Wrong question in GATE 2018 physics? 1

Gate Physics 2018: Parity of vectors.

I think the above question asked in GATE 2018 (physics) is wrong.

Any vector has two components. The component perpendicular to the parity axis has even parity and the parallel component to the axis has odd parity.

The opposite is true for axial vectors.

E, A vectors.
B, L axial vectors.

The correct answer per gate exam body is E, A. Why not B and L? It’s an arbitrary situation and perpendicular components of these fields will have odd parity.

So the question since it does not specify the direction might be wrong. Unless I’m missing anything. What’s your idea ?

I am adding one relevant page for why the answer might be wrong. (A question is wrong, when all possible answers given are, wrong. That seems to be the case here.) For detailed answer and any other relevant page, check here. [Prof. S. Errede’s handouts. UIUC]

According to this lecture note from a famous university (UIUC) among E, B, L and A except L all others have odd parity. L doesn’t as its made from cross product of two vectors (r and p) which both have odd parity. There are several ways to see why B has odd parity as well. One is to see it as B = curl A. A has odd parity and grad operator has even parity. Check page 5 of the linked note from UIUC.


So except L all others have odd parity. [E, B and A]. Putting the phrase “only” makes the question erroneous. Because e and A pair is right but its not the only ones among the given vectors which has odd parity.



Interference of two plane harmonic waves. 7

Optics Series Lecture, Lecture – VII.

“Conditions of interference, Interference of two plane harmonic waves.” This lecture was delivered on 7th February in a lecture session of 1 and 1/2 hours. This lecture was delivered to Physics elective students but intended as a lecture towards Honors students at a later date.

Electromagnetic Waves.

Light is an electromagnetic wave. In-fact its a transverse electromagnetic wave which means the oscillation of E and B fields produces light which propagates in a direction that is perpendicular to the plane that contains the E and B fields. In other words E, B and k the vector that denotes the direction of light propagation, are mutually perpendicular vectors. We will study these details in a later intended lecture. EM waves are not only transverse waves but also vector waves, that is; E and B are vector fields whose undulation is summarized as light.

Light is a general name for all EM waves but visible light is that particular part of EM waves which has frequency of wave such that the wavelength varies from approximately 400 – 700 nm. In vacuum — only in vacuum, light always moves at a fixed speed: namely 3×108 m/s. Therefore light whose wavelength lies between 400 – 700 nm is called as visible light: we can write in vacuum c = νλ.

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