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Will you be writing Physics in the  upcoming JAMB exams? Then this article is for you.

The UTME Physics syllabus covers a range of topics in physics, including kinematics, energy and work, electricity and magnetism, and nuclear physics that you are bound to answer in the exam.

This exam is designed to test your understanding of physics concepts and your ability to apply those concepts to solve problems.

Writing Physics in UTME  is very important if you want to study Engineering, Computer Science,Medical courses and other science-related courses. Because Physics is a calculative course, it is important to familiarize yourself with basic mathematical solutions as well as graphs and formulas.

Objective

The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Physics is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

(1)       Sustain their interest in physics;
(2)       Develop attitude relevant to physics that encourage accuracy, precision and objectivity;
(3)       Interpret physical phenomena, laws, definitions, concepts and other theories;
(4)       Demonstrate the ability to solve physics problems correctly using relevant theories and concepts.

Below are all the topics you need to cover to be ready for the Physics part of the UTME Physics exam.

Detailed JAMB Physics Syllabus

SNTOPICSOBJECTIVES
1MEASUREMENTS & UNITS
(a) Length, area and volume: Metre rule,
Vernier calipers Micrometer
Screw-gauge, measuring cylinder.
(b) Mass
(i) unit of mass;
(ii) use of simple beam balance;
(iii) concept of beam balance.
(c) Time
(i) unit of time;
(ii) time-measuring devices.
(d) Fundamental physical quantities
(e) Derived physical quantities and their
units
(i) Combinations of fundamental quantities
and determination of their units;
(f) Dimensions
(i) definition of dimensions
(ii) simple examples
(g) Limitations of experimental
measurements
(i) accuracy of measuring
instruments;
(ii) simple estimation of errors;
(iii) significant figures;
(iv) standard form.
Candidates should be able to:
i. Identify the units of length, area and
volume;
ii. use different measuring instruments;
iii. determine the lengths, surface areas
and volume of regular and irregular
bodies;
iv. identify the unit of mass;
v. use simple beam balance, e.g
Buchart’s balance and chemical
balance;
vi. identify the unit of time;
vii. use different time-measuring
devices;
viii. relate the fundamental physical quantities to their units;
ix. deduce the units of derived physical
quantities;
x. determine the dimensions of
physical quantities;
xi. use the dimensions to determine the
units of physical quantities;
xii. test the homogeneity of an equation;
xiii. determine the accuracy of
measuring instruments;
xiv. estimate simple errors;
xv. express measurements in standard
form.
Candidates should be able to:
i. use strings, meter ruler and
engineering calipers, vernier
calipers and micrometer, screw
gauge;
ii. note the degree of accuracy;
iii. identify distance travel in a specified
direction;
iv. use compass and protractor to locate
points/directions;
v. use Cartesians systems to locate
positions in x-y plane;
vi. plot graph and draw inference from
the graph.
2SCALARS & VECTOR QUANTITY
(i) definition of scalar and vector quantities;
(ii) examples of scalar and vector quantities;
(iii) relative velocity;
(iv) resolution of vectors into two
perpendicular directions including
graphical methods of
solution
Candidates should be able to:
i. distinguish between scalar and
vector quantities;
ii. give examples of scalar and vector
quantities;
iii. determine the resultant of two or
more vectors;
iv. determine relative velocity;
v. resolve vectors into two
perpendicular components;
vi. use graphical methods to solve
vector problems.
3MOTION
(a) Types of motion:
translational, oscillatory, rotational, spin
and random
(b) Relative motion
(c) Causes of motion
(d) Types of force
(i) contact
(ii) force field
(e) linear motion
(i) speed, velocity and acceleration;
(ii) equations of uniformly accelerated
motion;
(iii) motion under gravity;
(iv) distance-time graph and velocity time
graph;
(v) instantaneous velocity and
acceleration.
(f) Projectiles:
(i) calculation of range, maximum height
and time of flight from the ground and
a height;
(ii) applications of projectile motion.
