
Course unit
GENERAL PHYSICS
INP7078339, A.A. 2018/19
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19
Mutuated
Course unit code 
Course unit name 
Teacher in charge 
Degree course code 
INP7078339 
GENERAL PHYSICS 
ANDREA SANSON 
IN2375 
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary Sector 
Credits allocated 
Basic courses 
FIS/01 
Experimental Physics 
12.0 
Basic courses 
FIS/03 
Material Physics 
3.0 
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 
8 
17.0 
5 
Lecture 
14.0 
112 
238.0 
No turn 
Examination board
Board 
From 
To 
Members of the board 
2 2018 
01/10/2018 
15/03/2020 
SANSON
ANDREA
(Presidente)
GIUDICOTTI
LEONARDO
(Membro Effettivo)
SCARLASSARA
FERNANDO
(Supplente)

1 2017 
01/10/2017 
15/03/2019 
GIUDICOTTI
LEONARDO
(Presidente)
DI SIA
PAOLO
(Membro Effettivo)
SCARLASSARA
FERNANDO
(Supplente)

Prerequisites:

Elements of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, functions and vectorial calculus in the Maths courses of the previous semester. 
Target skills and knowledge:

Knowledge of the theory and applications of the fundamental laws of mechanics and electromagnetism. Capability to analyze and solve simple problems.
Familiarity with basic laboratory instrumentation (sensors of position and velocity, precision scales, multimeter, oscilloscope, waveform generators) and with software for the acquisition, analysis and presentation of the data. Capability to carry out simple laboratory experiments in a team and to analyize and elaborate the measured quantities and preparing a written report on them with scientific rigour. Familiarity with the analysi of problems from a scientific point of wiew. 
Examination methods:

A written test plus an individual oral examination within one academic year. The written test can be passed also by two written assessment test carried out during the course. In this case, the oral examination could be performed through a written test. 
Assessment criteria:

Written test: This comprises the analysis and solution of problems similar to those in the textbook, discussed during lectures or those proposed on line for selfassessment.
Oral examination: An individual interview during which the student will be asked to respond to one or more questions about the theory learned during the course, or to analyse a problem based on general principles, or to discuss one of the experiemnts carriedout in the course lab. The overall evaluation takes into account results of the written and oral test, and the laboratory reports 
Course unit contents:

Mechanics: Physical Quantities. The International System of units. Kinematics of unidimensional motion.velocitiy, acceleration. Motion in two dimensions, parabolic and circular mation. Dynamics of a particle. Newton's laws Motion of a particle. The fundamental forces. Gravity, weight, force on a falling body. Elastic forces and friction. Mechanical work, kinetic energy and its theorem. Conservative forces and potential energy. Energy conservation. Linear and angular momentum and its conservation. Manybody systems. Internal and external forces. Centre of mass. Motion of the centre of mass, theorems of the linear and angular momentum. Reference system of the centre of mass. Koenig's theorems. Motion of a rigif body. Momentum of inertia, HuyghensSteiner theorem, dynamics of the tranlational and rotational motion. Collisions, elestic and anelastics.
Electromagnetism: Electrical charge, electrostatic force, Coulomb's law. Electrostatic field and potential. Electric dipoles. Gauss' law. Conductors in electrostatic equilibrium. Electrical properties of matter, polarization, dielectrics. Capacitors. Electrical current, laws of Ohm and Kirchoff. Magnetic field B. Lorentz force and motion of charges in a Bfield. Forces on a current carrying conductor. Sources of the magnetic field B, Ampere's law. Magnetic properties of matter, law of FaradayHenry and Lenz's principle. Self and mutual induction. Maxwell's equations. Electromagnetic waves. Poynting vector and polarization of waves. Mechanical waves, interference, Doppler effect. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Lectures of theory; analysis, discussion and solution of problems and examples.
Laboratory: four simple experiments carried out ina team of three students in application of basic laws of mechanics and electromagnetism. Preparation of a report describing the experiments and the results obtained. 
Additional notes about suggested reading:

Lecture notes related to the theory part, as well as a collection of problems with solutions, will be avilable online, for self assessment and training in preparation of the written tests. Previous test with solutions will be made available. One hour in a week will be devoted to an activity of tutoring in which students can directly ask explanations and clarifications on everything presented in the course and for the preparation to the written test. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci, Elementi di Fisica Vol. 1  Meccanica e Termodinamica. Napoli: Edises, 2008.

Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci, Elementi di Fisica Vol. 2  Elettromagnetismo e Onde. Napoli: Edises, 2008.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
 Lecturing
 Laboratory
 Problem based learning
 Working in group
 Problem solving
 Use of online videos
 Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
 Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
 Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

