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Re: Pune University M.Sc Physics

The Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University offers a two year M. Sc. (Physics) degree programme with optional courses in several areas such as Materials Science, Condensed Matter Physics, Biophysics, Nuclear Techniques, Accelerator Physics, Laser Physics, Non-linear Phenomena and Physics of Nanostructures etc.

M. Sc. (Physics) programme

Duration – 2 years

The admissions of Indian candidates are through a national level entrance examination.

The advertisement is put up in print media as well as on the webpage around March/April.

The entrance examination is held in June.

The first semester starts around the end of July.


Bachelor’s Degree in (any discipline) (with Physics and Maths) or equivalent with at least 50% aggregate marks


Revised Syllabus
1 Constrained Motion
Constraints, Classification of Constraints, Principal of Virtual Work, D’Alembert’s
principal and its applications (Problems only), (One or Two Problems should be discussed
with D’Alembert’s, Lagrangian, Hamiltons from same set of problems). (2L+2P)
2 Lagrangian formulation
Generalized coordinates, Langrange’s equations of motion, properties of kinetic
energy function, theorem on total energy, generalized momenta, cyclic-coordinates, integrals
of motion, Jacobi integrals and energy conservation, Concept of symmetry, invariance under
Galilean transformation, velocity dependent potential. (6L+5P)
3 Hamilton’s formulation
Hamilton’s function and Hamilton’s equation of motion, configuration space, phase
space and state space, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian of relativistic particles and light rays.
4 Variational Principle
Variational principle, Euler’s equation, applications of variational principle, shortest
distance problem, brachistrochrone, Geodesics of a Sphere. (3L+2P)
5 Canonical Transformations
Generating function, Conditions for canonical transformation and problem. (3L+2P)
6 Poisson Brackets
Definition, Identities, Poisson theorem, Jacobi-Poisson theorem, Jacobi identity,
(statement only), invariance of PB under canonical transformation. (2L+3P)
7 Rotational Motion
Rotating frames of reference, inertial forces in rotating frames, Larmour precision,
electromagnetic analogy of inertial forces, effects of Coriolis force, Focoult’s pendulum.
8 Central Force
Two body central force problem, stability of orbits, condition for closure, integrable
power laws, Kepler’s problems, orbits of artificial satellites, Virial theorem. (3L+2P)
Reference Books :
1. Classical Mechanics by H.Goldstein, Narosa Publishing Home,, New Delhi.
2. Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems by Marion and Thomtron, Third Edition,
Horoloma Book Jovanovich College Publisher.
3. Classical Mechanics by P.V.Panat, Narosa Publishing Home,, New Delhi.
4. Classical Mechanics by N.C.Rana and P.S.Joag, Tata Mc-Graw Hill Publishing Company
Limited, New Delhi.
5. Introduction to Classical Mechanics by R.G.Takawale and P.S.Puranik, Tata Mc-Graw
Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi.
6. Classical Mechanics by J.C.Upadhyaya, Himalaya Publishing House.

For complete syllabus here is the attachment


Savitribai Phule Pune University
Ganeshkhind, Pune, Maharashtra 411007
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