# JEE Physics Syllabus

Candidates aspiring to seek admission to the top engineering institutes such as IITs, NITs, CFTIs etc can refer to the JEE Physics syllabus 2020 to know the important topics required to crack the national level entrance examination i.e. JEE. JEE Physics Syllabus 2020 is divided into two sections i.e. Section A which comprises questions based on theory and having 80% weightage, whereas, Section B consists of the Experiment based questions having 20% weightage.

The JEE Main Syllabus for Physics consists of topics from both Class 11 and 12 Physics Syllabus. Students usually find IIT Physics pretty difficult so, in order to score well in this section students need to focus more on the basic concepts rather than jumping on the advanced level topics. In order to prepare well for the JEE Main exam, candidates are advised to refer to the important topics given in JEE Physics Syllabus.

- Physics, technology, and society, SI units, Fundamental and derived units.
- Least count, accuracy and precision of measuring instruments, Errors in measurement, Significant figures.
- Dimensions of Physical quantities, dimensional analysis, and its applications.

- Frame of reference.
- Motion in a straight line: Position-time graph, speed, and velocity.
- Uniform and non-uniform motion, average speed and instantaneous velocity Uniformly accelerated motion, velocity-time, position-time graphs, relations for uniformly accelerated motion.
- Scalars and Vectors, Vector addition and Subtraction, Zero Vector, Scalar and Vector products, Unit Vector, Resolution of a Vector.
- Relative Velocity, Motion in a plane, Projectile Motion, Uniform Circular Motion.

- Force and Inertia, Newton’s First Law of motion; Momentum, Newton’s Second Law of motion; Impulse; Newton’s Third Law of motion.
- Law of conservation of linear momentum and its applications, Equilibrium of concurrent forces.
- Static and Kinetic friction, laws of friction, rolling friction.
- Dynamics of uniform circular motion: Centripetal force and its applications.

- Work done by a constant force and a variable force; kinetic and potential energies, work-energy theorem, power.
- Potential energy of a spring, conservation of mechanical energy, conservative and nonconservative forces; Elastic and inelastic collisions in one and two dimensions.

- Centre of the mass of a two-particle system, Centre of the mass of a rigid body; Basic concepts of rotational motion; the moment of a force, torque, angular momentum, conservation of angular momentum and its applications; the moment of inertia, the radius of gyration.
- Values of moments of inertia for simple geometrical objects, parallel and perpendicular axes theorems and their applications.
- Rigid body rotation, equations of rotational motion.

- Universal law of gravitation.
- Acceleration due to gravity and its variation with altitude and depth.
- Kepler’s laws of planetary motion.
- Gravitational potential energy; gravitational potential & Escape velocity.
- Orbital velocity of a satellite. Geostationary satellites.

- Elastic behavior, Stress-strain relationship, Hooke’s Law, Young’s modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of rigidity. Pressure due to a fluid column; Pascal’s law and its applications.
- Viscosity, Stokes’ law, terminal velocity, streamline and turbulent flow, Reynolds number.
- Bernoulli’s principle and its applications.
- Surface energy and surface tension, the angle of contact, application of surface tension – drops, bubbles and capillary rise.
- Heat, temperature, thermal expansion; specific heat capacity, calorimetry; change of state, latent heat.
- Heat transfer-conduction, convection and radiation, Newton’s law of cooling.

- Thermal equilibrium, zeroth law of thermodynamics, the concept of temperature.
- Heat, work and internal energy.
- First law of thermodynamics.
- Second law of thermodynamics: reversible and irreversible processes.
- Carnot engine and its efficiency.

- Equation of state of a perfect gas, work done on compressing a gas.
- Kinetic theory of gases: assumptions, the concept of pressure.
- Kinetic energy and temperature: RMS speed of gas molecules; Degrees of freedom, Law of equipartition of energy, applications to specific heat capacities of gases; Mean free path, Avogadro’s number.

- Periodic motion: period, frequency, displacement as a function of time. Periodic functions.
- Simple harmonic motion (S.H.M.) and its equation; phase; oscillations of a spring -restoring force and force constant; energy in S.H.M. – kinetic and potential energies; Simple pendulum – derivation of expression for its time period; Free, forced and damped oscillations, resonance.
- Wave motion: Longitudinal and transverse waves, the speed of a wave. Displacement relation for a progressive wave.
- Principle of superposition of waves, the reflection of waves, Standing waves in strings and organ pipes, fundamental mode and harmonics, Beats, Doppler effect in sound.

- Electric charges: Conservation of charge, Coulomb’s law-forces between two point charges, forces between multiple charges; superposition principle and continuous charge distribution.
- Electric field: Electric field due to a point charge, Electric field lines, Electric dipole, Electric field due to a dipole, Torque on a dipole in a uniform electric field.
- Electric flux, Gauss’s law, and its applications to find field due to infinitely long uniformly charged straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell.
- Electric potential and its calculation for a point charge, electric dipole and system of charges; Equipotential surfaces, Electrical potential energy of a system of two point charges in an electrostatic field.
- Conductors and insulators, Dielectrics and electric polarization, capacitor, the combination of capacitors in series and in parallel, the capacitance of a parallel plate capacitor with and without dielectric medium between the plates, Energy stored in a capacitor.

