy, elastic energy, electrical
energy, nuclear energy, sound energy, light
energy). (iii) Household circuits – main circuit; switches;
(v) Principle of Conservation of energy. fuses; earthing; safety precautions; three-pin
plugs; colour coding of wires.
2. Light (iv) Magnetic effect of a current (principles only,
(i) Refraction of light through a glass block and a laws not required); electromagnet; dc electric
triangular prism (no calculations but bell; dc motor; electromagnetic induction
approximate ray diagrams required); (elementary); ac generator; transformer
qualitative treatment of simple applications (only qualitative description of the devices is
such as real and apparent depth of objects in
water and apparent bending of sticks in water.
5. Heat
(ii) Total internal reflection: Critical angle; (i) Specific heat capacities; Principle of method
examples in triangular glass prisms; of mixtures; problems on specific heat
comparison with reflection from a plane capacity using heat loss and gain and the
mirror (qualitative only). method of mixtures.
(iii) Lenses (converging and diverging) including (ii) Latent heat; loss & gain of heat involving
characteristics of the images formed change of state for fusion only (including
simple problems); common phenomenon MA=L/E and VR = effort arm/load arm. It
involving specific heat capacity and latent will be found that MA <VR in one case, MA=VR
heat of fusion. in another and MA>VR in the third case. Try to
explain why this is so. Also try to calculate the
6. Modern Physics real load and real effort in these cases.
(i) Thermionic emission; simple qualitative 2. Inclined Plane - Use a roller (to minimize friction)
treatment of a hot cathode ray tube. as the load. Determine the effort required to roll it
(ii) Radioactivity and changes in the nucleus; the up an inclined plane with uniform speed. Apply
nature of alpha and beta particles and gamma effort at the end of a string tied to the roller,
rays (problems on half life excluded); passing over a pulley and a scale pan attached.
background radiation and safety precautions. Calculate the MA=L/E and VR=1/sinθ = l/h
Special Note: As mentioned above, numerical obtained from measurements of the inclined
plane. Repeat for two other angles of inclination.
problems will be only from sub-units 1(i), 1(ii),
Why is MA<VR?
1(iii), 1(iv), 1(v), 3(i), 4(i), 4(ii), 5(i) & 5(ii) for
Class X examination of 2009. 3. Determine the VR and MA of a given pulley
INTERNAL ASSESSMENT OF 4. Trace the course of different rays of light
PRACTICAL WORK refracting through a rectangular glass prism at
different angles of incidence, measure the angles
Candidates will be asked to carry out experiments for of incidence, refraction and emergence. Also
which instructions will be given. The experiments measure the lateral displacement.
may be based on topics that are not included in the 5. Determine the focal length of a concave mirror by
syllabus but theoretical knowledge will not be (a) the distant object method and (b) one needle
required. A candidate will be expected to be able to method removing parallax or using a ray box or
follow simple instructions, to take suitable readings candle and screen.
and to present these readings in a systematic form. 6. Do the same as above for a convex lens.
He/she may be required to exhibit his/her data
7. For a triangular prism, trace the course of rays
graphically. Candidates will be expected to appreciate
passing through it, measure angles i1, i2, A and
and use the concepts of least count, significant figures δ.Repeat for four different angles of incidence
and elementary error handling. (say i1=400 , 500, 600 and 700). Verify i1+ i2=A+δ.
Note: Teachers may design their own set of 8. For a ray of light incident normally (i1=0) on one
experiments, preferably related to the theory face of a prism, trace course of the ray. Measure
syllabus. A comprehensive list is suggested the angle δ. Explain briefly. Do this for prisms
below. with A=600, 450 and 900.
1. Lever - There are many possibilities with a meter 9. Calculate the sp. heat of the material of the given
rule as a lever with a load (known or unknown) calorimeter, from the temperature readings and
suspended from a point near one end (say left), the masses of cold water, warm water and its mixture
lever itself pivoted on a knife edge, use slotted taken in the calorimeter.
weights suspended from the other (right) side for 10. Determination of sp.heat of a metal by method of
effort. mixtures.
Determine the mass of a metre rule using a spring 11. Determination of specific latent heat of ice.
balance or by balancing it on a knife edge at some 12. Using as simple electric circuit, verify Ohm’s law.
point away from the middle and a 50g weight on Draw a graph, and obtain the slope.
the other side. Next pivot (F) the metre rule at the
40cm, 50cm and 60cm mark, each time 13. Set up model of household wiring including ring
suspending a load L or the left end and effort main circuit. Study the function of switches and
E near the right end. Adjust E and or its position fuses.
so that the rule is balanced. Tabulate the position Teachers may feel free to alter or add to the above list.
of L, F and E and the magnitudes of L and E and The students may perform about 10 experiments.
the distances of load arm and effort arm. Calculate Some experiments may be demonstrated.
A NOTE ON SI UNITS Derived quantity Unit
Name Symbol
SI units (Systeme International d’Unites) were
adopted internationally in 1968. Electric charge coulomb C
Electric resistance ohm Ω
Fundamental units
Electromotive force volt V
The system has seven fundamental (or basic) units,
one for each of the fundamental quantities. When the unit is named after a person, the symbol has
a capital letter.
Fundamental quantity Unit
Name Symbol Standard prefixes
Mass kilogram kg Decimal multiples and submultiples are attached to
Length metre m units when appropriate, as below:
Time second s Multiple Prefix Symbol
Electric current ampere A 109 giga G
Temperature kelvin K 106 mega M
Luminous intensity candela cd 103 kilo k
Amount of substance mole mol 10-1 deci d
10-2 centi c
Derived units 10-3 milli m
These are obtained from the fundamental units by
multiplication or division; no numerical factors are 10-6 micro µ
involved. Some derived units with complex names 10-9 nano n
are: 10-12 pico p
Derived Unit 10-15 femto f
quantity Name Symbol
Volume cubic metre m3 EVALUATION
Density kilogram per cubic metre kg.m The practical work/project work are to be evaluated
Velocity metre per second m.s-1 by the subject teacher and by an External Examiner.
(The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated
Acceleration metre per second squared m. s-2 by the Principal, who could be from the faculty, but
not teaching the subject in the relevant
Momentum kilogram metre per kg.m.s-1 section/class. For example, a teacher of Physics of
second Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner
for Class X, Physics projects.)
Some derived units are given special names due to
their complexity when expressed in terms of the The Internal Examiner and the External Examiner will
fundamental units, as below: assess the practical work/project work independently.

Derived quantity Unit Award of marks (20 Marks)

Name Symbol Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 marks
External Examiner 10 marks
Force newton N
The total marks obtained out of 20 are to be sent to the
Pressure pascal Pa
Council by the Principal of the school.
Energy, Work joule J
The Head of the school will be responsible for the
Power watt W entry of marks on the mark sheets provided by the
Frequency hertz Hz Council.