If you are to come out of a NET that traps you. Stratagem. Reply

If you are to come out of a NET that traps you. Stratagem.

This article is purported to be helpful towards those who take Indian after the university entrance exam known as NET (National Eligibility test governed by CSIR; Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) twice every year. [Science NET is known as CSIR-NET and arts/humanities as UGC-NET.]

Manmohan sir, I want to qualify net. … any suggestions ?

I am assuming you will take the test in June 2018.

Solve 10 previous papers thoroughly.

Make a categorization of subject wise weightage: eg mathematical physics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics etc.

Set yourself a good score based on what you think you can certainly achieve. Make a 15% increase and make that your target.

See your strongest subjects and make a plan which ones you want to be thoroughly prepared about so you can arrive your target.

Never attempt a question, unless you are very sure of it. Negative marks in net can ruin your chances. (By attempt I mean: select the choice)

Decide in which section you want to score how much.

In section A (total marks 30) try to achieve full marks, except a few daunting questions. Getting 22 (11 questions right, assuming no negative score) seems a good idea. In section B (20 questions in total) try as many as you would like, to comply with your target. eg if your target is 110/200 you already got 22. So lets say you think you can score 35 in sec B (10 questions right, no negative) then you have 57 by now. So rest 53 must come from sec C, which is about 11 questions right, without negative scoring. You can vary between sec B and C to fulfill a particular target.

You should take mock tests frequently. Take a previous year question paper, set yourself 3 exam like hours without disturbance and attempt the paper. Now analyse your responses, based on the answer sheet. This way you can gauge yourself properly.

Once you have solved 5 sets of question papers, you know exactly what to be expected in the exam. eg exactly what kind of quantum mechanics questions and so on.

Brush up your concepts thoroughly based on this, from good quality texts. I will give you selection of text books, in the end. Also try to solve good number of questions from these texts. When studying the text focus on the text, not necessarily on exam. So test your understanding based on chapter-end questions. Solve them yourself. If you can’t try to find if solution manual is available. Some texts have answers available, full solutions that is.

Do proper time management, eg skip difficult or lengthy answer type questions for 2nd round. First attempt what you can solve quickly. Here by attempt I mean actually solving the question and not just selecting any choice. Also attempt first, questions, where you are thoroughly prepared. Then go to what you think you can do but requires long amount of time. Then go to attempt what you might think you may not solve but give a shot. Now review your answers for any possible mistakes.

When using scribble pad make each question have a separate space, so you can easily review later, you can leave some space to each questions space, so you can add some calculations during review.

Now go onto solve more and more questions from good study materials. Not necessarily coaching materials. It could be Schaum’s series or a good text book. Keep on taking mock tests to gauge your preparedness and requirements.

Here are some text books to follow, they are my favorite and most of them are quite helpful from NET prospective as well.

A. Mathematical Physics: 1. Mary L. Boas. 2. Riley Hobson.

B. Classical Mechanics: 1. Takwale Puranik, 2. Rana, Joag. 3. Mathur 4. Gupta (the latter two include properties of matter and wave etc)

C. Modern Physics: 1. (one stop) Arthur Beiser. 2. Eisberg and Resnick (book name: quantum mechanics of atoms molecules etc)

D. Electromagnetic Theory 1. Hecht (optics book) 2. Griffith (Ed book) 3. Berkley series (author: Purcell) 4. Mahajan Choudhury (Ed text)

E. Solid State Physics 1. Ali Omar 2. Kittel 3. Beiser (mod physics text)

F. Nuclear Physics 1. Kenneth S. Krane 2. Cohen 3. Prasad 4. Gupta

G. Electronics, Digital electronics 1. author Malvino, Leach, Saha 2. RS Sedha (S. Chand) Analog electronics; 1. VK Mehta 2. Malvino Bates 3 Tayal and Tyagi

H. Quantum Mechanics: Griffith 2. Levi (applied quantum mechanics) 3. Joachain (Pearson)

I. Statistical Mechanics 1. Reif (Berkley physics course, A must for everyone) 2. Pathria Beale (Advanced level, but thoroughly descriptive)

J. Thermodynamics 1. Garg Bansal 2. Zeemansky Dittman 3. University physics (Sears, Zeemansky et al)

You can see/refer difficult texts like Arfken, Jackson or Goldstein on a need basis.

Relativity; follow that thin book Resnick and Arthur Beiser would also help.

I hope that helps.

April 16. Reply

Reminiscing a dreadful day in my life. Today 16th April, a decade ago, 2007.

It was early morning. Snow flakes were making the surrounding really beautiful. Especially because I was sitting inside of a cozy air conditioned student center, looking out of the glass wall. The hazelnut flavored milk-less coffee used to be one of my favorite, especially when I would be sitting alone. I was reading a paper on “phenomenology of quantum mechanical phases related to my thesis research”. These were the days I had started writing or at-least musing about writing blogs. So I was even perhaps in the mood of writing a poem or something.

The beautiful silence was broken by a strange noise of a crowd. I looked around. A man with a long gun, as long perhaps as himself, of-course a bit smaller, wielding it to the ground was hailing at the folks around “stay indoor”. More…

Interference by wave-front and amplitude splitting. Reply

Optics Series Lecture, Lecture – XIV, XV, XVI.

“Color of thin films, Newton’s rings, Lloyd’s mirror and Phase changes during reflection” These lecture were delivered on 16th February, 21st February and on 17th March. The lecture sessions were of 1 and 1/2 hours. The lectures were delivered to both Physics honors as well as Physics elective students on different days.

We have previously discussed what is interference and what is wave-front splitting and amplitude splitting interference. We have also discussed in much details two wave-front splitting interference viz. Young’s double slit interference (Lecture – IX) and Fresnel’s bi-prism (Lecture – XI). Today we will discuss one more wave-front splitting interference namely Lloyd’s mirror interference before moving onto the amplitude splitting interference of the Newton’s Rings. Also we will discuss two interesting and related concepts; i. Phase change on reflection and ii. Color of thin films. More…

Waves. Reply

Optics Series Lecture, Lecture – XII and – XIII.

“Traveling waves, Differential wave equations, Particle and wave velocities.” These lectures were delivered on 17th and 20th February 2017, in two lecture sessions of 1 and 1/2 hours each. The web version has been named “Waves.” and the lectures were delivered to Physics honors students.

In one of our earlier optics session lecture I had hinted at having waves defined by their pulse shape called as wave profile — or alternatively wave shape or wave form, and transcribing them into forms that represent actual wave motion. The later are then called as traveling or progressive waves. The former, the so called wave shape or wave profile are then time-snapshots of the full fledged time varying waves that we just called traveling waves. Remember that stationary or standing waves are not wave profiles or any snapshots of a single traveling wave, they are rather the superposition of an advanced and a retarded wave — that is one traveling wave moving forward and another exactly shaped traveling wave moving in the reverse direction. We studied advanced and retarded waves, here. We have also already dealt with traveling waves in much detail, eg, here and here. This lecture will justify what we have been espousing all along. More…

Fresnel’s Bi-prism: measurement of wavelength of light. 1

Optics Series Lecture, Lecture – XI.

“Fresnel’s Bi-prism: measurement of wavelength of light by it.” This lecture was delivered on 16th February in a lecture session of 1 and 1/2 hours. This lecture was delivered to Physics elective students and later to honors students. This does not strictly pertain to 1 and 1/2 hours of regular lecturing session that we have mostly been employing. Thats because it was created with another part which can be optionally appended to other related subject matter. In the web-version thats what we will do. Our guiding principle is more in line with the honors course, where the subject matter is quite extensive and deep which brings more flexibility and choices into the lecture compositions.

Today we will discuss another interesting interference set-up, now that we have discussed the Young’s double slit experiment, in lecture – IX. A few words about the general mechanism behind interference. There are two kinds of interference basically that we will be discussing in our lectures. We discussed the Young’s DS interference pattern based on our understandings of intensity or irradiance patterns that we studied here: lecture – VII. Interference is sustained and visible if the corresponding sources of light are coherent among themselves, that is, if the sources have phase differences that are not arbitrarily or abruptly changing, as a consequence we can safely assume the phase differences are constant and therefore predictable. Incoherent light makes this impossible. Incoherent light is that light source whose production itself is arbitrary and abrupt and unpredictable, hence nothing can be definitively said on its phase, as a result the coherence is only short lived. If two light sources are so generated that their respective coherence time (or coherence length) are well within each others span, they are said to be coherent light. More…