(g) Newton’s laws of motion:
(i) inertia, mass and force;
(ii) relationship between mass and
acceleration;
(iii) impulse and momentum;
(iv) force – time graph;
(v) conservation of linear momentum
(Coefficient of restitution not
necessary).
(h) Motion in a circle:
(i) angular velocity and angular
acceleration;
(ii) centripetal and centrifugal forces;
(iii) applications.
(i) Simple Harmonic Motion (S.H.M):
(i) definition and explanation of simple
harmonic motion;
(ii) examples of systems that execute
S.H.M;
(iii) period, frequency and amplitude of
S.H.M;
(iv) velocity and acceleration of S.H.M;
(iii) simple treatment of energy change in
S.H.M;
(iv) force vibration and resonance (simple
treatment).
Candidates should be able to;
i. identify different types of motion;
ii. solve numerical problem on collinear
motion;
iii. identify force as cause of motion;
iv. identify push and pull as forms of
force;
v. identify electric and magnetic
attractions, gravitational pull as forms
of field forces;
vi. differentiate between speed, velocity
and acceleration;
vii. deduce equations of uniformly
accelerated motion;
viii. solve problems of motion under
gravity;
ix. interpret distance-time graph and
velocity-time graph;
x. compute instantaneous velocity and
acceleration;
xi. establish expressions for the range,
maximum height and time of flight of
projectiles;
xii. solve problems involving projectile
motion;
xiii. solve numerical problems involving
impulse and momentum;
xiv. interpretation of area under force –
time graph;
xv. interpret Newton’s laws of motion;
xvi. compare inertia, mass and force;
xvii. deduce the relationship between mass
and acceleration;
xviii. interpret the law of conservation of
linear momentum and application;
xix. establish expression for angular
velocity, angular acceleration and
centripetal force;
xx. solve numerical problems involving
motion in a circle;
xxi. establish the relationship between
period and frequency;
xxii. analyze the energy changes
occurring during S.H.M;
xxiii. identify different types of forced
vibration;
xxiv. enumerate applications of
resonance.
4GRAVITATIONAL FIELD
(i) Newton’s law of universal gravitation;
(ii) gravitational potential;
(iii) conservative and non-conservative
fields;
(iv) acceleration due to gravity;
(v) variation of g on the earth’s surface;
(vi) distinction between mass and weight
escape velocity;
(vii) parking orbit and weightlessness
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify the expression for gravitational
force between two bodies;
ii. apply Newton’s law of universal
gravitation;
iii. give examples of conservative and non-
conservative fields;
iv. deduce the expression for gravitational
field potentials;
v. identify the causes of variation of g on
the earth’s surface;
vi. differentiate between mass and weight;
vii. determine escape velocity.
5EQUILIBRIUM OF FORCES
(a) equilibrium of particles:
(i) equilibrium of coplanar forces;
(ii) triangles and polygon of forces;
(iii) Lami’s theorem.
(b) principles of moments
(i) moment of a force;
(ii) simple treatment and moment of a couple
();
(iii) applications.
(c) conditions for equilibrium of rigid bodies
under the action of parallel and nonparallel forces
(i) resolution and composition of forces in
two perpendicular directions;
(ii) resultant and equilibrant.
(d) center of gravity and stability
(i) stable, unstable and neutral equilibrium.
Candidates should be able to:
i. apply the conditions for the equilibrium of
coplanar forces to solve problems;
ii. use triangle and polygon laws of forces to
solve equilibrium problems;
iii. use Lami’s theorem to solve problems;
iv. analyze the principle of moment of a
force;
v. determine moment of a force and couple;
vi. describe some applications of moment of
a force and couple;
vii. apply the conditions for the equilibrium
of rigid bodies to solve problems;
viii. resolve forces into two perpendicular
directions;
ix. determine the resultant and equilibrant of
forces;
x. differentiate between stable, unstable and
neutral equilibra.
6WORK, ENERGY AND POWER
(a) Work, Energy and Power
(i) definition of work, energy and power;
(ii) forms of energy;
(iii) conservation of energy;
(iv) qualitative treatment between different
forms of energy;
(v) interpretation of area under the force-
distance curve



