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For the First Year Students of B.E. / B.Tech. / B. Arch. and
also useful for Competitive Examinations


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designed to serve as a textbook for the Course of the first year B.E. students of all
Universities of Engineering in India. The authors had again and again interacted with the
students over the years and his colleagues in different institutions and the present version of
the book is based on the feedback received. In view of the limited time that the students can
devote to Physics, an attempt is made to focus on essential points and the details that are not
of immediate relevance are not discussed. The requirement of the students is given top priority
and the material is moulded in a more student-friendly style. However, the spirit of physics is
not sacrificed at any stage and the expectations of teachers are held high at every step. It is
generally felt that Physics is one more body of facts thrust on engineering students who are
already burdened with a heavy syllabus. Physics evolved through the efforts of rational thinkers
who have been interested to know the why, what and how of natural phenomena. Technology
is an outcome of the application of their understanding for the benefit of human society at
large. Therefore, Physics serves as the foundation on which the elaborate structure of
technology stands. The main purpose of teaching Physics to Engineering undergraduates is
to acquaint the budding engineers with the thread of development, so that they can apply this
knowledge beneficially in their later pursuits. It is this urge that underlies the presentation of
the material in this book.
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who are concerned mainly with getting through the examinations. Throughout the book
attention is given to the proper presentation of concepts and practical applications are cited
to highlight the engineering aspect. A number of problems are solved. New problems are
included in order to expedite the learning process of students of all hues and to improve
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1. Read carefully the given problem.
2. Find out what exactly is to be calculated.
3. List out the data and express all quantities in SI units.
4. Identify the formula to be used and write it down.
5. Examine whether the formula can be used directly. If it is to be transformed, do
6. Substitute the numerical data in the formula along with units.
7. Compute the numerical value. Simultaneously work out the units and obtain
the units of the ultimate quantity.
8. Round off your answer to one doubtful digit.
All orderly procedure aids clear thinking, helps to avoid errors and saves time.


Quantity Unit Symbol

Length, L Meter m
Mass, m Kilogramme Kg
Time, t Second s
Temperature, T Kelvin K
Electric current, t Ampere A
Amount of substance Mole Mol

Plane angle radian rad
Solid angle steradian sr


Length angstrom Å
Energy electron volt eV
Temperature degree (Celsius) °C


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Physical Symbol Name of SI Symbol for Immediate Definition in
Quantity Unit Unit definition of terms of
unit basic units
Velocity v — — ms–1 ms–1
Acceleration a — — ms–2 ms–2
Density d — — kgm–3 kgm–3
Force F Newton N kgms–2 kgms–2
Work of energy W Joule J N.m kgm2s–2
Pressure Pa — — Nm–2 kgm–1s–2
Frequency f Hertz Hz s–1 s–1
Angular Freq.  — — rad s–1 rad s–1
Intensity I — Wm–2 Nm–1 s–1 kg s–3
Resistance R Ohm  VA–1 kgm2s–3A–2
Resistivity  Ohm.meter m VA–1 m kgm3s–3A–2
Conductance G Siemens S –1 kg–1m2s3A2
Conductivity  Siemens/meter Sm–1 –1 m–1 kg–1m–3s3A2
Potential Difference V Volt V JC–1 kgm2s–3A–1
Electrical Charge Q Coulomb C As As
Current I Charge/sec Cs–1 A A
Power P Wait W Js–1 kgm2s–3
Electrical field E — NC–1 kgm3A–1 kgm–3A–1
Capacitance C Farad F CV–1 A2s4kg–1m–2
Inductance L Henry H WbA–1 kgm2s–2A–2
= VA–1 S
Free Space 0 Farad/meter Fm–1 C2N–1m2 kg–3m–7s10A4
Mobility  — m2V–1s–1 kg–1s2A1 kg–1s2A1
Magnetic flux  Weber Wb Tm2 kgm2s–2A–1
Magnetic flux B Tesla T NA–1 m–1 kgs–2A–1
Magnetic field M Oersted Oe Am–1 Am–1
Free space 0 — W TmA–1 kgms–2 A–2

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1. Velocity of light (c) = 2.998 × 108 ms–1

2. Electron charge (e) = 1.602 × 10–19 C
3. Electron rest mass (m0) = 9.109 × 10–31 kg
4. Atomic mass unit (amu) (1 amu) = 1.660 × 10–27 kg
5. Avogadro’s Constant (NA) = 6.023 × 1023 mol–1
= 6.023 × 1026/k.mol
6. Boltzmann’s Constant (k) = 1.380 × 10–23 JK–1
= 8.61 × 10–5 eVK–1
7. Planck’s Constant (h) = 6.626 × 10–34 Js
8. Bohr magneton (B) = 9.273 × 10–24 Am2
9. Permittivity of free space (0) = 8.854 × 10–12 Fm–1
10. Permeability of free space (0) = 4 × 10–7 Hm–1
= 12.57 × 10–7 Hm–1


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Coulomb’s law, Electric field, Superposition principle, Electric flux, Gauss law,
Electric potential, Magnetic field, Biot- Savart’s law, Ampere’s law.


Homogeneous electric field, Electron volt, Motion of an electron in a longitudinal
electric field, Electron motion in a transverse electric field, Electrostatic deflection,
Electron motion in a longitudinal and in a transverse magnetic field, Helical motion,
Magnetostatic deflection, Effect of crossed electric and magnetic fields, Velocity
selector, e/m of electron.


Electron gas, Work function, Thermoric emission, Photoelectric emission,
Secondary emission, field emission, Richardson Dushman equation.

4. ELECTRON OPTICS 114 – 141

Bethe’s law, Electron lens, Electron gun, Cathode ray tube, CRO, Momentum
selector, Cyclotron, Bainbridge mass spectrograph.

5. WAVE MOTION 142 – 186

Oscillations, Simple harmonic motion, Free oscillations, Natural frequency, Wave
equation, Superposition principle, Standing waves, Resonance, Interference, Beats,
Lissajous figures.


Electromagnetic waves, Electromagnetic spectrum, Huygens principle, Specular
and diffuse reflections, Refractive index, Snell’s law, Apparent depth, Optical path,
Critical angle, Total internal reflection, Dispersion, Reflectivity, Transmissivity,
Coherence length, Coherence time.

7. INTERFERENCE 204 – 227

Interference of light, Conditions of interference, Order of interference fringes,
Division of wave front, Division of amplitude, Interference due to thin parallel
film, Wedge shaped thin film, Newton’s rings, Antireflection coatings.

8. DIFFRACTION 228 – 236

Fraunhofer differaction, Diffraction grating.


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9. POLARIZATION 237 – 252
Plane polarization, Brewster’s law, Malus law, Double refraction, Quarter wave
plate, Half wave plate, Optical rotation.

10. ATOMIC PHYSICS 253 – 310

Planck’s hypothesis, Photoelectric effect, Compton effect, X-rays, Moseley’s law,
de Broglie hypothesis, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, Schrodinger wave

11. LASERS 311 – 331

Principle of lasers, Characteristics, Population inversion, Optical cavity.


Space lattice, Unit cell, Effective number of atoms, Co-ordination number, Miller
indices, Bragg’s law.

13. SEMICONDUCTORS 366 – 420

Conductivity, Energy gap, Classification of solids, Fermi - Dirac distribution, Fermi
level, Intrinsic semiconductor, Intrinsic density, Extrinsic semiconductor, Law of
mass action, Drift current, Diffusion current, Hall effect, pn-junction, Rectifier
equation, Reverse saturation current, Transistor.

14. FIBRE OPTICS 421 – 443

Total internal reflection, Critical angle, Acceptance angle, Numerical aperture,
Modes of propagation, V-number, SI fibres, GRIN Fibres, Signal attenuation,
Propagation delay,


Atomic mass unit, Binding energy, Half - life, Activity, Nuclear reaction, Q-value,
Energy calculations in fission and fusion reactions.


