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Course unit
PHYSICS 2 (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
IN24103187, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0509, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS 2
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 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
16 2019 canale 2 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 SCARLASSARA FERNANDO (Presidente)
15 2019 canale 1 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 GIUDICOTTI LEONARDO (Presidente)
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)

Prerequisites: Elements of algebra, calculus and physics learned in the Maths and Physics courses of the previous year
Target skills and knowledge: Mastering of the fundamental laws of electromagnetism, translating into the ability to solve simple problems.
Getting familiar with laboratory instrumentation (multimeter, oscilloscope, function generators), with the ability to elaborate the measured quantities and reporting on them.
Examination methods: A written test allowing to access the oral examination. The written test consists of the solution of numerical problems. In the oral examination the student will be asked to present and discuss the theory of some arguments of the course, or to develop the solution of a problem similar to those in the written test, or to present and discuss one of the experiments performed in laboratory. The oral examination may be replaced by a written theory assessment in which the student will answer in writing to questions similar to those of the oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The final 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.
Sources of the magnetic field B: laws of Laplace and Biot-Savart. Forces acting on a conductor carrying current. Magnetic field of a coil, finite and infinited solenoid. Magnetic dipole.
Laws of Ampère and Ampère-Maxwell, displacement current and B field of an infinite wire and solenoid, and a toroidal solenoid.
Divergence and rotor of B. Stokes' theorem. Vector potential.
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 and 40% concerning problems 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)
  • Mazzoldi, Paolo; Nigro, Massimo, Elementi di fisica. Elettromagnetismo e onde. P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci. Napoli: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo

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