How to prepare for JAM 2019 Physics
Sherin Tressa, 17 Sep 2018, #JAM

How to prepare for JAM 2019 Physics – With the JAM 2019 exam due on February 10, 2019 its time candidates start preparing for the exam. JAM is conducted for the admissions to the M.Sc programmes offered by the participating IIT’s. To know How to prepare for JAM 2019 Physics candidates should go through the tips given here. The Physics exam of JAM 2019 will be based on the syllabus mentioned for JAM 2019. Preparing for JAM 2019 need to be with the help of a precise time-table which will equally divide all the topics and subtopics of JAM 2019 for Physics exam in such a way that the candidate gets equal time to prepare everything. Since the syllabus of the Physics exam for JAM 2019 is vast enough candidates must make also make sure to add time to solve sample papers from the previous year. This year JAM will be conducted in two sessions.

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How to prepare for JAM 2019 for Physics - Syllabus

With physics one thing which everyone will agree is that time needs to be given to make sure every topics is given a good amount of time. To start preparing for JAM 2019 physics exam candidates must first have a good look at the syllabus for Physics.


Unit 1: Mathematical Methods

Topics: Calculus of single and multiple variables, partial derivatives, Jacobian, imperfect and perfect differentials, Taylor expansion, Fourier series. Vector algebra, Vector Calculus, Multiple integrals, Divergence theorem, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem. First order equations and linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients. Matrices and determinants, Algebra of complex numbers.


Unit: Oscillations, Waves and Optics

Topics: Differential equation for simple harmonic oscillator and its general solution. Superposition of two or more simple harmonic oscillators. Lissajous figures. Damped and forced oscillators, resonance. Wave equation, traveling and standing waves in one-dimension. Energy density and energy transmission in waves. Group velocity and phase velocity. Sound waves in media. Doppler Effect. Fermat’s Principle. General theory of image formation. Thick lens, thin lens and lens combinations. Interference of light, optical path retardation. Fraunhofer diffraction. Rayleigh criterion and resolving power. Diffraction gratings. Polarization: linear, circular and elliptic polarization. Double refraction and optical rotation.


Unit: Mechanics and General Properties of Matter

Topics: Newton’s laws of motion and applications, Velocity and acceleration in Cartesian, polar and cylindrical coordinate systems, uniformly rotating frame, centrifugal and Coriolis forces, Motion under a central force, Kepler’s laws, Gravitational Law and field, Conservative and non-conservative forces. System of particles, Center of mass, equation of motion of the CM, conservation of linear and angular momentum, conservation of energy, variable mass systems. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Rigid body motion, fixed axis rotations, rotation and translation, moments of Inertia and products of Inertia, parallel and perpendicular axes theorem. Principal moments and axes. Kinematics of moving fluids, equation of continuity, Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s theorem.


Unit: Electricity and Magnetism

Topics: Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law. Electric field and potential. Electrostatic boundary conditions, Solution of Laplace’s equation for simple cases. Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics, dielectric polarization, volume and surface charges, electrostatic energy. Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s law, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, Self and mutual inductance. Alternating currents. Simple DC and AC circuits with R, L and C components. Displacement current, Maxwell’s equations and plane electromagnetic waves, Poynting’s theorem, reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface, transmission and reflection coefficients (normal incidence only). Lorentz Force and motion of charged particles in electric and mag-netic fields.


Unit: Modern Physics

Topics: Inertial frames and Galilean invariance. Postulates of special relativity. Lorentz transformations. Length contraction, time dilation. Relativistic velocity addition theorem, mass energy equivalence. Blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr’s atomic model, X-rays. Wave-particle duality, Uncertainty principle, the superposition principle, calculation of expectation values, Schrödinger equation and its solution for one, two and three dimensional boxes. Solution of Schrödinger equation for the one dimensional harmonic oscillator. Reflection and transmission at a step potential, Pauli exclusion principle. Structure of atomic nucleus, mass and binding energy. Radioactivity and its applications. Laws of radioactive decay.


Unit: Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics

Topics: Elements of Kinetic theory of gases. Velocity distribution and Equipartition of energy. Specific heat of Mono-, di- and tri-atomic gases. Ideal gas, van-der-Waals gas and equation of state. Mean free path. Laws of thermodynamics. Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium. First law and its consequences. Isothermal and adiabatic processes. Reversible, irreversible and quasi-static processes. Second law and entropy. Carnot cycle. Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications. Thermodynamic potentials and their applications. Phase transitions and Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Ideas of ensembles, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions.


Unit: Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Topics: Crystal structure, Bravais lattices and basis. Miller indices. X-ray diffraction and Bragg's law; Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, variation of resistivity with temperature. Fermi level. p-n junction diode, I-V characteristics, Zener diode and its applications, BJT: characteristics in CB, CE, CC modes. Single stage amplifier, two stage R-C coupled amplifiers. Simple Oscillators: Barkhausen condition, sinusoidal oscillators. OPAMP and applications: Inverting and non-inverting amplifier. Boolean algebra: Binary number systems; conversion from one system to another system; binary addition and subtraction. Logic Gates AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR exclusive OR; Truth tables; combination of gates; de Morgan’s theorem.


How to prepare for JAM 2019 for Physics – Important Books for Reference

While preparing for Jam 2019, candidates can refer to the books given in the list below. Each book is specialized on a particular unit/topic from the syllabus of JAM 2019 given.


Books and Authors

Mathematical Methods

Schaum's Outlines series
Mathematical Methods for Physics & Engineering: Riley, Hobson & Bence

Electricity and Magnetism

Introduction to Electrodynamics: David J. Griffiths
Electricity & Magnetism: B.Ghosh

Mechanics and General Properties of Matter

Quantum Mechanics - By Zetili / Griffith / Schaums Series
Quantum Mechanics - MC Jain
Classical Mechanics- Kepler or Berclays, and HJ Pain

Modern Physics

Molecular and Atomic Physics - By Rajkumar / White

Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics

Thermodyanmics- Zemanski Dittman, Saha Srivastava/ F. W. Sears and G. L. Salinger

Oscillations, Waves and Optics

Optics - By Ghatak/ Brijlal and Subhramanyam

Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics

Solid State Physics - By Kittel / M A Omar / S O Pillai
Semiconductor and Electronics - By Boylested /Gaekwad

How to prepare for JAM 2019 for Physics - Time-table

Prepare a time-table keeping in mind all the units and topics. In the initial few month set a time table in such a way that you can give an equal amount of time to all the topics mentioned in the syllabus of JAM 2019. as time passes towards the last few months before the exam rearrange the time table to fit in more time for revision and sample paper solving.


How to prepare for JAM 2019 for Physics - Sample Papers

Solving JAM 2019 sample papers will give candidates the necessary experience and confidence they will need on the day of the exam. Sample papers from the previous years will contain the questions which are important and repeated over the years along with a few unique questions which candidates might have missed during their time of study and revision.


How to prepare for JAM 2019 for Physics - Tips to Follow

While preparing for JAM 2019 Physics exam apart from setting the time table and solving sample papers candidates first need to prepare themselves mentally for the exam.  Make small notes of important points and write down what ever feels hard to understand. This will help candidates to remember the topic clearly because they have the same in writing. Having the important concepts in writing rather than learning it directly from the text book will help in keeping the concept in memory. Also, hard work will always pay off no matter what. Candidates must make sure to put in all their effort while preparing for the exam.

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