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Subject code (credits): CUTM2353, (3-0-0)
Mechanics - Teaching Hours: 15 Hours
Laws of motion: Motion and its physical interpretation, Newton’s law of motion, Law of
conservation of linear momentum and its applications. Static and kinetic friction, laws of
friction. Circular motion: Centripetal and Centrifugal force, Projectile motions and its
Simple Harmonic Motion and Elasticity: Simple Harmonic Oscillations. Differential
equation of SHM and its solution. Kinetic energy, potential energy, total energy and their
time-average values. Elastic and inelastic collisions between particles. Elasticity, stress,
strain, and Relation between the Elastic constants.
Thermal Physics Teaching Hours: 15 Hours
First Law of Thermodynamics: Thermodynamic Variables, Thermodynamic Equilibrium,
Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics & Concept of Temperature, Concept of Work & Heat, State
Functions, First Law of Thermodynamics and its differential form, Internal Energy, various
thermodynamic processes, Relation between CP and CV, Work Done during Isothermal and
Second Law of Thermodynamics: Reversible and Irreversible process with examples.
Conversion of Work into Heat and Heat into Work. Heat Engines. Carnot engine & efficiency,
Kelvin-Planck and Clausius Statements. Concept of entropy.
Kinetic theory of gases and Theory of Radiation: Real and Ideal gas, Maxwell-Boltzmann
Law of Distribution of velocities. Mean, RMS and Most Probable Speeds. Mean Free Path.
Blackbody radiation, Spectral distribution, Concept of Energy Density, Derivation of Planck's
law, Wien’s distribution law, Rayleigh-Jeans Law, Stefan Boltzmann Law and Wien’s
Wave and Optics : Teaching Hours: 15 Hours
Wave: Wave motion, Wave equation, longitudinal and transverse waves, Plane Progressive
(Travelling) Waves, Nature and properties of electromagnetic waves, Speed of sound wave
in different media and their properties, Velocity of Transverse Vibrations of Stretched
Strings, Newton’s hypothesis, Laplace correction in speed of sound.
Optics: Electromagnetic spectrum, Interference, Reflection, refraction polarization and
diffraction of light. Young’s double slit experiment, Refractive index and total internal
reflection of light. Microscopes and astronomical telescopes (reflecting and refracting) and
their magnifying powers. Physical and Chromatic aberrations.
Laws of Motion
Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
Review and Recap
Laws of Motion (Advanced Problems)
Introduction to Thermodynamics
Problem-solving exercises on basic thermodynamic concepts
First Law of Thermodynamics
Specific Heat and Heat Capacities
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Entropy and its Concept
Kinetic Theory of Gases
Ideal Gas Law and Deviations
Theory of Radiation
Planck's Law and Quantum Nature of Radiation
Wien's Distribution Law
Review and Recap
Addressing doubts and clarifying concepts
Thermodynamic Processes and Diagrams
: Heat Engines and Efficiency
upcoming assessment or exam
Applications of Thermal Physics
Introduction to Waves
Problem-solving exercises on wave properties
Plane Progressive Waves
Transverse Vibrations of Stretched Strings
Problem-solving exercises on transverse vibrations in strings
Interference of Light
Reflection and Refraction of Light
Polarization of Light
Diffraction of Light
Young's Double Slit Experiment
Refractive Index and Total Internal Reflection
Microscopes and Astronomical Telescopes
Aberrations in Optical Systems
Review and Recap
Preparation for the upcoming assessment or exam
Advanced Optics and Applications
1. NCERT Physics Part 1 And part 2.
2. An introduction to mechanics, D. Kleppner, R.J. Kolenkow, 1973, McGraw-Hill.
3. Mechanics, Berkeley Physics, vol.1, C.Kittel, W.Knight, et.al. 2007, Tata McGraw-Hill.
4. Physics, Resnick, Halliday and Walker 8/e. 2008, Wiley.
5. Heat and Thermodynamics, M.W. Zemansky, Richard Dittman, 1981, McGraw-Hill.
6. Thermal Physics, S. Garg, R. Bansal and Ghosh, 2nd Edition, 1993, Tata McGraw-Hill.
7. The Physics of Waves and Oscillations, N.K. Bajaj, 1998, Tata McGraw Hill.
8. Optics, Ajoy Ghatak, 2008, Tata McGraw Hill