Contact potential, Seebeck effect, Thermocouple, Inversion temperature, Neutral
temperature, Law of intermediate metals, Law of intermediate temperatures, Peltier
effect, Thomson effect.

17. RELATIVITY 475 – 482

Frames of reference, Galileo’s principle of relativity, Einstein’s principle of
relativity, Length contraction, Time dilation, Variation of mass, Rest energy, Mass
- energy equivalence.



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1.1 Describe the important properties of electric charges.
(i) Basically, there are two kinds of electric charges which are given the names positive and
negative charges.
(ii) Unlike charges attract one another and like charges repel one another.
(iii) Electric charge is always conserved. The algebraic sum of charges in any electrically
insulated system does not change.
(iv) Electric charge is quantized. Any charge Q is some integral multiple of the electronic
charge “e”.
(v) The force between charged particles varies as the inverse square of their separation.
(vi) Any charged body modifies the region of space around it in some way and is said to set up
an electric field.
1.2 A metal sphere has a charge of – 2C. How many excess electrons are there on the sphere and
what is the total mass of the excess electrons?
Given: Electric charge on the metal sphere, Q = –2C.
Formula: The fundamental smallest charge found in nature is the charge of an electron e. All other
charges are integral multiples of e.
 Any charge Q =  Ne ...(1.1)
The value of e is 1.602  10 coulombs. It is positive for proton and negative for electron.
The mass of an electron, m = 9.11  10–31 kg.
The mass of N electrons, M = Nm
Solution :Q = – Ne
Q – 2C
 N=  19
 12.4 1018
– e – (1.602 10 C)
Mass of n electrons, M = Nm
= (12.4  1018) (9.1110–31 kg)
M = 11.2 × 10–12 kg.
1.3 Describe Coulomb’s Law.
Ans: Coulomb’s law states that the electrostatic force between two stationary, charged particles
separated by a distance “r” has a magnitude given by
F= ...(1.2)
40 r r 2
where 0 = 8.85 × 10–12 C2 /Nm2 is called the permittivity of free space and r is the relative
permittivity of the medium surrounding the charges.

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The ratio ¼ 0 has a value 9 × 109 N-m2/C2. Thus

F = 9  109 Newtons
r r 2
In the vector form F, the force on charge q due to the charged body Q is written as
F= ...(1.3)
40 r r 2
where r is the vector displacement from Q to q. r = 1 for a vacuum and r > 1 for any medium.
Therefore, when the charges are located in a homogeneous medium., the coulomb force between the
charges reduces.
1.4 Two point charges 1C each are separated by a distance of 1m in a vacuum.
(a) What is the force of their interaction?
(b) What will be the force if the medium between the charges is water?
Given : Magnitude of the charges q1 and q2 = 1C
Distance of separation, r = 1 m.
Formula: The force of interaction of electrical charges is given by Coulomb’s law. When the medium
is a vacuum, the force
4 0 r 2
When the medium surrounding the charges is other than a vacuum, Coulomb force between the
charges is given by
1 qq
F= . 1 22
4 0  r r
For water r = 80
q1q2 Nm 2  1C  1C 
(a) F = = 9 109  
4 0 r 2 C2  1m 2 
F = 9 × 109 N
1 qq  9 109 N.m 2   1C 1C 
(b) F = . 1 22   . 2  
40  r r  80 C   1m 2 

F = 1.1 × 108 N
It is seen that the action of a dielectric medium is to weaken the force of interaction between
the charges.
1.5 Two identical charges separated by a distance 20 cm in a vacuum interact with the same force
as in transformer coil with a distance of separation 14 cm. if the force of electrostatic interaction
in a vacuum is 90 N, what is the relative permittivity of the oil? What is the magnitude of the
Given: Let the magnitude of charges be q1 and q2.
It is given that q1 = q2 = q(say)
The separation of charges in a vacuum, r1 = 20cm = 0.20 m
Coulomb force in vacuum, F1 = 90N
Separation of charges in oil, r2 = 14 cm = 0.14 m
Let the Coulomb force in oil be F2 and it is given that

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