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School of Medicine
Course unit
PHYSICS (Iniziali cognome M-Z)
FAM0013084, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
FA1732, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PHARMACY

Teacher in charge LAURA DE NARDO FIS/07
Other lecturers GAETANO MARON

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 15/06/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 (M-Z) 01/12/2017 28/02/2019 DE NARDO LAURA (Presidente)
STEVANATO LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
7 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 (M-Z) 01/12/2016 30/09/2017 DE NARDO LAURA (Presidente)
GALLETTA GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione A-L a.a.2015-2016 01/10/2015 30/09/2016 LUNARDI SANTO (Presidente)
DE NARDO LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
FORTUNATO LORENZO (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione M-Z a.a. 2015-2016 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 DE NARDO LAURA (Presidente)
LUNARDI SANTO (Membro Effettivo)

Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide students with the basic concepts of Physics. At the end of the course the student should be able to apply their knowledge to the study of Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Life Sciences, with particular reference to Physiology. To do this, applications of physical concepts to the Biomedical Sciences are highlighted.
Examination methods: Written test with multiple choice questions and final oral examination.
Course unit contents: Mechanical elements of the point and systems of material points. Fluid Mechanics. First and Second Law of Thermodynamics. Electrostatics and magnetostatics. Elements of electrodynamics. Wave phenomena, physical optics. Geometrical optics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Physics and the scientific method. Physical quantities and units of measurement (SI and CGS systems). Dimensional analysis, the principle of homogeneity. Direct and indirect measurements. Measurement errors, significant digits and order of magnitude. Kinematics: average and instantaneous speed and acceleration. Uniformly accelerated motion and uniform circular motion. Dynamics: the three principles of dynamics. Examples of forces. Work. Work of the force-weight, the elastic force, the gravitational force, the electric force. Kinetic energy theorem. Power. Conservative and dissipative forces. Potential energy of the weight-force, the spring force, the gravitational force and the electric force. Conservation of energy. Harmonic oscillator. Outline of mechanical systems. Fluid Mechanics: ideal fluids. Pressure: Stevin, Pascal and Archimedes principles. Barometer. Stationary motion in fluids. Continuity equation: the flow rate. Bernoulli's theorem. Real fluids: viscosity. Poiseuille and Stokes laws. Propagation of waves: longitudinal and transverse waves. Fronts and rays. Speed ​​of propagation. Sinusoidal waves: superposition principle. Outline of interference phenomena. Thermodynamics: Temperature, centigrade and absolute scale. Heat. Transport mechanisms of heat. Equivalence work-heat. First principle: the internal energy. Ideal gas. Reversible and irreversible transformations. Thermal cycles. Second principle: set of Kelvin and Clausius. Carnot's theorem. Entropy. Entropy and the second law. Electrostatics: Electric charges. Conductors and insulators. Conservation of charge. Coulomb's law. Electric field and potential. Gauss theorem. Conductors in equilibrium. Capacitor. Electric current: Ohm's Law. Resistors in series and parallel. The magnetic field and electric currents. Ampere's law and its consequences. Lorentz force. Hints on electromagnetic induction. Faraday's law. Electromagnetic waves. Optics: Huygens' principle. Diffraction. Geometrical optics, thin lenses. Light scattering.
Lectures and discussion of exercises, applications, and questions in the classroom.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • J. W. Jewett Jr. R. A. Serway, PRINCIPI DI FISICA. Vol. I. --: Ed. EdiSES, --. Testo di studio Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica. Meccanica Termologia Elettrologia Magnetismo Ottica. --: CEA, --. Testo di studio Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.C. Giancoli, Fisica. Principi e applicazioni. --: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, --. Testo di studio Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. R. Kesten, D. Tauck, Fondamenti di Fisica Meccanica Termodinamica Onde Elettromagnetismo. --: Zanichelli, --. Testo di studio Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Giambattista, B. McCarty Richardson, R. C. Richardson, Fisica Generale principi e Applicazioni. --: McGraw-Hill, --. Testo di studio Cerca nel catalogo