IB Physics Syllabus

A complete, up-to-date, syllabus broken down by sub-topics for the IB Physics SL and IB Physics HL courses!

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Topic 1: Measurements & Data

This section of the IB Physics syllabus discusses the origins of quantities and their units, and how to handle data appropriately. It builds the fundamental understanding required for later topics in the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 2: Mechanics

This section of the IB Physics syllabus discusses the essential mechanical properties of objects. It links to content found in many further topics of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 3: Thermal Physics

This section of the IB Physics syllabus discusses the essential thermal properties of objects. It does not link to further topics of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 4: Waves

This section of the IB Physics syllabus introduces waves, their basic characteristics, and interactions with matter. It is further elaborated upon in Topic 9 of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 5: Electricity & Magnetism

This section of the IB Physics syllabus introduces electric fields, forces, and circuits. It links to content found in Topics 10 and 11 of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 6: Circular Motion & Gravitation

This section of the IB Physics syllabus expands upon content found in Topic 2 of the IB Physics syllabus. It describes the circular motion of objects and those subject to gravity. It is further linked to Topic 10 of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 7: Atomic, Nuclear & Particle Physics

This section of the IB Physics syllabus introduces the activity of atoms and their particles. It links to content found in Topic 12 of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 8: Energy Production

This section of the IB Physics syllabus discusses energy sources and the generation of power from them. It does not link to further topics of the IB Physics syllabus.

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Topic 9: Wave Phenomena

This section of the IB Physics syllabus expands upon content found in Topic 4 of the IB Physics syllabus. It describes case-specific interactions of waves in greater detail.

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Topic 10: Fields

This section of the IB Physics syllabus expands upon content found in Topics 5 and 6 of the IB Physics syllabus. It introduces more properties of fields and case-specific interactions with objects.

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Topic 11: Electromagnetic Induction

This section of the IB Physics syllabus expands upon content found in Topic 5 of the IB Physics syllabus. It introduces more case-specific interactions of electric and magnetic fields.

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Topic 12: Quantum & Nuclear Physics

This section of the IB Physics syllabus expands upon content found in Topic 7 of the IB Physics syllabus. It introduces more case-specific quantum and nuclear interactions.

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