
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/03 
Material Physics 
2.0 
Basic courses 
FIS/04 
Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics 
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 
32 
18.0 
No turn 
Laboratory 
1.0 
16 
9.0 
No turn 
Lecture 
5.0 
40 
85.0 
No turn 
Prerequisites:

It is recommended to have passed the exam of mathematics. 
Target skills and knowledge:

Acquisition of the basis for the understanding of physical phenomena and the laws that regulate them.
Achievment of the ability to quantitatively solve problems on the topics developed theoretically .
Learning of the experimental observation method and data analysis during laboratory classes. 
Examination methods:

Written exam with exercises concerning (mainly) mechanics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism. Theoretical questions concerning the basic laws of physics. 
Assessment criteria:

Written exam with multiple choices plus reports on laboratory experiments. 
Course unit contents:

Physical quantities, standards for length, time and mass.The International System of Units.
Coordinate systems.Scalar and vector quantities.Sum and components of vectors.Scalar and vector products.
Mean and instantaneus velocity.Acceleration.Onedimensional motions: uniform rectilinear and uniformly accelerated motions.
The acceleration of gravity and the motion of free fall.
Motion in space: displacement, velocity and acceleration vectors.
Projectile and circular motion: centripetal and tangential acceleration, period.
The three tre Newton's laws. Gravitational force. Static and dynamic friction.
Work done by constant and variable forces.
Power.Kinetic energy and workkinetic energy theorem.
Work and potential energy, conservative forces.
Gravitational and elastic potential energy.
Conservation of mechanical energy.Nonconservative forces.
Center of mass of a system of particles.Motion of the center of mass.
Linear momentum and its conservation.
Angular velocity and acceleration.Torque. Angular momentum.
Conservation of angular momentum of a system of particles.
Simple harmonic motion, velocity and acceleration, period and angular frequency.
Simple pendulum. Elastic forces: Hooke's law.Mechanical properties of solids.
Fluids.Pressure and density.Pascal's law and and Archimedes principle.Ideal fluids.
Flow rate and ontinuity equation.Bernoulli's equation.Real fluids.Viscosity.Surface tension.Capillarity.
Poiseuille's law.Turbolent flow.
Temperature and heat.Thermal expansion, heat capacity, specific heat.Energy transfer mechanisms.
Electric charge, Coulomb's law, superposition principle.Electric field.
Electric field lines.Electric field due to a charge.Insulators and conductors.
Electric field of a dipole.Gauss' law and its applications.Electrostatic potential energy.
Electrical potential.Capacitors.Capacitance of a parallel plate, spherical and cilindrical capacitor.
Dielectrics and polarization.Dependence of the capacitance on the dielectric constant.
Energy stored in an electric field.Electric current and current density.
Ohm's law.Resistance and resistivity.Power delivered to a resistor.
Resistors in series and parallel.Kirchhoff's rules.Circuits with resistors.RC Circuit.
Magnetic field and Lorentz's law.Magnetic force acting on a wire carrying a current.
Magnetics field created by a current.BiotSavart's law.
Ampere's law: magnetic field created by a wire and a solenoid.
Magnetic force between two parallel conductors.
Waves: wavelenght and frequency.Velocity.Acustic waves.Reflexion, refraction and chromatic dispersion.
Interference, diffraction and polarization.
Methods of data analysis: Bases of the scientific method.
Measures, measurement errors, instrument sensitivity, random uncertainty, systematic errors, accuracy
and precision.Nature of the statistical method.Statistical distributions, mean and standard deviation.
Distribution of random errors.Error propagation.Method of least squares.Linear interpolation.
Lab: Testing the Gaussian distribution in the measurement of a physical quantity.
Measurement of an electric resistance with the voltampere method.Measurement of resistances in parallel
and series. Measurement of the viscosity of an unknown liquid. 
Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Lectures and group laboratory experiments. 
Additional notes about suggested reading:

Lessons slides will be available. 
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings) 

Halliday, Resnick, Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica (settima edizione). : Ambrosiana, 2015.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
 Lecturing
 Laboratory
 Problem based learning
 Questioning
 Problem solving
 Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
 Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
 Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

