PH1020 Physics II Home

This is the homepage for the course PH1020 Physics II being offered at IIT Madras during Spring 2014. The course coordinators are Suresh Govindarajan and Dr. R. Nirmala. The PH1020 team includes eight other teachers: Prof. Prem Bisht, Dr. Dillip Satapathy, Dr. A. R. Ganesan, Dr. Ranjit Nanda, Dr. Prafulla Behera, Dr. Aditi Simha, Dr. Somnath Roy and Dr. Sudakar Chandran.

Issac Asimov's awesome short story Profession is a must read for all IIT students. You might then understand why some of your teachers at IIT push you a lot. Who knows — you might be the tenth one!

End Semester Examination Seating Plan

End Sem Seating Plan This is not identical to the quiz I or II plan!

Date of exam: May 6, 2014 Timing: 2-5pm


Two Quizzes 40
7 Mini-tests 10
Final 50
Total 100


First Class on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Find Your PH1020 Classroom

There will be several ungraded assignments that will be handed out to the student.

Demo Corner

The Demo Corner is located at the far end of the undergraduate Physics Laboratory. Every couple of weeks, we will leave material that will let the student test out concepts taught in class. The idea is that students will be able to study things in tangible fashion. Below, we list the various demonstrations that we come up with. Suggestions from students are most welcome.

Demo 1: Static Electricity || Demo 2: The Faraday Cage || Demo 3: // Dielectrics and Capacitances || Demo 4: (Currently on Display) Mapping field lines of Magnetic Dipoles and the Earth as a magnetic dipole (measuring magnetic dip) ||


The main text for the course will be the book by David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics (any edition will do).

This will be supplemented by the material (for a book) written by me with Profs. Balakrishnan and Lakshmi Bala shared on occasion via moodle. Similar notes were called B&S notes in your PH1010 course.

E.M. Purcell's book Electricity and Magnetism that forms volume 2 of the Berkeley Physics Course is a great reference. The introduction to magnetism (via SR) is unconventional and awesome. This is out of print in most parts of the world except India where low-cost editions of all five volumes in this series are available!


The transition from two charges to a point dipole (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Notes and Handouts

Second Harmonic Generation ||


The history behind positive and negative charges || Robert Millikan -- Nobel Prize in 1923 || measuring-the-speed-of-light || The mean value theorem for harmonic functions (15' video by Chris Tisdell) || Wikipedia's portal for Electromagnetism || The Classical Hall Effect || The Quantum Hall Effect ||

Nobel Lectures of interest

More to come

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