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SC04108851, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1168, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination STRUCTURE OF MATTER
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 LUCA SALASNICH FIS/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/03 Material Physics 7.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 12 13.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Struttura della materia 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 SALASNICH LUCA (Presidente)
DELL'ANNA LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
6 Struttura della materia 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SALASNICH LUCA (Presidente)
DELL'ANNA LUCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: All the exams of mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The course gives basic notions of special relativity and quantum mechanics with applications to atomic physics and quantum optics.
Examination methods: Mid-term and colloquium.
Assessment criteria: Acquired knowledge and skills exhibition.
Course unit contents: 1. Special relativity: relativistic kinematic and dynamics;
wave-like properties of light and particle-like properties of matter.

2. Particle-like properties of light: black-body radiation;
fotoelectric effect; Compton effect; pair production.

3. Wave-like properties of matter: De Broglie wavelength; waves of probability; Davidson-Germer experiment; Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

4. Atomic structure: Bohr atom; quantized energy spectrum; electromagnetic transitions; laser light.

5. Quantum mechanics: complex numbers; time-dependent and stationary Schrodinger equation.

6. The quantum hydrogen atom: Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom; radial and angular quantum numbers numeri; elettronic cloud of probability; selection rules; Stark effect; normal Zeeman effect.

7. Many-electron atoms: spin and Pauli exclusion principle; periodic table of elements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 48 hours of theoretical lessons and 12 hours of exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The text is Halliday-Resnik-Walker. The book of Guicciardini-Introzzi is suggested for historical and philosophycal insights.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D. Halliday, R. Resnik, J. Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica - Fisica Moderna (vol. 3). Milano: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • N. Guicciardini, G. Introzzi, Fisica quantistica - Una introduzione. Roma: Carocci, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Latex