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Semester III FALL 2017

Details of courses
1 Course code BIO 201
2 Course Title Introductory Biology III
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Sutirth Dey*
participating faculty (if any)
5 Nature of Course L- lectures alone
6 Pre requisites None
7 Objectives (goals, type of This is an introductory course that would help the students in terms of
students for whom useful, A) understanding of1) the basic concepts in ecology and evolution 2)
outcome etc) how organisms interact with each other, and the environment, and 3)
the ways of investigating ecological and evolutionary questions
B) ability to1) visualize how these concepts connect to real-life
situations, and 2) investigate questions in classical genetics, ecology
and evolution in particular, and biology/science in general using the
tools mentioned above.
8 Course contents Introduction: An overview of biological processes. Why study ecology
(details of topics /sections and evolution?Population ecology: Survivorship curves, Life-tables,
with no. of lectures for each) Simple population dynamics models and their behavior,
Community ecology/ Species interaction: Competition; Predation;
Ecosystem dynamics: Food webs; biodiversity; conservation biology,
Population genetics: H-W equilibrium; mutation; selection; genetic drift;
Macroevolution and diversity of life: Macro-evolutionary concepts:
reproductive isolation, speciation.
9 Evaluation /assessment a. End-sem examination- 35%
b. Mid-sem examination- 35%
c. 2-3 Quizes 30%
10 Suggested readings No single text book can be prescribed. The following books shall cover
(with full list of authors, much of the proposed syllabus:
publisher, year, edn etc.) Begon, M., Townsend, CR, and Harper, JL. (2005) Ecology - From
Individuals to Ecosystems. Blackwell Publishing.
Molles, M.C. (2009) Ecology Concepts and Applications: McGraw Hill.
Freeman, S and Herron, J (4 ed) Evolutionary Analysis. W. Prentice

1 Course code BIO 221

2 Course Title Biology Lab III (Ecology and Evolution)
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Neelesh Dahanukar *, Sutirth Dey
participating faculty (if any)
5 Nature of Course P-Lab sessions alone
6 Pre requisites None
7 Objectives (goals, type of This practical course will cover basic concepts in ecology and
students for whom useful, evolutionary biology.
outcome etc)
8 Course contents a. Temporal dynamics in micro flora and fauna of pond ecosystems.
(details of topics /sections b. Isolation of organisms
with no. of lectures for each) c. Computer simulations for evolutionary dynamics.
d. Bacteria growth curve
e. Morphological and molecular evolution in species.
f. Effect of water chemistry on microbial diversity
g. Behavioral Ecology (understanding human behavioural traits using
experimental game theory)
h. Evolution of life history traits
9 Evaluation /assessment Students will have to write a detailed account of their investigations in a
form of a lab journal. Each practical will be graded for 10 marks based
on the performance of the students and evaluation of the lab journal. At
the end of the semester, students will give one test.
1. Grading of each practical performance and lab journal = 80%
2. Test = 20%
10 Suggested readings Strickberger, M.W. (2000) Evolution. Edition Three. Jones and Bartlett
(with full list of authors, Learning, pp. 722.
publisher, year, edn etc.) Tortora, G.J., Funke, B.R. and Case, C.L. (2008) Microbiology: an
introduction. Edition Ten. Pearson Education, pp. 912.
Odum, E.P. and Barrett, G.W. (2004) Fundamentals of Ecology. Edition
five. Brooks Cole, pp. 624.

