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Random errors are errors of measurements in which the measured quantities differ

from the mean value with different magnitudes and directions.

Systematic errors are errors of measurements in which the measured quantities ar

e displaced from the true value by fixed magnitude and in the same direction.

Accuracy is a measure of how close the results of an experiment agree with the t

rue value.

Precision is a measure of how close the results of an experiment agree with each

other.

Thermal Physics:

The internal energy is a function of state and the total microscopic kinetic and

potential energies of the particles composing the system.

The specific latent heat of fusion, Lf , is defined as the amount of heat requir

ed per unit mass to change a substance from the solid phase to the liquid phase

without any change in temperature

The specific latent heat of vaporization, Lv, is defined as the amount of heat r

equired per unit mass to change a substance from the liquid phase to the vapor p

hase without any change in temperature.

First law of thermodynamics state that internal energy is a function of state an

d the increase in internal energy is equal to the sum of the heat supplied to sy

stem and work done on system.

Kinematics:

Speed is the rate of change of distance traveled with respect to time.

Velocity is the rate of change of its displacement with respect to time.

Acceleration of an object is the rate of change of its velocity with respect to

time.

Normal contact force is a force perpendicular to the surface experienced by a bo

dy when it is in physical contact with something else.

Hooke s Law states that within the limit of proportionality, the extension produce

d in a material is directly proportional to the load applied.

The principle of moments states that, when an object is in equilibrium, the sum

of anticlockwise moments about any point equals the sum of clockwise moments abo

ut the same point.

The moment of a force is the product of the force and the perpendicular distance

between the axis of rotation and the line of action of the force.

A couple is a pair of forces, equal in magnitude but opposite in direction, whos

e lines of motion do not coincide.

Centre of gravity is the point on an object through which the entire weight of t

he object may be considered to act.

Stability of an object refers to its ability to return to its original position

after it has been displaced from that position.

Pressure is force acting per unit area.

Upthrust/buoyancy force is an upward force on a body produced by the surrounding

fluid (i.e., a liquid or a gas) in which it is fully or partially immersed, due

to the pressure difference of the fluid between the top and bottom of the objec

t.

Archimedes Principle states that the upthrust experienced by an object partially

or entirely immersed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by

the object.

Newton s first law of motion states that a body will continue in its state of rest

or uniform motion in a straight line unless an external resultant force acts on

it.

Newton s second law states that the rate of change of momentum of a body is propor

tional to the resultant force acting on it and the change takes place in the dir

ection of the force.

Newton s third law states that: If body A exerts a force on body B, then body B ex

erts a force of equal magnitude but in the opposite direction on body A.

The principle of conservation of momentum states that the total momentum of a sy

stem of objects remains constant provided no resultant external force acts on th

e system.

Work, Energy And Power:

Work is the mechanical transfer of energy to a system or from a system by an ext

ernal force on it.

Heat is the non-mechanical transfer of energy from the environment to the system

or from the system to the environment because of a temperature difference betwe

en the two.

The principle of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created nor

destroyed in any process.

Gravitational Potential Energy is defined as the amount of work done in order to

raise the body to the height h from a reference level.

Power is defined as the rate of work done or energy converted with respect to ti

me.

Circular Motion:

Angular displacement, ? is the angle subtended at centre of a circle by an arc o

f equal length to the radius.

Angular velocity, ? is the rate of change of angular displacement with respect t

o time.

The period T of an object in circular motion is the time taken for the object to

make one complete revolution.

The frequency f of an object in circular motion is the number of complete revolu

tions made by the object per unit time.

Waves:

Displacement is the distance moved by the particle from its equilibrium position

.

The amplitude of a wave is the maximum displacement of the particle from its equ

ilibrium position.

The wavelength is the distance between 2 successive points on a wave which are i

n phase with one another.

The period is the time taken for a particle on the wave to complete one oscillat

ion.

The frequency of a wave is the number of complete oscillations that pass through

a given point in 1 second. (Units: Hertz(Hz) or s-1)

A compression is a region where particles are close to one another. (High pressu

re)

A rarefaction is a region where the particles are further apart. (Low pressure)

Phase Difference (?) between two particles or two waves tells us how much a part

icle (or wave) is in front or behind another particle (or wave).

Intensity of a wave is the rate of transfer of energy per unit area perpendicula

r to the direction of travel of the wave.

Oscillations:

Periodic motion is the regular, repetitive motion of a body which continually re

traces its path at regular intervals.

Period T of a periodic motion is the time to make one complete cycle.

Frequency f of a periodic motion is the number of cycles per unit time.

Angular frequency of a periodic motion is the rate of change of angular displace

ment with respect to time.

Displacement of an object is the distance of the oscillating particle from its e

quilibrium position at any instant.

Amplitude of a periodic motion is the magnitude of the maximum displacement of t

he oscillating particle from the equilibrium position.

Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) is defined as the oscillatory motion of a particle

whose acceleration a is always directed towards a fixed point and is directly pr

oportional to its displacement x from that fixed point but in the opposite direc

tion to the displacement.

Damping is the process whereby energy is taken from the oscillating system.

Natural frequency of the system is the frequency at which it will vibrate freely

.

Superposition:

Diffraction refers to the bending or spreading out of waves when they travel thr

ough a small opening or when they pass round a small obstacle.

The Principle Of Superposition states that when two waves of the same kind meet

at a point in space, the resultant displacement at that point is the vector sum

of the displacements that the two waves would separately produce at that point.

Interference refers to the superposing of two or more coherent waves to produce

regions of maxima and minima in space, according to the principle of superpositi

on.

