VITEEE 2016 Physics Syllabus

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VITEEE 2016 Physics Syllabus

The above Acronym spells out Vellore Institute of Technology, Engineering Entrance Examination. This Engineering Entrance Exam is Conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology, which is situated at Vellore District of Tamil Nadu.

The Vellore Institute of Technology, conducted the VITEEE annually so as to offer Candidates/Students with the opportunity to be admitted to its Engineering Courses and Programs. The VITEEE Exams are held every year in the month of April.

The Following is the Physics Syllabus for the VITEEE 2015 Examinations mentioned below:


Charges and their conservation; Coulomb’s law-forces between two point electric charges – forces between multiple electric charges- superposition principle.

Electric field-electric field due to a point charge, electric field lines, electric dipole, electric field intensity due to a dipole- behavior of a dipole in a uniform electric field.

Electric potential – potential difference- electric potential due to a point charge and dipole-equipotential surfaces – electrical potential energy of a system of two point charges.

Electrical Flux-Gauss’s theorem and its applications to find field due to (i)infinitely long straight wire (ii) uniformly charges infinite plane sheet (iii) two parallel sheets (iv) uniformly charges thin spherical shell (inside and outside)

Electrostatic induction –capacitor and capacitance – dielectric and electric polarization – parallel plate capacitor with and without dielectric medium – application of capacitor – energy stored in a capacitor – capacitor in series and in parallel – actions of points- lighting arrester- Van de Graaff generator.

(b) Current Electricity:

Electric Current- flow of charges in a metallic conductor- drift velocity and mobility and their relation with electric current.

Ohm’s law, electrical resistance- V-I characteristics- electrical resistivity and conductivity- classification of materials in terms of conductivity- carbon resistors- color code for carbon resistors- combination of resistors-series and parallel-temprature dependence of resistance – internal resistance of a cell- potential difference and emf of a cell-combination of cell in series and in parallel.

Kirchoff’s law- illustration by simple circuits- Wheatstone’s Bridge and its application for temperature coefficient of resistance measurement – Meter bridge- special case of Wheatstone bridge- Potientmeter principle comparing the emf of two cells.

(c)Magnetic Effects of Electric Current and Magnetism:

Magnetic effect of Electric Current – Concept of Magnetic Field- Oersted’s experiment – Biot Savart law- Magnetic field due to an infinitely long current carrying straight wire and circular coil-Tangent galvanometer-construction and working-Bar Magnet as an equivalent solenoid-magnetic field lines.

Ampere’s circuital law and its application

Force moving charge in uniform magnetic field and electric field- cyclotron-force on current carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field- forces between two parallel current carrying conductors-definition of ampere.

Force on a moving charge in uniform magnetic field and electric field – cyclotron- force on current carrying conductor in a uniform magnetic field-forces between two parallel current carrying conductors-definitions of ampere.

Torque experienced by a current loop in a Uniform Magnetic field- moving coil galvanometer- conversion to ammeter and voltmeter-current loop as a magnetic dipole and its magnetic dipole moment-Magnetic dipole moment of a revolving electron.

Para, dia and ferro-magnetic substances with examples – Electromagnets- Permanent Magnets.

(d)Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current:

Electromagnetic induction- Faraday’s law- induced emf and current – Lenz’s law

Self Induction- Mutual induction-self inductance of a long solenoid- mutual inductance of two long solenoids.

Methods of induction emf (i) by changing magnetic induction (ii) by changing area enclosed by the coil and (iii) by changing the orientation of the coil (quantitive treatment)

AC generator- commercial generator (Single phase, Three Phase)

Eddy Current – applications-transformer-long distance transmission.

Alternating current-measurement of AC-AC circuit with resistance- AC Circuit with inductor- AC circuit with capacitor- LCR series Circuit-Resonance and Q- Factor- power in AC circuits.


Reflection of light, spherical mirrors, mirror formula. Refraction of light, total internal reflection and its application, optical fibers, refraction at spherical surfaces, lenses, thin lens formula, lens maker’s formula. Magnification, power or a lens, combination of thin lenses in contact, combination of a lens and a mirror. Refraction and dispersion of light through a prism.

(f)Electromagnetic Waves and Wave Optics:

Electromagnetic waves and their characteristics- electromagnetic spectrum-radio microwaves, infra-red, visible, ultra-violet, X rays, gamma rays.

Wave front and Huygens’s principle-reflection, total internal reflection and refraction of plane wave at a plane surface using wave fronts.

Interference- Young’s double slit experiment and expression for fringe width-coherent source-interference of light-formation of colors in thin films – analytical treatment – Newton’s rings.

Diffraction – differences between interference and diffraction of light-diffraction grating.

Polarisation of light waves- polarization by reflection – Brewster’s law- double refraction – Nicol prism – uses of plane polarized light and polaroids- rotatory polarization – polarimeter.

(g)Atomic and Nuclear Physics:

Atomic Structure –discovery of the electron- specific charge (Thomson’s method) and charge of the electron (Millikan’s oil drop method) – alpha scattering – Rutherford’s atom model.

Bohr’s model- energy quantization – energy and wave number expressions – Hydrogen spectrum – energy level diagrams – sodium and mercury spectra – excitation and ionization potentials.

Nuclear Properties – nuclear radii, masses,  binding energy, density, charge, isotopes, isobars and isotones- nuclear mass defect-binding energy-stability of nuclei – Bainbridge mass spectrometer.

Nature of Nuclear Forces- Neutron- discovery- properties-artificial transmutation – particle accelerator.

Radioactivity- alpha, beta and gamma radiations and their properties a-decay, B-decay, and y-decay-Radioactive decay law- half life- mean life- artificial radioactivity-radio isotopes- effect and uses- Geiger Muller Counter.

Radio Carbon Dating – biological radiation hazards

Nuclear fission- chain reaction- atom bomb- nuclear reactor- nuclear fission-hydrogen bomb- cosmic rays- elementary particles

(h)Dual nature of Radiation and Matter:

Photoelectric effect- light waves and photons- Einstein’s photoelectric equation-laws of photoelectric emission-particle nature of light- photo cells and their applications.

Matter Waves- wave nature of particles – de Broglie relation – de Broglie wavelength of an electron – Davisson Germer experiment – electron microscope.

(i)Semiconductor Devices and their Applications:

Semiconductor theory – energy band in solids (Qualitative ideas only) difference between metals, insulators and semi conductors based on band theory – semiconductor doping- Intrinsic and Extrinsic Semiconductors.

Formatino of P-N Junction- Barrier potential and depletion layer P-N Junction diode- forward and reverse bias characteristics – diode as a rectifier – Zener diode- Zener diode as  a voltage regulator – LED – seven segment display – LCD

Junction transistors- characteristics- transistor as a switch-transistor as an amplifier – transistor as an oscillator.

Logic gates- NOT, OR AND EXOR using discrete components – NAND and NOR gates as universal gates – Laws and theorems of Boolean algebra.

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