Physics 2

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BE5B02PH2 Z,ZK 7 3P+1L+2C English

It is a condition for enrolment in course BE5B02PH2 that the student must have received credit for the course BE5B02PH1 in a previous semester

During a review of study plans, the course AE3B02FY2 can be substituted for the course BE5B02PH2.

During a review of study plans, the course AE1B02FY1 can be substituted for the course BE5B02PH2.

During a review of study plans, the course AE8B02PH2 can be substituted for the course BE5B02PH2.

Garant předmětu:
Stanislav Pekárek
Jaroslav Jíra, Stanislav Pekárek
Ilona Ali Bláhová, Antonio Cammarata, Jaroslav Jíra, Stanislav Pekárek, Bohuslav Rezek, David Rutherford, Egor Ukraintsev
Department of Physics

Within the framework of this course the students will first of all learn foundations of thermodynamics. Following topic - the theory of waves - will give to the students basic insight into the properties of waves and will help to the students to understand that the presented description of the waves has a universal character in spite of the waves character. Particular types of waves, such as acoustic or optical waves are the subjects of the following section. Quantum mechanics and nuclear physics will complete the student?s general education in physics. The knowledge gained in this course will help to the students in study of such modern areas as

robotics, computer vision, measuring technique and will allow them to understand the principles of novel technologies and functioning of new electronic devices.


Assesment from Physics 1 course (BE5B02PH1) or equivalent course.

Syllabus of lectures:


1. Thermodynamic systems, state variables, temperature, heat, work, internal energy, ideal gas law, heat capacities, 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic processes, heat engines, entropy, heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation), 3nd law of thermodynamics, thermal expansion, kinetic theory of gases.

2. Fundamentals of waves (phase velocity, group velocity, dissipation and dispersion of waves, dispersion relationship) general wave equation. Doppler effect. Wave equation for electromagnetic and acoustic waves, propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic waves.

3. Constructive and destructive interference, coherent waves, diffraction, Huygens´ principle.

4. Geometrical optics, light ray, paraxial approximation, Fermat´s principle, reflection and refraction, critical refraction.

5. Wave optics - Fresnel´s and Fraunhofer´s diffraction, interference of light.

6. Polarization and dispersion of light. Anisotropic media, Brewster law, application of polarization, liquid crystals.

7. Introduction to quantum mechanics - black-body radiation, photoelectric and Compton´s effect, Bohr´s model of atom.

8. Wave particle duality, wave function, de Broglie hypothesis, Born probability.

9. Schrodinger´s equation, (free particle, particle in a potential wall, tunnel effect, harmonic oscillator), uncertainty principle.

10. Motion in the central field, quantization of angular momentum, quantum numbers, spin, Fermions and bosons, Pauli exclusion principle.

11. Band theory of solids (conductors, semiconductors and dielectrics).

12. Lasers, spontaneous and stimulated emission, inverse population.

13. Fundamentals of nuclear physics, (nuclear properties, radioactivity, fission and fusion).

Syllabus of tutorials:

Temperature and heat


Waves, acoustic waves

Electromagnetic waves

Geometrical optics

Quantum physics

Nuclear physics

Study Objective:

The goal of the Physics 2 course is to provide the student with a broad understanding of the physical principles of the thermodynamics, waves, optics, quantum physics and nuclear physics. This course should help students to develop critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, to empower them to think creatively and critically to solve the problems associated with everyday life as well as with their professional career.

Study materials:

1. Halliday & Resnick, Fundamentals of Physics, Jearl Walker, Extended 9th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2011.

2. Physics I, S. Pekárek, M. Murla, Dept. of Physics FEE CTU, 1992.

3. Physics I - Seminars, M. Murla, S. Pekárek, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 1995.

4. Physics II, S. Pekárek, M. Murla, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 2003

5. Physics II - Seminars, S. Pekárek, M. Murla, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 1996

6. Physics I - II, Laboratory manual, S. Pekárek, M. Murla, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 2002.

7. Physics, Roller D.E., Blum R., Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Holden Day Inc., 1981

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