The following table is a side-by-side comparison of the 2016 and 2009 IB Physics curriculum. The center column is a reference to the old 2009 sub-topic most closely related to the new 2016 sub-topic.

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2016 Core
2009
sub-topic
2009 Core
1. Measurements and uncertainties

1. Physics and physical measurement
1.1 – Measurements in physics
1.1, 1.2
1.1 – The realm of physics
1.2 – Uncertainties and errors
1.2
1.2 – Measurement and uncertainties
1.3 – Vectors and scalars
1.3
1.3 – Vectors and scalars
2. Mechanics

2. Mechanics
2.1 – Motion
2.1, 9.1
2.1 – Kinematics
2.2 – Forces
2.2
2.2 – Forces and dynamics
2.3 – Work, energy, and power
2.3
2.3 – Work, energy, and power
2.4 – Momentum and impulse
2.2
2.4 – Uniform circular motion
3. Thermal physics

3. Thermal physics
3.1 – Thermal concepts
3.1
3.1 – Thermal concepts
3.2 – Modelling a gas
3.2
3.2 – Thermal properties of matter
4. Waves

4. Oscillations and waves
4.1 – Oscillations
4.1
4.1 – Kinematics of simple harmonic motion
4.2 – Travelling waves
4.4
4.2 – Energy changes during SHM
4.3 – Wave characteristics
4.4
4.3 – Forced oscillations and resonance
4.4 – Wave behaviour
4.5
4.4 – Wave characteristics
4.5 – Standing waves
4.5
4.5 – Wave properties
5. Electricity and magnetism

5. Electric currents
5.1 – Electric fields
5.1, 6.2
5.1 – Electric potential difference, I, R
5.2 – Heating effect of electric currents
5.2
5.2 – Electric circuits
5.3 – Electric cells
5.1

5.4 – Magnetic effects of currents
6.3

6. Circular motion and gravitation

6. Fields and forces
6.1 – Circular motion
2.4
6.1 – Gravitational force and field
6.2 – Newton’s law of gravitation
6.1, 9.4
6.2 – Electric force and field


6.3 – Magnetic force and field
7. Atomic, nuclear, particle physics

7. Atomic and nuclear physics
7.1 – Discrete energy and radioactivity
7.1, 7.2, 13.1
7.1 – The atom
7.2 – Nuclear reactions
7.3, 13.2
7.2 – Radioactive decay
7.3 – The structure of matter
J.1
7.3 – Nuclear reactions, fission and fusion
8. Energy production

8. Energy, power, and climate change
8.1 – Energy sources
8.2
8.1 – Energy degradation, power generation
8.2 – Thermal energy transfer
8.1
8.2 – World energy sources


8.3 – Fossil fuel power production


8.4 – Non-fossil fuel power production


8.5 – Greenhouse effect


8.6 – Global warming
2016 AHL
2009
sub-topic
2009 AHL
9. Wave phenomena

9. Motion in fields
9.1 – Simple harmonic motion
4.1, 4.2
9.1 – Projectile motion
9.2 – Single-slit diffraction
11.3
9.2 – Gravitational field, potential, energy
9.3 – Interference
4.5
9.3 – Electric field, potential and energy
9.4 – Resolution
11.4
9.4 – Orbital motion
9.5 – Doppler effect
11.2

10. Fields

10. Thermal physics
10.1 – Describing fields
9.2, 9.3
10.1 – Thermodynamics
10.2 – Fields at work
9.2, 9.3
10.2 – Processes
11. Electromagnetic induction

11. Wave phenomena
11.1 – Electromagnetic induction
12.1, 12.2
11.1 – Standing (stationary) waves
11.2 – Power generation, transmission
8.3, 8.4, 12.3
11.2 – Doppler effect
11.3 – Capacitance
NEW
11.3 – Diffraction


11.4 – Resolution


11.5 – Polarization
12. Quantum and nuclear physics

12. Electromagnetic induction
12.1 – Interaction of matter, radiation
13.1
12.1 – Induced electromotive force (emf)
12.2 – Nuclear physics
13.2
12.2 – Alternating current


12.3 – Transmission of electrical power


13. Quantum and nuclear physics


13.1 – Quantum physics


13.2 – Nuclear physics


14. Digital technology


14.1 – Analogue and digital signals


14.2 – Data capture, digital imaging (CCDs)
2016 Option
2009
sub-topic
2009 Option
A. Relativity

B. Quantum and nuclear physics
A.1 – Beginnings of relativity (Core)
D.1, D.2
B.1 – Quantum physics
A.2 – Lorentz transformations (Core)
D.3
B.2 – Nuclear physics
A.3 – Spacetime diagrams (Core)
NEW
D. Relativity and particle physics
A.4 – Relativistic mechanics (HL only)
H.6
D.1 – Introduction to relativity
A.5 – General relativity (HL only)
H.7, H.8
D.2 – Concepts, postulates special relativity
B. Engineering physics

D.3 – Relativistic kinematics
B.1 – Rigid bodies and rot. dyn. (Core)
NEW
D.4 – Particles and interactions
B.2 – Thermodynamics (Core)
10.1, 10.2
D.5 – Quarks
B.3 – Fluids and dynamics (HL only)
NEW
D.5 – Quarks
B.4 – Forced vib. and res. (HL only)
4.3
H. Relativity
C. Imaging

H.1 – Introduction to relativity
C.1 – Introduction to imaging (Core)

H.2 – Concepts, postulates special relativity
C.2 – Imaging instrumentation (Core)

H.3 – Relativistic kinematics
C.3 – Fibre optics (Core)

H.4 – Consequences of special relativity
C.4 – Medical imaging (HL only)

H.5 – Evidence to support special relativity
D. Astrophysics

H.6 – Relativistic momentum and energy
D.1 – Stellar quantities (Core)

H.7 – General relativity
D.2 – Stellar char. , evolution (Core)

H.8 – Evidence to support general relativity
D.3 – Cosmology (Core)

H.8 – Evidence to support general relativity
D.4 – Stellar processes (HL only)

J. Particle physics
D.5 – Further cosmology (HL only)

J.1 – Particles and interactions


J.2 – Particle accelerators


J.3 – Quarks


J.4 – Leptons and the standard model


J.5 – Evidence for the standard model


J.6 – Cosmology and strings