Physics – CIE

Curriculum Overview

1 Physical quantities and units

1.1 Physical quantities

1.2 SI units

1.3 The Avogadro constant

1.4 Scalars and vectors

 

2 Measurement techniques

2.1 Measurements

2.2 Errors and uncertainties

 

3 Kinematics

3.1 Equations of motion

 

4 Dynamics

4.1 Momentum and Newton’s laws of motion

4.2 Non-uniform motion

4.3 Linear momentum and its conservation

 

5 Forces, density and pressure

5.1 Types of force

5.2 Turning effects of forces

5.3 Equilibrium of forces

5.4 Density and pressure

 

6 Work, energy and power

6.1 Energy conversion and conservation

6.2 Work and efficiency

6.3 Potential energy and kinetic energy

6.4 Power

 

7 Motion in a circle

7.1 Kinematics of uniform circular motion

7.2 Centripetal acceleration and centripetal force

 

8 Gravitational fields

8.1 Gravitational field

8.2 Gravitational force between point masses

8.3 Gravitational field of a point mass

8.4 Gravitational potential

 

9 Deformation of solids

9.1 Stress and strain

9.2 Elastic and plastic behaviour

 

10 Ideal gases

10.1 Equation of state

10.2 Kinetic theory of gases

10.3 Kinetic energy of a molecule

 

11 Temperature

11.1 Thermal equilibrium

11.2 Temperature scales

11.3 Practical thermometers

 

12 Thermal properties of materials

12.1 Specific heat capacity and specific latent heat

12.2 Internal energy and the first law of thermodynamics

 

13 Oscillations

13.1 Simple harmonic oscillations

13.2 Energy in simple harmonic motion

13.3 Damped and forced oscillations, resonance

 

14 Waves

14.1 Progressive waves

14.2 Transverse and longitudinal waves

14.3 Determination of frequency and wavelength of sound waves

14.4 Doppler effect

14.5 Electromagnetic spectrum

14.6 Production and use of ultrasound in diagnosis

 

15 Superposition

15.1 Stationary waves

15.2 Diffraction

15.3 Interference, two-source interference

15.4 Diffraction gratings

 

16 Communication

16.1 Communication channels

16.2 Modulation

16.3 Digital communication

16.4 Relative merits of channels of communication

16.5 Attenuation

 

17 Electric fields

17.1 Concept of an electric field

17.2 Uniform electric fields

17.3 Electric forces between point charges

17.4 Electric field of a point charge

17.5 Electric potential

 

18 Capacitance

18.1 Capacitors and capacitance

18.2 Energy stored in a capacitor

 

19 Current of electricity

19.1 Electric current

19.2 Potential difference and power

19.3 Resistance and resistivity

19.4 Sensing devices

 

20 D.C. circuits

20.1 Practical circuits

20.2 Kirchhoff’s laws

20.3 Potential dividers

 

21 Electronics

21.1 The ideal operational amplifier

21.2 Operational amplifier circuits

21.3 Output devices

 

22 Magnetic fields

22.1 Concept of magnetic field

22.2 Force on a current-carrying conductor

22.3 Force on a moving charge

22.4 Magnetic fields due to currents

22.5 Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging

 

23 Electromagnetic induction

23.1 Laws of electromagnetic induction

 

24 Alternating currents

24.1 Characteristics of alternating currents

24.2 The transformer

24.3 Transmission of electrical energy

24.4 Rectification

 

25 Quantum physics

25.1 Energy of a photon

25.2 Photoelectric emission of electrons

25.3 Wave-particle duality

25.4 Energy levels in atoms and line spectra

25.5 Band theory

25.6 Production and use of X-rays

 

26 Particle and nuclear physics

26.1 Atoms, nuclei and radiation

26.2 Fundamental particles

26.3 Mass defect and nuclear binding energy

26.4 Radioactive decay

 

Assessment 

Assessment 2