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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE02103180, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0599, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination THEORETICAL PHYSICS
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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 ANTONIO MASIERO FIS/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/02 Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissioni a.a.2019-2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 MASIERO ANTONIO (Presidente)
6 commissioni a.a.2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SALASNICH LUCA (Presidente)
DELL'ANNA LUCA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: To successfully follow this course, knowledge of the standard contents of high-school mathematics and physics is demanded.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing a basic comprehension of the founding elements of classical physics and modern physics (Quantum Mechanics and Relativity) as well as the main tools for a critical discussion of the scientific revolution leading to the transition between classical and modern physics.
Examination methods: Oral examination.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the level of comprehension of the various topics dealt with in the course (without entering any technical aspect, i.e. without formulas or equations) and of the ability of the student to organize and present the material in a logical and coherent way.
Course unit contents: 1) From the "natural philosophy" to the birth of the scientific experimental method
2) Classical mechanics and the Newton laws
3) The concept of energy in classical physics
4) The concept of field and the birth of the electromagnetic theory
5) Critical discussion of the foundations of Classical Physics: Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism.
6) Space and time in classical physics and in the Relativity theory
7) The atomic theory and the birth of Quantum Mechanics (QM)
8) particles and waves in classical physics and in QM.
9) Determinism in classical physics and uncertainty principle in QM
10) From the elementary systems to the complex systems: elemntary particles, nuclei, atoms, molecules, complex systems.
11) The main open questions on our Universe: i) neutrino mass; ii) dark matter; iii) dark energy; iv)the cosmic asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the early Universe.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The material will be presented during the lectures allowing for a fraction of time for discussions between the teacher and the students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Notes and references to the proposed texts will be provided along the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • March, R. H., Fisica per poeti. Lo scienziato come uomo e artista: storia della fisica da Galileo ai nostri giorni. Bari: Edizioni Dedalo, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lederman, L. M., Hill, C.T., Civalleri, L., Fisica Quantistica oer poeti. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2013.