Minor in Physics | Department of Physics

Minor in Physics

Key Information

Department 
Physics
School 
School of Natural Sciences (SoNS)
Contact 
Prof. Samarendra Pratap Singh
0120-3819100, Ext: 218
samarendra.singh@snu.edu.in

Minimum Credits for Minor Degree in Physics = 22 for Engineering major. 

Compulsory courses 

PHY 201 - Fundamentals of Thermal Physics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)​
PHY 207 - Abridged course for Minor students; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 202 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 208 - Advanced Experimental Physics - I; Credit 3 (1:0:2)

Two courses from the following three groups (with no more than one course from a group)

Group A

PHY 301- Classical Mechanics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 303- Classical Electrodynamics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 305 - Quantum Mechanics – I; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 307 - Electronics - II; Credit 4 (2:1:1)

Group B

PHY 302 - Statistical Physics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 304 - Condensed Matter Physics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 306 - Quantum Mechanics – II; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 308 - Advanced Experimental Physics - II; Credit 3 (1:0:2)

Group C

PHY 4XX/5XX* - Physics Elective; Credit 3 (3:0:0) (*For details see course catalogue)

Minimum Credits for Minor Degree in Physics = 28 for Non-Engineering major.

PHY 103 - Fundamentals of Physics – I; Credit 5 (3:1:1)
PHY 201 - Fundamentals of Thermal Physics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 104 - Fundamentals of Physics – II; Credit 5 (3:1:1)
PHY 202 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 208 - Advanced Experimental Physics I; Credit 3 (1:0:2)

Two courses from the following three groups (with no more than one course from a group) Credit ​Minimum 7​

Group A

PHY 301- Classical Mechanics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 303- Classical Electrodynamics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 305 - Quantum Mechanics – I; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 307 - Electronics - II; Credit 4 (2:1:1)

Group B

PHY 302 - Statistical Physics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 304 - Condensed Matter Physics; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 306 - Quantum Mechanics – II; Credit 4 (3:1:0)
PHY 308 Advanced Experimental Physics - II; Credit 3 (1:0:2)

Group C

PHY 4XX/5XX* - Physics Elective; Credit 3 (3:0:0) ​(*For details see course catalogue)

List of courses related to the Minor degree in Physics for Engineering major
Course code
Title
Credit
PHY201
Fundamentals of Thermal Physics
4

This course introduces the fundamental of thermal physics emphasizing the universality of the laws of thermodynamics and their origin in statistical physics.

PHY202
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
4

This course introduces the fundamental of quantum mechanics. These principles are illustrated by applying them to various interesting contemporary problems, using minimal of mathematical framework.

PHY207
Abridge course for Minor students
4

PHY 207 is a bridge course specially designed for students who have already taken PHY101 and PHY102 instead of PHY103 and PHY104. The course supplements and develops their understanding of Newtonian physics and classical electromagnetism.

PHY208
Advanced Experimental Physics I
3

PHY 208 is an advanced lab course which aims to offer an experiential learning through a wide range of experiments and projects based on Thermodynamics, Optics and Modern Physics.

PHY301
Classical Mechanics
4

This is an advanced course in classical mechanics at the level of Landau & Lifshitz, Volume-1. It covers: Lagrangian Mechanics, Rigid Body Motion and Hamiltonian Formalism.

PHY302
Statistical Physics
4

This course introduces the fundamental concept of statistical physics and thermodynamics from a modern point of view. It covers the fundamental principles of statistical physics and thermodynamics, Classical and Quantum gases, and Phase transitions.

PHY303
Classical Electrodynamics
4

This is an advance course in electrodynamics. It also covers techniques for solving partial differential equations encountered in solving Maxwell’s equations, emphasizing the universal nature of these techniques and their connection to underlying symmetries in the problem.

PHY304
Condensed Matter Physics
4

This is an introductory course in condensed matter physics. It covers Crystals, lattices and symmetry group of lattices, lattice vibrations, electrons in solid, conductors, insulators, & semi-conductors.

