IBDP Physics Unit Planner


Topic 1 (Measurements and Uncertainties)

Topic 1.1 - Measurement in Physics


Contents in Class

Home Works


  • Introduction to Physics.

  • Two major fields of Physics

- Classical Physics

- Quantum Physics

  • Talk about Physicists

  • Watch a documentary

  • Know 15 different Physicists


  • Physical Quantities

- Base Quantities (SI units)

- Derived Quantities

  • Homogeneity of Equations

(Dimensional Analysis)

  • Prefixes, Abbreviation and Multiplying factors 

  • Memorize SI units 

  • Memorize Prefixes, Abbreviation and Multiplying factors


  • What is Measurement?

  • How do we use Vernier calipers?

- Least count

- Vernier scale

- Vernier constant (How to find?)

  • How do we use a Micrometer screw gauge?

- Least count

- Circular Scale

- Micrometer constant ( How to find?)


Topic 1.2 - Uncertainties and Error Propagations.


  • Definition Of Error

  • Types of Error

 - Systematic Error

 - Random Error

  • Precision and Accuracy

  • Rules for Propagation of Errors


      - Experimental Data Analysis 1

      - Experimental Data Analysis1 MS

      - Experimental Data Analysis 2

      - Experimental Data Analysis 2 MS

      - Experimental Data Analysis 3

      - Experimental Data Analysis 3 MS

Topic 1.3 - Vectors and Scalars 


Topic 2 (Mechanics)

Topic 2.1 - Motion 


Contents in Class



  • Define Displacement, Speed, Velocity, acceleration

Graphical Analysis

  • Displacement vs time graph

- Slope represents velocity

  • Velocity vs time graph

- Slope represents acceleration

-Area under the graph represents displacement.

  • Discuss SUVAT Equations.

  • Derive SUVAT Equations using graphical Analysis

Projectile Motion

  • Describe Projectile Motions with examples

  • Understand Projectile motions terminologies

  • Finding the Range and Maximum height of the projectile motion

  • Finding the velocities of the objects in projectile motion at any given height and finding the angle of the velocity relative to the ground.


      - Equations and Graphs of Motion

      - Equations and Graphs of Motion MS

      - Projectile Motion1

      - Projectile Motion1 MS

      - Projectile Motion2

      - Projectile Motion2 MS

      - Motions and Projectiles

      - Motions and Projectile MS

      -Projectile Challenge Question

      -Projectile Challenge QuestionMS

Topic 2.2 - Forces


Contents in Class


- Newton’s Law of Motion

- Concept of Mass (In relation to inertia)

- Concept of Weight (As a force due to gravity)

- Free body diagrams with some examples

- Addition of Forces, Finding net/ Resultant forces

- Forces in Equilibrium

- Normal Reaction Forces

   - Case 1 (No external forces)

   - Case 2 (External opposing forces to weight by providing tension in string)

   - Case 3 (External force in the direction of Weight)

   - Case 4 (An objects in an inclined plane)

- Frictional forces 

  - Frictional forces origin

  - Limiting Static friction and Dynamic frictions

- Frictional force and Normal reaction force

  - F=s R where s= coefficient of static friction

  -F=d R where d= coefficient of dynamic friction



Topic 5 (Electricity and Magnetism)

Topic 5.1 - Electric Fields


Contents in Class



- Charge

- Fundamental Charge (e)

- Concept of Electric Fields

- Electric Field Strength

- Electric Field direction

- State Coulomb’s Law

- Define Potential

- Discuss about the Equipotential surface and field lines.

- Uniform Electric field due to parallel plates


Topic 5.2 - Electric Circuits


Contents in Class



- Define Electric Current 

- Introduce AC current and DC current with examples

- Microscopic definition of  current


- Discuss about Conductors, Insulators and semiconductors with examples

- Introduce Conventional direction of current

- Define Resistance and its symbols

- Resistivity of any material (R=lA)

- Ohm’s Law

- Power dissipation in the resistors (P=IV=I2R)

- I vs V graphs for filament lamp (Non ohmic conductor)

- I vs V graphs for Thermistor (Non ohmic conductor)

- I vs V graphs for LDR (Non ohmic conductor)

- I vs V graphs for metals (Ohmic conductors)

- Kirchoff’s Law for the circuits

  • 1st law (Conservation of Charge)

  • 2nd Law (Conservation of Energy)

- Solving Circuit using Kirchoff law

- Effective resistance for resistors connected in series and in parallel.

- Potential Divider

- Thermistor in the Potential Divider circuit.

- LDR in the Potential Divider circuit.



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