First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Science
Course unit
SC18103039, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1165, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
bring this page
with you
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
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 MARCO MAZZOCCO FIS/01
Other lecturers RUGGERO MILAZZO FIS/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 4.0
Basic courses FIS/03 Material Physics 2.0
Basic courses FIS/04 Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics 2.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 FISICA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MAZZOCCO MARCO (Presidente)
MILAZZO RUGGERO (Membro Effettivo)
6 FISICA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 MAGLIONE ENRICO (Presidente)
ORLANDINI ENZO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is recommended to have passed the exam of mathematics.
Target skills and knowledge: Acquisition of the basis for the understanding of physical phenomena and the laws that regulate them.
Achievment of the ability to quantitatively solve problems on the topics developed theoretically .
Learning of the experimental observation method and data analysis during laboratory classes.
Examination methods: Written exam with exercises concerning (mainly) mechanics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism. Theoretical questions concerning the basic laws of physics.
Assessment criteria: Written exam with multiple choices plus reports on laboratory experiments.
Course unit contents: Physical quantities, standards for length, time and mass.The International System of Units.
Coordinate systems.Scalar and vector quantities.Sum and components of vectors.Scalar and vector products.
Mean and instantaneus velocity.Acceleration.One-dimensional motions: uniform rectilinear and uniformly accelerated motions.
The acceleration of gravity and the motion of free fall.
Motion in space: displacement, velocity and acceleration vectors.
Projectile and circular motion: centripetal and tangential acceleration, period.
The three tre Newton's laws. Gravitational force. Static and dynamic friction.
Work done by constant and variable forces.
Power.Kinetic energy and work-kinetic energy theorem.
Work and potential energy, conservative forces.
Gravitational and elastic potential energy.
Conservation of mechanical energy.Nonconservative forces.
Center of mass of a system of particles.Motion of the center of mass.
Linear momentum and its conservation.
Angular velocity and acceleration.Torque. Angular momentum.
Conservation of angular momentum of a system of particles.
Simple harmonic motion, velocity and acceleration, period and angular frequency.
Simple pendulum. Elastic forces: Hooke's law.Mechanical properties of solids.
Fluids.Pressure and density.Pascal's law and and Archimedes principle.Ideal fluids.
Flow rate and ontinuity equation.Bernoulli's equation.Real fluids.Viscosity.Surface tension.Capillarity.
Poiseuille's law.Turbolent flow.
Temperature and heat.Thermal expansion, heat capacity, specific heat.Energy transfer mechanisms.
Electric charge, Coulomb's law, superposition principle.Electric field.
Electric field lines.Electric field due to a charge.Insulators and conductors.
Electric field of a dipole.Gauss' law and its applications.Electrostatic potential energy.
Electrical potential.Capacitors.Capacitance of a parallel plate, spherical and cilindrical capacitor.
Dielectrics and polarization.Dependence of the capacitance on the dielectric constant.
Energy stored in an electric field.Electric current and current density.
Ohm's law.Resistance and resistivity.Power delivered to a resistor.
Resistors in series and parallel.Kirchhoff's rules.Circuits with resistors.RC Circuit.
Magnetic field and Lorentz's law.Magnetic force acting on a wire carrying a current.
Magnetics field created by a current.Biot-Savart's law.
Ampere's law: magnetic field created by a wire and a solenoid.
Magnetic force between two parallel conductors.
Waves: wavelenght and frequency.Velocity.Acustic waves.Reflexion, refraction and chromatic dispersion.
Interference, diffraction and polarization.
Methods of data analysis: Bases of the scientific method.
Measures, measurement errors, instrument sensitivity, random uncertainty, systematic errors, accuracy
and precision.Nature of the statistical method.Statistical distributions, mean and standard deviation.
Distribution of random errors.Error propagation.Method of least squares.Linear interpolation.
Lab: Testing the Gaussian distribution in the measurement of a physical quantity.
Measurement of an electric resistance with the volt-ampere method.Measurement of resistances in parallel
and series. Measurement of the viscosity of an unknown liquid.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and group laboratory experiments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lessons slides will be available.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Halliday, Resnick, Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica (settima edizione). --: Ambrosiana, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth