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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG09103039, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0058, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
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 PAOLO SARTORI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary 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 of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 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.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
11 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 SARTORI PAOLO (Presidente)
10 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 SARTORI PAOLO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: - revision of basic calculus
- essentials of Euclidean geometry (plane geometry and solid geometry)
- basic maths: algebraic calculus, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, analytical geometry, basic trigonometry, vectors; equations with functions;
- mathematical analysis: basics of derivative and integral calculus
Target skills and knowledge: The student acquires propaedeutical knowledges and competences necessary for facing adequately professionalizing subjects that characterize this degree course. Particularly we can refer to those subjects dealing about technological plants, mechanization of production, energy applications, measurements and quality of measure.
Examination methods: See italian version
Assessment criteria: A certain score is explicitly defined for each exercise of the written test. It will assigned completely or partially to the paper according on whether the student gives the exact and complete answer or he doesn't. The student must totalize at least 18 points in order to pass the exam.
Course unit contents: CFU 1 Introduction to physics. Objectives of physics, scientific-experimental method, physical models. Physical quantities, units of measure, the International System. Dimensional analysis. Numeric approximations and calculus instruments for physics. Measure of a physical quantity, measure methods, mention about measure instruments, revision trigonometry for vectors, vectorial and scalar quantities, operations with vectors.
CFU 2 Kinematics. Position and displacement vector, time-motion law, patterns, average and instantaneous velocity, uniform rectilinear motion, average and instantaneous acceleration, 1 and 2 dimension uniformly accelerated motion, uniform circular motion, angular velocity, frequency and period in circular motion, relation between peripheral and angular velocity.
CFU 3 Statics. Definition and classification of forces. Weight and mass. Decomposition and composition of forces, Torque. Statics' laws for a punctiform body and for a rigid body. Centre of a mass. Equilibrium stability of a rigid body, simple engines, mention about possible effects of a force or a force system on a real body (mechanical stresses and deformations).
CFU 4 Dynamics. Dynamics for punctiform bodies, Newton's laws, energy, work, power, efficiency, conservative forces. Applications with frictional forces, elastic forces, centrifugal e centripetal forces. Translational and rotating dynamics for systems and for rigid bodies, inertia moment, parallel axes theorem. Kinetic energy, work and power in rotating systems. Theorem of conservation of inear momentum and angular momentum.
CFU 5 Mechanics of fluids. Statics of fluids: density, specific weight, pressure and measure of pressure; Stevin law; Pascal and Archimedes principles. Dynamics of fluids: mass and volume flux, equation of continuity; Bernoulli law, Torricelli law. Viscosity. Ideal fluids; laminar and turbulent motion; Reynolds, motion of a fluid inside a duct, resistance against advancing. Mention about real fluids.
CFU 6 Thermodynamics. Temperature and thermometers, thermal properties of materials, thermal dilatation. Zero Principle of Thermodynamics. Specific heat and thermal capacity. State transformations. Heat transmission: conduction, convection, radiation. Ideal gases and their properties, state equation of ideal gases. Base conceptions for thermodynamical transformations, internal energy and work. Various types of thermodynamical transformations. First principle of Thermodynamics, thermal engines. Second principle of Thermodynamics: Clausius and Kelvin propositions. Carnot cycle and efficiency. Refrigerating engines. Entropy.
CFU 7 Electricity and Magnetism. Sources of electricity and electric properties of materials. Coulomb Force. Electric field and electric potential, potential difference. Gauss theorem. Charged conductors in electrostatic equilibrium. Capacitance. Series and parallel capacitors. D.C. circuits. Ohm law, series and parallel resistances, electric generators, e.m.f., Joule effect, electric energy and power, Kirchhoff laws. Mention about alternate current. Sources of magnetism and magnetic properties of materials. Influence of magnetism on electric charges and on conductors run by current, magnetic field produced by electric currents.
CFU 8 Mention about electromagnetic waves and waves propagation, optical phenomena: reflection, refraction, diffusion, interference, diffraction. Applications: plane and spherical mirrors, conjugated point equation and construction of the image. Thin lenses. Magnification.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will be given with the aid of slides; slides are prepared with animations in POWER POINT, explaining arguments with simple applications and comments. More exercizes will be developped in traditional way.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In order to pass the exam, students should buy the first four text mentioned below. Students should also look at arguments developped on the web by university teachers or look at the others texts reccomended below.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Paolo Sartori, Lezioni di Fisica1. Bologna: Esculapio, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paolo Sartori, Esercizi di Fisica 1. Bologna: Esculapio, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paolo Sartori, Lezioni di Fisica generale 2. Bologna: Esculapio, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Paolo Sartori, Esercizi di Fisica generale 2. Bologna: Esculapio, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • PL. Zotto, S. Lo Russo, P. Sartori, Fisica Generale. Bologna: La Dotta, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo