Course Code

P102

Credit

6

Prerequisite

- None -

Total Hours

28 Lectures + 14 Tutorials

Outcome of the Course

Builds basic understanding of electro and magneto static phenomena and processes. Introduces important concepts of polarization, electromagnetic waves, interference and diffraction and basic ideas in special relativity and quantum mechanics.

Approval

Syllabus

Overview of Electromagnetism (10 lectures)

- Coulombs law, Gauss law
- Biot-Savart law, Ampere law
- Lorentz force, Faraday law
- Maxwell equation and EM wave equation

Introduction to Relativity (6 lectures)

- Michelson Morley experiment, Bradley & Fizeau experiment (ether-drag hypothesis)
- Galilean non-invariance of EM wave equation; postulates of SR
- Lorentz transformation: length contraction / time dilation / simultaneity
- Discussion of muon-decay problem

Introduction to Quantum Physics (12 lectures)

- Black body radiation, photo-electric effect, Compton effect, atomic spectra, Planck postulate, Bohr atom
- de Broglie hypothesis and Davisson-Germer experiment
- Franck-Hertz experiment, Quantization of energy & qualitative discussion on laser
- 1D Schroedinger equation, particle in an infinite potential well
- (Time permitting: step and barrier problems)

Reference Books

- Concepts of Modern Physics, Sixth Ed. By Arthur Beiser
- Fundamentals of Physics by David Halliday, Robert Resnick & Jearl Walker, 8th ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2004
- Foundations of Electromagnetic theory by John R. Reitz, Fredrick Milford & Robert Christ. 4th ed. Massachusetts: Addison Wesley, 1993
- Electricity and magnetism (Berkeley Physics Course; vol.2) by Edward M. Purcell. 2nd ed. New York McGraw Hill Book Company Inc.
- Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths, 3rd ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2nd ed. by David J. Griffiths.