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Course Name Physics-II
Course Code PHY101
Program BSc. in Biotechnology, BSc. in Microbiology
Semester 2
Credits 3


Properties of solidselasticity(link is external), stress-strain relation, Plastic behavior, isotropic materials, elastic energy.

Properties of liquids:  Pressure in liquids, Pressure transmission: Pascal’s law and its applications, Buoyancy: Archimedes principle and its applications. Surface tension: Measurement of surface tension, molecular theory, surface energy, pressure inside a soap bubble and a liquid drop, capillarity, negative pressure and the cohesion of water. Fluid flow: streamlines, Bernoulli’s Equation- Applications, Viscosity, Turbulence and Chaotic flow.

Properties of gases: Ideal gas, molecular view of pressure, Real gases, ideal gas equation

Dielectrics:  Properties of dielectrics, non-polar and polar dielectrics, Dielectric strength, Ferroelectrics, Piezoelectric, applications.       Magnetic materials:  Magnetism, magnetic materials, classification of magnetic materials, types of magnetic materials, soft magnetic materials, hard magnetic materials, applications.

Crystalline solids, crystal structure(link is external) and systems, Imperfections, X-ray diffraction, semiconductors, doping, Diodes(link is external), Transistor, IC’s, Mems, introduction to Nanotechnology. Superconductors-properties, materials, SQUIDS, Cryogenics.

Spectroscopy: Types of spectroscopy-basic principles, instrumentation, applications.

Non destructive testing methods: X-ray methods, Radioactive methods, Thermometric methods, Electrical measurements, Magnetic measurements.

Reference Books

  1. Elements of Solid state Physics – J. P. Srivastava, PHI, 2004.
  2. Concepts of Modern Physics – Arthur Beiser, 6th (e), TMH.
  3. Solid State Physics – S. O. Pillai, New Age International Publishers, 6th (e) revised.
  4. Elementary solid state Physics – Principles & Applications – M. Ali Omar, Pearson Education, 6th Indian Reprint, 2005.
  5. Principles of Instrumental Analysis – Skoog, Holler, Nieman, 5th (e), Thomson Brooks/Cole.
  6. Engineering Physics, P.V. Naik, Pearson Education, Ist Indian Print, 2004.
  7. Elementary Biophysics – An Introduction, P. K. Srivastava, Narosa Publishing House, Reprint 2006.
  8. Essentials of Biophysics, P. Narayanan, New Age International Publishers, Reprint 2005.
  9. Introduction to Solid state Physics – Charles Kittel, 7th (e), Willey Student Edition.
  10. Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, M. C. Gupta, New Age International Publishers, 2001.
  11. Modern Molecular Spectroscopy – H. S. Randhawa, MacMillan India Ltd, 2003.
  12. Physics – David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Kenneth S Krane, Vol.1 & 2, 5th (e), Willey Student Edition, 2002.
  13. Solid State Physics – A. J. Dekker, MacMillan India Ltd, Reprint 2004.
  14. Methods in Modern Biophysics – Bengt Nolting, Springer International Edition, Ist Indian Reprint, 2004.
  15. College Physics, Serway/ Faughn
  16. Atkin’s Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins, Jullo de Paula, 7th Edition.

‘Physics II’ course offered for the BSc Biotechnology and BSc Microbiology program at School of Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

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