Physics

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
56
Overall hours
SSD
FIS/01 FIS/02 FIS/03 FIS/04 FIS/05 FIS/06 FIS/07 FIS/08
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide a basic introduction to classical physics, with particular attention to the system made by Earth, water and living organisms. To achieve this purpose, the traditional presentation of physical laws is sided by applications to natural systems taken from the world of life-sciences and earth-sciences . The phenomenological presentation of natural phenomena is frequently sided by short practical demonstrations in the classroom, followed by the formulation of quantitative models.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will gather the ability to apply simple quantitative models of classical Physics to natural systems.
Course syllabus and organization

A - L

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
The course will be delivered entirely remotely in case of
restrictions due to Covid-19. In this case, the lectures will be offered
in the form of recorded lectures, and interspersed with discussion moments between lecturers and students in synchronous form.
Course syllabus
1. Physical quantities and units of measurement.
2. Kinematics.
3. Newton's laws.
4. Work and energy.
5. Collisions and conservation laws.
6. Universal Gravitation.
7. Statics and dynamics of fluids.
8. Elements of thermophysics.
9. Thermodynamics.
10. Geometrical optics and elements of wave optics.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic notions of mathematics, in particular of trigonometry and vector calculus.
Teaching methods
The teaching includes lectures in the classroom. The topics are introduced starting from real examples taken from the naturalistic field, to arrive at formulating simple descriptive models. The practical introduction of exemplary natural phenomena is accompanied by experimental demonstrations, in order to allow students to directly visualize the illustrated phenomena. The lectures are supported by a part dedicated to exercises, during which quantitative problems are solved using the theoretical models formulated during the lectures.
Teaching Resources
The main reference material is represented by the lecture notes taken by the students during the teaching. Moreover, students can complement the lecture notes with an introductory book to Physics of their choice at the undergraduate level. Some good examples (also available in the English language) are:
- James S. Walker, "Physics", Pearson.
- Kesten & Tauck, "University Physics for the physical and life sciences: 1", Freeman and Co.
- Serway & Jewett, "Physics for scientists and engineers", Cengage Learning
- D. Halliday, R. Resnick e J. Walker, "Fundamental of Physics", Wiley
- D. Giancoli, "Physics: principles with applications", Pearson/Prentice Hall
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes a written test, followed by an oral test. The written test includes four problems to be carried out in two hours, of difficulty similar to that of those proposed during the exercises. The written test is valid for one year. On the website of the teaching there is a collection of exam problems. Students taking the teaching have the opportunity to replace the written test with two on-going tests, which take place during the mid-course break and at the end of the course. To access the oral exam, students must have obtained the sufficiency in both the on-going tests. The ongoing tests consist of some problems similar to those carried out during the teaching, and of difficulty comparable with those of the written test.
The oral test has an approximate duration of 10-15 minutes and consists of the discussion of a topic chosen by the student from those covered during the teaching, followed by questions about other parts of the program. The ability to describe the phenomenology of the physical processes under discussion and the ability to correctly reproduce the related descriptive models are assessed. The ability of critical reasoning in applying physical laws to real problems in the naturalistic field is also assessed.
FIS/01 - EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/02 - THEORETICAL PHYSICS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND METHODS - University credits: 0
FIS/03 - PHYSICS OF MATTER - University credits: 0
FIS/04 - NUCLEAR AND SUBNUCLEAR PHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/05 - ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/06 - PHYSICS OF THE EARTH AND OF THE CIRCUMTERRESTRIAL MEDIUM - University credits: 0
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/08 - PHYSICS TEACHING AND HISTORY OF PHYSICS - University credits: 0
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Vailati Alberto

M - Z

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
The course will be delivered entirely remotely in case of restrictions due to Covid-19. In this case, the lectures will be offered in the form of recorded lectures, and interspersed with discussion moments between lecturers and students in synchronous for
Course syllabus
1, Physical quantities and units of measurement, 2, Kinematics, 3, Newton's laws, 4, Work and energy, 5, Collisions and conservation laws, 6, Universal Gravitation, 7, Statics and dynamics of fluids, 8, Elements of thermophysics, 9, Thermodynamics, 10, Ge
Prerequisites for admission
Basic notions of mathematics, in particular of trigonometry and vector calculus.
Teaching methods
The teaching includes lectures in the classroom. The topics are introduced starting from real examples taken from the naturalistic field, to arrive at formulating simple descriptive models. The practical introduction of exemplary natural phenomena is acco
Teaching Resources
The main reference material is represented by the lecture notes taken by the students during the teaching. Moreover, students can complement the lecture notes with an introductory book to Physics of their choice at the undergraduate level. Some good examp
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam includes a written test, followed by an oral test. The written test includes four problems to be carried out in two hours, of difficulty similar to that of those proposed during the exercises. The written test is valid for one year. On the websit
FIS/01 - EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/02 - THEORETICAL PHYSICS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND METHODS - University credits: 0
FIS/03 - PHYSICS OF MATTER - University credits: 0
FIS/04 - NUCLEAR AND SUBNUCLEAR PHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/05 - ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/06 - PHYSICS OF THE EARTH AND OF THE CIRCUMTERRESTRIAL MEDIUM - University credits: 0
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS - University credits: 0
FIS/08 - PHYSICS TEACHING AND HISTORY OF PHYSICS - University credits: 0
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Barbieri Carlo