PHY305
Quantum Mechanics I
4

This is an introduction to quantum mechanics at the level of modern quantum mechanics by Sakurai. It covers The Dirac formalism, quantum dynamics, theory of angular momentum, symmetry in quantum mechanics, and approximation methods.

PHY307
Electronics - II
4

This digital electronic course is a continuation to PHY206 course. This covers the Boolean algebra, logic gates, advanced electronic circuits including, operational amplifiers, adder, A/D and D/A convertors, flip flops, timers, counters. The underlying concepts will be further strengthened by introducing 8085/8086 microprocessor and its programming.

PHY308
Advanced Experimental Physics - II
3

PHY 308 is a lab course offering an opportunity for hands-on learning through physics experiments based on various physics concepts covering Condensed matter physics and interaction of matter and energy.

List of courses related to the Minor degree in Physics for Non-Engineering Major.
PHY103
Fundamentals of Physics I
5

PHY 103 and 104 courses together with their labs forms the foundation, by the end of 1st semester, the student would have mastered the basic concepts underlying the Newtonian physics, Special theory of Relativity, and electromagnetism.

PHY104
Fundamentals of Physics II
5

PHY 103 and 104 courses together with their labs forms the foundation, by the end of 1st semester, the student would have mastered the basic concepts underlying the Newtonian physics, Special theory of Relativity, and electromagnetism.

PHY201
Fundamentals of Thermal Physics
4

This course introduces the fundamental of thermal physics emphasizing the universality of the laws of thermodynamics and their origin in statistical physics.

PHY202
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
4

This course introduces the fundamental of quantum mechanics. These principles are illustrated by applying them to various interesting contemporary problems, using minimal of mathematical framework.

PHY208
Advanced Experimental Physics I
3

PHY 208 is an advanced lab course which aims to offer an experiential learning through a wide range of experiments and projects based on Thermodynamics, Optics and Modern Physics.

PHY301
Classical Mechanics
4

This is an advanced course in classical mechanics at the level of Landau & Lifshitz, Volume-1. It covers: Lagrangian Mechanics, Rigid Body Motion and Hamiltonian Formalism.

PHY302
Statistical Physics
4

This course introduces the fundamental concept of statistical physics and thermodynamics from a modern point of view. It covers the fundamental principles of statistical physics and thermodynamics, Classical and Quantum gases, and Phase transitions.

PHY303
Classical Electrodynamics
4

This is an advance course in electrodynamics. It also covers techniques for solving partial differential equations encountered in solving Maxwell’s equations, emphasizing the universal nature of these techniques and their connection to underlying symmetries in the problem.

PHY304
Condensed Matter Physics
4

This is an introductory course in condensed matter physics. It covers Crystals, lattices and symmetry group of lattices, lattice vibrations, electrons in solid, conductors, insulators, & semi-conductors.

PHY305
Quantum Mechanics I
4

This is an introduction to quantum mechanics at the level of modern quantum mechanics by Sakurai. It covers The Dirac formalism, quantum dynamics, theory of angular momentum, symmetry in quantum mechanics, and approximation methods.

PHY306
Quantum Mechanics II
4

This course in quantum mechanics builds on PHY 304. It covers scattering theory, systems with identical particles, second quantization, Bose and Fermi Statistics, introduction to atomic and nuclear physics.

PHY307
Electronics - II
4

This digital electronic course is a continuation to PHY206 course. This covers the Boolean algebra, logic gates, advanced electronic circuits including, operational amplifiers, adder, A/D and D/A convertors, flip flops, timers, counters. The underlying concepts will be further strengthened by introducing 8085/8086 microprocessor and its programming.

PHY308
Advanced Experimental Physics - II
3

PHY 308 is a lab course offering an opportunity for hands-on learning through physics experiments based on various physics concepts covering Condensed matter physics and interaction of matter and energy.