
Course unit
PHYSICS
SC18103039, 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 
4.0 
Basic courses 
FIS/02 
Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods 
2.0 
Core courses 
FIS/07 
Applied Physics (Cultural Heritage, Environment, Biology and Medicine) 
2.0 
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 
24 
26.0 
No turn 
Lecture 
6.0 
48 
102.0 
No turn 
Prerequisites:

Basic knowlegdes of mathematics usually achievable during the first year courses. 
Target skills and knowledge:

The aim is to introdue the student to the scientific method using the laws of the Classical Physics. At the end of the course the student should be able to solve simple problems of Newtonian Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and Optics. 
Examination methods:

Written test based on simple problems about the arguments developed during the lessons. The test can be divided into two parts: Mechanics and Thermodynamics as first part and Electromagnetism and Optics as second part. 
Assessment criteria:

The exercises of the written test have the aim to verify the learning of the main concepts of Classical Physics. 
Course unit contents:

Mechanics of the point (theory: 16h; exercises: 8h)
Kinematics of the point: movement in one and two dimensions (circular motion), vectorial calculus.
Dynamics of the point: force, three Newton's laws, work of a force, kinetic energy, conservative forces and potential energy, principle of the energy conservation. Harmonic motion, pendulum.
Angular momentum and angular momentum conservation
Gravitation
Fluidodynamics (theory: 5h; exercises: 2h)
Definition of fluids: pressure, density. Stevin's law, Archimede's law. Bernoulli's theorem. Real fluids, viscosity, Poiseuille's law.
Superficial tension, Laplace's law, Jurin's law.
Thermodynamics (theory: 9h; exercises: 6h)
Temperature, ideal gas law, internal energy, transformations, heat, work, equivalence of work and heat. First principle of the Thermodynamics. Second principle of the Thermodynamics.
Electromagnetism (theory: 11h; exercises: 4h)
Electrostatics: electric charge, Coulomb's force, electric field, electric potential.
Electric current: generators, Ohm's law, Kirkhoff's law, capacitors.
Magnetostatics: magnets, magnetic field, magnetic dipole, forces on a current and on a charge in movement.
Waves (theory: 7h; exercises: 4h)
sinusoidal waves, wavelength, frequency, period, velocity, superposition principle, spectral decomposition.
Light: electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic spectrum, light velocity.
Interference, diffraction.
Reflection, refraction: lens, focal length, real and virtual images, optical instruments with only one lens. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

There are frontal lessons. At the end of each argument various exercises are developed. Some exercices are proposed as homework.
In parallel to the course there is also lessons made by a tutor. 
Additional notes about suggested reading:

The slides of the lessons are given to the student before each lesson. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

R. Wolfson, Fisica. : Pearson Addison Wesley, 2008.

D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica. : Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2006.

Walker, James S., Fondamenti di fisica. : Zanichelli, 2005.

Serway, Raymond A.; Jewett, John W., Principi di fisica. : EdiSES, 2015.

P.R. Kersten, D. L. Tauck, Fondamenti di Fisica. : Zanichelli, 2014.

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