
Course unit
PHYSICS WITH ELEMENTS OF MATHEMATICS
MEP8082604, A.A. 2019/20
Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20
ECTS: details
Type 
ScientificDisciplinary 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 
Hours of Individual study 
Shifts 
Practice 
1.0 
12 
13.0 
2 
Lecture 
5.0 
40 
85.0 
No turn 
Examination board
Board 
From 
To 
Members of the board 
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 
02/12/2019 
30/09/2020 
CIANI
GIACOMO
(Presidente)
BOTTACINI
EUGENIO ALESSIO
(Membro Effettivo)
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 https://learn.eduopen.org/eduopen/course_details.php?courseid=109:
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 firstyear 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:

Multiplechoice 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.
Kinematics:
Mean and instantaneous velocity and acceleration. Uniformly accelerated linear motion.
Statics:
Equilibrium of forces and momenta.
Dynamics:
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.
Thermodynamics:
Temperature, Celsius and the absolute scalsa. Heat. Workheat 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.
Electrostatic:
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.
Waves:
Longitudinal and transverse waves. Propagation speed. Sinusoidal waves. Superposition principle and interference. Wavefronts and rays. Intensity. Mention of stationary waves. Wavelike 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.

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)

