Approved JAMB Syllabus for Physics Examination – Free PDF File

JAMB syllabus for Physics is for all candidates participating in the UTME Nigeria. All candidates are mandated to make use of this syllabus in preparation for JAMB. The continuous rise in the search for JAMB syllabus for Physics has been brought to our notice and we thought it necessary to come up with a comprehensive free PDF downloadable document that can be downloaded for your personal use and kept for future references. This JAMB syllabus is ideal for all students who are eligible to partake in the current UTME.

This post will educate all persons who wants to participate in JAMB this year, it provides in clear terms, what is expected by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board as a body in preparing candidates for what is expected of you.

To further emphasize the importance of the subject matter, the JAMB syllabus is used as a guide as to what is likely to come out in your physics exam and how to put down your answers. It also indicates the marks allotted to each question and what the examiner wants from you.

The importance of this subject cannot be overemphasized, this is one of the few subjects that is required as an admission requirement for any Engineering, Medical or science related course in the University, Polytechnic or College of Education and of course, this information carries weight because it provides in full, details about the current JAMB syllabus for physics.

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  • The complete JAMB syllabus for physic.
  • Marking Scheme for Physics in JAMB.
  • How to answer Physics questions in your UTME.
  • You will be able to sustain your interest in physics.
  • You will develop attitude relevant to physics that encourage accuracy, precision and objectivity.
  • You will be able to interpret physical phenomena, laws, definitions, concepts and other theories.
  • Finally, demonstrate the ability to solve correctly physics problems using relevant theories and concepts.


Below is the table containing the approved physics syllabus for the forthcoming UTME. However, you can download the PDF file for free just below the table.



1.                   MEASUREMENTS AND UNITS

(a)            Length, area and volume: Metre     rule, Venier calipers Micrometer

Screw-guage, 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


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;


(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.


(h)           Measurement,    position,     distance    and displacement

(i)                       concept of displacement

(ii)                  distinction    between    distance    and displacement

(iii)             concept of position and    coordinates

(iv)            frame of reference










2.             Scalars and Vectors

(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


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 guage

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.



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;









3.       Motion

(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

v.                   resolve vectors into two perpendicular components;

vi.                 use graphical methods to solve vector problems;




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 form 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;


(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 (v)simple  treatment  of  energy change in


(vi) force vibration and  resonance (simple treatment)



4           Gravitational 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

(iv)       distinction between mass and weight

(v)         escape velocity

(vi)       parking orbit and weightlessness

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.          analyse      the      energy      changes occurring during S.H.M

xxiii.        identify different types of forced vibration

xxiv.        enumerate          applications          of resonance.



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



5.             Equilibrium 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 (torgue)

(iii)    applications



(c)     conditions for equilibrium of rigid bodies under the action of parallel and non- parallel forces

(i)  resolution and composition of forces in two perpendicular directions,

(ii)    resultant and equilibrant


(d)    centre of gravity and stability

(i)    stable, unstable and neutral equilibra



6.           (a) Work, Energy and Power

(i)        definition of work, energy and power

(ii)        forms of energy

(vii) conservation of energy

(iv) qualitative treatment between different forms of energy

(viii) interpretation of area under the force- distance curve







(b) Energy and society

(i)      sources of energy

(ii)    renewable and non-renewable energy eg coal, crude oil etc

(iii)    uses of energy

(iv)     energy and development

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.   analyse 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.




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 non- renewable energy, examples should be given



(v)    energy diversification

(vi)environmental impact of energy eg global warming, green house 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.



7.              Friction

(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.






8.        Simple Machines

(i)  definition of simple machines

(ii)  types of machines

(iii)    mechanical advantage, velocity ratio and efficiency of machines


9.    Elasticity

(i) elastic limit, yield point, breaking point, Hooke’s law and Young’s modulus

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.








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


iv.            suggest ways by which friction can be reduced;

v.          analyse factors that affect viscosity and terminal velocity;

vi.        apply Stoke’s law.


Candidates should be able to:

i.         identify    different    types    of    simple machines;

ii.       solve      problems      involving      simple machines.


Candidates should be able to:

i.     interpret force-extension curves;



(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.


10.   Pressure

(a)      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 barometer as an altimeter.


(b) Pressure in liquids

(i)        the relationship between pressure, depth and density (P = rgh)

(ii)    transmission of pressure in liquids (Pascal’s Principle)

(iii)    application


11. Liquids 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)             Archimede’s principle and law of floatation and applications, e.g. ships and hydrometers.




12.     Temperature and Its Measurement

(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

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



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;




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



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.





13.       Thermal Expansion

(a)    Solids

(i) definition and determination of linear, volume and area expansivities

(ii)  effects and applications, e.g. expansion in building strips and railway lines

(ix)relationship between different expansivities


(b) Liquids

(i)      volume expansivity

(ii)    real and apparent     expansivities

(iii)    determination of volume expansivity

(iv)    anomalous expansion of water



14.     Gas Laws

(i)      Boyle’s law (isothermal process)


(ii)    Charle’s law (isobaric process)

(iii)    Pressure law (volumetric process


(iv)      absolute zero of temperature

(v)        general gas quation ( PV    = constant )



(vi)        ideal gas equation Eg Pv = nRT

(vii)        Van der waal gas



15.   Quantity 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




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.       analyse the anomalous expansion of water.



Candidates should be able to:

i.  interpret the gas laws;

ii.     use expression of these laws to solve numerical problems.

iii.   interprete Van der waal equation for one mole of a real gas











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.



electrical  method     and Newton’s law of cooling



16.   Change 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



17.   Vapours

(i)    unsaturated and saturated vapours

(ii) relationship between saturated vapour 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.




18.   Structure of Matter and Kinetic Theory

(a) 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.


(b) 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




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



Candidates should be able to:

i.        distinguish     between    saturated  and unsaturated


ii.      relate saturated vapour 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


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

gases Boyle’s law, Charle’s law melting,boiling vaporization, change in



temperature, evaporation, etc.




19.     Heat 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








20.         Waves

(a)      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, wave number and wave vector

(vii)   progressive wave equation e.g Y = A sin 2p (vt ± ´)



(b) 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,

temperature, evaporation, etc.



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 analyse the principles of operating internal combustion jet engines, rockets


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 wave length to wave velocity;

vi.         determine    phase    difference,      wave number 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;

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