JEE MAIN 2015 SYLLABUS FOR PHYSICS:

Students may note that Syllabus contains two Sections

Section A: pertaining to the Theory Part having 80% weightage,

Section B: pertaining to the Practical Component (Experimental Skills) having 20% weightage.

Unit Unit Topic Topic Wise Syllabus

Section A

1 Physics And Measurement

Physics, technology and society, S I units, Fundamental

and derived units. Least count, accuracy and precision

of measuring instruments, Errors in measurement,

Dimensions of Physical quantities, dimensional analysis

and its applications

2 Kinematics

Frame of reference. Motion in a straight line: Positiontime

graph, speed and velocity. Uniform and nonuniform

motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity

Uniformly accelerated motion, velocity-time, positiontime

graphs, relations for uniformlyaccelerated motion.

Scalars and Vectors, Vector addition and Subtraction,

Zero Vector, Scalar and Vector products, Unit Vector,

Resolution of a Vector. Relative Velocity, Motion in

a plane, Projectile Motion, Uniform Circular Motion

3 Laws Of Motion Force and Inertia, Newton’s First Law of motion;

Momentum, 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. Dynamics of uniform circular

motion: Centripetal force and its applications.

4 Work, Energy And Power Work done by a constant force and a variable force;

kinetic and potential energies, workenergy theorem,

power. Potential energy of a spring, conservation of

mechanical energy, conservative and nonconservative

forces; Elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two

dimensions

5 Rotational Motion

Centre of mass of a two-particle system, Centre of mass

of a rigid body; Basic concepts of rotational motion;

moment of a force, torque, angular momentum,

conservation of angular momentum and its applications;

moment of inertia, radius of gyration. Values of moments

of inertia for simple geometrical objects, parallel and

perpendicular axes theorems and their applications.

Rigid body rotation, equations of rotational motion

6 Gravitation

The universal law of gravitation. Acceleration due to gravity and its variation with altitude and depth. Kepler’s

laws of planetary motion. Gravitational potential energy;

gravitational potential. Escape velocity. Orbital velocity

of a satellite. Geo-stationary satellites

7 Properties Of Solids And Liquids

Elastic behaviour, Stress-strain relationship, Hooke’s

Law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of

rigidity. Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal’s law and

its applications. Viscosity, Stokes’ law, terminal velocity,

streamline and turbulent flow, Reynolds number.

Bernoulli’s principle and its applications. Surface energy

and surface tension, angle of contact, application of

surface tension - drops, bubbles and capillary rise. Heat,

temperature, thermal expansion; specific heat capacity,

calorimetry; change of state, latentheat. Heat

transferconduction, convection and radiation, Newton’s

law of cooling

8 Thermodynamics

Thermal equilibrium, zeroth law of thermodynamics,

concept of temperature. Heat, work and internal energy.

First law of thermodynamics. Second law of

thermodynamics: reversible and irreversible processes.

Carnot engine and its efficiency

9 Kinetic Theory Of Gases

Equation of state of a perfect gas, work doneon

compressing a gas.Kinetic theory of gases -

assumptions, concept of pressure. Kinetic energy and

temperature: rms speed of gas molecules; Degrees of

freedom, Law of equipartition of energy,applications to

specific heat capacities of gases; Mean free path,

Avogadro’s number

10 Oscillations And Waves

Periodic motion - period, frequency, displacement as a

function of time. Periodic functions. Simple harmonic

motion (S.H.M.) and its equation; phase; oscillations of a

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, resonance. Wave

motion. Longitudinal and transverse waves, speed of a

wave. Displacement relation for a progressive wave.

Principle of superposition of waves, reflection of waves,

Standing waves in strings and organ pipes, fundamental

mode and harmonics, Beats, Doppler effect in sound

11 Electrostatics

Electric charges: Conservation of charge, Coulomb’s

law-forces between two point charges, forces between

multiple charges; superposition principle and continuous

charge distribution. Electric field: Electric field due to a

point charge, Electric field lines, Electric dipole, Electric

field due to a dipole, Torque on a dipole in a uniform electric field. Electric flux, Gauss’s law and its

applications to find field due to infinitely long uniformly

charged straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane

sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell. Electric

potential and its calculation for a point charge, electric

dipole and system of charges; Equipotential surfaces,

Electrical potential energy of a system of two point

charges in an electrostatic field. Conductors and

insulators, Dielectrics and electric polarization,

capacitor, combination of capacitors in series and in

parallel, capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with

and without dielectric medium between the plates,

Energy stored in a capacitor

12 Currrent Electricity

Electric current, Drift velocity, Ohm’s law, Electrical

resistance, Resistances of different materials, V-I

characteristics of Ohmic and nonohmic conductors,

Electrical energy and power, Electrical resistivity, Colour

code for resistors; Series and parallel combinations of

resistors; Temperature dependence of resistance.

