4. Which of the following graphs gives the best representation of the realvalued function
sinx
uta
x
ve, x?
=z
=z
© @
5. A particle of mass m moves along the xaxis under the influence of the potential
 Vin = Wele2 ~2e"), If the particle oscitlates with @ small amplitude arcund the
minimum of the potential, what is the period of oscillation? Take m= 4, Vp = 2and = 3
{in appropriate units).
fa) 012
133
897
 6. Asimple pendulum, made of a point mass m attached to a massless string of length I,
 oscillates with a time period 7,. A second pendulum, in the shape of a thin uniform rod,
hhas the same length land the same total mass m and oscillates with the time period 7,.
 ‘The thickness of the rod is negligible compared to The value of the ratio (7, /7,) is
fa) 044
i (bo) 067
fo 082
{a} 100
3h™g
Ly
(a) 120 em
&) 100 em
() 80 em ‘
(@) 69 em
A Blanet of mass m moves in an orbit around the Sun (of mass IM). The nearest and
farthest distances from the Sun during the motion are a and b, respectively and Gis the
Sra djational constant. The magnitude of the angular momentum of the planet eeoaes
‘the Suns [Hint : You may use conservation laws for energy and angules semen }
(a) RGM
{b) mV 2GHF (aby/* r
= &
© mpom(2)
a? +b
nfo)
A truck is moving slong a straight highway with a speed of 108 km/hr towards @ source
{faxed on the highway) of microwave radiation of frequency 10 GHla, What wil bo ire
radiation?
(a) C kHz
(®) kate
() 2 ke
(@ 10 Guz10.
11.
12.
Consider the following four functions each representing a plane wavs
1. fl w= sinfy2DB t~ 2x ~ Ty 1382)
sin(/T4 t2x3y2)
fabs 4%
I fg6s, w 3 1) =sin\VBB ¢~4x Sys 82)
IV. fabs um f= sin(/TES t+ Sx ~ 6y+ 82}
Which of the following pairs represents waves moving in mutually perpendicular
directions?
(a) Land mr
(b) Land IV
(©) Wand
(@) Wand Iv
What is the maximum amount of work that can be extracted from an object of heat
capacity C,, initially at a temperature T,, by a heat engine that operates between this
object and a reservoir at temperature 7,?
(@ (74)
(0) Cpl %)Cph nT, 7)
(Ct, ~7 in, 7)
(@) Clty +7)/2
‘three concentric thin spherical shells of radii a, b and c(a
0, the potential V(x is of the form (k, and ky
are constants}
k, k
ta), Be wok, 8
() ky thax (ky thee?
sreckr an ensemble of quantum particles each of which can be in one of two states,
orenergy B, and E,. This system is in equilibrium at temperatare fo
i denote the average number of particles in the two states, Irahe race Ny /N, is i/e,
(a) 62109 He
(0) 62x10!" He
(©) 62x10! He
(@) 62x 10'S He
A tadioactive nucleus X decays to Y with a mean lifetime 4, The nucleus ¥ is also
Mistable and decays with mean lifetime t, (=, /2) If Ny nuclei of X (out no nuclei ofy)
peceee a ued © how many nuclei of ¥ will be there when the number of X nucle!
becomes Ny /2?
fa) Ny /2e () N14
)
A beam of
fc
©) (Pnsep/iceny
© t2
(0) (e? + ven) /(on+ y
tke
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‘The eigenvalues of the matrix
eos
once
eon
ocon
(a) +1, 41,41 and +1
(&) +1, 41,1and1
(ch 0, 0, V2 and  V2
(a) +V2, ~ V2, +1/V2 and 1/J2 re
‘Three dices with faces marked 1, 2, , 6 are thrown together. Assuming that they are
ed, what is the probability that the sum of the numbers that tum up is 15?
(1/308
3/108
57108
a 77308
What isthe value of the define integral [icinyPa?
(a) 1/27
) 2/27
@ 1/9
(a) 2/9

es4. Which of the following graphs gives the best representation of the realvalued function
y=xInx in the domain x > 0?
Mm oy my
@ @
5. _Apaice of mass mmoves nthe xplane in the presence ofa potential Vs, y}20 that
te tagrangian ts pven by
emit +A) Bee vg ezine
Wich of the falling statements correspond tothe equim of the system?
la) There ino stable equlibriam at any finite values of sv
fp) ‘There is oniy one stale equim at the point (v=
(e) ‘There ase two stable equilibria atthe points (x y)=( 9 and (1) =)
(a) There are two stable equilibria at the points (x, ¥)=(y
yy and (1, )
6. Auniform spring of spring constant kis cut into two pieces such that one piece is three
times as long as the other. The spring constant of the short piece is
fa) k/4
ok
() 4k/3
(a) 4k
13ks1.