1 Course code CHM 201

2 Course Title Inorganic Chemistry
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Nirmalya Ballav* and Moumita Majumdar
participating faculty(if any)
5 Nature of Course Core Course
(Please mark the appropriate
6 Pre requisites School level understanding of Inorganic Chemistry
7 Objectives (goals, type of "This course will introduce students the most rudimentary principles
students for whom useful, behind the chemistry of inorganic compounds. In this course an
outcome etc) overview introduction to the common elements of the periodic table
from alkali metals to noble gases through transition-metal and main
group elements will be given and their property such as periodicity,
structure and bonding, acidity and basicity, redox reactivity etc. will be
discussed. At the end of the course, the students should be able to
derive the structure of various covalent compounds, apply the concept
of acid-base chemistry to various reactions and as a whole understand
the importance of the elements of the periodic table for living matter."
8 Course contents Section #1: Atomic Structure and Periodic Properties (6 lectures):
(details of topics with no. of Topics: Atomic Structure. Sizes of atoms and ions, ionization energies;
lectures for each) electron affinity; electronegativity and diagonal relationships. Fajans
rules. Relativistic effects.

Section #2: Chemical Bonding (12 lectures)

Topics: Lewis theory; Formal charges and rationalization of structures,
resonance; VSEPR theory and shapes of molecules. Applications of
VSEPR theory in predicting trends in bond lengths and bond angles.
Molecular orbital theory of homo- and hetero diatomic molecules.
Hydrogen-bonding. Introduction to crystal-field theory (CFT). Relating
chemical bonding to electronic and magnetic properties of materials.

Section #3: Acids and Bases (6 lectures)

Topics: Various models of Acids and Bases. Concepts of pH, pKa, pKb as
applied in different chemical structures. Lewis acidity. Hard and soft
Acids and Bases.

Section #4: Oxidation and Reduction (4 lectures)

Topics: The central role of transfer of electrons in chemical processes.
The importance of splitting of water. Electrode potentials, relation with
free energy, Nernst equation. Lattimer and Frost Diagrams. Techniques
to measure Redox Potential. Conversion of chemical energy into

Section #5: Representative Chemistry of transition metals and main-

group elements (8 lectures)
Topics: Preliminary ideas about transition metal complexes,
metalloenzymes, main group chemistry; chemistry of halogens, inert
9 Evaluation /assessment a. End-sem examination- 35%
(evaluation components b. Mid-sem examination -35%
with weightage, Pl keep c. Assignments/Quiz- (15+15)30%
equal weightage for end sem
and mid sem exams)
10 Suggested readings Inorganic Chemistry: Shriver and Atkins, 4th Edn., Oxford University
(with full list of authors, Press
publisher, year, edn etc.) Inorganic Chemistry by Huheey, Keiter, Keiter, Medhi (4th Ed.)
Concise Inorganic Chemistry: J. D. Lee
1 Course code CHM 221
2 Course Title (credits) Chemistry Lab II
3 Credits: 3
4 Course Coordinator (include R. Vaidhyanathan*, Seema Verma, Sujit K. Ghosh
participating faculty)
5 Pre requisites (also mention if No
this is pre-requisite for a later
6 Objectives (goals, type of This laboratory course aims at demonstrating experimentally the
students for whom useful, concepts that are introduced in the introductory inorganic chemistry
outcome etc) course that will run parallel to this lab course. Experiments based on
some of the key topics that are introduced in the theory courses such
as acids and bases, redox chemistry, chemistry of coordination and
main group compounds will be carried out enhancing a further
understanding to these topics. Through these experiments the
students not only will have a complete knowledge of these topics but
also will learnt the use of various techniques such as analytical and
spectroscopic methods to study them..
7 Course contents Section #1- Testing Acidic & Basic properties of commercially available
consumer products. (3 Hrs)

Section #2- Determination of Acid Neutralizing Power of commercial

Antacids. (3 Hrs)

Section #3- Synthesis of molybdenum blue. (3 Hrs)

Section #4- Estimation of phosphoric acid in cola drinks by

molybdenum blue method. (3 Hrs)

Section #5- Preparation of potash alum from scrap aluminum. (3 Hrs)

Section #6- Estimating Calcium in milk powder through EDTA

complexometry. (3 Hrs)

Section #7- Photochemical reduction of ferric oxalate in cyanotype

blue printing. (3 Hrs)

Section #8- Synthesis and characterization of hexaamminenickel (II)

chloride. (3 Hrs)

Section #9- Estimation of Ni by spectrophotometry.

