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Physics for Civil Engineering Syllabus

Common Topics

Electricity

**Basic concepts of direct current Electricity**

Current, Potential Difference, e.m.f.

**Resistance**

Ohm's Law, power dissipation. Variation of resistance with temperature.

Resistors in series and parallel.

**Circuit Theory**

Kirchhoff's Laws and solution of network circuits.

**Capacitors**

Storage of charge on a capacitor. Energy stored in capacitor. Capacitors in series and parallel.

Fluids

Pressure; Bernoulli’s equation; Archimedes’ principle; Viscosity; Stokes law and terminal speed; Laminar flow and Poiseulles equation; Turbulent flow and Reynold’s number; Surface Tension.

Properties of matter

**Solids**

Introduction to Atomic bonding.

Attractive and repulsive forces, potential and force as a function of atomic separation.

Chemical Bonds: Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding.

Crystal structures; Packing fraction.

Amorphous solids and Polymers.

Microscopic defects in solids.

Elasticity: stress, strain, elastic moduli; Poisson's ratio; elastic limit; elasticity at the microscopic level

Brittle fracture; microcracks.

Plastic deformation; dislocations; work hardening.

**Fluids**

Moving fluids; continuity principle, Bernoulli's theorem.

Static fluids; pressure, Pascal's law.

Buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle.

Viscous flow, Poiseuille's equation.

Oscillations and Waves

Mechanical oscillations (effect of wind on structures)

waves (phase, mathematical representations and intensity - decibel scale)

Resonant modes and Reverberation

Interference and Diffraction.

Acoustic techniques

Acoustic transducers

Ultrasonic measurements

Acoustic spectroscopy

Engineering and Seismic applications.

Optics

Electronic band structure

absorption, emission and stimulated emission of photons

coherence

lasing action from population inversion

laser safety

photodetectors

optical fibres and optical switches

optical integrated circuits.

Measuring , processing and control

Analogue and Digital data

Boolean logic

computer/world interface

instrumentation and data-collection applications.

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