Electric Cell and its Internal resistance, potential

difference and emf of a cell, combination of cells in

series and in parallel. Kirchhoff’s laws and their

applications. Wheatstone bridge, Metre bridge.

Potentiometer - principle and its applications.

13 Magnetic Effects Of Current And Magnetism

Biot - Savart law and its application to current carrying

circular loop. Ampere’s law and its applications to

infinitely long current carrying straight wire and solenoid.

Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic and

electric fields. Cyclotron. Force on a currentcarrying

conductor in a uniform magnetic field. Force between

two parallel current carrying conductors-definition of

ampere. Torque experienced by a current loop in

uniform magnetic field; Moving coil galvanometer, its

current sensitivity and conversion to ammeter and

voltmeter. Current loop as a magnetic dipole and its

magnetic dipole moment. Bar magnet as an equivalent

solenoid, magnetic field lines; Earth’s magnetic field and

magnetic elements. Para-, dia- and ferro- magnetic

substances. Magnetic susceptibility and permeability,

Hysteresis, Electromagnets and permanent magnets.

14 Electromagnetic Induction And Alternating Currents

Electromagnetic induction; Faraday’s law, induced emf

and current; Lenz’s Law, Eddy currents. Self and mutual

inductance. Alternating currents, peak and rms value of

alternating current/ voltage; reactance and impedance;

LCR series circuit, resonance; Quality factor, power in

AC circuits, wattless current. AC generator and

transformer

15 Electromagnetic Waves

Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics. Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves, microwaves,

infrared, visible, ultraviolet, Xrays, gamma rays).

Applications of e.m. waves. Reflection and refraction of

light at plane and spherical surfaces, mirror formula,

Total internal reflection and its applications, Deviation

and Dispersion of light by a prism, Lens Formula,

Magnification, Power of a Lens, Combination of thin

lenses in contact, Microscope and Astronomical

Telescope (reflecting and refracting) and their

magnifyingpowers. Wave optics: wavefront and

Huygens’ principle, Laws of reflection and refraction

using Huygen’s principle. Interference, Young’s double

slit experiment and expression for fringe width.

Diffraction due to a single slit, width of central maximum.

Resolving power of microscopes and astronomical

telescopes, Polarisation, plane polarized light;

Brewster’s law, uses of plane polarized light and

Polaroids

16 Optics

Reflection and refraction of light at plane and spherical

surfaces, mirror formula, Total internal reflection and its

applications, Deviation and Dispersion of light by a

prism, Lens Formula, Magnification, Power of a Lens,

Combination of thin lenses in contact, Microscope and

Astronomical Telescope (reflecting and refracting) and

their magnifving powers.

Wave optics: wavefront and Huygens' principle, Laws of

reflection and refraction using Huygen's principle.

Interference, Young's double slit experiment and

expression for fringe width, coherent sources and

sustained interference of light. Diffraction due to a single

slit, width of central maximum. Resolving power of

microscopes and astronomical telescopes, Polarisation,

plane polarized light; Brewster's law, uses of plane

polarized lights and Polaroids

17 Dual Nature of Matter and radiation

Dual nature of radiation. Photoelectric effect, Hertz and

Lenard’s observations; Einstein’s photoelectric equation;

particle nature of light. Matter waves-wave nature of

particle, de Broglie relation. DavissonGermer

experiment

18 Atoms and Nuclei

Alpha-particle scattering experiment; Rutherford’s model

of atom; Bohr model, energy levels, hydrogen spectrum.

Composition and size of nucleus, atomic masses,

isotopes,isobars; isotones. Radioactivity-alpha, beta and

gamma particles/rays and their properties;

radioactive decay law. Mass-energy relation, mass

defect; binding energy per nucleon and

its variation with mass number, nuclear fission and

fusion.