10.
‘Ahalfdise of mass Mand radius R rotates about an axis that passes through the centre
of the straight side and is perpendicular to its plane (see figure). The moment of inertia
about the axis of rotation is
(a) MR?/8 (bo) MR? /4
(co) MR?/2 (a) 2MR?
Consider a pipe of length 65 cm with both ends open. How many modes of oscillations
of the air column are possible up to a frequency of 1250 Hz ? (Take the speed of sound
to be 330 m/s)
@ 2 © 3
© 8 @ 6
‘A plane wave of frequency propagates so that planes of constant phase move with
speeds 1, v and v, along the x, y and z axes, respectively. The wave vector, K of the
plane wave (in terms of the Cartesian unit vectors £, } and R) is
@ woo(Eiehje de] oy Keols jae
a, Me
(9) Keoulru,jrugh Mu +2 +03) (a) Ke tyityg)+ugh)/0
‘The concentration p(t, t) of ink diffusing in water is governed by the diffusion equation
a 2,
J ote, d= DV Ux,
gehts = DV?UH,
where D is a parameter known as the diffusion constant, What is the average time
taken for a motecule of ink to spread by a rootmeansquare distance R?
(@) yR7D RD
() RUD (a) RD
yks41.
12.
13.
14.
15.
‘The ratio F /Fa of the electrostatic Coulomb force F 10 the gravitational force Fy
between the proton and the electron in the first Bohr orbit (of radius r) of a hydrogen
atom is closest to the following value
(a) 2x10? @) 2x10?
42 35
(2x10 15 (@) 2x10°5/1,
‘Two point charges q and 4q are located at #, and £,, respectively, on the xyplane. The
magnitude Q and location R of a third charge to be placed on the plane such that the
total force on each of the three charges vanishes, are
@ O
4q/9 and R= @r, +4,)/3
») @ 42%,)/3
(9 Q=4q/25 and R= (164, +£,)/Vi7
(2) Q=99/4 and R= (x, +2%,)/3
Consider a spherical cavity in an infinite, homogeneous and isotropic dielectric material
of permittivity ¢, When placed in an external electric field B, the electric field inside the
cavity is
fa) SE /e+ eo) () Rete ghE/3e
©)
(a) Ble
‘A circular coil of radius 120 mm with 10 turns is placed with its plane parallel to the
earth's magnetic field. When a current of 045 A flows through the coil, a compass
needle placed at the centre of the coil is seen to be deflected by an angle of 45° to the
plane of the coil. The intensity of the earth's magnetic field is calculated to be
fa) 0307 (be) 24 ur
fo 4aut (@) 100pT
Electric current of uniform current density is flowing through an infinitely long wire
with a circular crosssection of constant radius R, Which of the following relations gives
the magnitude B of the magnetic ficld measured inside the wire at a distance r from the
central axis of the wire (so that r< R)?
(a) Ber fb) Beinr
() Bet/r (Be tfr?
IGE16.
a7.
18,
An amplifier has a voltage gain A,, = 1000, input impedance 1 k@ and output impedance
500 @ A fraction 6, = 01 of the output voltage is fed back in series in opposition to the
input voltage. The input and output impedance after the feedback are given respectively
by the approximate values
(a) 100 k@ and $a
(o) 1kQ and sa.
() 10%and soKa
(a) 100k0 and 1009
Im the circuit shown below, the output voltage is proportional to
Ya
(a) ny,
(0) exp)
© IMI
@ 1¥,
Which of the following statements is true regarding the voltage V measured at point A
and the steadystate value of current Tin the circuit shown below?
19
a
a
rls
(@) I= 0Aand v=0V
(&) T= 0Aand ve1v
(@ T= 1Aendveiv
(@) T= 0A and V fuctuates randomly until the switch is closed
Kee19.
20.
ai.
‘An ideal gas undergoes an isothermal expansion (at a constant temperature T) from an
initial volume V, to a final volume V,. The change in the entropy per mole is
(a RY/¥)
(o) Rin{y¥I
fe) Rin /¥)
(4) Rin(¥,/%)
‘Agas at a pressure p, and volume V, is compressed adiabatically to a volume Vp at
pressure p,, Ifthe préssureolume relation for this gas during adiabatic compression
is pv'/2 =K (where Kis a constant), the work done during the compression is
(0 3trp%e~PaYa)
() Sep¥aPA%)
A gas, the molecules of which have mass m, is at equilibrium at absolute temperature T.