(b) Energy and society
(i) sources of energy;
(ii) renewable and non-renewable energy e.g.
coal, crude oil etc.;
(iii) uses of energy;

(iv) energy and development;
(v) energy diversification;
(vi) environmental impact of energy e.g.
global warming, greenhouse effect and
spillage;
(vii) energy crises;
(viii) conversion of energy;
(ix) devices used in energy production.

(c) Dams and energy production
(i) location of dams
(ii) energy production
(d) nuclear energy

(e) solar energy
(i) solar collector;
(ii) solar panel for energy supply
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between work, energy and
power;
ii. compare different forms of energy,
giving examples;
iii. apply the principle of conservation of
energy;
iv. examine the transformation between
different forms of energy;
v. interpret the area under the force –
distance curve.
vi. solve numerical problems in work,
energy and power.
Candidates should be able to:
i. itemize the sources of energy;
ii. distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable energy, examples should be
given
iii. identify methods of energy transition;
iv. explain the importance of energy in the
development of the society;
v. analyze the effect of energy use to the
environment;
vi. identify the impact of energy on the
environment;
vii. identify energy sources that are friendly
or hazardous to the environment;
viii. identify energy uses in their immediate
environment;
ix. suggests ways of safe energy use
x. state different forms of energy
conversion
7FRICTION
(i) static and dynamic friction;
(ii) coefficient of limiting friction and its
determination;
(iii) advantages and disadvantages of friction
(iv) reduction of friction;
(v) qualitative treatment of viscosity and
terminal velocity;
(vi) Stoke’s law.
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between static and dynamic
friction;
ii. determine the coefficient of limiting
friction;
iii. compare the advantages and
disadvantages of friction;
iv. suggest ways by which friction can be
reduced;
v. analyze factors that affect viscosity and
terminal velocity;
vi. apply Stoke’s law.
8SIMPLE MACHINES
(i) definition of simple machines;
(ii) types of machines;
(iii) mechanical advantage, velocity ratio and
efficiency of machines.
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify different types of simple
machines;
ii. solve problems involving simple
machines.
9ELASTICITY
(i) elastic limit, yield point, breaking point, Hooke’s law and Young’s modulus
(ii) the spring balance as a device for measuring force
(iii) work done per unit volume in springs and elastic strings
(i) work done per unit volume in springs and elastic strings
Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret force-extension curves;
ii. interpret Hooke’s law and Young’s modulus of a material;
iii use spring balance to measure force;
iv. determine the work done in spring and elastic strings
10PRESSURE
Atmospheric Pressure

(i) definition of atmospheric pressure
(ii) units of pressure (S.I) units (Pa)
(iii) measurement of pressure
(iv) simple mercury barometer, aneroid barometer and manometer.
(v) variation of pressure with height
(vi) the use of a barometer as an altimeter.
Pressure in liquids

(i) the relationship between pressure, depth and density (P = \(\rho\)gh)
(ii) transmission of pressure in liquids (Pascal’s Principle)
(iii) application
Candidates should be able to:
i. recognize the S.I units of pressure; (Pa)
ii. identify pressure measuring instruments;
iii. relate the variation of pressure to height;
iv. use a barometer as an altimeter.
v. determine the relationship between pressure, depth and density;
vi apply the principle of transmission of pressure
in liquids to solve problems;
vii. determine and apply the principle of pressure in liquid;
11LIQUIDS AT REST
(i) determination of density of solids and liquids
(ii) definition of relative density
(iii) upthrust on a body immersed in a liquid
(iv) Archimedes’ principle and law of floatation and applications, e.g. ships and hydrometers
Candidates should be able to:
i. distinguish between density and relative density of substances;
ii. determine the upthrust on a body immersed in a liquid
iii. apply Archimedes’ principle and law of floatation to solve problems
12TEMPERATURE AND IT’S MEASUREMENTS
(i) concept of temperature
(ii) thermometric properties
(iii) calibration of thermometers
(iv) temperature scales -Celsius and Kelvin.
(v) types of thermometers
(vi) conversion from one scale of temperature to another
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify thermometric properties of materials that are used for different thermometers;
ii. calibrate thermometers;
iii. differentiate between temperature scales e.g Celsius and Kelvin.
iv. compare the types of thermometers;
vi. convert from one scale of temperature to another.
13THERMAL EXPANSION
Solids

(i) definition and determination of linear, volume and area expansivities
(ii) effects and applications, e.g. expansion in building strips and railway lines
(iii) relationship between different expansivities
Liquids