19 Electronic Devices

Semiconductors; semiconductor diode: I-V

characteristics in forward and reverse bias;

diode as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED,

photodiode, solar cell and Zener diode; Zener

diode as a voltage regulator. Junction transistor,

transistor action, characteristics of a transistor; transistor

as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and

oscillator. Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and

NOR). Transistor as a switch

20 Communication Systems Propagation of electromagnetic waves in the

atmosphere; Sky and space wave propagation, Need for

modulation, Amplitude and Frequency Modulation,

Bandwidth of signals, Bandwidth of Transmission

medium, Basic Elements of a Communication System

(Block Diagram only).

Section B : Familiarity with the basic approach and observations of the experiments and activities given below:

21 Experimental Skills

1. Vernier callipers-its use to measure internal and

external diameter and depth of a vessel.

2. Screw gauge-its use to determine thickness/diameter

of thin sheet/wire.

3. Simple Pendulum-dissipation of energy by plotting a

graph between square of amplitude

and time.

4. Metre Scale - mass of a given object by principle of

moments.

5. Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material of a

metallic wire.

6. Surface tension of water by capillary rise and effect of

detergents.

7. Co-efficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by

measuring terminal velocity of a given spherical body.

8. Plotting a cooling curve for the relationship between

the temperature of a hot body and time.

9. Speed of sound in air at room temperature using a

resonance tube.

10. Specific heat capacity of a given

(i) solid and (ii) liquid by method of mixtures.11. Resistivity of the material of a given wire using metre

bridge.

12. Resistance of a given wire using Ohm’s law.

13. Potentiometer –

(i) Comparison of emf of two primary cells.

(ii) Determination of internal resistance of a cell.

14. Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by

half deflection method.

15. Focal length of:

(i) Convex mirror

(ii) Concave mirror, and

(iii) Convex lens using parallax method.

16. Plot of angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for a

triangular prism.

17. Refractive index of a glass slab using a travelling

microscope.

18. Characteristic curves of a p-n junction diode in

forward and reverse bias.

19. Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding

reverse break down voltage.

20. Characteristic curves of a transistor and finding

current gain and voltage gain.

21. Identification of Diode, LED, Transistor, IC, Resistor,

Capacitor from mixed collection of

such items.

22. Using multimeter to:

(i) Identify base of a transistor

(iii) See the unidirectional flow of current in case of a

diode and an LED.(iv) Check the correctness or

otherwise of a given electronic component (diode,

transistor or IC)

Students may note that Syllabus contains two Sections

Section A: pertaining to the Theory Part having 80% weightage,

Section B: pertaining to the Practical Component (Experimental Skills) having 20% weightage.

Unit Unit Topic Topic Wise Syllabus

Section A

1 Physics And Measurement

Physics, technology and society, S I units, Fundamental

and derived units. Least count, accuracy and precision

of measuring instruments, Errors in measurement,

Dimensions of Physical quantities, dimensional analysis

and its applications

2 Kinematics

Frame of reference. Motion in a straight line: Positiontime

graph, speed and velocity. Uniform and nonuniform

motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity

Uniformly accelerated motion, velocity-time, positiontime

graphs, relations for uniformlyaccelerated motion.

Scalars and Vectors, Vector addition and Subtraction,

Zero Vector, Scalar and Vector products, Unit Vector,

Resolution of a Vector. Relative Velocity, Motion in

a plane, Projectile Motion, Uniform Circular Motion

3 Laws Of Motion Force and Inertia, Newton’s First Law of motion;

Momentum, 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. Dynamics of uniform circular

motion: Centripetal force and its applications.

4 Work, Energy And Power Work done by a constant force and a variable force;

kinetic and potential energies, workenergy theorem,

power. Potential energy of a spring, conservation of

mechanical energy, conservative and nonconservative

forces; Elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two

dimensions

5 Rotational Motion

Centre of mass of a two-particle system, Centre of mass

of a rigid body; Basic concepts of rotational motion;

moment of a force, torque, angular momentum,

conservation of angular momentum and its applications;

moment of inertia, radius of gyration. Values of moments

of inertia for simple geometrical objects, parallel and

perpendicular axes theorems and their applications.

Rigid body rotation, equations of rotational motion

6 Gravitation

The universal law of gravitation. Acceleration due to gravity and its variation with altitude and depth. Kepler’s

laws of planetary motion. Gravitational potential energy;

gravitational potential. Escape velocity. Orbital velocity

of a satellite. Geo-stationary satellites

7 Properties Of Solids And Liquids

Elastic behaviour, Stress-strain relationship, Hooke’s

Law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of

rigidity. Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal’s law and

its applications. Viscosity, Stokes’ law, terminal velocity,

streamline and turbulent flow, Reynolds number.

