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PHYSICS 1 (Ult. numero di matricola da 5 a 9)
IN29103186, A.A. 2015/16

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0505, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS 1
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge FRANCESCA SORAMEL FIS/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
IN29103186 PHYSICS 1 (Ult. numero di matricola da 5 a 9) FRANCESCA SORAMEL IN0510

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 1.0 8 17.0 2
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 15/06/2016

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
13 2017 canale 1 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 MASTROLIA PIERPAOLO (Presidente)
MAGLIONE ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
12 2016 canale 2 01/10/2016 15/03/2018 SARTORI PAOLO (Presidente)
MAGLIONE ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
UMARI PAOLO (Supplente)
11 2015 canale 1 01/10/2015 15/03/2017 SARTORI PAOLO (Presidente)
MAGLIONE ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
UMARI PAOLO (Supplente)
10 2014 canale 1 01/10/2014 15/03/2016 SARTORI PAOLO (Presidente)
MAGLIONE ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To be familiar with operations of derivation, integration and differentiation.
Comprehension of a scientific text.
Ability with logical thinking
Target skills and knowledge: The course enables the student to acquire the following skills (some of them only partially)

- understanding physics terminology
- setting out a general physics problem, introducing proper approximations
- evaluating which of the physics fundamental laws has to be used to solve problems
- evaluating physical quantities
- recognising the limits of the adopted theoretical models
- choosing the procedure to be followed in realizing simple laboratory experiences
- working in a team
Examination methods: Written test, laboratory test and viva
Assessment criteria: Evaluation is the average of the sum of the written test (minimum 18/30) and the laboratory test (from 0/30 to 2/30) marks and the viva evaluation (minimum 18/30).
Course unit contents: Measurements and units of measurement: Introduction. Measurements. Fundamental quantities. Fundamental and derived units. Space, time and matter. 1 hour

Vectors: Vectors, simple vector operations, reference frames. 3 hours

Kinematics in one, two and three dimensions: Rectilinear motion: velocity and acceleration. Special motion in one and two dimensions. Relative motion and Galilean transformations. Curved motion: tangent and transverse velocity and acceleration. Circular motion: angular velocity and acceleration. Kinematics of simple harmonic motion. Rotational relative motion. Coriolis acceleration. 11 hours

Force, momentum and moments: Newton's first law. Inertial frame of reference. Momentum. Force and Newton's second law. Applications. Newton's third law. Circular motion: centripetal force. Elastic forces. Simple harmonic motion. Friction. Angular momentum and torque. Theorem of angular momentum. Central forces. 11 hours

Work and energy: Work. Power. Kinetic energy. Measuring units of energy. Kinetic energy and work. Work of a constant force. Potential energy and work. Conservation of mechanical energy and conservative forces. Non conservative forces and dissipated energy. Energy in simple harmonic motion. Simple pendulum. 13 hours

Systems of pointlike masses, collisions, rigid bodies and equilibrium: Center of mass of a system of pointlike masses and its motion. Angular momentum and energy considerations for a system of pointlike masses. Energy conservation and total energy for a system of pointlike masses. Internal energy for a system of pointlike. Collisions between pointlike masses. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Motion of a rigid body and moment of inertia. Rotation of a rigid body around a fixed axe. Rotational kinetic energy. Rolling without slipping motion. Equilibrium relations for a rigid body. 14 hours

Fluids: Density and pressure. Fluidostatics, Pascal principle, Archimedes principle. Fluido-dynamics. Continuity equation and Bernoulli's equation. Applications of Bernoulli's equation. 2 hours

Termodynamics: Internal energy and work. Many particles systems: work, heat and energetic balance. First thermodynamics law. Special transformations. Thermal capacity. Reversible and non reversible processes. Second law of Thermodynamics. Heat Engines. Carnot cycle. Efficiency. Entropy. 14 hours

Three experiences related to the program and performed by groups of two students. 8 hours
Fundamentals of error theory needed to analyze the data collected during the experiments. 2 hours
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: traditional lessons, problem solving with typical examples, realization of simple experiments in laboratory and data analysis
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attendence of the laboratory sessions is compulsory.
In order to pass the examination each student shall pass a written test (minimum required note 18/30).
Written test and laboratory test results will be added up.
Oral test is compulsory.
More details available at the professor personal web-page:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, Elementi di Fisica - Meccanica e Termodinamica. --: EdiSes, --. ISBN 978-88-7959-418-9 Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Pavan, F. Soramel, Problemi di Fisica risolti e commentati 1. --: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, --. ISBN 88-408-1373-X Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mazzi G., Ronchese P., Zotto P.L., Laboratorio di Fisica. --: Esculapio - Bologna, 2011, --. ISBN 978-88-7488-443-8 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Resnick R., Halliday D., Krane K., Fisica I. --: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, --. ISBN 88-408-1254-7 Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Zotto, S. Lo Russo, Problemi di Fisica Generale Meccanica - Termodinamica. --: LaDotta, 2014. ISBN 978-88-98648-20-7 Cerca nel catalogo