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SS1 Physics Scheme of Work (1st, 2nd, 3rd term)

Here is the scheme of work for the Senior Secondary School 1 class, for the first term, second term and third term. Please note that the scheme of work can vary by location/state and can be updated by the education body as they see fit.

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Week 1: Introduction to Physics and Measurement

– Definition and branches of physics

– Fundamental quantities and their units

– Measurement techniques and instruments

– Accuracy, precision, and significant figures

– Scientific notation and unit conversions

Week 2: Scalar and Vector Quantities

– Definition of scalar and vector quantities

– Differentiating between scalars and vectors

– Addition and subtraction of vectors

– Resolution of vectors into components

– Vector multiplication (dot product and cross product)

Week 3: Motion 1 

– Definition of Motion and Types

– Displacement, velocity, and acceleration

– Graphical analysis of motion (distance-time, speed-time graphs)

Week 4: Motion 2

– Equations of motion (constant acceleration)

– Free fall and projectile motion

– Applications and examples of motion in a straight line

Week 5: Forces 

– Introduction to forces

– Contact and non-contact forces

– Equilibrium of forces 

Week 6: Laws of Motion

– Newton’s laws of motion

– Inertia and mass

– Applications of Newton’s laws (friction, tension, normal force)

Week 78: Work, Energy, and Power

– Definition of work and energy

– Work-energy theorem

– Kinetic and potential energy

– Power and its units

– Conservation of mechanical energy

Week 9-10: Pressure and Properties of Matter

– Introduction to pressure

– Pressure in fluids (Pascal’s principle)

– Atmospheric pressure and barometers

– Buoyancy and Archimedes’ principle

– Properties of matter (density, specific gravity)


Week 1: Light and Optics

– Introduction to light and its properties

– Reflection of light (laws of reflection, plane mirrors)

– Refraction of light (laws of refraction, lenses)

– Optical instruments (microscopes, telescopes)

– Applications of optics in daily life

Week 2: Sound and Waves

– Introduction to sound waves

– Characteristics of sound (pitch, frequency, amplitude)

– Wave properties (wavelength, period, speed)

– Reflection, refraction, and diffraction of sound waves

– Applications of sound waves (music, communication)

Week 3-4: Electricity and Circuits

– Electric charge and current

– Ohm’s law and resistors

– Series and parallel circuits

– Electric power and energy

– Safety precautions in electrical circuits

Week 56: Magnetism and Electromagnetism

– Introduction to magnetism

– Magnetic fields and forces

– Permanent magnets and electromagnets

– Electromagnetic induction

– Applications of electromagnetism (generators, transformers)

Week 7-8: Heat and Thermodynamics

– Introduction to heat and temperature

– Thermal expansion and contraction

– Heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)

– Laws of thermodynamics

– Applications of thermodynamics in everyday life

Week 9-10: Atomic Structure and Radioactivity

– Introduction to atoms and atomic structure

– Subatomic particles (protons, neutrons, electrons)

– Atomic models (Bohr model, quantum mechanics)

– Radioactivity and nuclear decay

– Applications and uses of radioisotopes


Week 12: Wave Optics

– Interference of light waves

– Young’s double-slit experiment

– Diffraction of light waves

– Single-slit diffraction

– Polarisation of light

Week 34: Electricity and Magnetism

– Electric circuits and Kirchhoff’s laws

– Capacitors and capacitance

– Magnetic fields and forces on charged particles

– Electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law

– Transformers and their principles of operation

Week 5-6: Heat and Thermodynamics

– Thermal equilibrium and temperature scales

– Heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)

– Laws of thermodynamics (first and second laws)

– Heat engines and efficiency

– Refrigeration and the Carnot cycle

Week 7-8: Modern Physics

– Introduction to modern physics

– Quantum theory and energy quantization

– Photoelectric effect and Einstein’s explanation

– Dual nature of light and matter (wave-particle duality)

– Atomic and nuclear structure (Bohr model, isotopes)

Week 910: Space Physics and Astronomy

– The solar system and its components

– Celestial bodies (stars, galaxies, comets, asteroids)

– Hubble’s law and the expanding universe

– The Big Bang theory and cosmic microwave background

– Space exploration and its significance

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