Bernoulli’s principle and its applications. Surface energy

and surface tension, angle of contact, application of

surface tension - drops, bubbles and capillary rise. Heat,

temperature, thermal expansion; specific heat capacity,

calorimetry; change of state, latentheat. Heat

transferconduction, convection and radiation, Newton’s

law of cooling

8 Thermodynamics

Thermal equilibrium, zeroth law of thermodynamics,

concept of temperature. Heat, work and internal energy.

First law of thermodynamics. Second law of

thermodynamics: reversible and irreversible processes.

Carnot engine and its efficiency

9 Kinetic Theory Of Gases

Equation of state of a perfect gas, work doneon

compressing a gas.Kinetic theory of gases -

assumptions, concept of pressure. Kinetic energy and

temperature: rms speed of gas molecules; Degrees of

freedom, Law of equipartition of energy,applications to

specific heat capacities of gases; Mean free path,

Avogadro’s number

10 Oscillations And Waves

Periodic motion - period, frequency, displacement as a

function of time. Periodic functions. Simple harmonic

motion (S.H.M.) and its equation; phase; oscillations of a

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, resonance. Wave

motion. Longitudinal and transverse waves, speed of a

wave. Displacement relation for a progressive wave.

Principle of superposition of waves, reflection of waves,

Standing waves in strings and organ pipes, fundamental

mode and harmonics, Beats, Doppler effect in sound

11 Electrostatics

Electric charges: Conservation of charge, Coulomb’s

law-forces between two point charges, forces between

multiple charges; superposition principle and continuous

charge distribution. Electric field: Electric field due to a

point charge, Electric field lines, Electric dipole, Electric

field due to a dipole, Torque on a dipole in a uniform electric field. Electric flux, Gauss’s law and its

applications to find field due to infinitely long uniformly

charged straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane

sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell. Electric

potential and its calculation for a point charge, electric

dipole and system of charges; Equipotential surfaces,

Electrical potential energy of a system of two point

charges in an electrostatic field. Conductors and

insulators, Dielectrics and electric polarization,

capacitor, combination of capacitors in series and in

parallel, capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with

and without dielectric medium between the plates,

Energy stored in a capacitor

12 Currrent Electricity

Electric current, Drift velocity, Ohm’s law, Electrical

resistance, Resistances of different materials, V-I

characteristics of Ohmic and nonohmic conductors,

Electrical energy and power, Electrical resistivity, Colour

code for resistors; Series and parallel combinations of

resistors; Temperature dependence of resistance.

Electric Cell and its Internal resistance, potential

difference and emf of a cell, combination of cells in

series and in parallel. Kirchhoff’s laws and their

applications. Wheatstone bridge, Metre bridge.

Potentiometer - principle and its applications.

13 Magnetic Effects Of Current And Magnetism

Biot - Savart law and its application to current carrying

circular loop. Ampere’s law and its applications to

infinitely long current carrying straight wire and solenoid.

Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic and

electric fields. Cyclotron. Force on a currentcarrying

conductor in a uniform magnetic field. Force between

two parallel current carrying conductors-definition of

ampere. Torque experienced by a current loop in

uniform magnetic field; Moving coil galvanometer, its

current sensitivity and conversion to ammeter and

voltmeter. Current loop as a magnetic dipole and its

magnetic dipole moment. Bar magnet as an equivalent

solenoid, magnetic field lines; Earth’s magnetic field and

magnetic elements. Para-, dia- and ferro- magnetic

substances. Magnetic susceptibility and permeability,

Hysteresis, Electromagnets and permanent magnets.

14 Electromagnetic Induction And Alternating Currents

Electromagnetic induction; Faraday’s law, induced emf

and current; Lenz’s Law, Eddy currents. Self and mutual

inductance. Alternating currents, peak and rms value of

alternating current/ voltage; reactance and impedance;

LCR series circuit, resonance; Quality factor, power in

AC circuits, wattless current. AC generator and

transformer

15 Electromagnetic Waves

Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics. Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves, microwaves,

infrared, visible, ultraviolet, Xrays, gamma rays).

