BITSAT 2017 Physics Syllabus


1. Units & Measurement

  • Units (Different systems of units, SI units, fundamental and derived units)
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Precision and significant figures
  • Fundamental measurements in Physics (Vernier calipers, screw gauge, Physical balance etc)

2. Kinematics

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  • Properties of vectors
  • Position, velocity and acceleration vectors
  • Motion with constant acceleration
  • Projectile motion
  • Uniform circular motion
  • Relative motion

3. Newton’s Laws of Motion

  • Newton’s laws (free body diagram, resolution of forces)
  • Motion on an inclined plane
  • Motion of blocks with pulley systems
  • Circular motion – centripetal force
  • Inertial and non-inertial frames

4. Impulse and Momentum

  • Definition of impulse and momentum
  • Conservation of momentum
  • Collisions
  • Momentum of a system of particles
  • Center of mass

5. Work and Energy

  • Work done by a force
  • Kinetic energy and work-energy theorem
  • Power
  • Conservative forces and potential energy
  • Conservation of mechanical energy

6. Rotational Motion

  • Description of rotation (angular displacement, angular velocity and angular acceleration)
  • Rotational motion with constant angular acceleration
  • Moment of inertia, Parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, rotational kinetic energy6.4 Torque and angular momentum
  • Conservation of angular momentum
  • Rolling motion

7. Gravitation

  • Newton’s law of gravitation
  • Gravitational potential energy, Escape velocity
  • Motion of planets – Kepler’s laws, satellite motion

8. Mechanics of Solids  and Fluids

  • Elasticity
  • Pressure, density and Archimedes’ principle
  • Viscosity and Surface Tension
  • Bernoulli’s theorem

9. Oscillations

  • Kinematics of simple harmonic motion
  • Spring mass system, simple and compound pendulum
  • Forced & damped oscillations, resonance

10. Waves

  • Progressive sinusoidal waves
  • Standing waves in strings and pipes
  • Superposition of waves, beats
  • Doppler Effect

11. Heat and Thermodynamics

  • Kinetic theory of gases
  • Thermal equilibrium and temperature
  • Specific heat, Heat Transfer - Conduction, convection and radiation, thermal conductivity, Newton's law of cooling
  • Work, heat and first law of thermodynamics
  • 2nd law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine – Efficiency and Coefficient of performance

12. Electrostatics

  • Coulomb’s law
  • Electric field (discrete and continuous charge distributions)
  • Electrostatic potential and Electrostatic potential energy
  • Gauss’ law and its applications
  • Electric dipole
  • Capacitance and dielectrics (parallel plate capacitor, capacitors in series and parallel)

13.Current Electricity

  • Ohm’s law, Joule heating
  • D.C circuits – Resistors and cells in series and parallel, Kirchoff’s laws, potentiometer and Wheatstone bridge,
  • Electrical Resistance (Resistivity, origin and temperature dependence of resistivity).

14. Magnetic Effect of Current

  • Biot-Savart’s law and its applications
  • Ampere’s law and its applications
  • Lorentz force, force on current carrying conductors in a magnetic field
  • Magnetic moment of a current loop, torque on a current loop, Galvanometer and its conversion to voltmeter and ammeter

15. Electromagnetic Induction

  • Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents
  • Self and mutual inductance
  • Transformers and generators
  • Alternating current (peak and rms value)
  • AC circuits, LCR circuits

16. Optics

  • Laws of reflection and refraction
  • Lenses and mirrors
  • Optical instruments – telescope and microscope
  • Interference – Huygen’s principle, Young’s double slit experiment
  • Interference in thin films
  • Diffraction due to a single slit
  • Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics (only qualitative ideas), Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Polarization – states of polarization, Malus’ law, Brewster’s law

17. Modern Physics

  • Dual nature of light and matter – Photoelectric effect. De Broglie wavelength
  • Atomic models – Rutherford’s experiment, Bohr’s atomic model
  • Hydrogen atom spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear reactions : Fission and fusion, binding energy

18. Electronic Devices

  • Energy bands in solids (qualitative ideas only), conductors, insulators and semiconductors;
  • Semiconductor d iode- I-V characteristics of a transistor; transistor as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and oscillator.
  • Logic rates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR). Transistor as a switch.

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