(i) volume expansivity
(ii) real and apparent expansivities
(iii) determination of volume expansivity
(iv) anomalous expansion of water
Candidates should be able to:
i. determine linear and volume expansivities;
ii. assess the effects and applications of thermal expansivities
iii. determine the relationship between different expansivities.
iv. determine volume, apparent, and real expansivities of liquids;
v. analyze the anomalous expansion of water.
14GAS LAWS
(i) Boyle’s law (isothermal process)
(ii) Charles’ law (isobaric process)
(iii) Pressure law (volumetric process
(iv) absolute zero of temperature
(v) general gas equation (\(\frac{PV}{T}\) = constant)
(vi) ideal gas equation Eg. Pv = nRT
(vii) Van der waal gas
Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret the gas laws;
ii. use expression of these laws to solve numerical problems.
iii. interpret Van der waal equation for one mole of a real gas
15QUANTITY OF HEAT
(i) heat as a form of energy
(ii) definition of heat capacity and specific heat capacity of solids and liquids
(iii) determination of heat capacity and specific heat capacity of substances by simple methods e.g method of mixtures and electrical method and Newton’s law of cooling
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between heat capacity and specific heat capacity;
ii. determine heat capacity and specific heat capacity using simple methods;
iii. solve numerical problems.
16CHANGE OF STATE
(i) latent heat
(ii) specific latent heats of fusion and vaporization;
(iii) melting, evaporation and boiling
(iv) the influence of pressure and of dissolved substances on boiling and melting points.
(ii) application in appliances
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between latent heat and specific latent heats of fusion and vaporization;
ii. differentiate between melting, evaporation and boiling;
iii. examine the effects of pressure and of dissolved substance on boiling and melting points.
iv. solve numerical problems
17VAPOURS
(i) unsaturated and saturated vapors
(ii) relationship between saturated vapor pressure (S.V.P) and boiling
(iii) determination of S.V.P by barometer tube method
(iv) formation of dew, mist, fog, and rain
(v) study of dew point, humidity and relative humidity
(vi) hygrometry; estimation of the humidity of the atmosphere using wet and dry bulb hygrometers.
Candidates should be able to:
i. distinguish between saturated and unsaturated vapors;
ii. relate saturated vapor pressure to boiling point;
iii. determine S.V.P by barometer tube method
iv. differentiate between dew point, humidity and relative humidity;
vi. estimate the humidity of the atmosphere using wet and dry bulb hygrometers.
vii. solve numerical problems
18STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND KINETIC THEORIES
Molecular nature of matter

(i) atoms and molecules
(ii) molecular theory: explanation of Brownian motion, diffusion, surface tension, capillarity, adhesion, cohesion and angles of contact etc
(iii) examples and applications.
Kinetic Theory

(i) assumptions of the kinetic theory
(ii) using the theory to explain the pressure exerted by gas, Boyle’s law, Charles’ law, melting, boiling, vapourization, change in temperature, evaporation, etc.
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between atoms and molecules;
ii. use molecular theory to explain Brownian motion , diffusion, surface, tension, capillarity, adhesion, cohesion and angle of contact;
iii. examine the assumptions of kinetic theory;
iv. interpret kinetic theory, the pressure exerted by gasses Boyle’s law, Charles law melting,boiling vaporization, change in temperature, evaporation, etc.
19HEAT TRANSFER
(i) conduction, convection and radiation as modes of heat transfer
(ii) temperature gradient, thermal conductivity and heat flux
(iii) effect of the nature of the surface on the energy radiated and absorbed by it.
(iv) the conductivities of common materials.
(v) the thermos flask
(vii) land and sea breeze
(viii) engines
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between conduction, convection and radiation as modes of heat transfer;
ii. solve problems on temperature gradient, thermal conductivity and heat flux;
iii. assess the effect of the nature of the surface on the energy radiated and absorbed by it;
iv. compare the conductivities of common materials;
v. relate the component part of the working of the thermos flask;
vi. differentiate between land and sea breeze.
vii. to analyze the principles of operating internal combustion jet engines, rockets
20WAVES
Production and Propagation

(i) wave motion,
(ii) vibrating systems as source of waves
(iii) waves as mode of energy transfer
(iv) distinction between particle motion and wave motion
(v) relationship between frequency, wavelength and wave velocity V = f λ
(vi) phase difference, wavenumber and wave vector
(vii) progressive wave equation e.g \(Y = A \sin \frac{2\pi}{\lambda} (vt \pm x)\)

Classification

(i) types of waves; mechanical and electromagnetic waves
(ii) longitudinal and transverse waves
(iii) stationary and progressive waves
(iv) examples of waves from springs, ropes, stretched strings and the ripple tank.

