IIT JAM 2019 Syllabus for Physics (PH)

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Syllabus of Physics – IIT JAM 2019

Mathematical Methods

Matrices and determinants, Algebra of complex numbers; Vector algebra, Vector Calculus, Multiple integrals, Divergence theorem, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem; Calculus of single and multiple variables, partial derivatives, Jacobian, imperfect and perfect differentials, Taylor expansion, Fourier series ; First order equations and linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients.

Mechanics and General Properties of Matter

Gravitational Law and field, Conservative and non-conservative forces; Newton’s laws of motion and applications, Velocity and acceleration in Cartesian, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems, uniformly rotating frame, centrifugal and Coriolis forces, Motion under a central force, Kepler’s laws, System of particles, Center of mass, equation of motion of the CM, conservation of linear and angular momentum, conservation of energy, variable mass systems; Elastic and inelastic collisions. Rigid body motion, fixed axis rotations, rotation and translation, moments of Inertia and products of Inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorem. Principal moments and axes; Kinematics of moving fluids, the equation of continuity, Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s theorem;

Oscillations, Waves and Optics

The general theory of image formation; Thick lens, thin lens and lens combinations; Interference of light, optical path retardation; Fraunhofer diffraction; Differential equation for the simple harmonic oscillator and its general solution; Superposition of two or more simple harmonic oscillators; Group velocity and phase velocity; Sound waves in media. Doppler Effect; Fermat’s Principle; Rayleigh criterion and resolving power; Diffraction gratings; Lissajous figures; Damped and forced oscillators, resonance; Wave equation, travelling and standing waves in one-dimension; Energy density and energy transmission in waves; Polarization: linear, circular and elliptic polarization. Double refraction and optical rotation;

Electricity and Magnetism

Simple DC and AC circuits with R, L and C components; Displacement current, Maxwell’s equations and plane electromagnetic waves, Poynting’s theorem, reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface, transmission and reflection coefficients (normal incidence only). Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law; Electric field and potential; Electrostatic boundary conditions; Solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases; Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics; dielectric polarization, volume and surface charges, electrostatic energy; Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, Self and mutual inductance. Alternating currents; Lorentz Force and motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields;

Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics

Elements of Kinetic theory of gases; Velocity distribution and Equipartition of energy; Specific heat of Mono-, di- and tri-atomic gases; Ideal gas, van-der-Waals gas and equation of state; Mean free path; Laws of thermodynamics; Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium; First law and its consequences; Isothermal and adiabatic processes; Reversible, irreversible and quasi-static processes; Second law and entropy; Carnot cycle; Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications. Thermodynamic potentials and their applications; Phase transitions and Clausius-Clapeyron equation; Ideas of ensembles; Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions;


Modern Physics

Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr’s atomic model, X-rays. Wave-particle duality, Uncertainty principle, the superposition principle, calculation of expectation values, Schrödinger equation and its solution for one, two and three dimensional boxes; Inertial frames and Galilean invariance; Postulates of special relativity; Lorentz transformations; Length contraction, time dilation; Relativistic velocity addition theorem, mass-energy equivalence; Solution of Schrödinger equation for the one dimensional harmonic oscillator; Reflection and transmission at a step potential, Pauli exclusion principle; Structure of atomic nucleus, mass and binding energy. Radioactivity and its applications; Laws of radioactive decay;

Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Boolean algebra; Binary number systems; conversion from one system to another system; binary addition and subtraction; Crystal structure, Bravais lattices and basis; Miller indices; X-ray diffraction and Bragg’s law; Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, variation of resistivity with temperature; Fermi level; p-n junction diode, I-V characteristics, Zener diode and its applications, BJT: characteristics in CB, CE, CC modes. Single stage amplifier, two-stage R-C coupled amplifiers; Simple Oscillators: Barkhausen condition, sinusoidal oscillators. OPAMP and applications; Inverting and non-inverting amplifier; Logic Gates AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR exclusive OR; Truth tables; a combination of gates; de Morgan’s theorem;

Reference books for Physics – IIT JAM 2019

  • Mathematical Methods for Physics & Engineering by Riley, Hobson & Bence
  • Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths
  • Electricity & Magnetism by B.Ghosh
  • Quantum Mechanics by Zeitlin & Griffith
  • Quantum Mechanics by MC Jain
  • Classical Mechanics by Kepler or Barclays, and HJ Pain
  • Molecular and Atomic Physics by Rajkumar / White
  • Thermodynamics by Zemanski Dittman, Saha Srivastava/ F. W. Sears and G. L. Salinger
  • Optics by Ghatak/ Brijlal and Subhramanyam
  • Solid State Physics by Kittel / M A Omar / S O Pillai
  • Semiconductor and Electronics by Boylested /Gaekwad

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