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SC01122891, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS EXPERIMENTS 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
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 DAVIDE DE SALVADOR FIS/03
Other lecturers MARIO PASQUATO 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 24 26.0 2
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione Sperimentazioni di Fisica 2 -2018/2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 DE SALVADOR DAVIDE (Presidente)
CARNERA ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic geometry (Euclidean geometry, trigonometry). Basis of optics from General Physics II (the phenomena of reflection and refraction of the waves, laws of reflection and refraction, the phenomena of interference, diffraction from a slit and a circular hole). Knowledge of the theory of measurement errors and the ability to organize a measurement procedure from Experimentation of Physics 1.
Target skills and knowledge: The primary objective of the course is to give students the basis of geometrical optic which will be fundamental to undurstand astronomical instruments and observational techniques. The student will apply the theoretical knowledge by means of laboratory experiments and class exercises. The student will learn to understand, analyze and measure simple optical systems.
Examination methods: The exam will be based on an written examination with excercise and theoretical questions. Two written tests during the semestre can replace the written examination. Labs reports will be delivered by the students for each experiment. They will be corrected and discussed in itinere. The final mark will be the weighted average of written examination(s) and reports evaluations.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated for their ability to present the laboratory results by appropriate graphics consistently commented in the reports. Moreover the ability to critically analyze the measurements and to correctly describe the theoretical aspects discussed in class will be evaluated together with the ability to solve exercises.
Course unit contents: 1) Lectures in classroom: principle of refraction and reflection; the spherical diopter; the formation of the image in a spherical diopter; thin lenses, thick lenses and lens systems; mirrors and the spherical mirror; spherical aberration and chromatic aberration; Siedel theory of aberrations; optical configurations of astronomical telescopes.
2) Laboratory experiments: measurement of focal length of a converging symmetrical lens symmetrical; measuring the focal length of a diverging lens symmetrical; measurement of spherical aberration in a converging lens symmetrical; measurement of chromatic aberration in a converging symmetrical lens.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures about the main aspects of geometrical optics by means of geometrical demonstrations with the help of slides for graphics. Presentation of examples and exercises on the main topics. Brief presentation of the experiments in the classroom. Group discussion in lab abouut the critical aspects of the experiments. Presentation and discussion of report correction. Lectures are given in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course notes of the teacher and lecture slides are available through the website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" ( Textbooks.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Taylor, John R., Introduzione all'analisi degli errorilo studio delle incertezze nelle misure fisiche. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Secco, Luigi, Ottica geometrica gaussiana e sue deviazionicorso introduttivo. Padova: CUSL nuova vita, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tempesti, Piero, Le aberrazioni ottiche. Padova: Libreria Progetto, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo

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