c) Characteristics/Properties
(i) reflection, refraction, diffraction and plane Polarization
(ii) superposition of waves e.g interference
(iii) beats
(iv) Doppler effects (qualitative treatment only)
Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret wave motion;
ii. identify vibrating systems as sources of waves;
iii use waves as a mode of energy transfer;
iv distinguish between particle motion and wave motion;
v. relate frequency and wavelength to wave velocity;
vi. determine phase difference, wavenumber and wave vector
vii. use the progressive wave equation to compute basic wave parameters;
viii. differentiate between mechanical and electromagnetic waves;
ix. differentiate between longitudinal and transverse waves
x. distinguish between stationary and progressive waves;
xi. indicate the example of waves generated from springs, ropes, stretched strings and the ripple tank;
vii. differentiate between reflection, refraction, diffraction and plane polarization of waves;
viii. analyze the principle of superposition of waves.
ix. solve numerical problems on waves
x. explain the phenomenon of beat, beat frequency and uses
xi. explain Doppler effect of sound and application
21PROPAGATION OF SOUND WAVES
i) the necessity for a material medium
(ii) speed of sound in solids, liquids and air;
(iii) reflection of sound; echoes, reverberation and their applications
(iv) disadvantages of echoes and reverberations
Candidates should be able to:
i. determine the need for a material medium in the propagation of sound waves;
ii. compare the speed of sound in solids, liquids and air;
iii. relate the effects of temperature and pressure to the speed of sound in air;
iv. solve problem on echoes, reverberation and speed
iv. compare the disadvantages and advantages of echoes.
vi. solve problems on echo, reverberation and speed of sound
22CHARACTERISTICS OF SOUND WAVES
(i) noise and musical notes
(ii) quality, pitch, intensity and loudness and their application to musical instruments;
(iii) simple treatment of overtones produced by vibrating strings and their columns \(F_0 = \frac{1}{2L} \sqrt{\frac{T}{\mu}}\); (\(\mu = \frac{m}{l}\))
(iv) acoustic examples of resonance
(v) frequency of a note emitted by air columns in closed and open pipes in relation to their lengths.
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between noise and musical notes;
ii. analyze quality, pitch, intensity and loudness of sound notes;
iii. evaluate the application of (ii) above in the construction of musical instruments;
iv. identify overtones by vibrating strings and air columns;
v. itemize acoustical examples of resonance;
vi. determine the frequencies of notes emitted by air columns in open and closed pipes in relation to their lengths.
23LIGHT ENERGY
Sources of Light:

(i) natural and artificial sources of light
(ii) luminous and non-luminous objects

Propagation of light

(i) speed, frequency and wavelength of light
(ii) formation of shadows and eclipse
(iii) the pin-hole camera.
Candidates should be able to:
i. compare the natural and artificial sources of light;
ii. differentiate between luminous and non luminous objects;
iii. relate the speed, frequency and wavelength of light;
iv. interpret the formation of shadows and eclipses;
v. solve problems using the principle of operation of a pin-hole camera.
24REFLECTION OF LIGHT AT PLANE AND CURVED SURFACES
(i) laws of reflection.
(ii) application of reflection of light
(iii) formation of images by plane, concave and convex mirrors and ray diagrams
(iv) use of the mirror formula \(\frac{1}{f} = \frac{1}{u} + \frac{1}{v}\) (v) linear magnification
Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret the laws of reflection;
ii. illustrate the formation of images by plane, concave and convex mirrors;
iii. apply the mirror formula to solve optical problems;
iv. determine the linear magnification;
v. apply the laws of reflection of light to the working of periscope, kaleidoscope and the sextant.
25REFRACTION OF LIGHT THROUGH PLANE AND CURVED SURFACES
(i) explanation of refraction in terms of velocity of light in the media.
(ii) laws of refraction
(iii) definition of refractive index of a medium
(iv) determination of refractive index of glass and liquid using Snell’s law
(v) real and apparent depth and lateral displacement
(vi) critical angle and total internal reflection
(b) Glass Prism
(i) use of the minimum deviation formula \(U = \frac{\sin[\frac{A + D}{2}]}{\sin [\frac{A}{2}]}\) (ii) type of lenses
(iii) use of lens formula \(\frac{1}{f} = \frac{1}{u} + \frac{1}{v}\) and Newton’s formula (F\(^2\) = ab)
(iv) magnification
Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret the laws of reflection;
ii. illustrate the formation of images by plane, concave and convex mirrors;
iii. apply the mirror formula to solve optical problems;
iv. determine the linear magnification;
v. apply the laws of reflection of light to the working of periscope, kaleidoscope and the sextant.

Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret the laws of reflection;
ii. determine the refractive index of glass and liquid using Snell’s law;
iii. determine the refractive index using the principle of real and apparent depth;
iv. determine the conditions necessary for total internal reflection;
v. examine the use of periscope, prism, binoculars, optical fiber;
vi. apply the principles of total internal reflection to the formation of mirage;
vii. use of lens formula and ray diagrams to solve optical numerical problems;
viii. determine the magnification of an image;
ix. calculate the refractive index of a glass prism using minimum deviation formula.
26OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS
(i) the principles of microscopes, telescopes, projectors, cameras and the human eye (physiological details of the eye are not required)
(ii) power of a lens
(iii) angular magnification
(iv) near and far points
(v) sight defects and their corrections
Candidates should be able to:
i. apply the principles of operation of optical instruments to solve problems;
ii. distinguish between the human eye and the cameras;
iii. calculate the power of a lens;
iv. evaluate the angular magnification of optical instruments;
v. determine the near and far points;
vi. detect sight defects and their corrections.
27DISPERSION OF LIGHT AND COLORS
(i)dispersion of white light by a triangular prism
(ii) production of pure spectrum
(iii) color mixing by addition and subtraction
(iv) color of objects and color filters
(v) rainbow

