Details of PH1201 (Spring 2017)

Level: 1 Type: Theory Credits: 3.0

Course CodeCourse NameInstructor(s)
PH1201 Physics II Rangeet Bhattacharyya

This is a basic course on physics. Along with PH1101 this is supposed to serve as an introduction to and overview of basic physics. This will start off at a level appropriate for students who have passed out of highschool. The emphasis will be more on providing the students with a flavour of the subject than on an in-depth exposition.


  • Basics of Electricity and Magnetism: Recapitulation of Coulomb and BiotSavart laws , Gauss, Ampere, Faraday's - both differential and integral versions.

  • Special Theory of Relativity: Einstein's postulates. The invariant interval. Lorentz boost, Phenomenological consequences. Redefinition of momentum. The mass energy equivalence.

  • Nuclear Physics: Binding energy, Bethe-Weizsacker semi-empirical mass formula, Nuclear reactions and decay. Basics of nuclear fission and fusion.


  1. D. Halliday, R. Resnick and J. Walker, Fundamentals of Physics (Extended) Volume I and II., Wiley India Pvt Ltd, (2006)

  2. R. A. Serway, J. S. Faughn and C. Vuille, College Physics Thomson Brooks Cole (2011).

  3. J. Wilson and A. Buffa, College Physics , Addison Wesley Longman (2011).

  4. R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton, M. Sands, The Feynman Lectures in Physics, Narosa (2008).

  5. A. Beiser, Concepts of Modern Physics, Tata McGraw Hill (2009)

Course Credit Options

Sl. No.ProgrammeSemester NoCourse Choice
1 IP 2 Not Allowed
2 IP 4 Not Allowed
3 IP 6 Not Allowed
4 MR 2 Not Allowed
5 MR 4 Not Allowed
6 MS 2 Core
7 RS 1 Not Allowed
8 RS 2 Not Allowed