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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 14.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL PHYSICS 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge GIOVANNI BUSETTO FIS/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 14.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 14.0 112 238.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Prerequisites: Knowledge of fundamentals of mechanics and thermodynamics are requested together with basics of differential and integral calculus.
Target skills and knowledge: Methodology in the description of fundamental phenomena in classical electromagnetism.
Examination methods: Written exam with essay questions and oral examination on the topics discussed during lectures.
Assessment criteria: In the written exam students are requested to set up and solve analitically and numerically simple problems describing physical situations regarding basical phenomena of electromagnetism and optics. In the oral exam students will describe and discuss about fundamental phenomena and the connections among them.
Course unit contents: This course introduces classical electromagnetism. Beginning from electrostatic phenomena between elementary charges, the course describes macroscopic phenomena of charge distributions. Properties of conducting materials and insulators and phenomena of electric conduction in resistive circuits are presented. The effect of magnetic field on charges and currents and the sources of magnetic field are described. Through the description of time dependent electromagnetic phenomena Maxwell equations are obtained. The course continues with the description of wave phenomena and in particular with electromagnetic waves. Wave propagation, interference ad diffraction phenomena are described in various aspects. A short introduction to basic electrodynamics is presented.

First part
1) Coulomb's law. Electrostatic field and potential. Gauss law. Electric dipole and the dipole approximation.
2)Electrostatic properties of conductors. The electrostatic screen. Systems of conductors. Capacitance and capacitors.
3) Energy of a distribution of charges. Energy of the electrostatic field.
4) Dielectrics and the dielectric constant. Polarization and polarization charge. The electric displacement. Microscopic view of polarization.
5) Electric current and charge conservation. Ohm's law and Joule effect.
6) Electromotive force and generators. Kirchhoff's laws.
7) Magnetic field and Lorentz force on a charge. Motion of a charge in a magnetic field. Examples and applications.
8) Magnetic field and electric circuits. Laplace's laws. Biot-Savart law. Ampere circulation law.
9) Magnetic properties of materials. Magnetization and the H field
10) Time-dependent electric and magnetic fields. Electromagnetic induction. Faraday-Lenz law.
11) Maxwell equations.

Second part
1) Electric oscillations and circuits. Impedance, RC, RL and RLC circuits.
2) Summary of mechanical waves: plane wave equation, elastic waves. Energy and intensity of a wave.
3) Electromagnetic waves and Maxwell equations.Polarization of a wave. Energy and momentum of electromagnetic waves. Poynting vector.
4) Reflection and transmission of waves.
5) Interference: superposition of wave phenomena, interference from two or many coherent sources, interference on thin films.
6) Diffraction from a thin slit and a hole. Diffracting grid.
7) An introduction and hints of electrodynamics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theory lectures and exercises on the blackboard. Some sessions of experimental presentations of basic physical phenomena on electromagnetism and optics. Lectures are given in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbooks and a few handouts available through the website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mazzoldi, Paolo; Nigro, Massimo; Voci, Cesare, Fisica 2: Elettromagnetismo - onde. Napoli: EdiSES, 2018. II edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mencuccini, Corrado; Silvestrini, Vittorio, Fisica elettromagnetismo e ottica con esempi ed esercizi. Rozzano: Ambrosiana, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

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