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SCN1032574, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 14.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL PHYSICS 1
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
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 ROBERTO TUROLLA FIS/05
Other lecturers MICHELE LIGUORI FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 14.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 14.0 112 238.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione Fisica Generale 1 2019-2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 TUROLLA ROBERTO (Presidente)
LIGUORI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione Fisica Generale 1 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 TUROLLA ROBERTO (Presidente)
LIGUORI MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Calculus I.
Target skills and knowledge: The law of mechanics for a particle and a system of particles. Fluids at rest and the basics of hydrodynamics. Foundations of thermodynamics.
Examination methods: The final examination is both written and oral. The written part requires the solution of exercises on topics discussed in the program and it can be replaced by partial assessments during the course. The oral exam covers topics addressed in the lectures.
Assessment criteria: The written examination aims at assessing the student's ability in solving autonomously simple exercises about mechanics and thermodynamics, employing the techniques learned during lectures. Goal of the oral examination is to verify the student's knowledge about topics of General Physics.
Course unit contents: 1) Introduction. What Is Physics? Measuring Things. The International System of Units: mass, length, time. Reference frames. Scalars and vectors, operations with vectors.
2) Kinematics. Motion of a particle along a straight line. Position and velocity. Average and instantaneous velocity. Uniform motion. Average and instantaneous acceleration. Motion with constant acceleration. Free-falling bodies. The harmonic oscillator. Motion in 2 and 3 dimensions. Position,velocity and acceleration. Circular motion. Projectile motion.
3) Dynamics of a particle. Force, inertial mass. Newton's three laws of motion. Momentum. Some particular forces: weight, normal force, friction, spring force, drag. Applying Newton's laws: inclined plane, particle falling in a liquid. Angular momentum and torque.
4) Work and energy. Work of a force. Kinetic energy and the work-kinetic energy theorem, Conservative forces and potential energy. Potential energy for the weight and spring force. Energy conservation. Power.
5) Relative motions. Reference frames. Relative velocity and relative acceleration. Inertial frames. The terrestrial reference frame.
6) Systems of particles. Internal and external forces and their torques. Center of mass. Momentum of a systems of particles. Newton's second law for a system of particles. Angular momentum for a system of particles. Newton's second law for rotation. Conservation of momentum and angular momentum in a system of particles. Work and energy. First and second König's theorem. Systems of parallel forces, barycenter.
7) Dynamics of the rigid body. Rotation with a fixed axis: axial angular momentum, kinetic energy, work. Moment of inertia, determination of the moment of inertia for simple bodies. Steiner's theorem. Rolling without slipping. Conservation laws for rigid body motion. Static equilibrium.
8) Collisions. Collision between two point masses. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Conservation of momentum and energy. Collisions in 1 and 2 dimensions. Collisions between rigid bodies.
9) Gravitation. Central forces and their properties. Kepler's laws. Newton's law of gravitation. Gravitational potential energy. Escape velocity. The torsion balance, measuring the gravitational constant. Kepler's problem, trajectories and constants of the motion.
10) Hydrostatic equilibrium; Stevin's law. Archimedes' principle. Viscosity: ideal and real fluids. Fluid dynamics. Stationary flow. Continuity equation, Flow rate, Bernoulli's Theorem. Laminar flow. Poiseuille’s flow.
11) Thermodynamic quantities, thermodynamic transformations and equilibrium, equation of state, functions of state. Temperature scales and thermometers. Joule’s experiment and mechanical equivalent of heat. First Principle of Thermodynamics. Internal energy. Calorimetry.
12) Ideal gas and real gas. Boyle’s, Gay-Lussac’s and Avogadro's Laws. Equation of state for an ideal gas. Gas thermometer. P-V diagrams and thermodynamic transformations of an ideal gas. Reversible and irreversible transformations. Thermodynamic cycles and work. Specific heat. Mayer’s relation. Free expansion and internal energy for an ideal gas. Adiabatic transformations; T-V, P-V, P-T relations for reversible adiabatic heating and cooling. Thermal efficiency. Carnot cycle. Phase transitions. Kinetic theory of gases.
13) Second Principle of Thermodynamics. Clausius and Kelvin-Planck statements. Carnot’s theorem. Thermodynamic temperature. Clausius theorem. Entropy.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes for theory and worked out exercises. Laboratory demonstrations. Lectures are given in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested textbook. Lecture notes and exercises are available on the web site of the teacher (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mazzoldi, Paolo; Nigro, Massimo; Voci, Cesare, Elementi di fisica, meccanica, termodinamica. Napoli: EdiSES, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo

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