(b) Electromagnetic spectrum

(i) description of sources and uses of various types of radiation.
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify primary colors and obtain secondary colors by mixing;
ii. understand the formation of rainbow
iii. deduces why objects have colors;
iv. relate the expression for gravitational force between two bodies;
v. apply Newton’s law of universal gravitation;
vi. analyze colors using color filters
vii. analyze the electromagnetic spectrum in relation to their wavelengths, sources, detection and uses
28ELECTROSTATICS
(i) existence of positive and negative charges in matter
(ii) charging a body by friction, contact and induction
(iii) electroscope
(iv) Coulomb’s inverse square law, electric field and potential
(v) electric field intensity and potential difference
(vi) electric discharge and lightning
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify charges;
ii. examine uses of an electroscope;
iii. apply Coulomb’s square law of electrostatics to solve problems;
iv. deduce expressions for electric field intensity and potential difference;
v. identify electric field flux patterns of isolated and interacting charges;
vi. analyze the distribution of charges on a conductor and how it is used in lightning conductors.
29CAPACITORS
(i) Types and functions of capacitors
(ii) parallel plate capacitors
(iii) capacitance of a capacitor
(iv) the relationship between capacitance, area separation of plates and medium between the plates. ( \(C = \frac{EA}{d}\) )
(v) capacitors in series and parallel
(vi) energy stored in a capacitor
Candidates should be able to:
i. determine uses of capacitors;
ii. analyze parallel plate capacitors;
iii. determine the capacitance of a capacitor;
iv. analyze the factors that affect the capacitance of a capacitor;
v. solve problems involving the arrangement of capacitor;
vi. determine the energy stored in capacitors
30ELECTRIC CELLS
(i) simple voltaic cell and its defects;
(ii) Daniel cell, Leclanche cell (wet and dry)
(iii) lead -acid accumulator and Nickel-Iron (Nife) Lithium iron and Mercury cadmium
(iv) maintenance of cells and batteries (detail treatment of the chemistry of a cell is not required)
(v) arrangement of cells
(vi) Efficiency of a cell
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify the defects of the simple voltaic cell and their correction
ii. compare different types of cells including solar cell;
iii. compare the advantages of lead-acid and Nickel iron accumulator;
iv. solve problems involving series and parallel combination of cells.
31CURRENT ELECTRICITY
(i) electromagnetic force (emf), potential difference (p.d.), current, internal resistance of a cell and lost Volt
(ii) Ohm’s law
(iii) measurement of resistance
(iv) meter bridge
(v) resistance in series and in parallel and their combination
(vi) the potentiometer method of measuring emf, current and internal resistance of a cell.
(v) electrical networks
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between emf, p.d., current and internal resistance of a cell;
ii. apply Ohm’s law to solve problems;
iii. use meter bridge to calculate resistance;
iv. compute effective total resistance of both parallel and series arrangement of resistors;
v. determine the resistivity and the conductivity of a conductor;
vi. measure emf. current and internal resistance of a cell using the potentiometer.
vii. identify the advantages of the potentiometer
viii. apply Kirchoff’s law in electrical networks
32ELECTRICAL ENERGY AND POWER
(i) concepts of electrical energy and power
(ii) commercial unit of electric energy and power
(iii) electric power transmission
(v) heating effects of electric current.
(vi) electrical wiring of houses
(vii) use of fuses
Candidates should be able to:
i. apply the expressions of electrical energy and power to solve problems;
ii. analyze how power is transmitted from the power station to the consumer;
iii. identify the heating effects of current and its uses;
iv. identify the advantages of parallel arrangement over series
v. determine the fuse rating
33MAGNETS AND MAGNETIC FIELDS
(i) natural and artificial magnets
(ii) magnetic properties of soft iron and steel
(iii) methods of making magnets and demagnetization
(iv) concept of magnetic field
(v) magnetic field of a permanent magnet
(vi) magnetic field around a straight current carrying conductor, circular wire and solenoid
(vii) properties of the earth’s magnetic field; north and south poles, magnetic meridian and angle of dip and declination
(viii) flux and flux density
