Physics (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Gino Mariotto
Gino Mariotto
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II semestre dal Mar 2, 2020 al Jun 12, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The course will provide knowledge of the basis of Classical Physics, deriving fundamental principles and laws of Mechanics and Electromagnetism. The course will allow the students to master the scientific method and physics laws in order to understand and quantitatively describe the main physi-cal aspects of the surrounding reality. At the end of the course, the students will have learnt the basics of the scientific method, classical mechanics of point particle and systems of particles, as well as the basics of electromagnetism and wave phenomena. The students will be able to apply the so-obtained knowledge to solve problems, being able to properly analyse and model simple physical phenomena.


- Introduction to Physics.
- Scientific method, measure 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. Conservation laws. Collision theory elastic/inelastic
- Dynamics of rigid body. Moment of inertia.
- Oscillations: harmonic oscillator, superposition of harmonic motions: interference and beats.

- Electric charge
- Electric force, electric field.
- Gauss law.
- Electric potential energy, electric potential.
- Conductors in equilibrium. Capacitors and dielectrics. Energy of electric field.
- Current and resistance. Ohm’s law. Circuits.
- Magnetic poles and magnetic interactions.
- Magnetic force on charges in motion. Magnetic force on a current-currying wire.
- Sources of magnetic field. Ampere’s law.
- Magnetic properties of matter and dipoles: diamagnetism, paramagnetis, ferromagnetism.
- Faraday law and electromagnetic induction.
- Energy of magnetic field.
- Maxwell's equations.

L’esame consiste in una prova scritta e in una successiva prova orale. È ammesso all’orale chi supera la prova con un voto maggiore o uguale a 15. L’orale è facoltativo per chi supera la prova scritta con voto maggiore o uguale a 18. L’esame è superato con un voto uguale o superiore a 18.
Nell’esame viene valutata la capacità dello studente di analizzare dei problemi o dei fenomeni dati, applicando le leggi fisiche apprese per descriverli quantitativamente, giustificando le scelte e i procedimenti risolutivi impiegati.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci Elementi di Fisica: Meccanica e Termodinamica EdiSES, Napoli 2001
P. Mazzoldil A. Saggion. C. Voci Problemi di Fisica Generale: Meccanica e Termodinamica Libreria Cortina 1994

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists in a written test followed by an oral colloquium. The colloquium can be sustained only if the mark of the written test is equal or greater than 15. If the mark of the written test is equal or greater than 18, the colloquium is optional. The exam is passed with a mark equal or greater than 18.

The exam will evaluate the student’s capacity to analyse problems and phenomena, applying the physics laws to quantitatively describe them and justifying choices and employed solving schemes.