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Course unit
PHYSICS 2 (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
IN24103187, 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
IN0509, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
E-Learning website
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

Teacher in charge LEONARDO GIUDICOTTI FIS/03
Other lecturers ANDREA SANSON FIS/01

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

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 3
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 24/09/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
14 2018 canale 2 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 SCARLASSARA FERNANDO (Presidente)
13 2018 canale 1 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 GIUDICOTTI LEONARDO (Presidente)
12 2017 canale 1 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 DI SIA PAOLO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Elements of algebra, calculus and physics learned in the Maths and Physics courses of the previous year.
Target skills and knowledge: Mastering the fundamental laws of electromagnetism, translating into the ability to solve simple problems. Getting familiar with laboratory instrumentation (multimeter, oscilloscope, waveform generators), and ability to analyize and elaborate the measured quantities and preparing a written report on them.
Examination methods: A written test allowing to access the oral examination. The written test consists of a few numerical problems, possibly including a few conceptual questions.
Assessment criteria: The overall evaluation takes into account results of the written and oral test, and the laboratory reports
Course unit contents: Electrical charge, Coulomb's law, discrete and continuous charge distributions. Electrostatic field and potential. Gauss' law.
Conductors in equilibrium, capacitors, electrical energy density and pressure. Electrical properties of matter, polarization, electric field in the presence of dielectrics.
Electrical current and current density. Continuity equation. Laws of Ohm and Kirchoff, simple linear circuits, Joule effect. Charging and discharging a capacitor.
Magnetic field B. Lorentz force and motion of charges in a B-field. Mass spectrometer, cyclotron and velocity selector. Forces on a current carrying conductor.
Sources of the magnetic field B: laws of Laplace and Biot-Savart. Magnetic field of a coil, finite and infinited solenoid. Magnetic dipole.
Laws of Ampère and Ampère-Maxwell, displacement current. Applications to the field of an infinite wire, solenoid and toroidal solenoid. Divergence and rotor of B. Stokes' theorem. Vector potential (mention).
Magnetic properties of matter, magnetization, magnetic field in the presence of dia-, para- and ferro-magnetic materials.
Law of Faraday-Lenz. Flux linkage, self and mutual induction. Magnetic energy and energy density. RL, LC and RLC circuits.
Maxwell's equations, integral and differential.
Wave frequency, wave number and velocity. Progressive and stationary waves, interference, beats.
Plane EM waves, derivation from Maxwell's equations in the vacuum, speed of light. Poynting vector. Intensity, power and momentum of a wave, radiation pressure.
Polarization. Spectrum of EM waves. Refraction index and Snell's law.
Black-body radiation, Stefan's and Plank's law. Photoelectric effect and wave-particle duality.
The examples discussed in the classes, the methods and instrumentation utilized in the laboratory are also integral to the course
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (approximately 60% theoretical, 40% problem-solving and examples). Completed by three laboratory experiments
Additional notes about suggested reading: Besides the textbook, slides of the lectures, and guides to the laboratory experimentes will be available online
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P.Mazzoldi, M.Nigro, C. Voci, Elementi di Fisica. Elettromagnetismo e onde. Napoli: EdiSES, --. II edizione o successive Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)