Physics

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
FIS/01 FIS/02 FIS/03 FIS/04 FIS/05 FIS/06 FIS/07 FIS/08
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing the students with the fundamental of Physics, in order to have a quantitative understanding of biological phenomena and to understand the working principles of laboratory instrumentation.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student is expected to know the fundamental principles of classical Physics and to be able to apply them to the solution of simple problems.
Course syllabus and organization

Linea AL

Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered on the official schedule, using a video platform (Teams or Zoom).
The written exam will be delivered on the Zoom platform.
The course material will be published on the Ariel site of the professor.
Course syllabus
Mechanics: scalar and vectors - translational and rotational kinematics - mass, force and reference frames: Newton's laws - work and energy - potential energy and energy conservation - systems of particles: centre of mass, linear momentum - oscillatory motion and wave propagation - fluid mechanics: hydrostatics and hydrodynamics.
Thermodynamics: temperature and macroscopic variables - kinetic theory of gases - heat, work and internal energy: first principle of thermodynamics - transformations of a perfect gas - second principle of thermodynamics: heat engines, entropy and irreversible processes.
Electromagnetism and Optics: electric charge and Coulomb law - electric field and potential - electric current and Ohm's law - magnetic field and magnetic induction - electromagnetic waves and light - geometrical optics and wave optics.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of basics mathematics (functions, derivatives, integrals and trigonometry) is required.
Teaching methods
Attendance strongly recommended.
Traditional class lectures (36 hours of front lectures and 24 hours of exercises in class)
Teaching Resources
Serway R.A. e Jewett J.W.,
Principi di Fisica,
EdiSES, vol I
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a written test.
The written exam proposes 4 exercises and 4 theory questions, with a minimal threshold required to pass. Exam duration: 2 hours
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: 24 hours
Lessons: 36 hours

Linea MZ

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In case of restrictions imposed by the emergency due to Covid-19 the course will be delivered partially on entirely in virtual connections, using the platform Zoom.
Course syllabus
Introduction: physical quantities, dimensional analysis, approximations.
Kinematics: motion in one dimension, average and instantaneous velocity, acceleration. kinematics in three dimensions. Vectors. Uniform circular motion.
Forces. The reference system. Apparent forces. Some types of force: gravitational, weight, electrostatic, van der Waals, normal, friction, contact, tension, elastic, centripetal.
Kinetic and potential energy. Non-conservative forces.
Fluids: Stevino's law, Archimedes' principle, sedimentation of molecules, the centrifuge. Fluid dynamics: equilibrium and Bernoulli equation.
Electromagnetic field. Electric dipoles. Electrophoresis. Dielectrics and conductors. Mass spectrometer.
Electromagnetic waves. Polarization of light, dichroism. Reflection, refraction, absorption, interference, diffraction, X-ray crystallography.
Geometric optics: plane and spherical mirror. Lenses, the human eye, magnification lens and microscope.
Thermodynamics. Isolated and closed systems. The principles of thermodynamics. Microstates and macrostates. Boltzmann distribution, entropy, free energy. Binary solutions, dissociation constant. Thermodynamic means, calorimetry, phase transitions. The ideal gas.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of basics mathematics (functions, derivatives, integrals and trigonometry) is required.
Teaching methods
Lectures (36 h) and exercises (24 h)
Teaching Resources
Notes that can be downloaded from the Ariel site.
Book:
P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci
Fisica
Volume 1
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exams with exercises and short theoretical questions. Oral exam can be requested from students that passed the written part.
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: 24 hours
Lessons: 36 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
upon appointment
Dipartimento di Fisica - Sezione di Fisica Teorica - Studio DC/1/28