A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The main objective of the Course in Physics for Pharmaceutical Sciences is to provide to the students the knowledge of the very basic physics processes in the various fields of physics (Mechanics, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electrostatics and Magnetism). Demonstrative exercises will be performed and, during the exams the students will also be asked to solve exercises and problems to highlight the quantitative nature of physics. The Course will provide them with the relevant problem solving skills. The Course will provide the students with the ability to apply the basic laws of physics and to acquire sensitivity to the numerical values of physical mechanisms.
Expected learning outcomes
Students at the end of the course are able to define a problem starting from a very simple hypothesis and, following the same scheme used in the lesson, make it gradually complicated. Students also will know the basic principles of dynamics, thermodynamics, the concept of energy, the concept of work, the conditions for energy conservation, the basic laws for fluid motion and charged particles in electric and magnetic fields.
At the end of the course the student must know: the difference between scalar and vectorial quantities, the vector calculus, the different units of measurement and the relative equivalences and the basic principles of physics. They must have acquired the sensitivity to the values of the simplest physical quantities and therefore to the numerical aspects connected to the solution of the exercises. They must be able to formulate simple models and must be able to recognize the basic physical processes in everyday life.
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
Second semester
During the emergency phase or if it is not possible to have lessons in the university buildings the course will be done electronically following the same schedule as for the lessons in the university buildings. The Zoom application will probably be used. The transparencies used will be placed in ARIEL web site.
The lessons will be recorded and put in ARIEL as well.
Practically there will be no differences if compared of what was done in 2020,
Course syllabus
- Introduction: mathematics in physics, units, dimensional analysis, number of digits, vectors.
- Mechanics: kinematics, dynamics, statics, field concept, conservative forces, conservation of energy, work of a force, kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy.
- Fluids: Pascal's law, Stevino's law, Archimedes' principle, surface tension, capillarity, ideal fluids, fluid motion, Bernoulli's theorem, viscosity, Reynolds number (hints).
- Gas and thermodynamics: the law of perfect gases, heat, isothermal / isobaric / isochoric processes, thermodynamic transformations, laws of thermodynamics, state functions.
Basic concepts on the diffusion of substances in gases and liquids.
Basics concepts of optics - reflection, refraction
- Electrostatics and magnetism: Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential energy and electric potential, motion of charges in a constant electric field, conductors and insulators, Gauss's law, Magnetostatics in vacuum, Lorentz force
- Circuits: Ohm's laws, Joule's law, circuits, Kirchhoff's laws, conduction in liquids
Prerequisites for admission
Base concepts of Geometry and mathematics.
No changes if compared with 2020.
Teaching methods
No changes if compared with 2020.
Teaching Resources
Textbook : F. Borsa, A. Lascialfari, "Principi di Fisica", ed. EDISES.
Exercises book : Guida allo studio e alla soluzione dei problemi da "Principi di Fisica", Serway R. A., Jewett J. W., Edizioni EdiSES.
No changes if compared with 2020.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written and Oral exam.
No changes if compared with 2020.
FIS/01 - EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Camera Franco

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Lesson period
Second semester
FIS/01 - EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Di Vece Marcel
Friday afternoon (15:00-17:00) - We strongly suggest to contact prof. Franco Camera via e-mail