Gautam Buddha Nagar

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India




B.TECH. Programme in Electronics and Communication Engineering


Course Description


PHY111– Modern Physics


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3 0 2 4

Course Type                         :

University Core

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Faculty Details:

Name                                   :

Ms. Shweta

Designation                         :

Asstt. Prof.

School                                 :

School of basic and applied sciences

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Open Hours                         :

9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M

Is this Course offered to more than one Batch?        


If yes, please indicate the name(s) of other faculty who is/are sharing this Course Plan                                        

Dr.A.K Gupta,Dr.B.K Sarkar,Dr. Shyamal Kumar Kundu, Dr. Susmita Majumdar,Dr. Prabhakar Singh, Dr.Vijay Bisht, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Dr. Anis Ahmad, Ms. Kanchan, Ms. Leena Arora


Course Description:

This course covers the  required basic fundamentals of Physics for engineers. It includes modules Quantum Physics. Laser application, Fiber Optics, Ultrasonic and Microwaves and nanotechnology.




Physics as one subject in 12th Standard or equivalent level.






Course Objectives:



The objective of teaching the engineering physics to engineering student is to inculcate the basic ideas about the events existing around us which helps to better understanding about engineering subject in further classes.


Course Learning Outcomes and relationship with Program Outcomes:


At the end of the course, students shall be able to:


Understand basic concepts of Quantum Physics like wave function, Schrodinger wave equation and its application. (a)



Describe the generation of Laser and its application in optical disc systems and holography etc. (a)



Learn fundamentals of Optical Fibers like numerical aperture, acceptance angle and types of optical fibers etc and applications of optical fibers in communication. (a)



Understand basics of ultrasonic and microwaves. Also he will be able to understand the generation of different modes of microwave and application of microwaves. (a)



Learn about the latest emerging field Nano Physics. Emphasis will be on fundamental concepts and application of nanotechnology. (a)


 Course Content

Unit I

Unit I: Relativistic Mechanics                                                             8 lecture hours

Reference Systems, Inertial Frames, Galilean Transformation, Conservation Laws, Michelson-Morley Experiment, Postulates of Special Theory of Relativity, Lorentz Transformation, Length Contraction, Time Dilation, Velocity Addition Theorem, Variation of Mass with Velocity, Mass-Energy Equivalence, Particles with zero rest mass.

Unit II: Quantum Mechanics                                                                 10 lecture hours

Wave-Particle duality, de-Broglie waves, Davisson & Germer Experiment (Experimental verification of de-Broglie waves), Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and its Applications, Schrodinger’s wave equations, Particle in a Box, Compton Effect.

Unit III: Optics and LASER                                                                   8 lecture hours

Interference: Interference of Light, Biprism experiment, displacement of fringes, interference in thin films, wedge shaped film, Newton’s rings.

Diffraction: Single and double slit, Diffraction grating, Grating spectra, Rayleigh’s criterion and resolving power of grating. Einstein’s coefficients, Population Inversion, Three level and four level laser, Laser characteristics, He-Ne laser and applications.

Unit IV: Electromagnetics                                                                                 8 lecture hours

Displacement current, Maxwell’s Equations (Intergral and Differential form), Equation of continuity, EM-Wave equations and its propagation characteristics in free space and in conducting media, Poynting theorem and Poynting vectors.

Unit V: Magnetism and Superconductivity                                          6 lecture hours

Origin of magnetization, Orbital and spin magnetic moment, Classification and properties of magnetic materials, Langevin’s theory of diamagnetism, Hysteresis curve, soft and hard magnetic materials.

Superconductors: Temperature variation of resistivity, Meissener Effect, type I and II, BCS theory. Applications.


Text Books

1.   Arthur Beiser, S Rai Choudhury, Shobhit Mahajan, (2009), Concepts of Modern Physics, 6th Edition, Tata-McGraw Hill. ISBN- 9780070151550.

2.   Neeraj Mehta, (2011), Applied Physics For Engineers, New Arrivals – PHI, ISBN-9788120342422.


Reference Books

  1. 1. Robert Kolenkow, David Kleppner (2007), An Introduction to Mechanics, 1st Edition, Tata-McGraw Hill.
  2. B.B. Laud, Lasers and Non-Linear Optics (2011), 3rd Edition, New Ages International.
  3. William Silfvast (2002), Laser Fundamentals, Cambridge University Press.
  4. David. J. Griffiths (2009), Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, PHI Learning.
  5. Arthur Beiser (2003), Concepts of Modern Physics, 6th Edition, Tata-McGraw Hill.
  6. Kittel (2001), Solid State Physics, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons.





Class/Laboratory Schedule:


Three 50-minute lectures per week.

Lab     :

Two 50 minutes classes per week


Course Plan:

Lecture No.

Lecture Date

Lecture Day

Lecture Topic

Reference Material





Course Requirements and Assessments:

  • There are two  90-minute examinations (Continuous Assessment Test –I and II) and one Term End Examination with 3 hours duration during the semester


  • The course grade based on the following evaluation  tools


       CAT, Assignment, Quiz.



Professional component:

Mathematics and basic sciences

Engineering topics

General education






Prepared by:

Date Prepared: August 3, 2011

ABET Learning outcomes Reference:

  • Outcome a: "an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering"
  • Outcome b: "an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data"
  • Outcome c: "an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability"
  • Outcome d: "an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams"
  • Outcome e: "an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems"
  • Outcome f: "an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility"
  • Outcome g: "an ability to communicate effectively"
  • Outcome h: "the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context"
  • Outcome i: "a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning"
  • Outcome j: "a knowledge of contemporary issues"
  • Outcome k: "an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice"