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Unicus Global Science Olympiad Class 8 Sample Papers


Classic Section

Content Domain Main Topics Sub-topics
Physics Physical States and Changes in Matter Motion of particles in solids, liquids, and gases
Differentiate between the thermal expansion of solids, liquids, and gases based on the arrangement and motion of their particles
Factors affecting thermal expansion
Force and Pressure Types of forces and their effects
Introduction to pressure and relationship between force, area, and pressure
Applications of force and pressure
Pressure exerted by liquids and gases
Atmospheric pressure and its applications in everyday life
Energy Transformation and Transfer Introduction to energy and various forms of energy (kinetic, potential, thermal, sound, light, electrical, chemical, nuclear)
Mechanisms of energy transfer
Transformation of energy from one form to another and its applications
Friction Introduction to friction and its types
Factors affecting friction
Positive and negative impacts of friction
Ways to increase or decrease friction
Light and Sound Characteristics of light and sound waves (wavelength, frequency, amplitude)
Formation of image by spherical mirrors and lenses
Human vision and hearing, their defects and correction
Chemical and Magnetic Effects of Electric Current Electrical conductivity and electrolytes
Electrolysis and its applications
Magnetic field around a current-carrying conductor
Electromagnets and their applications
Chemistry Properties of Matter Physical properties of matter, mass and weight (distinction between the two), volume, density (relationship between mass and volume), length, width, height (dimensions), colour, luster, texture, melting point and boiling point, solubility, malleability and ductility, conductivity (thermal and electrical)
Chemical properties of matter: flammability, reactivity with other substances, acidity or basicity, ability to undergo rusting or tarnishing
Basic understanding of extensive and intensive properties
Chemical Changes and Reactions Characteristics of chemical reaction
Matter and energy in chemical reactions
Factors influencing the rate of chemical reactions
Formation of chemical bonds
and Non-Metals
Properties of metals and non-metals
Reactions that metals and non-metals participate in
Applications of metals and non-metals in everyday life
Reactivity series
Chemistry of Combustion Combustion as a chemical reaction
Requirements to sustain combustion
Types of combustion and fuels
Biology Cell and it functions Structures and functions of cells
Major organelles in a cell
Compare and contrast plant and animal cells
Basic processes of cellular transport, cellular respiration, and photosynthesis
Role of cells in growth, development, and reproduction
Life Cycles, Reproduction and Development Reproduction and its significance in the survival of species
Mechanisms for passing genetic materials (sexual and asexual)
Sexual reproduction and inheritance
Stages of embryonic development: zygote, embryo and foetus
Metamorphosis in frog and insects
Diversity of reproductive strategies
Endocrine System and Hormones Introduction to the endocrine system
Major endocrine glands and their hormones
Micro-organisms Introduction to microorganisms
Microorganisms and human well-being
Microorganisms in the environment
Microorganisms and biogeochemical cycles
Circulatory Systems in Animals Transportation within animals: open and closed circulatory systems
Components of circulatory system and their functions
Transport adaptations in various organisms
Environmental Science Forces in Nature Basic principles of static electricity and different types of electric charges and their interactions
Process of charge transfer and  formation and nature of lightning
Concept of plate tectonics and its role in earthquakes
Earth, Stars and the Solar System Effects of the earth’s movements
Compare and contrast certain physical features of earth with those of the moon and other planets
Composition and life cycle of stars
Celestial bodies, (role of gravity in their formation and movement)
Earth-moon system and its impact on earth
Environmental Contamination Major air pollutants: particulates (PM10, PM2.5), smoke, smog, gases (CO2, SO2, NOx)
The greenhouse effect and global warming
Eutrophication and its consequences
Effects of water pollution (waterborne diseases, depletion of oxygen, disruption of food chains)
Simple methods for measuring air and water quality
Ecosystems Flow of energy in ecosystems
Cycling of water, oxygen, and carbon in ecosystems
Interdependence of populations of organisms in an ecosystem
Factors that affect the growth of organisms (disease, predators, food resources, drought)

Scholar Section

Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Classic Section

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