- Electric current, Drift velocity, Ohm’s law, Electrical resistance, Resistances of different materials, V-I characteristics of Ohmic and nonohmic conductors, Electrical energy and power, Electrical resistivity, Colour code for resistors; Series and parallel combinations of resistors; Temperature dependence of resistance.
- Electric Cell and its Internal resistance, potential difference and emf of a cell, the combination of cells in series and in parallel.
- Kirchhoff’s laws and their applications, Wheatstone bridge, Metre bridge.
- Potentiometer: principle and its applications.

- Biot – Savart law and its application to current carrying circular loop.
- Ampere’s law and its applications to infinitely long current carrying straight wire and solenoid.
- Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic and electric fields, Cyclotron.
- Force on a current-carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field.
- Force between two parallel current-carrying conductors-definition of the ampere.
- Torque experienced by a current loop in uniform magnetic field; Moving coil galvanometer, its current sensitivity, and conversion to ammeter and voltmeter.
- Current loop as a magnetic dipole and its magnetic dipole moment.
- Bar magnet as an equivalent solenoid, magnetic field lines; Earth’s magnetic field and magnetic elements. Para-, dia- and ferro- magnetic substances.
- Magnetic susceptibility and permeability, Hysteresis, Electromagnets and permanent magnets.

- Electromagnetic induction: Faraday’s law, induced emf and current; Lenz’s Law, Eddy currents.
- Self and mutual inductance.
- Alternating currents, peak and rms value of alternating current/ voltage; reactance and impedance; LCR series circuit, resonance; Quality factor, power in AC circuits, wattless current.
- AC generator and transformer.

- Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics. Transverse nature of electromagnetic waves.
- Electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, Xrays, gamma rays).
- Applications of E.M. waves.

- Reflection and refraction of light at plane and spherical surfaces, mirror formula, Total internal reflection and its applications, Deviation and Dispersion of light by a prism, Lens Formula, Magnification, Power of a Lens, Combination of thin lenses in contact, Microscope and Astronomical Telescope (reflecting and refracting) and their magnifying powers.
- Wave optics: wavefront and Huygens’ principle, Laws of reflection and refraction using Huygen’s principle.
- Interference, Young’s double slit experiment and expression for fringe width, coherent sources and sustained interference of light.
- Diffraction due to a single slit, width of central maximum.
- Resolving power of microscopes and astronomical telescopes, Polarisation, plane polarized light; Brewster’s law, uses of plane polarized light and Polaroids.

- Dual nature of radiation.
- Photoelectric effect, Hertz, and Lenard’s observations; Einstein’s photoelectric equation; particle nature of light.
- Matter waves-wave nature of the particle, de Broglie relation & Davisson-Germer experiment.

- Alpha-particle scattering experiment; Rutherford’s model of atom; Bohr model, energy levels, hydrogen spectrum.
- Composition and size of the nucleus, atomic masses, isotopes, isobars; isotones.
- Radioactivity-alpha, beta and gamma particles/rays and their properties; radioactive decay law.
- Mass-energy relation, mass defect; binding energy per nucleon and its variation with mass number, nuclear fission, and fusion.

- Semiconductor diode: I-V characteristics in forward and reverse bias; diode as a rectifier; I-V characteristics of LED, photodiode, solar cell and Zener diode; Zener diode as a voltage regulator.
- Junction transistor, transistor action, characteristics of a transistor; transistor as an amplifier (common emitter configuration) and oscillator.
- Logic gates (OR, AND, NOT, NAND and NOR).
- Transistor as a switch.

- Propagation of electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere; Sky and space wave propagation, Need for modulation, Amplitude, and Frequency Modulation.
- Bandwidth of signals, Bandwidth of Transmission medium, Basic Elements of a Communication System (Block Diagram only)

- Vernier calipers: its use to measure the internal and external diameter and depth of a vessel.
- Screw gauge: its use to determine thickness/diameter of thin sheet/wire.
- Simple Pendulum: dissipation of energy by plotting a graph between square of amplitude and time.
- Metre Scale: the mass of a given object by the principle of moments.
- Young’s modulus of elasticity of the material of a metallic wire.
- Surface tension of water by capillary rise and effect of detergents.
- Coefficient of Viscosity of a given viscous liquid by measuring terminal velocity of a given spherical body.
- Plotting a cooling curve for the relationship between the temperature of a hot body and time.
- Speed of sound in air at room temperature using a resonance tube.
- Specific heat capacity of a given: Solid & liquid by method of mixtures.
- Resistivity of the material of a given wire using meter bridge.
- Resistance of a given wire using Ohm’s law.
- Potentiometer: Comparison of emf of two primary cells & Determination of the internal resistance of a cell.
- Resistance and figure of merit of a galvanometer by half deflection method.
- Focal length of Convex mirror, Concave mirror & Convex lens using parallax method.
- Plot of the angle of deviation vs angle of incidence for a triangular prism.
- Refractive index of a glass slab using a traveling microscope.
- Characteristic curves of a p-n junction diode in forward and reverse bias.
- Characteristic curves of a Zener diode and finding reverse breakdown voltage.
- Characteristic curves of a transistor and finding current gain and voltage gain.
- Identification of Diode, LED, Transistor, IC, Resistor, Capacitor from mixed collection of such items.
- Using the multimeter to: Identify base of a transistor, Distinguish between NPN and PNP type transistor, See the unidirectional flow of current in case of a diode and an LED & Check the correctness or otherwise of a given electronic component (diode, transistor or IC).

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