Principles of Physics:
 Space, Time and Mass (3 hours)
SI units, multiples and submultiples of units, the units of length, mass and time, c, as a standard speed, dimensions in equations of physics. Derived units for important physical quantities, orders of magnitude, estimation and significant figures.
 Representation of Physical Quantities (4 hours)
Physical quantities represented as scalars and vectors, simple operations involving vector quantities, position as a vector quantity, components, magnitudes and units, rate of change of position and velocity.
 The Usefulness of the Vector Representation (4 hours)
The scalar and vector product, the righthand rule, examples of the use of the vector product, description as a 3x3 determinant and the scalar triple product as the volume of a solid.
 General Kinematics (4 hours)
Position, velocity and acceleration, motion with constant acceleration, graphical representation and dealing with infinitesimal changes.
 General Dynamics (5 hours)
Newton
's Laws, force and momentum, principle of superposition of forces, frictional forces and the four fundamental forces in nature.
 Conservation Laws (9 hours)
Conservative forces, work done, potential and kinetic energy, the electron volt as a unit of energy, conservation of mechanical energy, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, application to systems of particles, centreofmass and centreofmass velocity, conservation in 2body collisions, mass and energy, E = mc^{2}.
 Rotational Motion (7 hours)
Uniform circular motion, angular and centripetal acceleration, rotation of a solid about a fixed axis, moment of inertia, angular momentum and torque, conservation of angular momentum and the behaviour of the gyroscope.
Waves in Physics:
The course follows the text, Fundamentals of Physics Extended by Halliday, Resnick and Walker (HRW)
Wave Concepts (HRW Ch 15 and 16) (12 hours)
· Simple harmonic motion
· Longitudinal and transverse wave motion
· Frequency, angular frequency, wavelength, wave number, "speed"
· The wave equation in one dimension
· Superposition, beating, phase, group, particle velocities
· Energy and momentum
Mechanical Waves (HRW Ch 16 and 17) 6 hours
· Waves on a string, string boundaries and joins, standing waves.
· Sound waves, Doppler effect
Waves in Optics (HRW Ch 33, 34, 35 and 36) 15 hours
· Huygens construction
· Reflection, refraction, diffraction, refractive index
· Geometrical optics, lens formulae, magnification, telescope, microscope
· Optical fibres
· Interference
· Fabry Perot interferometer
· Diffraction  single, double slit and grating diffraction
· Resolving power
Waves in Crystals (HRW Ch 36 and RO Ch 2) 3 hours
· Braggs' law, diffraction patterns, Xray
·
Crystal
structure, introduction to the reciprocal lattice
· Review of the course bringing out the unifying themes.
· Recapitulation and Summary 1 hour demonstrations
General discussion; Linkages; Problems, Worked examples and Quizzes 5 hours
Atoms Molecules and Quanta:
· Introduction 2 hours
The need for quantum theory, outline of course.
· Quanta of light 5 hours
Electromagnetic waves and light, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect.
· Waveparticle duality 3 hours
De Broglie hypothesis, Born interpretation, Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
· Quantum mechanics 6 hours
Arguments leading to the Schrödinger equation, solution for a free particle, wave functions, solution for a particle in a box, implications for energy quantization.
· Quantum structure of atoms 8 hours
Atomic spectra, FranckHertz experiment, spectral lines for hydrogen, Bohr model, hydrogen atom in quantum mechanics, electron spin (SternGerlach experiment), Zeeman effect.
· Multielectron atoms 10 hours
Pauli exclusion principle, shell structure, low levels of alkali atoms, characteristic xrays, optical spectra, addition (coupling) of angular momentum, helium spectrum.
· Molecules 2 hours
