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Applied Physics: Course Outline (BS-121)

Applied physics is physics which is intended for a particular technological or practical use. It is usually considered as a bridge or a connection between physics and engineering.


Properties of Matter: Elasticity; modulus of Elasticity, Experimental determination of young‟s modulus, Bending of beams, Cantilever.

Fluids: Steady and turbulent flow, Bernoulli‟s theorem, Viscosity, determination of Coefficient of viscosity by Poiseuillie's method. Surface tension, Surface energy, Angle of contact, determination surface tension by rise in a capillary tube.

Heat & Thermodynamics: Heat, Temperature, Theories of heat,  Adiabatic and isothermal processes, the four laws  of  thermodynamics, Thermodynamic functions, Efficiency of Heat Engines, Carnot‟s Cycle, Entropy, Reversible Process and cycles, Thermodynamic equilibrium, Introduction to Heat transfer Mechanisms.

Optics: Waves and Oscillations, Simple Harmonic Motion, types of wave motion, theories of light, Interference, Diffraction, Polarization, Double refraction, Dispersion, Types and uses of Deviation Lasers.

Electricity and Magnetism: Electric charges, Electric field, Electric potential, Coulomb‟s law, Gauss‟s law, Capacitors and dielectrics, Electric current, Ohm‟s Law, Magnetic properties of matter, Magnetic field, Magnetic force on current, Ampere‟s law, Faraday‟s law, and Lenz‟s law.

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