Physics CSS Syllabus

Physics CSS Syllabus 2016 is available here. Candidates will be expected to display in depth knowledge of basic Physics concepts, Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Viscosity, Elasticity, fluid motion and Bernoulli’s theorem Waves and Oscillation, Heat and Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern and Quantum Physics, Solid State Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

Physics CSS Syllabus 

1. Mechanics

  • Vectors—Dots, Cross and triple products, Gradient, divergence and applications.
  • Newtonian laws of motion; calculus based approach to kinematics, forces and dynamics, conservation law of energy; conservation of linear  and  angular momentum;  Dynamics  of  rigid  body;  spin  and precession; gyroscope; Gravitation; planetary motion and satellites; Kepler's laws; centripetal forces
  • Special theory of relativity. Mischelson—Morley  experiment  and Einstein’s postulates;  Lorentz  transformation;  time  dilation  and  length contraction; equivalence of mass and energy.

2Fluid Mechanics

  • Surface tension; Viscosity; Elasticity; fluid motion and Bernoulli’s theorem.

3. Waves and Oscillation

  • Free oscillation  with  one  and  two  degrees  of  freedom;  forced  and damped oscillations and phenomenon of resonance. Simple harmonic motion. Traveling waves and transmission of energy; Phase and Group velocity; standing waves. Basics of sound waves.
  • Reflection, Refraction, Interference, Diffraction and Polarization of waves; interfero-meter and Newton’s rings; Diffraction Gratings and their resolving power; spectro-meters. Electromagnetic wave equation; normal and anamolous dispersion; coherence, lasers and applications.

4. Heat and Thermodynamics

  • Perfect gas   and   Van der Waals   equation;   Three   Laws   of Thermodynamics, internal energy, temperature, entropy. Thermal  properties  of Simple system production  and  measurement  of  low  temperatures;  kinetic theory  of  gases;  Maxwellian  distribution of molecular   velocities;   Brownian motion;   Transport phenomena. Classical Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics and its application; Quantum Bose—Einstein and Fermi—Dirac Statistics.

PAPER—II (Marks-100)

I.  Electricity and Magnetism

  • Electric field due to point charges, Gauss’ law Electric potential and Poisson and Laplace’s   equation   Dielectric   medium   and   Polarization; Capacitance; Moving  charges  and resulting magnetic  field;  Ampere’s  law;  Vector potential; Magnetic properties of matter; Transient current; Faraday’s law of electromagnetic   induction;  Alternating   current   and   LRO   circuit. Maxwell’s equations; Poynting theorem and Poynting Vector. Maxwell's equations in integral and differential form.

II.  Modern and Quantum Physics

  • Operators and quantum states, observables, time dependent and independent Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, spin-1/2 particle in a magnetic field, wave mechanics, particle in a box, tunneling, one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, Heisenber's uncertainty relationship and indeterminacy based on commutation properties of operators, Bohr theory  and  quantum  numbers  including  electron spin;  Pauli’s exclusion  principle;  Spectra  of  simple  systems  with  one  or  two valence electrons.   Photo   electric   effect   Compton   scattering;   pair production; Lande’s g factor and Zeeman effect. Raman effect; Waves and particles and De Broglie’s Hypothesis.

III.  Solid State Physics

  • Crystal lattice and structure, Bravais lattice, free electron model, Band theory and electron in a periodic potential, Fermi energy and density of states, n and p type semiconductors, physics of the transistor and MOSFET, dielectric properties, magnetic properties and origin of magnetism.

IV.  Nuclear Physics

  • Structure of Nuclei; Radioactivity, and decay. Methods of detection, Mass Spectrometer.     Phenomenon   of   fission; reactor and nuclear power, nuclear fusion and its application, Elementary particles and their properties.

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