Section #10- Estimation of Ni(II) by through EDTA titration. (3 Hrs)

Section #11- Saponification of esters and soap manufacturing. (3 Hrs)

8 Evaluation /assessment
(evaluation components with a. Lab records- 60% [6(results)+2(presentation)+2(viva)]
weightage) b. Lab conduct/group work/ Safety instructions etc - 10%
c. Quiz/Viva- 30%
9 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
1. A Collection of Interesting General Chemistry Experiments, by
A. J. Elias, revised ed., Universities Press (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2007.

1 Course code MTH 201

2 Course Title Linear Algebra
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Manish Mishra
participating faculty(if any)

5 Nature of Course Lectures and tutorials

(Please mark or tick the
appropriate one)
6 Pre requisites None
7 Objectives (goals, type of The notion of a vector space generalises our familiar experience of three
students for whom useful, dimensional space, with its planes and lines, to any dimension. However in
outcome etc) higher dimensions our geometric intuition should be supported with the
mathematical theory of coordinates. In this course the main objects of
study are n-dimensional space, its subspaces, and linear transformations.
Our tools are the algebra of matrices and vectors. By introducing the notion
of an inner product, we may also speak of angles and magnitude in any

Open to semester 3

8 Course contents Vector Spaces R^n and C^n, Matrix operations and systems of linear
(details of topics /sections equations, Gauss-Jordan Elimination, Matrix Inversion, Determinants,
with no. of lectures for each) Abstract Vector Spaces with Examples, Subspaces, Linear Combinations,
Basis and Dimension, Linear Transformations and Geometry, Rank-nullity
Theorem, Coordinates and Change of Basis, Inner Product Spaces,
Orthogonality and GramSchmidt Process, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors,
Diagonalizability, Spectral Theorem for Symmetric Matrices.
9 Evaluation /assessment Mid term Exam: 30
(evaluation components End term Exam: 30
with weightage, Pl keep Homeworks: 15
equal weightage for end Quizzes: 25
sem and mid sem exams)

10 Suggested readings Recommended Reading: 1. Linear Algebra: K. Hoffman and R. Kunze (2009)
(with full list of authors, Prentice-Hall 2. Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces: P. Halmos. (2012)
publisher, year, edn etc.) Martino Fine Books 3. Introduction to Linear Algebra: G. Strang (2009)
Wellesley Cambridge Press 4. Linear Algebra done right: S. Axler (2014)
Springer 5. Linear Algebra with applications: Bretscher (2012) Pearson

1 Course code PHY 201

2 Course Title World of Physics III (Electricity and Magnetism)
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Sourabh Dube*, Sunil Mukhi
participating faculty
5 Nature of Course L&T- Lectures & Tutorials
6 Pre requisites(if any) None
7 Objectives & Outcomes The goal of this course is to introduce students to action-at-a-
distance, ideas of electric and magnetic fields, and explain the
behavior of materials subjected to such fields.
8 Course contents Action at a distance and the concept of fields [2]
(section wise listing of Electric field and potential for static charges [3]
topics with no. of lectures Conductors and insulators and fields in their vicinity [3]
for each) Electric field in matter [3]
Moving charges and free currents [3]
Magnetic fields due to currents [3]
Elecromagnetic induction [2]
Magnetic fields in matter [3]
Magnetic materials and permanent magnets [3]
Maxwell's equations and EM waves [3]
9 Evaluation /assessment a. End-sem examination- 30%
b. Mid-sem examination- 30%
c. Quiz- 40%
10 Suggested readings 1. Introduction to Electrodynamics, D. J. Griffiths, Pearson Education
(full list with authors, (2012).
publisher, year, edn etc. for 2. Electricity and Magnetism, E. M. Purcell, Berkeley Physics Course,
each) Vol 2, Tata McGraw-Hill Ltd (2008)
3. Feynman lectures on Physics Vol 2, R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton,
M. Sands, The Millenium Edition, Basic Books (2011).
1 Course code PHY221
2 Course Title Physics Lab II
3 Credits 3
4 Course Coordinator & Ashna Bajpai / Bhas Bapat* / Rejish Nath/ Atikur Rahman
participating faculty(if any)

