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icon BITSAT 2010 Physics Syllabus
  Units & Measurement

* Units (Different systems of units, SI units, fundamental and derived units)
* Dimensional Analysis
* Precision and significant figures
* Fundamental measurements in Physics (Vernier calipers, screw gauge, Physical balance etc)


* Properties of vectors
* Position, velocity and acceleration vectors
* Motion with constant acceleration
* Projectile motion
* Uniform circular motion
* Relative motion

Newton’s Laws of Motion

* Newton’s laws (free body diagram, resolution of forces)
* Motion on an inclined plane
* Motion of blocks with pulley systems
* Circular motion – centripetal force
* Inertial and non-inertial frames

Impulse and Momentum

* Definition of impulse and momentum
* Conservation of momentum
* Collisions
* Momentum of a system of particles
* Center of mass

Work and Energy

* Work done by a force
* Kinetic energy and work-energy theorem
* Power
* Conservative forces and potential energy
* Conservation of mechanical energy

Rotational Motion

* Description of rotation (angular displacement, angular velocity and angular acceleration)
* Rotational motion with constant angular acceleration
* Moment of inertia, Parallel and perpendicular axes theorems, rotational kinetic energy
* Torque and angular momentum
* Conservation of angular momentum

Rolling motion

* Gravitation
* Newton’s law of gravitation
* Gravitational potential energy, Escape velocity
* Motion of planets – Kepler’s laws, satellite motion

Mechanics of Solids and Fluids

* Elasticity
* Pressure, density and Archimedes’ principle
* Viscosity and Surface Tension
* Bernoulli’s theorem


* Kinematics of simple harmonic motion
* Spring mass system, simple and compound pendulum
* Forced & damped oscillations, resonance


* Progressive sinusoidal waves
* Standing waves in strings and pipes
* Superposition of waves, beats
* Doppler Effect

Heat and Thermodynamics

* Kinetic theory of gases
* Thermal equilibrium and temperature
* Specific heat
* Work, heat and first law of thermodynamics
* 2nd law of thermodynamics, Carnot engine – Efficiency and Coefficient of performance


* Coulomb’s law
* Electric field (discrete and continuous charge distributions)
* Electrostatic potential and Electrostatic potential energy
* Gauss’ law and its applications
* Electric dipole
* Capacitance and dielectrics (parallel plate capacitor, capacitors in series and parallel)

Current Electricity

* Ohm’s law, Joule heating
* D.C circuits – Resistors and cells in series and parallel, Kirchoff’s laws, potentiometer and Wheatstone bridge,
* Electrical Resistance (Resistivity, origin and temperature dependence of resistivity).

Magnetic Effect of Current

* Biot-Savart’s law and its applications
* Ampere’s law and its applications
* Lorentz force, force on current carrying conductors in a magnetic field
* Magnetic moment of a current loop, torque on a current loop, Galvanometer and its conversion to voltmeter and ammeter

Electromagnetic Induction

* Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law, eddy currents
* Self and mutual inductance
* Transformers and generators
* Alternating current (peak and rms value)
* AC circuits, LCR circuits


* Laws of reflection and refraction
* Lenses and mirrors
* Optical instruments – telescope and microscope
* Interference – Huygen’s principle, Young’s double slit experiment
* Interference in thin films
* Diffraction due to a single slit
* Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics (only qualitative ideas), Electromagnetic spectrum
* Polarization – states of polarization, M

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