(ix) variation of magnetic field intensity over the earth’s surface
(x) applications: earth’s magnetic field in navigation and mineral exploration.
Candidates should be able to:
i. give examples of natural and artificial magnets
ii. differentiate between the magnetic properties of soft iron and steel;
iii. identify the various methods of making magnets and demagnetizing magnets;
iv. describe how to keep a magnet from losing its magnetism;
v. determine the flux pattern exhibited when two magnets are placed together pole to pole;
vi. determine the flux of a current carrying conductor, circular wire and solenoid including the polarity of the solenoid;
vii. determine the flux pattern of a magnet placed in the earth’s magnetic fields;
viii. identify the magnetic elements of the earth’s flux;
ix. determine the variation of earth’s magnetic field on the earth’s surface;
x. examine the applications of the earth’s magnetic field.
34FORCE ON A CURRENT CARRYING CONDUCTOR IN A MAGNETIC FIELD
(i) quantitative treatment of force between two parallel current-carrying conductors
(ii) force on a charge moving in a magnetic field;
(iii) the d. c. motor
(iv) electromagnets
(v) carbon microphone
(vi) moving coil and moving iron instruments
(vii) conversion of galvanometers to ammeters and voltmeter using shunts and multipliers
(viii) sensitivity of a galvanometer
Candidates should be able to:
i. determine the direction of force on a current carrying conductor using Fleming’s left-hand rule;
ii. interpret the attractive and repulsive forces between two parallel current-carrying conductors using diagrams;
iii. determine the relationship between the force, magnetic field strength, velocity and the angle through which the charge enters the field;
iv. interpret the working of the d. c. motor;
v. analyze the principle of electromagnets and give examples of its application;
vi. compare moving iron and moving coil instruments;
vii. convert a galvanometer into an ammeter or a voltmeter.
viii. identify the factors affecting the sensitivity of a galvanometer
35ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION
(I) Faraday’s laws of electromagnetic induction
(ii) factors affecting induced emf
(iii) Lenz’s law as an illustration of the principle of conservation of energy
(iv) A.C. and D.C generators
(v) transformers
(vi) the induction coil
(b) Inductance
(i) explanation of inductance
(ii) unit of inductance
(iii) energy stored in an inductor \(E = \frac{1}{2} I^2 L\)
(iv) application/uses of inductors
(ix) Eddy Current
(i) reduction of eddy current
(ii) applications of eddy current
Candidates should be able to:
i. interpret the laws of electromagnetic induction;
ii. identify factors affecting induced emf;
iii. recognize how Lenz’s law illustrates the principle of conservation of energy;
iv. interpret the diagrammatic set up of A. C. generators;
v. identify the types of transformer;
vi. examine principles of operation of transformers;
vii. assess the functions of an induction coil;
viii. draw some conclusions from the principles of operation of an induction coil;
ix. interpret the inductance of an inductor;
x. recognize units of inductance;
xi. calculate the effective total inductance in series and parallel arrangement;
xii. deduce the expression for the energy stored in an inductor;
xiii. examine the applications of inductors;
xiv. describe the method by which eddy current losses can be reduced.
xv. determine ways by which eddy currents can be used.
36SIMPLE A.C CIRCUITS
(i) explanation of a.c. current and voltage
(ii) peak and r.m.s. values
(iii) a.c. source connected to a resistor;
(iv) a.c source connected to a capacitor- capacitive reactance
(v) a.c source connected to an inductor inductive reactance
(vi) series R-L-C circuits
(vii) vector diagram, phase angle and power factor
(viii) resistance and impedance
(ix) effective voltage in an R-L-C circuits
(x) resonance and resonance frequency \(F_o = \frac{1}{2π\sqrt{LC}}\)
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify a.c. current and d.c. voltage
ii. differentiate between the peak and r.m.s. values of a.c.;
iii. determine the phase difference between current and voltage
iv. interpret series R-L-C circuits;
v. analyze vector diagrams;
vi. calculate the effective voltage, reactance and impedance;
vii. recognize the condition by which the circuit is at resonance;
viii. determine the resonant frequency of R-L-C arrangement;
ix. determine the instantaneous power, average power and the power factor in a. c. circuits
37CONDUCTION OF ELECTRICITY THROUGH;
liquids