Gravitation:

Newton s Law Of Universal Gravitation states that every particle in the Universe a

ttracts every other particle with a force that is directly proportional to the p

roduct of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance

between them.

Gravitational field strength at a point is defined as the gravitational force pe

r unit mass acting on a mass placed at that point.

Gravitational potential energy, U of a point mass m, in a gravitational field, i

s the work done by an external force in bringing that point mass from infinity t

o that point.

Gravitational potential at a point in a gravitational field is the work done per

unit mass, by an external force, in bringing the mass from infinity to that poi

nt.

Escape speed is the minimum speed with which a mass should be projected from the

Earth s surface in order to escape Earth s gravitation field.

Electric Field:

The coulomb s law states that the electrostatic force between two point charges is

proportional to the product of their charges and inversely inversely proportion

al to the square of the distance between them.

The Electric field strength at a point in an electric field is the electrostatic

force per unit charge experienced by a small positive test charge placed at tha

t point.

Electric Potential at a point in an electric field is the work done per unit cha

rge by an external agent in bringing a positive test charge from infinity to tha

t particular point without acceleration.

Electric potential energy of a charge in an electric field is defined as the wor

k done by an external force in bringing the charge from infinity to that point a

distance r away.

The electron volt is defined as energy that an electron (or proton) gains (or lo

ses) when it is accelerated(or decelerated) through a potential difference of 1

volt.

Current Of Electricity:

Electric Current is the rate of flow of charge through a particular cross sectio

nal area with respect to time.

The potential difference between two points in an electrical circuit is the elec

trical energy converted into other forms of energy per unit charge passing from

one point to the other.

One volt is the potential difference between two points in an electrical circuit

when one joule of electrical energy is converted to other form of energy as one

coulomb of charge passes from one point to the other.

Ohm s Law states that the ratio of the potential difference across a conductor to

the current flowing through it, is a constant, provided that its physical condit

ions, such as temperature, remain constant.

The electromotive force (??) of a source is the energy converted from other form

s to electrical per unit charge delivered round a complete circuit.

Internal resistance (r) of any real source is the resistance that charge moving

through the material of the source encounters.

DC Circuits:

Kirchhoff s First Law states that the total current entering a junction is equal t

o the total current leaving the junction. OR The algebraic sum of currents at a

junction is zero.

Kirchhoff s second law states that the net electromotive force around a closed cir

cuit loop is equal to the sum of potential drops around the loop. OR The algebra

ic sum of the changes in potential encountered in a complete traversal of a clos

ed circuit loop must be zero.

Electromagnetism:

Magnetic flux density (B) is defined as the force acting per unit current per un

it length on a wire placed at right angles to the magnetic field.

1 Tesla is defined as the magnetic flux density of a uniform magnetic field when

a wire of length 1m , carrying a current of 1A, placed perpendicular to the fie

ld, experiences a force of 1N in a direction at right angles to both the field a

nd the current.

Electromagnetic Induction:

Magnetic flux through a plane surface is the product of the magnetic flux densit

y normal to the surface BN and the area A of the surface.

The weber is defined as the magnetic flux through a surface if a magnetic field

of flux density 1 T exists perpendicularly to an area of 1 m2.

Magnetic Flux Linkage is defined as the product of the number of turns N of the

coil and the magnetic flux linking each turn.

Faraday s Law states that the induced e.m.f. is directly proportional to the rate

of change of magnetic flux linkage or rate of cutting of magnetic flux linkage.

Lenz s Law states that the induced e.m.f. will be directed such that the current w

hich it causes to flow opposes the change that is producing it.

Alternating Current:

The root-mean-square (r.m.s.) value of an alternating current is equivalent to t

he steady direct current that converts electrical energy to other forms of energ

y at the same average rate as the alternating current in a given resistance.

Rectification is the process in which an alternating current is forced to only f

low in one direction.

Semiconductors:

Band gap is the energy difference between top of valence band and bottom of cond

uction band. It is also a range of energy in a solid where no electron states ex

ist.

An intrinsic semiconductor is a pure semiconductor crystal containing only one e

lement or one compound.

Extrinsic semiconductors doped with donor impurities are called n-type semicondu

ctors because they donate an excess of negative charge carriers.

Photoelectric Effect is the emission of electrons from metal by electromagnetic

radiation.

Photoelectron is used to indicate that the electron has been emitted when light

falls on the surface of a metal.

The work function of a material is defined as the minimum amount of the work nec

essary to remove a free electron from the surface of the material.

Threshold frequency is the minimum frequency of an incident radiation required t

o just remove an electron from the surface of a metal.

The scanning tunnelling microsope (STM) is a non-optical microscope which uses t

he concept of quantum tunnelling by electrons to study surfaces of conductors or

semi-conducors at the atomic scale of about 2 or 0.2 nm.

Nuclear Physics:

The mass defect of a nucleus is defined as the difference between the mass of th

e separated nucleons and the combined mass of the nucleus.

Nuclear fission is the disintegration of a heavy nucleus into two lighter nuclei

of approximately equal masses.

Nuclear fusion is the combining of the two light nuclei to produce a heavier nuc

leus.

Radioactive decay is the spontaneous disintegration of the nucleus of an atom wh

ich results in the emission of particles.

Background radiation refers to ionizing radiation emitted from a variety of natu

ral and artificial radiation sources.

The activity of a radioactive substance is defined as the average number of atom

s disintegrating per unit time.

The decay constant ? of a nucleus is defined as its probability of decay per uni

t time.

Half-life is defined as the time taken for half the original number of radioacti

ve nuclei to decay

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