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Course unit
PHYSICS (Iniziali cognome A-L)
SC18103039, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF1839, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
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 can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARCO ZANETTI FIS/01
Other lecturers SERENA MATTIAZZO FIS/01

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
Group didactic activities 0.0 10 0.0 No turn
Practice 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
12 M-Z FISICA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 STROILI ROBERTO (Presidente)
11 A-L FISICA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MATTIAZZO SERENA (Presidente)
STROILI ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
10 M-Z FISICA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 STROILI ROBERTO (Presidente)
ZANETTI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
9 A-L FISICA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 ZANETTI MARCO (Presidente)
MATTIAZZO SERENA (Membro Effettivo)
8 M-Z FISICA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 STROILI ROBERTO (Presidente)
ZANETTI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
7 A-L FISICA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 ZANETTI MARCO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Mathematics, especially functions, vector computation, derivatives and integrals.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of some of the fundamental laws of Physics, and some of those used in disciplinary area. Ability to deal with problems. Usage of appropriate terminology.
Examination methods: The exam is written and is based on the solution of exercises spanning the whole program. There'll be not be ongoing exams during the lessons.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the right apllication of the laws of Physics in the proposed exercises solution. Also the judgment of the laboratory reports will contribute to the final result.
Course unit contents: Physical units, system of measurement, dimensional analysis. Kinematics. Reference systems. Motion and the material point approximation. Vector units. Vector calculus recalls. Vector equation of motion, trajectory equation and time law. The velocity vector. The acceleration vector. Uniform motions and with constant modulus acceleration. Line and circular motion. Simple harmonic motion. Motion with constant accceleration: fall of bodies. The three Newton laws. Forces. Constraint reactions. Statycal and dynamical friction, elastic force. Inertial reference systems. Circular motion. Centripetal force. Energy and work of a force. Power. Kinetic energy theorem. Conservative and non conservative forces. Potential Energy. Energy conservation. Non-conservative forces. Material point statics. Fluids: scalar and vector fields. Pascal and Stevino laws. Archimedes principle . Motion of fluids. Bernoulli theorem. Viscosity. Poiseuille law and sedimentation. Surface tension. Laplace law and capillarity. Electrology: electrostatic forces. Electric field and potential. Gauss theorem. Electric charge motion in presence of an electric field. Equipotential surfaces. Insulating and conducting materials. Charged conductors in electrostatic equilibrium. Dielectric polarization. Capacity. Capacitor. Capacitors in series and in parallel. Energy density of an electric field. Electric current. Ohm's Law, resistence in series and in parallel, generators, e.m.f.. Energy dissipated in a resistor, Joule effect. Kirchhoff's laws. RC circuit. Magnetic field. Gauss theorem for B. Lorentz force. Charged particle motion in a magnetic field. First and second Laplace law. Mechanical torque on coils. Magnetic field sources. Forces between electrical circuits. Ampere Law. Magnetic field produced by a wire and by a solenoid. Faraday law for electromagnetic induction. RL circuit. Magnetic energy density.
Maxwell's equations in integral form. Introduction to electromagnetic waves. Optics. Huygens-Fresnel principle. Waves from 2 or N slits: interference. Diffracion from a slit. Diffracting grating. Polarization. Reflection. Refraction. Dispersion. Laboratory exercises: some basics on error theory; 5 exercises.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Front lessons and some laboratory exercises. Attendance to all the laboratory exercises is mandatory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Notes for the students (copy of the slides presented during the lessons) and WEB page with some more exercises.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jewett & Serway, Principi di Fisica Vol. 1. --: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro e C. Voci, Elementi di Fisica. --: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.S. Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo