A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the fundamentals of mechanics, thermodynamics and electrology, with paricular emphasis on the development of a rigourous scientific method, both at a theretical level and to solve simple physical problems. The goal of the course is also to help the understanding of the specific topics of subsequent courses.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and skills necessary for the correct interpretation of the most important physical phenomena and of the laws related to them. Ability to approach and solve numerical exercises, with the relevant mathematical tools, and to understand graphs of physical quantities. The student will also be able to describe with the appropriate language the basic physical phenomena.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Classes will take place online through the Zoom platform, according to the schedule of the second semester.
The course programme and teaching material will not be affected.
The written exams will be held online via Zoom and they will not be modified.
Course syllabus
THE LANGUAGE OF PHYSICS Fundamental physical quantities and measurement units. Order of magnitude in numerical calculations. Scalars and vectors. Recalls of basic trigonometry. The meaning of derivative and integration. MECHANICS Position and the law of motion, velocity and acceleration. Constant speed and constant acceleration cases. Vectorial form of law of motion. Rotational and linear motion. Force and mass. Principles of dynamics. Weight and gravitational force. Friction. Work and kinetic energy. Mechanical energy conservation. Mechanical power. Static equilibrium. HEAT AND ENERGY Heat, energy, temperature. Heat-work equivalence. Scale of energy content in bodies. Specific heat and heat of bodies. Changes state. Latent heat. Heat. Temperature and internal energy of a body. Work of a fluid under pressure. 1st principle of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic efficiency. Basic operation of combustion engine, refrigeration and heat pump. ELECTRICITY AND ELECTROMAGNETISM Charge. Coulomb's law. Work and electric potential. Dielectrics and conductors. Current. Electric energy and electric power. Resistance and Ohm's law.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic algebra, functions and their properties (trigonometric, logarithmic, ...), derivatives and definite integrals (and their geometrical interpretation).
Teaching methods
32 hours of theoretical lectures and 32 hours of exercises.
Teaching Resources
James S. Walker, Fondamenti di Fisica, Casa Editrice Pearson, 6ª edizione. The course will be based on this book. Any other university textbook about general physics could be useful.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam divided into three parts: 10 multiple-choice questions, 2 open problems, and 2 questions about theory. In the exam, the student has to show to be familiar with the fundamental topics presented during the course and to be able to apply them to solve specific problems of physics.
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS - University credits: 6
Practicals: 32 hours
Lessons: 32 hours
On appointment (please, phone/email me)
Physics Deptartment, Via Celoria 16 (Astrophysics lab)
Friday, 9:30-12:30 (by appointment)
Physics Department, via Giovanni Celoria, 16, 20133 Milano