Physics (2014/2015)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Claudia Daffara
Claudia Daffara
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II sem. dal Mar 2, 2015 al Jun 12, 2015.

Lesson timetable

II sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  
Friday 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall D  

Learning outcomes

The course provides the basic knowledge of Classical Physics, covering principles and laws of Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and an introduction to wave phenomena.



- Introduction to Classical/Modern Physics. Scientific method, measurement and physical quantities.
- Kinematics of material points: translational motion and 2-D kinematics. Vectors position, velocity, acceleration. Free fall, parabolic motion, circolar motion, harmonic motion.
- Dynamics of material points: principle of inertia and concept of force, Newton's Laws and application to motion dynamics. Weight, centripetal force, elastic force, constraint forces, friction. (Examples of application)
- Work and energy. Work-energy theorem. Conservative force and potential energy. Conservation of energy. (Examples of application)
- Momentum and impulse, angolar momentum, torque.
- Dynamics of systems of particles. Center of mass. Momentum, angular momentum, kinetic energy. König's theorems. Conservation laws. Collision theory elastic/inelastic
- Dynamics of rigid body. Moment of inertia. Steiner's theorem.
- Oscillations: harmonic oscillator, superposition of harmonic motions: interference and beats.


- Electric charge, electric force, electric field.
- Electric potential energy, electric potential.
- Gauss law. (Examples of application)
- Conductors in equilibrium. Capacitors. Energy of electric field.
- Dielectrics.
- Electrical conduction: classical microscopic model. Ohm law.
- Magnetic poles and magnetic interactions.
- Lorentz force, charges in motion. (Examples of application). Magnetic force on a current-currying wire. Torque on a current loop. Laplace II° law.
- Sources of magnetic field. Laplace I° law. Ampere law. (Examples of application)
- Faraday law and electromagnetic induction.
- Magnetic properties of matter and dipoles: diamagnetism, paramagnetis, ferromagnetism.
Energy of magnetic field.
- Maxwell's equations.

OPTICS (elements)

Electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic spectrum and interaction radiation-matter. Reflection and refraction of waves. Interference. Diffraction.


P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci
Elementi di Fisica Vol. 1 - Meccanica e Termodinamica
ediSES, II ed./2007
ISBN 9788879594189

P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci
Elementi di Fisica Vol. 2 - Elettromagnetismo e Onde
ediSES, II ed./2008
ISBN 9788879594783

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral.