Physics XI Chapter One ‘Physical World’ notes

Physics is a branch of Science which is devoted to the study of nature.

The method involved is as follows:

1. Taking a large number of systematic observations through controlled experiments.
2. Studying these observations and looking for logical behaviour
3. Mathematical Modeling.
4. Prediction based on the model.
5. Fine tuning the model.

Physics consists of two parts (a) Classical Physics and (b) Modern Physics

(a) Classical Physics consists of the following sub-topics:-

1. Mechanics deals with the study of general system of particles, rigid bodies, deformable bodies, liquids etc, propulsion of rockets, propagation of waves etc.

2. Thermodynamics deals with changes in temperature, internal energy and entropy of the system. Modes of transfer of heat, the efficiency of heat engines and

3. Electrodynamics deals with the study of electric and magnetic phenomena associated with charged particles and magnetic materials.

4. Optics deals with the study of phenomena associated with light and optical instruments.

(b) Modern Physics deals with Quantum Theory. Quantum Theory is the physics of  particles of atomic size.


The fundamental forces of nature are Gravitational Force, Electromagnetic Force, Strong Nuclear Force and Weak Nuclear Force. Their nature is discussed below.

(a) Gravitational Force: The gravitational force is a force of mutual attraction between any two objects by virtue of their masses. It’s important properties are :

1. They are universally attractive forces.
2. They are the weakest forces in nature.
3. They operate over long distances.
4. Gravitational Forces obey inverse square law
5. They are central forces as they act along the line joining the centre of two bodies.
6. Are conservative forces.

(b) Electromagnetic Force:  Forces between charged particles. It’s important properties are :

1. The forces may be attractive or repulsive.
2. Electromagnetic Forces are governed by Coulomb’s Law.
3. Obey Inverse-square Law
4. They are  1036 times stronger than the gravitational forces.
5. Operate over moderate distances.
6. Electromagnetic Forces are both conservative and central in nature.

(c) Strong Nuclear Force: The forces that bind the neutrons and protons together in a nucleus are called strong nuclear forces. It’s important properties are :

1. Strongest forces in nature.
2. Short ranged force up to  10-14 meters.
3. Nuclear force does not depend on the charge of the nucleon.
4. Do not obey the inverse square law.
5. Basically attractive forces which are non-central or non-conservative

(d) Weak Nuclear Force:  The force is seen during beta decay. The weak nuclear forces are the forces of interaction between elementary particles of short live times. It’s important properties are is that it’s a weak force but is 1025 times that of the gravitational force.

The notes on ‘Chapter 1: Physical World’  is here

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      1. u missed some topics in this chapter…nature of physical laws,towards unification of forces,etc…is that impotant portions???

  1. help me out plz!!
    I’m asked to write out a seminar report on the chapter ‘physical world’ from ncert XIth physics text book….pls help do me in making notes….

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