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Course unit
INL1000177, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0505, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS 2
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
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 can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 1.0 8 17.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of fundamentals of calculus and algebra is required. A basic knowledge of the systems of units and of the laws of the Newtonian mechanics is also required.
Target skills and knowledge: The student, at the end of the course, has to acquire the basics of electromagnetism based on the experimental method; He must be able to deal properly problems related to the topics discussed, setting and correctly solving a physical situation that is offered in the form of exercise, by the application of appropriate physical laws, proving to be able to solve algebraically and numerically the suggested problems; It must also be able to provide a critical description of the physical phenomena taken into account in formulating the laws mathematically correct.
Examination methods: Written examination + lab test. The written exam is carried out on the Moodle platform of the Department. Three hours is the allotted time.
The lab test consists of 10 multichoiche questions and is given at the end of the last lab slot.
Assessment criteria: The correctness of the answers to the questions proposed in the written exam and in the lab test are verified.
Course unit contents: Electric charge. Electrostatic field and potential. Superposition. Charge density. Work of electric forces. Electrostatic energy. electrostatic potential gradient. Electric dipole. Continuous charge distributions. Quantized fundamental electric charge. Gauss Theorem. Circulation, curl, and divergence and applications. Electrostatic equilibrium. Conductors, capacitors. Computation of capacitance. Capacitors connected in parallel and in series. Electrostatic energy and pressure.Dielectrics. Polarization. Dielectric susceptivity. Dielectrics within capacitors. Gauss law in presence o dielectrics.Electric conduction in solids. Electromotive force. Currents and current density. Law of charge conservation. Resistivity.Resistance. Resistors. Joule heating. Ohmic conductors. Resistors in parallel and in series. Voltage sources. Kirchhoff's laws. Instruments to measure current and voltages. Charge and discharge of capacitors.
Magnetic field. Lorentz force. Magnetic forces on current in wires. Hall effect. Torque on a coil. Magnetic moment. Magnetic energy. Instrumentation. Magnetic field of a current. 1st Laplace law and its applications. Interaction between current carrying wires. Magnetic field flux. Ampere's law. Solenoids and their magnetic fields.
Magnetic dipoles. Imperial's currents. Magnetization. B, H, and M vectors. Paramagnetic, diamagnetic substances. Ferromagnetism. Hysteresis. Curie's law and temperature.
Time dependent magnetic fields. Induction. Faradays's and Lenz's laws. Inductance, self inductance, generators. RCL circuits. Oscillations. Resonance Transformers.

1- Capacitance of a capacitor.
2- resistance measurements, RC, whetstone bridge.
3- Magnetic field of a short solenoid.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In presence lecture with theory and exercises. Lab activity.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Zotto, Lo Russo, Sartori, Fisica generale: Elettromagnetico-Ottica. Bologna: La Dotta, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pavan Sartori, PROBLEMI di FISICA 2 risolti e commentati. MILANO: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (CEA), --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paolo Sartori, Esercizi di Fisica 2. Bologna: Esculapio, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Mazzi, P. Ronchese, P. Zotto,, Fisica in laboratorio. --: Editrice Esculapio, 2013. II edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Halliday,Resnik,Krane, FISICA 2. MILANO: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (CEA), --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, Fisica II. NAPOLI: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Latex
  • Mathematica