Applications of e.m. waves. Reflection and refraction of

light at plane and spherical surfaces, mirror formula,

Total internal reflection and its applications, Deviation

and Dispersion of light by a prism, Lens Formula,

Magnification, Power of a Lens, Combination of thin

lenses in contact, Microscope and Astronomical

Telescope (reflecting and refracting) and their

magnifyingpowers. Wave optics: wavefront and

Huygens’ principle, Laws of reflection and refraction

using Huygen’s principle. Interference, Young’s double

slit experiment and expression for fringe width.

Diffraction due to a single slit, width of central maximum.

Resolving power of microscopes and astronomical

telescopes, Polarisation, plane polarized light;

Brewster’s law, uses of plane polarized light and

Polaroids

16 Optics

Reflection and refraction of light at plane and spherical

surfaces, mirror formula, Total internal reflection and its

applications, Deviation and Dispersion of light by a

prism, Lens Formula, Magnification, Power of a Lens,

Combination of thin lenses in contact, Microscope and

Astronomical Telescope (reflecting and refracting) and

their magnifving powers.

Wave optics: wavefront and Huygens' principle, Laws of

reflection and refraction using Huygen's principle.

Interference, Young's double slit experiment and

expression for fringe width, coherent sources and

sustained interference of light. Diffraction due to a single

slit, width of central maximum. Resolving power of

microscopes and astronomical telescopes, Polarisation,

plane polarized light; Brewster's law, uses of plane

polarized lights and Polaroids

17 Dual Nature of Matter and radiation

Dual nature of radiation. Photoelectric effect, Hertz and

Lenard’s observations; Einstein’s photoelectric equation;

particle nature of light. Matter waves-wave nature of

particle, de Broglie relation. DavissonGermer

experiment

18 Atoms and Nuclei

Alpha-particle scattering experiment; Rutherford’s model

of atom; Bohr model, energy levels, hydrogen spectrum.

Composition and size of nucleus, atomic masses,

isotopes,isobars; isotones. Radioactivity-alpha, beta and

gamma particles/rays and their properties;

radioactive decay law. Mass-energy relation, mass

defect; binding energy per nucleon and

its variation with mass number, nuclear fission and

fusion.

19 Electronic Devices

Semiconductors; semiconductor diode: I-V

characteristics in forward and reverse bias;

diode as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED,

photodiode, solar cell and Zener diode; Zener

diode as a voltage regulator. Junction transistor,

transistor action, characteristics of a transistor; transistor

as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and

oscillator. Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and

NOR). Transistor as a switch

20 Communication Systems Propagation of electromagnetic waves in the

atmosphere; Sky and space wave propagation, Need for

modulation, Amplitude and Frequency Modulation,

Bandwidth of signals, Bandwidth of Transmission

medium, Basic Elements of a Communication System

(Block Diagram only).

Section B : Familiarity with the basic approach and observations of the experiments and activities given below:

21 Experimental Skills

1. Vernier callipers-its use to measure internal and

external diameter and depth of a vessel.

2. Screw gauge-its use to determine thickness/diameter

of thin sheet/wire.

3. Simple Pendulum-dissipation of energy by plotting a

graph between square of amplitude

and time.

4. Metre Scale - mass of a given object by principle of

moments.

5. Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material of a

metallic wire.

6. Surface tension of water by capillary rise and effect of

detergents.

7. Co-efficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by

measuring terminal velocity of a given spherical body.

8. Plotting a cooling curve for the relationship between

the temperature of a hot body and time.

9. Speed of sound in air at room temperature using a

resonance tube.

10. Specific heat capacity of a given

(i) solid and (ii) liquid by method of mixtures.11. Resistivity of the material of a given wire using metre

bridge.

12. Resistance of a given wire using Ohm’s law.

13. Potentiometer –

(i) Comparison of emf of two primary cells.

(ii) Determination of internal resistance of a cell.

14. Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by

half deflection method.

15. Focal length of:

(i) Convex mirror

(ii) Concave mirror, and

(iii) Convex lens using parallax method.

16. Plot of angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for a

triangular prism.

17. Refractive index of a glass slab using a travelling

microscope.

18. Characteristic curves of a p-n junction diode in

forward and reverse bias.

19. Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding

reverse break down voltage.

20. Characteristic curves of a transistor and finding

current gain and voltage gain.

21. Identification of Diode, LED, Transistor, IC, Resistor,

Capacitor from mixed collection of

such items.

22. Using multimeter to:

(i) Identify base of a transistor

(iii) See the unidirectional flow of current in case of a

diode and an LED.(iv) Check the correctness or

otherwise of a given electronic component (diode,

transistor or IC)

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