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Course unit
PHYSICS 1 (Canale A)
INP8083376, 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
IN0515, Degree course structure A.Y. 2019/20, 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
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge DANIELE GIBIN FIS/01

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.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 A.A. 2019/20 canale B 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 SIRIGNANO CHIARA (Presidente)
GASPAROTTO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
3 A.A. 2019/20 canale A 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 GIBIN DANIELE (Presidente)
SIRIGNANO CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
MARTIN PIERO (Supplente)
PELOSO MARCO (Supplente)
2 A.A. 2018/19 canale A 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 GIBIN DANIELE (Presidente)
SIRIGNANO CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
MARTIN PIERO (Supplente)
1 A.A. 2018/19 canale B 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SIRIGNANO CHIARA (Presidente)
GASPAROTTO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Algebra and mathematical Analysis I
Target skills and knowledge: Fundamental laws of classical mechanics and electrostatics. The student is expected to learn how to apply the concepts and the formalism to the simple numerical problems and to acquire basic skills in data and error treatment.
Examination methods: Written exam, attendance of laboratory sessions, passing relative final test and possible oral exam.

The written exam tests the ability to solve numerical problems and to answer to general questions. The student has two options: 1) during the course at least two written tests on the different parts of the program (each one with mark above 15/30) with final average mark ≥18/30; 2) after the course one written test on the entire program (with mark ≥18/30) in one of the four officially scheduled sessions in summer autumn and winter. The written test is mandatory to pass the exam.

The laboratory is organized in three obligatory two-hours sessions, involving experimental measurements relative to phenomena described in the course and basic data analysis and error treatment. The final relative test contributes up to 2 to the final mark.

The oral examination verifies the degree of conceptual understanding of the course argument and the student’s skill in handling and solving simple practical applications. It can be undertaken by any student passing the written test. In absence of oral examination the maximum mark is 27/30.

The exams evaluate the degree of acquisition of the concepts introduced in the course and of the physical methodologies to describe natural phenomena in mechanics and electrostatics. The exams intend to evaluate also the ability of the student to apply the physical concepts and tools to solution of simple practical examples.
Assessment criteria: Passing the written exam with score ≥18/30 and sufficient laboratory test permits to register the written test +laboratory mark (saturating at 27/30) without oral exam. If the laboratory test is not sufficient the student must pass an oral examination. Any student is encouraged to undertake also the oral exam, since the additional required effort favours the knowledge and assimilation of the arguments presented during the course. In case of oral exam, the final mark is the average of written tests and oral exam.
The exams evaluates:
- the ability to solve simple numerical exercises with the application of the general physical laws and principles;
- the ability to perform simple physical measurements and the knowledge of basic data treatment tools and rudiments of error estimation;
- the knowledge of fundamental lows and principles of mechanics and electrostatics.
Course unit contents: INTRODUCTION
Physical quantities and units. Scalar and vectorial quantities. Short introduction to vectors: dot and cross products. Basic elements of error theory and data analysis.

One and three dimensional point kinematics: velocity and acceleration. Examples of rectilinear, parabolic and circular motions. Dynamics of pointlike mass. Fundamental dynamical laws. Examples of different kind of forces (weight, elastic, friction, contact etc.)
Reference frames in relative motion, transformation of velocity and acceleration (basic introduction), Galilean relativity and inertial reference frames.
Work, energy, power. Conservative and not conservative forces, potential energy and conservation of mechanical energy, energy balance.
Dynamics of systems: cardinal equations. Linear and angular momentum, definitions and conditions for their conservation. Rigid body statics and dynamics: roto-translational motion, rotation around a fixed axis, rolling on a surface.. Conservation laws and collisions. Central forces.

Introduction: atomic model, charges, Coulomb force, electric field and potential. Gauss law, electric conductors in equilibrium, capacitors. Electrostatic energy. Electrical currents and Ohm law, with application to simple circuits.

Statistics: average, median, mode, rms, weighted average. Hystograms. Gaussian distribution. Propagation of errors, application to average, weighted average and homogeneous functions. Minimal squares method. Description/critical discussion of the laboratory measurements.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures, written tests in classroom, discussion in the classroom and solution of problems with application of the concepts and tools presented in the course. Hands-on laboratory, didactic experiments to illustrate physics phenomena and principles. Practical examples with smartphone sensors.
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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Simple classroom experiments, with semi-quantitative interpretation. Examples based on common technology.

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Applications for the kinematical analysis of video material. Application to collect data from smartphone sensors.

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