COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Physics
Course Code: 
15PHY100
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Semester: 
1
2
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Chennai
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Physics' is a course offered in the first and second semester of B. Tech. programs at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Review of Classical Physics and dual nature of Waves /particle

Review of Kinematics, Force, Newton’s Laws, Linear Momentum, Work, Energy, Power, Angular Motion - Kinematics and Mechanics, Angular momentum Torque, Conservation laws (linear and angular).

Particle properties of waves: Photoelectric effect, quantum theory of light, X-ray diffraction, Compton effect, pair production. Wave properties of particles: Waves, De Broglie waves, Group velocity and phase velocity, uncertainty principle.

Unit 2

Atomic Structure and Quantum Mechanics

Atomic Structure: Various models of atom, Atomic Spectra, Energy Levels, Correspondence Principle, Nuclear Motion, Atomic Excitation, and Rutherford Scattering.

Quantum Mechanics: Introduction - wave equation - Schrodinger’s equation (time dependent and independent) - expectation values, operators, Eigen value (momentum and energy) – 1D potential box (finite and infinite) - tunnel effect - harmonic oscillator.

Unit 3

Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics

Statistical Mechanics: Classical Distribution - Maxwell’s Boltzmann-Molecular energies of an ideal gas - most probable speed. Quantum Statistics - Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. Applications - Black Body Radiation, Specific heat of solids, free electrons in metals, Electron energy.

Solid State Physics: Types of solids, Crystallography, Bonds - Ionics, Covalent, and Van der Waals, Band Theory and energies, Semiconductor Devices, and Superconductivity.

  • “Concept of Modern Physics”, Arthur Beiser, Tata-McGraw Hill, edition
  • “Principles of Physics“ by Halliday, Resnick and Walker, 9th edition