‘The rootmeansquare of the relative velocity between any two molecules of the gas is
(a) 4k 7 /am
(b) 3kg7/2m
(0) Sk_T/m
(@) 6k gT/m
‘The energy loss due to diffraction for a plane wave reflected back and forth between two
plane mirrors
(a} decreases with an increase in the size of the mirrors
{b) increases with an increase in the size of the mirrors
(c) decreases with an increase in the separation between the mirrors
(a) increases with a decrease in the wavelength of the light
Yes23.
24,
Ina single layer of graphite, called graphene, the carbon atoms form a hexagonal lattice
(see figure). How many carbon atoms are there in a unit cell of the lattice?
a) One , (b) Two
() Three (a) Six
‘A quantum particle in one dimension x moves under the influence of a potential that
supports bound states. Plotted below are the wave functions wy vs. x corresponding to
four cigenstates of energy. Identify the wave functions corresponding to the ground
. State and the highest energy state among those shown :
v v
A
a (i)
(iti) fiv)
(a) ( corresponds to the ground state and (ii to the highest energy state
() (@ corresponds to the ground state and (iv) to the highest energy state
(6) fw) corresponds to the ground state and (ii) to the highest energy state
(d) None of these is the ground state and i) corresponds to the highest energy state
(af25.
am.
An Xray machine operates at a potential of 50000 V. What is the minimum possible
value of wavelength present in the radiation?
*(@ 00124 nm
(&) 00248 nm
{0124 nm
(@) 0248 nm
‘the eigenstates of §, of a quantum particle with spin % are [1
Wf23.5. 73)
operator , is true?
Which of the following statements about eigenstates of the
{a} (T) is an eigenstate of 5,
(b)_U) is an eigenstate of S,
(2 [T)+]L) ts an eigenstate of 8,
(4) No linear combination of 1) and L) can be an eigenstate of S,
Consider a quantum particle of mass m in a threedimensional isotropic simple
harmonic potential V(x, y, 2)= jet (ie? + y2 +22) It is known that the particle is ia an
energy eigenstate with eigenvalue Z = Thw/2. Which of the following cannot be the wave
cn eseemthe particle? (In the following a= Yim7h and #1, @ is the nth Hermite
polynomaicl)
(9) Haloxtexpa(y? +27)
©) Hylosdexp (a(x? + y? +27)
Co) Ho Hy (wztexpla(x? +? +2")
(8) Hi ox9 Fy facienp(ale? + y? +27)
In order to determine the age of ancient wooden tools, radiocarbon dating method is
‘used, This is done by measuring the fraction of radioactive isotope 14C of carbon
compared to the normal (nonradioactive) isotope 12¢ in a sample. An old sample is
foun te contain 1/10 times the fraction of !1C as compared to a fresh piece of wood.
Given that the halflife of *C is $570 years, the approximate age of the old sample is
(a) 587 years
(b) 12800 years
{e) 18500 years
(a) 58700 years
9x29.
In the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN, protons will be accelerated to an energy of
7 TeV (tetraclectron volt), ie., 7x10"? eV: (As a matter of fact, two proton beams, each
with 7 TeV will collide so that the energy of collision in the centre of mass frame is
14 TeV) The speed v of a proton of 7 TeV energy is in the range
(a) 09999990000¢ < v < 0. 9999999999
(0) 0999900c> a, b), the electric field will appear to be approximately that of
(a) a point charge
(&) a dipole
(o) a quadrupole
(@) a mixture of a dipole and a quadrupole
‘The potential due to an electric dipole p placed at the origin is Known to be of the form
olt)= p:#/r®. The total flux of the electric field through a spherical surface of radius R
with the dipole at the centre is given by
(a) zer0
» 3a
@ lel
# $8
In the following figure, ABCand CDA are two semicircular conducting wires of radius @
with the origin as their common centre, The are ABC lies on the xyplane whereas CDA
lies on the xzplene. They are joined as shown. This combined loop carries a current in
the direction indicated in the figure below. Which of the following unit vectors denotes
the direction of the resulting magnetic field vector at the origin?
fa} (1, 0, OF
o (ode)
Lia
© Gwe)
(a) (1, 0, 0)
27fks~23.
