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SS3 Physics Scheme of Work: Comprehensive Outline for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Terms

Scheme of work, week-by-week for the Senior Secondary 3 (SS3) students. Please check with the education body in your state in case of any updates/differences.


Week 1: Introduction to waves

– Definition of waves

– Types of waves (transverse and longitudinal waves)

– Wave characteristics (amplitude, frequency, wavelength, velocity)

– Wave equation and calculations

Week 2: Sound waves

– Introduction to sound waves

– Characteristics of sound waves (pitch, loudness, quality)

– Speed of sound waves

– Reflection, refraction, and diffraction of sound waves

– Applications of sound waves (music, ultrasound, sonar)

Week 3: Light waves I

– Introduction to light waves

– Electromagnetic spectrum

– Reflection, refraction, and diffraction of light waves

Week 4: Light Waves II

– Lenses and their properties (convex and concave lenses)

– Applications of light waves (optical instruments, vision, photography)

Week 5: Electricity I

– Introduction to electricity

– Electric charge and electric fields

– Ohm's law and resistors

Week 6: Electricity II

– Circuits and circuit components (series and parallel circuits, capacitors, inductors)

– Electrical safety and hazards

Week 7: Magnetism I

– Introduction to magnetism

– Magnetic fields and magnetic forces

– Magnetic materials (ferromagnetic, paramagnetic, diamagnetic)

Week 8: Magnetism II

– Electromagnetism and its applications

– Magnetic induction and Faraday's law

Week 9: Modern Physics I

– Introduction to modern physics

– Quantum mechanics and wave-particle duality

– Atomic structure and the Bohr model

Week 10: Modern Physics II

– Nuclear physics (radioactivity, nuclear fission and fusion)

– Applications of modern physics (semiconductor devices, nuclear energy)

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Week 1: Energy and Society I

  • Introduction
  • Sources of energy
  • Renewable and nonrenewable energy (advantages and disadvantages)
  • Uses of energy (transportation, industry etc.)

Week 2: Energy and Society II

  • Conversion of energy
  • Natural gas
  • Fuel combustion

Week 3-4: Atomic and nuclear physics

– Introduction

– Atomic structure and the periodic table

– Radioactivity and nuclear decay

– Nuclear reactions and energy

– Radiation safety and hazards

Week 5: Quantum Mechanics I

– Introduction to quantum mechanics

– Wave-particle duality and uncertainty principle

Week 6: Quantum Mechanics II

– Schrodinger equation

– Quantum states and operators

– Applications of quantum mechanics (quantum computing, cryptography)

Week 7: Solid state Physics I

– Introduction to solid-state physics

– Crystal structures and symmetry

Week 8: Solid state Physics II

– Band theory and energy bands

– Conductors, semiconductors, and insulators

– Semiconductor devices (diodes, transistors)

Week 9: Astrophysics and Cosmology I

– Introduction to astrophysics

– Observational astronomy and telescopes

Week 10: Astrophysics and Cosmology II

– The solar system and planets

– Stellar evolution and life cycles

– Cosmology and the Big Bang Theory

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