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Course unit
MEP8082604, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
PHARMACY (Ord. 2018)
FA1732, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS WITH ELEMENTS OF MATHEMATICS
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
E-Learning website
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 is available ONLY for students enrolled in PHARMACY (Ord. 2018)

Teacher in charge GIACOMO CIANI FIS/01
Other lecturers STEFANO GIUSTO FIS/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 12 13.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 CIANI GIACOMO (Presidente)
GIUSTO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of mathematics and geometry from the secondary school.
Knowledge about contents of the online course “Precorso di calcolo” available at
Detailed information about attendance of the online course and about acquisition of essential knowledge will be supplied at the beginning of the academic year during the training course for first-year students in DSF.
No previous physics knowledge is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to give the students the basic concepts and methodology of Physical Sciences. At the end of the course the student should be able to understand the meaning of the main physical quantities, associate them with the correct units of measurements, solve simple problems of mechanics, fluidodynamics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism. The student will therefore posses the basis to apply the methods of Physics to Chemistry, Analitical Chemistry, and Life Sciences, with particular reference to Physiology.
Examination methods: Multiple-choice written test
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the knowledge of the basic elements of the theory, of the mastery of the physical quantities and of their representation, of the ability to formulate in a coherent and rigorous way a physical problem in mathematical terms.
Course unit contents: Introduction:
Basics of differential calculus (limits, derivatives, integrals).
Scalar and vector quantities. Elements of vectors operations. Cartesian coordinates of a vector. Physical quantities and units of measurement. Dimensional analysis and homogeneity principle. Measurement uncertainty, significant digits and orders of magnitude.

Mean and instantaneous velocity and acceleration. Uniformly accelerated linear motion.

Equilibrium of forces and momenta.

The three Newton’s laws of dynamics. Examples of forces. Work and kinetic energy. The kinetic energy theorem. Work done by the weight and by the elastic force. Conservative forces and potential energy. Friction and dissipative forces. Power. Harmonic oscillator.

Elements of the dynamics of systems of particles:
Center of mass and motion of a system of particles and of a rigid body. Linear momentum and its conservation.

Mechanics of fluids:
Ideal fluids. Pressure: laws of Stevino, Pascal and Archimede. Barometer. Fluids in stationary motion. The continuity equation: mass flow rate. Bernoulli’s theorem. Real fluids: viscosity.

Temperature, Celsius and the absolute scalsa. Heat. Work-heat equivalence. First and second principle of thermodynamics. Internal energy and functions of state. Cyclic transformations. Entropy, reversible and irreversible transformations. Ideal gas and gas kinetic theory.

Electric charges. Coulomb’s law. Electric field and potential. Gauss' law. Conductors and insulators. Charge conservation. Conductors at equilibrium. The capacitor and motion of a charge in a capacitor.

Electric currents:
Electric generator. Ohm’s law. Series and parallel resistors. Magnetic field and electric currents. Ampere’s law and its consequences. Lorentz force. Electromagnetic induction.

Longitudinal and transverse waves. Propagation speed. Sinusoidal waves. Superposition principle and interference. Wavefronts and rays. Intensity. Mention of stationary waves. Wave-like phenomena in nature (seismic waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, gravitational waves, etc...)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be comprised of theoretical lessons, during which several examples will also be presented. In addition there will be discussion session with solution of exercises and questions and answer sessions.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used in class will be made available on the MOODLE website of the course. Although designed to cover the entire course, it will be rather synthetic and it will be essential to integrate it with the explanations and examples given in class and during the discussion sessions.
If desired, the student can use the suggested textbooks to complement and integrate the above material.
Please note that using different textbook, although certainly possible, may make difficult to locate and select the specific topics presented in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Borsa, Ferdinando; Lascialfari, Alessandro, Principi di fisicaper indirizzo biomedico e farmaceuticoFerdinando Borsa, Alessandro Lascialfari. Napoli: EdiSES, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

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

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