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SC18103039, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, 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 Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge RICCARDO BRUGNERA FIS/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary 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 of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 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.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 FISICA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 BRUGNERA RICCARDO (Presidente)
STROILI ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
7 FISICA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BRUGNERA RICCARDO (Presidente)
STROILI ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

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

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. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica. --: Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Walker, James S., Fondamenti di fisica. --: Zanichelli, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Serway, Raymond A.; Jewett, John W., Principi di fisica. --: EdiSES, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P.R. Kersten, D. L. Tauck, Fondamenti di Fisica. --: Zanichelli, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

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