cod. 1002187

Academic year 2013/14
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Fisica sperimentale (FIS/01)
Fisica e chimica
Type of training activity
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of this course the student should know the basic phenomena of the classical electromagnetism and the underlying physical laws. Moreover, he should be able to resolve problems on the subjects treated in the theory lectures.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student should be able to analyze the electromagnetic phenomena and to interpret them on the basis of the mathematical formulation of the physical laws.

Making judgments:
By the end of the course, the student should be able to understand the physical phenomena of the electromagnetism.

Communication skills:
The student should be able to clearly present the basic concepts of electromagnetism and their consequences on observable phenomena.


It is important to have an appropriate knowledge of classical mechanics and ondulatory phenomena as treated in the course of General Physics 1.

Course unit content

The course is structured in two parts: theory and problems. The theory lectures cover the following subjects:

-Coulomb's law and electric field -Gauss's law -Electric Potential-Conductors-Capacitance-Dielectrics -Current and resistance-DC circuits
-Magnetostatics-Diamagnetism, paramagnetism and ferromagnetism

-Electromagnetic induction
-RL and LC circuits
-Maxwell equations -Electromagnetic waves

The problems are focused on the subjects treated in the theory part.

Full programme

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G. Cantatore, L. Vitale, Gettys Fisica 2 Elettromagnetismo-Onde. McGraw-Hill Libri Italia, Milano, 2011.

Additional educational material available on the University web learning site: Lecture slides. Text of the problems.

Teaching methods

Slides will be used to convey the most important messages of the theory lectures. The problems will be resolved at the blackboard, possibly with the participation of the students.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination is based on two partial written tests during the semester, or, alternatively, on a single final written test. If the average mark is at least 21/30, the examination is passed and an oral test is not needed, but can always be requested to possibly improve the mark. If the mark is between 13 and 20/30, an oral test is needed to pass the examination.

Other information

Lecture attendance is highly recommended.