This course deals with oscillations, wave theory, interference, electromagnetic waves, diffraction and quantum mechanics, primarily consisting of wave mechanics. The tentative midsem portion covers usually till EM waves or diffraction, as the case may be.
Books To Be Referred
Physics of Vibrations and Waves, by HJ Pain [dc/bo]
Lecture Notes and Problem bank for Physics, Saraswat and Sastry [bo]
Solutions to the above book, are Irodov Solutions [dc]
Optics by Hecht [lb]
Oscillations and Waves, by Prof. Somnath Bharadwaj [bo]
Points To Note:
Primary requisite to score decently in this subject is to read the 2nd book in the above list thoroughly, and corelate the problems with its respective solutions [third book in the above list]. The problem types encountered here are somewhat similar to the ones in the midsem/endsem exams, and even if not, they give a good deal of confidence to the candidate.
Pace must be maintained with the class. Also, utilise your tutorial classes to effectively bring out your doubts to be clarified. If you do not get the problem, try to read it over and over again, so that it strikes you at some point.
30 - > Midsems
50 - > Endsems
20 - > Tutorial
The 20 marks in the tutorial component may be awarded either for a class test conducted in the tutorial, or even partially due to attendance within the tutorial class. Hence, physics tutorial is important to attend.
Question Paper Pattern
Midsemester: You may expect around 10 questions of 3 marks each, or similar denomination. It is usually noted that choice is offered for questions.
Endsemester: The type of questions is similar to that of midsemester. Time Management usually is not a problem in Physics exams.