
Course unit
PHYSICS 1 (Canale A)
INP8083376, A.A. 2018/19
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary Sector 
Credits allocated 
Basic courses 
FIS/01 
Experimental Physics 
12.0 
Course unit organization
Period 
Second semester 
Year 
1st Year 
Teaching method 
frontal 
Type of hours 
Credits 
Teaching hours 
Hours of Individual study 
Shifts 
Group didactic activities 
1.0 
24 
1.0 
No turn 
Lecture 
11.0 
88 
187.0 
No turn 
Examination board
Board 
From 
To 
Members of the board 
2 A.A. 2018/19 canale A 
01/10/2018 
30/11/2019 
GIBIN
DANIELE
(Presidente)
SIRIGNANO
CHIARA
(Membro Effettivo)
GASPAROTTO
ANDREA
(Supplente)
LENZI
SILVIA MONICA
(Supplente)
MARTIN
PIERO
(Supplente)
MENEGUZZO
ANNA TERESA
(Supplente)

1 A.A. 2018/19 canale B 
01/10/2018 
30/11/2019 
SIRIGNANO
CHIARA
(Presidente)
GASPAROTTO
ANDREA
(Membro Effettivo)
GIBIN
DANIELE
(Supplente)

Prerequisites:

Algebra and mathematical Analysis I 
Target skills and knowledge:

Fundamental laws of classical mechanics and electrostatics. The student is expected to learn how to apply the concepts and the formalism to the simple numerical problems and to acquire basic skills in data and error treatment. 
Examination methods:

Written exam, attendance of laboratory sessions, passing relative final test and possible oral exam.
The written exam tests the ability to solve numerical problems and to answer to general questions. The student has two options: 1) during the course three written tests on the different parts of the program (each one with mark above 15/30) with final average mark ≥18/30; 2) after the course one written test on the entire program (with mark ≥18/30) in one of the four officially scheduled sessions in summer autumn and winter. The written test is mandatory to pass the exam.
The laboratory is organized in three obligatory twohours sessions, involving experimental measurements relative to phenomena described in the course and basic data analysis and error treatment. The final relative test contributes up to 2 to the final mark.
The oral examination verifies the degree of conceptual understanding of the course argument and the student’s skill in handling and solving simple practical applications. It can be undertaken by any student passing the written test and is mandatory when written test is ≥18/30 but less than 21/30.
The exams evaluate the degree of acquisition of the concepts introduced in the course and of the physical methodologies to describe natural phenomena in mechanics and electrostatics. The exams intend to evaluate also the ability of the student to apply the physical concepts and tools to solution of simple practical examples. 
Assessment criteria:

Passing the written exam with score ≥21/30 and sufficient laboratory test permits to register the written test +laboratory mark (saturating at 27/30) without oral exam. Student with written exam mark between 18 and 20 are required to pass also the oral exam. Any student is encouraged to undertake also the oral exam. In case of oral exam, the final mark is the average of written tests and oral exam. 
Course unit contents:

INTRODUCTION
Physical quantities and units. Scalar and vectorial quantities. Short introduction to vectors: dot and cross products. Basic elements of error theory and data analysis.
MECHANICS
One and three dimensional point kinematics: velocity and acceleration. Examples of rectilinear, parabolic and circular motions. Dynamics of pointlike mass. Fundamental dynamical laws. Examples of different kind of forces (weight, elastic, friction, contact etc.)
Reference frames in relative motion, transformation of velocity and acceleration (basic introduction), Galilean relativity and inertial reference frames.
Work, energy, power. Conservative and not conservative forces, potential energy and conservation of mechanical energy, energy balance.
Dynamics of systems: cardinal equations. Linear and angular momentum, definitions and conditions for their conservation. Rigid body statics and dynamics: rototranslational motion, rotation around a fixed axis, rolling on a surface.. Conservation laws and collisions. Central forces.
ELECTROSTATICS
Introduction: atomic model, charges, Coulomb force, electric field and potential. Gauss law, electric conductors in equilibrium, capacitors. Electrostatic energy. Electrical currents and Ohm law, with application to simple circuits.
LABORATORY
Statistics: average, median, mode, rms, weighted average. Hystograms. Gaussian distribution. Propagation of errors, application to average, weighted average and homogeneous functions. Minimal squares method. Description/critical discussion of the laboratory measurements. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Classroom lectures, written tests in classroom, discussion in the classroom and solution of problems with application of the concepts and tools presented in the course. Handson laboratory, didactic experiments to illustrate physics phenomena and principles. Practical examples with smartphone sensors. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

Mazzoldi –NigroVoci, Mecccanica e termodinamica. Napoli: SES, 2008.

MazziRoncheseZotto, Fisica in Laboratorio. Bologna: Esculapio, 2013.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
 Lecturing
 Laboratory
 Problem based learning
 Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
 Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
 WIFI acquisition of smartphone sensors, analysis with ROOT data analysis framework.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