24,
In the LCR cireuit shown below, the switch Sis suddenly closed at ¢= 0
dl av S
i mi
2000 1 uF
L$
Which of the following diagrams represents the subsequent flow of current Il) as @
function of time t?
1a He.
(a)
1a,
@
‘The kinetic energy of a free relativistic particle is Eme®, where E and mare its total
energy and rest mass respectively. Let vp be the speed at which the kinetic energy
equals the rest mass energy of the particle. Then
fa) v9 0/3
30/2
©
(e)
)
(@) vy >¢ (so this ean never happen)
[A galaxy is roceding relative to us at a speed of 3000 km/s. It emits hydrogen redline of
ceavelength 6560 A. When seen by us, the wavelength of this radiation will appear to be
{@) higher by approximately 65 A
{b) tower by approximately 65 A
(@lower by approximately 6 A
(a) higher by approximately 6 A
2B/ee28.
26.
a7.
28.
‘The angular frequency W of deep water waves varies as the inverse square £208 of the
wavelength A, ie, a(A) « 1/YA. Which of the following is the relation between its group
velocity u, and phase velocity vp?
() %) = %y /2
() ¥,=¥,
(4 <2,
(a) o,= av,
Suppose you are using light of wavelength 6250 A in combination with @ plane
sreeeton grating which has 1600 lines per em. The upper limit on (he order of
crection faximaa that can possibly be seen with this arrangement is closest {0
(a) 25
&) 18
10
@ 2
ma Young's doubleslit experiment, the two slits are such that the desis fragt’ Se
perfectly dark (i.e, the intensity vanishes at these points). Now: We double the width of
eet the two alits. What will be the effect on the interference pattern?
(2) The fringe pattern as well as the contrast between the darke and bright fringes will
change
(o) The fringe pattern will not change but the contrast between the ask and bright
fringes will change
{The fringe pattern wil change but the contrast between the dark and bright
fringes will not change
(4) ‘There will be no change in either the interference pattern or the contrast between
the dark and bright fringes
‘the wavelength of one of the visible lines in the spectrum of the hydrogen it ©
approximately 6560 A. It is known that this corresponds to a transition between the
spprontan the principal quantum numbers n=2and n= 3, What will be we frequency
Corresponding to the transition from the ground state to the first excited state?
(a) 4:56 « 10! He
(b) 168 « 105 He
(©) 247 « 1018 He
(@) 3:29 « 10'S He
2G/es29.
30.
The intensity vs, wavelength distribution of a blackbody is found to have its maximum.
at the wavelength X,,., = 02 om. Moreover, the total energy radiated Jis measured to
be 30 watts, Ifthe temperature of the blackbody is now doubled, the new values of A.
and J will be
(a) 01 em and 120 watts
(©) 01 em and 240 watts
(c) 01 cm and 480 watts
(4) 04 cm and 60 watts
‘The radioactivity of a sample of Co®® decreases by 4% every hour. (The decay product is
not radioactive.) The halflife of Co™ is approximately
(@) 1 hour
(b) 1 day
{) 1 month
(a) 1 year
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AL. Show that
ASD. ocesn
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1 7RSx<0
A2, A harmonic oscillator consists of a mass m attached to a spring with spring constant k
It is immersed in a fluid which damps the motion with friction coefficient b.
(a) Write down the differential equation which describes the timedependence of the
displacement x() of the mass from its equilibrium position.
(6) Solve this equation, and identify parameter ranges for which the motion is damped
oscillatory or only damped,
3/ksAS.
‘The free energy of « cluster with N molecules has contributions from both volume and
surface terms as follows :
AG=A,V+yS
Here A,, is the freeenergy cost (per unit volume) of bringing the particles together, 7 is,
the sufface tension, and V, S denote the volume and surface area of the cluster,
respectively. Assume that the cluster is epherical in shape and each molecule has a
volume v,, 80 that V= Nip,
(a) Express AG in terms of N.
(&) Assuming Ag <0, obtain the value of W for which AG is maximum. Sketch AGas @
function of NV,
(o) Compute the radius of the cluster in (6).
‘A magnetic dipole of moment is placed along the xaxis at the origin.
(a) Write down the magnetostatic potential, and the value of the magnetic field at an
arbitrary point 7. (No derivation is required.)
(&) The dipole executes oscillations along the xaxis with a small amplitude A and
angular frequency @, so that the position in time is
x(t) = Acos(ot)
‘A coil of small area S is placed perpendicular to the xaxis at a distance b as
Shown, Calculate the e.m.f, induced in the coil. (Neglect the variation of the field
across the coil and take A