5 Nature of Course Lab

(Please keep the
appropriate one only)

6 Pre requisites(if any) Physics Lab I

7 Objectives & Outcomes Aims to train students in experiments in Heat & Thermodynamics and
(goals, students for whom Classical optics; for students of all disciplines.
offered, outcomes etc)

8 Course contents 1. Thermal Expansion of Solids

(section wise listing of 2. Thermal Conductivity by Lees method
topics with no. of lectures 3. Specific Heat of Solids
for each) 4. Stefans Law of Radiation
5. Temperature dependence of a Thermistor
6. Resolving power of Telescope
7. Newtons Rings
8. Malus Law
9. Spectrometer and Gratings
9 Evaluation /assessment a. 50% towards continuous evaluation (hands on-skills, data logging,
neatness of work and interaction during and after each
experiment). Additional work and novel initiatives will be
b. 25% for Lab notebook
c. 25% for final exam.

10 Suggested reading Daryl Preston, Art of Experimental Physics (John Wiley and Sons 1991)
(full list with authors, Francis A. Jenkins & Harvey E. White, Fundamentals of Optics ( McGraw-
publisher, year, edn etc. for Hill 1957)
each) Mark Zemansky and Richard Dittman, Heat and Thermodynamics
(McGraw-Hill Special Indian Edition 2011)
Some suggested articles in the lab manual and articles in American J. of
Physics, Physics Education, Physics Today etc.

1 Course code ECS 201

2 Course Title Earth System-1/Introduction to Solid Earth
3 Credits 2
4 Course Coordinator & Dr. Gyana Ranjan Tripathy*, Dr. Ankush Srivastava (Post-Doc)
participating faculty (if
5 Nature of Course L&T- Lectures & Tutorials (1 Tutorial every alternate week)
6 Pre requisites (if any) None
7 Objectives & Outcomes Objectives: This course provides an integrated view of the Planet Earth
(goals, students for dealing with: the Earths internal structure and processes (Earth materials,
whom offered, outcomes earthquakes, volcanism, plate movement), land forms, surface processes
etc) and understanding life forms through ages using fossils.
Open in sem 3

Outcomes: It would help in understanding how our planet works, how its
major components interact and linkage between the internal processes
and surface manifestations.

8 Course contents Formation of solar system, Structure and composition of the Earth and
other planets, Understanding Earth Processes: Earth material, Rock
Formation Processes, Crustal deformation and mountain building,
Weathering and mass wasting, Hydrological cycles, Plate tectonics and
Earth Interior, Earthquakes and Seismology, Volcanoes, Geological time
scale, Evolution of earth through time, Early life on Earth, Microbial
sediments, Geological evidence of photosynthesis and oxygenation,
Oxygenation of ocean/atmosphere system, Evolution and radiation of
animals, Mass extinctions, Paleontology, recent changes in ocean
9 Evaluation /assessment d. End-sem examination- 35%
(Evaluation components e. Mid-sem examination- 35%
with weightage) f. Quiz and Assignments- 30%
10 Suggested readings Text Book(s)
1. Planet Earth: Cosmology, Geology, and the evolution of life and
Environment (2007) by C. Emiliani, Cambridge University Press, 718 pp.
2. Early earth Systems (2007) by H Rollinson, Blackwell Publishing, 285
3. Understanding Earth (2010) by J. Grotzinger and T J Jordan, W H
Freeman and Co., 672 pp.
4. Earth Science (2014) by E. Tarbuck, F. Lutgens, and D. Tasa, Prentice
Hall, 792 pp.
5. The Blue Planet (2011) by B J Skinner and B Murck, John Wiley and
Sons, 656 pp.