
Course unit
PHYSICS
AG09103039, 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 
8.0 
Course unit organization
Period 
Second semester 
Year 
1st Year 
Teaching method 
frontal 
Type of hours 
Credits 
Teaching hours 
Hours of Individual study 
Shifts 
Practice 
2.0 
16 
34.0 
No turn 
Lecture 
6.0 
48 
102.0 
No turn 
Prerequisites:

Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of mathematical analysis acquired in high schools and in the mathematics course of the first semester is required: vectors and operations between vectors; derivatives and basic integrals; limits of functions; basic trigonometry. During the first lessons, some of these concepts will be reviewed and the prerequisites will be described. It is strongly recommended to review these concepts as soon as possible before or at the beginning of the course. 
Target skills and knowledge:

The course mainly aims to show how there is a difference between perceiving a phenomenon and having mathematical and theoretical tools to quantify that phenomenon. Then we will show principles and methods of physics, obtained from experimental observations or theoretical considerations, from which consequences and laws can be deduced, in particular those of conservation of some quantities, like energy. We also insist on showing how the study of phenomena is always developed through degrees of complexity and successive approximations. 
Examination methods:

The exam consists of a number of multiple choice theoretical questions and exercises. 
Assessment criteria:

The assessment of the student's preparation will be based on his / her understanding of the topics covered and his / her ability to solve problems independently and consciously during the final examination. 
Course unit contents:

(See the Moodle website for the complete program)
PART 1. KINEMATICS AND DYNAMICS
Point kinematics in one dimension. Kinematics of the point in several dimensions and circular motion. Principles of dynamics. Fundamental interactions. Support and friction reactions. Energy and Work. Mechanical energy conservation laws. Amount of motion and its conservation. Continuous bodies motion. Rolling, power. Elastic force.
PART 2. FLUID DYNAMICS AND THERMODYNAMICS
Fluidstatic. Surface tension. Fluid. First law of thermodynamics. Second principle and Entropy. Heat transmission, thermal expansion and phase transition
PART 3
Electrical interaction. Electric force between charges and wires traveled by current. Electric field, potential, potential energy. Capacitors, resistors, Ohm law. Electric power. Lorentz force and magnetic field generation. Magnetic induction. Outline of geometrical optics and interferometry. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

The course contents (see Contents section) are presented through frontal lectures on the blackboard and with video projections. Each topic is illustrated with various examples and applications. Many exercises will be carried out with questions on the style of those students will have to face in the written assignment. Students will also be offered a physics laboratory experience at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and other extra activities. 
Additional notes about suggested reading:

Students are advised to purchase a textbook, but will have the freedom to use others. The reading of the textbook is recommended for a deepening of the concepts learned in class, for a review, and for the presence in the text of exercises designed to verify the level of understanding.
The recommended text is the Walker, Foundations of Physics, ed. Pearson. Other valid texts are the KestenTauck "Foundations of Physics" Zanichelli, Giancoli "Physics" Zanichelli, HallidayResnickWalker "Foundations of Physics". The detailed program will be specified only for the Walker. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

Walker, James S.; Massa, Claudio; Migliori, Andrea; Vandelli, Tiziana, Fondamenti di fisicacon Mastering PhysicsJames S. Walker[traduzione, revisione e scrittura delle appendici matematiche: Claudio Massa, Tiziana Vandelli, Andrea Migliori]. Milano: Torino, Pearson, 2015.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
 Lecturing
 Laboratory
 Problem based learning
 Questioning
 Problem solving
 Use of online videos
 Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
 Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

