Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission
Syllabus For Physics Preliminary Examination (Optional)
PHYSICS ( CODE NO. 06 )
1. Mechanics & Properties of Matter
Dimensional analysis. Newton's laws of motion and their applications.
Variable mass system, system of particles, centre of mass. Rotational dynamics :
torque, angular momentum, kinetic energy, theorems of moment of inertia. Elastic
and inelastic collisions. Central forces. Kepler's laws, gravitational field and
potentials due to spherical bodies. Escape velocity and artificial satellite.
Special theory of relativity and Lorentz transformations, Length Contraction ,
Time Dialation , Mass Energy Relation . Elasticity, Hooke's law, elastic
constants for an isotropic solid. Beams & cantilevers. Torsion of a cylinder.
Elasticity of gases. Surface tension and surface energy, excess pressure across
curved surfaces. Effect of impurities and temperature on surface tension.
Streamline and turbulent motion, viscosity, Poiseuille's equation, applications
of Bernoulli's equation and Stoke's law.
2. Heat and Thermodynamics
Kinetic theory of gases, equation of state of an ideal gas, mean free path,
distribution of molecular speeds and energies. Transport phenomena, Andrew's
experiments, Vander waal's equation and its applications. Thermal equilibrium
and temperature. Laws of thermodynamics, Joule - Kelvin effect and its
applications. Carnot engine. Entropy, Clausius Clapeyron equation and its
applications. Thermodynamic Potential, Black body radiations, Stefan Boltzmann
law, Kirchoff's laws, Wien, Rayleigh - Jean's and Planck's radiation Law.
3. Oscillations and Waves
Simple harmonic motion; Lissajous figures, Damped and forced oscillations,
resonance. Phase and group velocities progressive and stationary waves. Beats,
Vibration in string and air columns. Ultrasonic waves and their applications,
Musical Scale and acoustics of buildings.
Cardinal points of an optical system. Chromatic and spherical aberration.
Achromatic combination of lenses. Optical instruments, eyepieces. Interference
of light, Young's double slit experiment, Newton's rings. Interference by thin
films. Fresnel diffraction : half period zones and zone plate. Fraunhoffer
diffraction, diffraction at N parallel slits, intensity distribution, plane
transmission grating, resolution of images, Rayleigh's criterion, resolving
power of telescope and microscope. Polarisation, Double refraction and optical
rotation, optical activity and its applications. Characteristics of laser light,
spatial coherence. Application of laser beams.
5. Electricity and Magnetism
Gauss law and its applications, electric potential. Parallel plate
capacitor. Dielectric polarization. Force per unit area on the surface of a
charged conductor. Growth and decay of current in LR and CR circuit, Biot &
Savart's Law, Lorentz's force, force on a straight current carrying conductor in
magnetic field. Torque on a current loop. Faraday's laws of electromgnetic
induction, Lenz's law, self and mutual induction, transformers, A.C. circuit,
series and parallel resonance, Q-factor. Maxwell’s Equations , Electromagnetic
waves, energy transport and Poynting vector. Magnetism : Magnetic susceptibility
dia, para and ferromagnetism Hysteresis.
Intrinsic & extrinsic semiconductors, junction diode, Zener Diode , Tunnel
Diode , Schotty Diode, Light Emitting Diode, transistors - different
configurations & application as an amplifier. Binary numbers, Logic Gates and
7. Atomic & Nuclear Physics
Bohr's Theory of hydrogen atom. Photoelectric effect. X-ray spectrum. Wave
nature of matter, de Broglie wavelength. Heisenberg Uncertainity Principle ,
Natural and artificial radio activity, binding energy of nuclei, nuclear fission
and fusion. Elementry Particles.