Indian Institutes of Technology
Joint Entrance Examination, IIT-JEE - 2012
Units and dimensions, dimensional analysis;
least count, significant figures; Methods of
measurement and error analysis for physical
quantities pertaining to the following experiments:
Experiments based on using Vernier calipers and
screw gauge (micrometer), Determination of g using
simple pendulum, Young’s modulus by Searle’s method,
Specific heat of a liquid using calorimeter, focal
length of a concave mirror and a convex lens using
u-v method, Speed of sound using resonance column,
Verification of Ohm’s law using voltmeter and
ammeter, and specific resistance of the material of
a wire using meter bridge and post office box.
Mechanics: Kinematics in one and two
dimensions (Cartesian coordinates only),
projectiles; Uniform Circular motion; Relative
Newton’s laws of
motion; Inertial and uniformly accelerated frames of
reference; Static and dynamic friction; Kinetic and
potential energy; Work and power; Conservation of
linear momentum and mechanical energy.
particles; Centre of mass and its motion; Impulse;
Elastic and inelastic collisions.
gravitation; Gravitational potential and field;
Acceleration due to gravity; Motion of planets and
satellites in circular orbits; Escape velocity.
moment of inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes
theorems, moment of inertia of uniform bodies with
simple geometrical shapes; Angular momentum; Torque;
Conservation of angular momentum; Dynamics of rigid
bodies with fixed axis of rotation; Rolling without
slipping of rings, cylinders and spheres;
Equilibrium of rigid bodies; Collision of point
masses with rigid bodies.
angular simple harmonic motions.
Pressure in a
fluid; Pascal’s law; Buoyancy; Surface energy and
surface tension, capillary rise; Viscosity
(Poiseuille’s equation excluded), Stoke’s law;
Terminal velocity, Streamline flow, equation of
continuity, Bernoulli’s theorem and its
(plane waves only), longitudinal and transverse
waves, superposition of waves; Progressive and
stationary waves; Vibration of strings and air
columns;Resonance; Beats; Speed of sound in gases;
Doppler effect (in sound).
Thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases;
Calorimetry, latent heat; Heat conduction in one
dimension; Elementary concepts of convection and
radiation; Newton’s law of cooling; Ideal gas laws;
Specific heats (Cv and Cp for
monoatomic and diatomic gases); Isothermal and
adiabatic processes, bulk modulus of gases;
Equivalence of heat and work; First law of
thermodynamics and its applications (only for ideal
gases); Blackbody radiation: absorptive and
emissive powers; Kirchhoff’s law; Wien’s
displacement law, Stefan’s law.
Electricity and magnetism: Coulomb’s law;
Electric field and potential; Electrical potential
energy of a system of point charges and of
electrical dipoles in a uniform electrostatic field;
Electric field lines; Flux of electric field;
Gauss’s law and its application in simple cases,
such as, to find field due to infinitely long
straight wire, uniformly charged infinite plane
sheet and uniformly charged thin spherical shell.
Parallel plate capacitor with and without
dielectrics; Capacitors in series and parallel;
Energy stored in a capacitor.
current; Ohm’s law; Series and parallel arrangements
of resistances and cells; Kirchhoff’s laws and
simple applications; Heating effect of current.
law and Ampere’s law; Magnetic field near a
current-carrying straight wire, along the axis of a
circular coil and inside a long straight solenoid;
Force on a moving charge and on a current-carrying
wire in a uniform magnetic field.
of a current loop; Effect of a uniform magnetic
field on a current loop; Moving coil galvanometer,
voltmeter, ammeter and their conversions.
induction: Faraday’s law, Lenz’s law; Self and
mutual inductance; RC, LR and LC circuits with D.C.
and A.C. sources.
Rectilinear propagation of light;
Reflection and refraction at plane and spherical
surfaces; Total internal reflection; Deviation and
dispersion of light by a prism; Thin lenses;
Combinations of mirrors and thin lenses;
Wave nature of
light: Huygen’s principle, interference limited to
Young’s double-slit experiment.
physics: Atomic nucleus; Alpha, beta and
gamma radiations; Law of radioactive decay; Decay
constant; Half-life and mean life; Binding energy
and its calculation; Fission and fusion processes;
Energy calculation in these processes.
effect; Bohr’s theory of hydrogen-like atoms;
Characteristic and continuous X-rays, Moseley’s law;
de Broglie wavelength of matter waves.