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PH 2111 Engineering Physics Syllabus
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Syllabus of Anna University Chennai Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Technology (BE/BTech) - R2008/Affiliated Institutions Common Syllabus - Ist Year - PH 2111 Engineering Physics


(Common to all branches of B.E. / B.Tech. Programmes)

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At the end of the course the students would be exposed to fundamental knowledge in

Unit – I Electromagnetic phenomena and applications (18)

Electrostatics: Electrostatic field and potential, Coulomb’s law, electric flux, divergence of the electric field, solid angle, field due to isolated charge, spherical charge distribution.

Magnetostatics and electrodynamics: Magentic vector potential, Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, Maxwell’s equations – in free space and in conducting media, skin depth in metals. Electromagnetic wave equation, wave propagation, refractive index, speed of light.

Unit – II Wave Optics, Lasers and Fibre Optics (18)

Wave Optics: Interference— air wedge, Michelson’s interferometer, applications: wavelength determination, determination of thickness of a thin transparent sheet. Expressions for plane, circularly and elliptically polarized light (derivation) – Quarter and Half wave plates- Production and detection of plane, circularly and elliptically polarized light.

Lasers: Einstein coefficients (A&B), Nd – YAG laser, CO2 laser, semiconductor laser (homojunction) – applications of lasers.

Fibre Optics: Principle and propagation of light in optical fibres – Numerical Aperture and Acceptance angle – Types of optical fibres (material, refractive index, mode) – Applications: Fibre optics communication system (block diagram only) – Fibre optic sensors (displacement sensor and pressure sensor).

Unit - Iii Quantum Physics and applications (18)

Quantum Physics: Black body radiation – Planck’s theory (derivation)-Deduction of Wien’s displacement law and Rayleigh - Jeans’ law from Planck’s theory – Compton effect - Theory and experimental verification - Schroedinger’s wave equation – Time independent and time dependent equations – Physical significance of wave function – Particle in a one dimensional box – Extension to 3 dimension (no derivation) – Degeneracy, harmonic oscillator.

Energy Bands in Solids: Band theory of solids (qualitative) - Classification of solids into metals, semiconductors and insulators on the basis of band theory – Conductors – classical theory, mobility and conductivity - Classical free electron theory of metals – Electrical and thermal conductivity – Wiedmann Franz law – Lorentz number – Drawbacks of classical theory, quantum theory, Fermi distribution function - Effect of temperature on Fermi function , Density of energy states - Carrier concentration in metals - Energy distribution of electrons - Work function.

Unit - Iv Physics of Materials (18)

Superconducting Materials: Superconducting phenomena – Properties of superconductors – Meissner effect and Isotope effect– Type I and Type II superconductors – High Tc superconductors (qualitative) – Uses of superconductors.

Dielectrics: Electrical susceptibility - Dielectric constant – Electronic, ionic, orientational and space charge polarizations – Frequency and temperature dependence of polarization – Internal field – Claussius-Mosotti relation (derivation) - Dielectric loss – Dielectric breakdown – Uses of dielectric materials (Capacitor and Transformer), ferroelectricity.

Unit - V Modern Engineering Materials (18)

Metallic glasses – preparation, properties and applications.

Shape memory alloys - processing, characterization and applications.

Nonlinear materials – Principle-Passive and active materials – Properties of nonlinear materials – Different materials – applications.

Nanomaterials – Introduction , transmission electron microscopy, properties of nanoparticles, metallic nanoclusters. Carbon nanotubes: fabrication, structure, electrical properties, semiconductor quantum dots (qualitative) and applications of nanoparticles.

Total=90 Periods


1. R. K. Gaur and S. L. Gupta "Engineering Physics", Dhanpat Rai Publications, New Delhi (2003).

2. S. L. Kakani and Shubhra Kakani, "Engineering Physics", 2nd edition, CBS publishers and distributors (2008).

3. Charles P. Poole and Frank J. Owens, "Introduction to Nanotechnology", Wiley India (2007). (For unit V)


1. Arthur Beiser, "Concepts of Modern Physics", Tata McGraw-Hill Publications (2007).

2. Serway and Jewett, "Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics", 6th Edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Indian reprint (2007)

3. David Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics", 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall of India (2007).

4. Palanisamy P. K., "Physics for Engineers", Scitech Publications (India) Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, Second Edition (2007).

5. Arumugam M., "Engineering Physics", Anuradha Agencies, Kumbakonam, Second Edition, Fifth Reprint (2007).

6. P. Mani, "Engineering Physics" First Edition, Dhanam Publications (2007).

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