(i) electrolytes and non-electrolyte
(ii) concept of electrolysis
(iii) Faraday’s laws of electrolysis
(iv) application of electrolysis, e.g electroplating, calibration of ammeter etc.

gasses

(i) discharge through gasses (qualitative treatment only)
(ii) application of conduction of electricity through gasses
Candidates should be able to:
i. distinguish between electrolytes and nonelectrolytes;
ii. analyze the processes of electrolysis
iii. apply Faraday’s laws of electrolysis to solve problems;
iv. analyze discharge through gasses;
v. determine some applications/uses of conduction of electricity through gasses
38ELEMENTARY MODERN PHYSICS
(i) models of the atom and their limitations
(ii) elementary structure of the atom;
(iii) energy levels and spectra
(iv) thermionic and photoelectric emissions;
(v) Einstein’s equation and stopping potential
(vi) applications of thermionic emissions and photoelectric effects
(vii) simple method of production of x-rays
(viii) properties and applications of alpha, beta and gamma rays
(xiii) half-life and decay constant
(xiv) simple ideas of production of energy by fusion and fission
(xv) binding energy, mass defect and Einstein’s Energy equation [\(\Delta E = \Delta MC2\)]
(xvi) wave-particle paradox (duality of matter)
(xvii) electron diffraction
(xviii) the uncertainty principle
Candidates should be able to:
i. identify the models of the atom and write their limitations;
ii. describe elementary structure of the atom;
iii. differentiate between the energy levels and spectra of atoms;
iv. compare thermionic emission and photoelectric emission;
v. apply Einstein’s equation to solve problems of photoelectric effect.
vi. calculate the stopping potential;
vii. relate some application of thermionic emission and photoelectric effects;
viii. interpret the process involved in the production of x-rays.
ix identify some properties and applications of x-rays
x. analyze elementary radioactivity
xi. distinguish between stable and unstable nuclei;
xii. identify isotopes of an element;
xiii. compare the properties of alpha, beta and gamma rays;
xiv. relate half-life and decay constant of a radioactive element;
xv. determine the binding energy, mass defect and Einstein’s energy equation;
xvi. analyze wave particle duality;
xvii. solve some numerical problems based on the uncertainty principle and wave – particle duality
39INTRODUCTORY ELECTRONICS
(i) distinction between metals, semiconductors and insulators (elementary knowledge of band gap is required)
(ii) intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors;
(iii) uses of semiconductors and diodes in rectification and transistors in amplification
(iv) n-type and p-type semiconductors
(v) elementary knowledge of diodes and transistors
Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between conductors, semi- conductors and insulators;
ii. distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors;
iii. distinguish between electron and hole carriers;
iv. distinguish between n-type and p-type semiconductor;
v. analyze diodes and transistor
vi. relate diodes to rectification and transistors to amplification.

Recommended Text

  • Ike, E.E. (2014). Essential Principles of Physics, Jos ENIC Publishers.
  • Ike, E.E. (2014). Numerical Problems and Solutions in Physics, Jos: ENIC Publishers. 
  • Nelson, M. (1977). Fundamentals of Physics, Great Britain: Hart Davis Education.
  • Nelson, M. and Parker … (1989). Advanced Level Physics, (Sixth Edition): Heinemann.
  • Okeke, P.N. and Anyakoha, M.W. (2000). Senior Secondary School Physics, Lagos: Pacific Printers.
  • Olumuyiwa, A. and Ogunkoya, O. O. (1992). Comprehensive Certificate Physics, Ibadan: University Press Plc.

Frequently Asked Questions About JAMB Physics

How is the Jamb Physics Score Calculated?

Asides The Use of English, each question in the remaining 3 subjects is graded 2.5 marks. Hence, the three subjects carry 300 marks.For example: If you get 28 questions right in your Physics exam, the calculation will be 28 x 2.5 = 70% (in percentage).

What is the allocated time for Jamb?

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam is a two-hour exam. You are expected to complete all 4 subjects within the stipulated time

How to study physics for Jamb?

Practice! Practice and more practice!!!. Study past questions daily. Go through the syllabus and read every single topic under it.

Should I do physics in my Jamb?

JAMB Physics is compulsory if you want to study Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Biological Science. It is important you check the official JAMB brochure so you can read up the subject combination for your preferred course to avoid mistakes.

What's the pass mark for JAMB Physics?

There is no official pass mark, but scores above 50 are considered good. However, ensure to score as high as you can. The higher you score, the better your chances of admission for your choice course and institution.

What are the main topics for Physics in JAMB?

Some important topics you should be familiar with include Scalar and Vector quantities, Motion, Friction, Work, Energy and Power.

A full list of the JAMB syllabus is listed above.

How long does it take to complete the JAMB Physics exam?

The entire exam takes 2 hours to complete and while there is no estimated time for each subject, I would advise you to spend at least 50 secs on each question so you can have enough time to go over your work again

Do I need to attend a JAMB tutorial to pass?

Not at all. You can read and ace your exams yourself. All you need to do is to have a consistent reading habit.

However, tutorials can also help you prepare better, connect with your peers, and gauge your confidence levels. 

Is a calculator allowed in the JAMB Physics exam?

You are not allowed to use calculators. However, there will be a calculator on your computer screen for all calculations. If you’re found with a calculator, your exam will be canceled immediately and you will be sanctioned.

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