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Course unit
PHYSICS 1 (Numerosita' canale 3)
INP8083376, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0506, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS 1
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge ANDREA GASPAROTTO FIS/01
Other lecturers CHIARA SIRIGNANO FIS/04

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 12.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 1.0 24 1.0 No turn
Lecture 11.0 88 187.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Prerequisites: Algebra, Calculus
Target skills and knowledge: Basics of classical mechanics and electrostatic
Solving simple problems related to the program.
Examination methods: (A) Written exam
(B) laboratory experiments with the final test
(C) Oral exam

A) The written test consists in the application of laws studied to solve physical problems and answers to questions.
The written exam can be accomplished in two ways:
- at least two written tests will be carried out during the course. A detailed description of the subjects of the tests will be provided during the course.
Each of the two tests will be passed if the score is not less than 15/30. The written exam is then passed if the average vote is at least 18/30.
- Examination covers the entire course program. There will be two dates in the summer session, one in the autumn session and one in the winter session.
B) The laboratory consists of some laboratory experiences related to the phenomena analyzed in the course, it will be held during the course in three sessions of two hours each. The frequency is mandatory and the attendance will be recorded. The lab evaluation (from 0 to 2 thirty) will take place in the last session and it will contribute to the final assessment of the exam.
C) Oral exam. The oral exam is compulsory
- for those who passed the written test with a score below 21/30.
- for those who want to confirm a score higher than 27/30.

It is not compulsory for those having a score in the written exam higher or equal to 18/30.
Assessment criteria: Final score = written exam + oral exam (if passed) + laboraroty exam
Course unit contents: 1) Measurements and units of measure.
2) Kinematics. Space and time. Trajectory and Reference Systems.
3) Vectors: Vector sizes. Operations between vectors: product for a scalar, scalar product, vector components and vector product.
4) Kinematics in one or more dimensions: One-dimensional motion: mean velocity and instantaneous velocity. Average Acceleration and Instant Acceleration. Straight motion.Vector representation of position, speed and acceleration (coordinates). Circular motion: speed, tangential and normal acceleration. Circular motion: angular velocity, angular acceleration.
5) Relative reference systems; Composition of speed and accelerations and Galilean transformations. Motion relative rotation and rotation. Coriolis Acceleration.
6) Material Point Dynamics: Newton's principles. First law of dynamics. Inertial reference systems. Forces and Second Law of Dynamics. Third law of dynamics. The four fundamental forces. Various applications of the second law: elastic forces and resolution of the equation of harmonic motion, binding forces, friction and its properties. Uniform circular motion: centripetal force and tangent force. Applications(simple pendulum, conical pendulum).
7) Momenta and angular momentum. Torques. 2nd law of the dynamic in angular form.
8) Work and energy: Work and power. Kinetic energy. Energy Units. Work of a constant force. Potential energy and relationships with work. Relationship between torque and potential energy in the curvilinear motion. Energy Conservation. Non-conservative forces and energy dissipation. Oscillations.
9) Dynamics of Systems of many partcles: Center of mass in a particle system. Isolated systems and systems subject to external forces. Angular momenta of systems. The equation of dynamics. Kinetic energy of systems. Koenig theorems. Internal energy of a particle system. Conservation laws.

10) Collisions between particles. Elastic and anelastic collisions.
11) Rigid body :Motion of a rigid body. Axial momenta. Application of the dynamics II equation to the rotation motion of a rigid body. H.S. theorem. Kinetic energy of a rotating rigid body. Pure rolling. Equilibrium of a rigid body.
12) Central Forces . Central force and motion of a body in a field of central forces (Kepler's laws) .Gravitational force (gravitational mass)
13) Electrostatic force (electric charge). Material properties (Insulators and conductors). Electrostatic Fields Gauss Law. Applications of Gauss L. (infinite , infinite plane). Work and electrostatic potential. Conductors: field and potential; applications. Ohm's Law. Electric current. Motion of a charge.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, class-room exercises,small groups activity, laboratory experience and practical demonstrations.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbook (a) : Mazzoldi –Nigro-Voci :Elementi di Fisica :
Meccanica e Termodinamica SES Edizioni - 2008
Elettromagnetismo SES Edizioni - 2008

Textbook (b): Mazzi-Ronchese-Zotto,
Fisica in Laboratorio, Edizioni Esculapio

Textbook (c):Resnik, Halliday,Krane FISICA 1 Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (CEA)

Textbook (d):Pavan,Soramel PROBLEMI di FISICA 1 risolti e commentati (CEA)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mazzoldi –Nigro-Voci, Mecccanica e termodinamica. Napoli: SES, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mazzi-Ronchese-Zotto, Fisica in Laboratorio. Bologna: Esculapio, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

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