cod. 1002191

Academic year 2013/14
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

The objective of the course is the basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Students will also learn how to solve simple problems.


The course is calculus based.
The courses of Mathematical Analysis and Geometry should be previously attended.

Course unit content

Introduction, physical quantities, their measure, errors; vector quantities.
Kinematics and dynamics, mass, force, laws of motion.
Mechanics of point particles, equations of motion, linear momentum, collisions.
Work and energy, kinetic and potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy.
Outline of rigid-body mechanics, kinematics, moment of inertia, angular momentum, torque, statics and dynamics, rolling and rotations, conservation of energy, linear momentum and angular momentum.
Newton's law of gravity, gravitational and inertial mass, potential energy.
Mechanical waves: wave motion, superposition and interference, waves on strings, linear wave equation, sound waves, standing waves.
Thermodynamic variables, volume, pressure, flow rates, Bernoully's principle.
The zeroth law of thermodynamics and thermal equilibrium. Temperature, thermometers and temperature scales.
Kinetic theory of gases : microscopic origin of temperature, equipartition of energy.
The first law of thermodynamics, specific and latent heat, work, thermodynamic transformations, internal energy, cycles.
The second law of thermodynamics, heat engines and refrigerators, reversibility, Carnot cycle.

Full programme

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Suggested textbooks
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, K.S. Krane, “Fondamenti di fisica” vol 1(CEA)
Gettys, “Fisica 1” (casa editrice McGraw-Hill) Quarta edizione
P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, “Elementi di Fisica” in più volumi (EdiSES)
For a deeper insight
Serway-Beichner – Fisica per Scienze ed Ingegneria Vol 1 – Ed. EdiSES
Halliday-Resnick-Krane – Fisica 1 – Ed. CEA
P.Mazzoldi, M.Nigro, C.Voci – Fisica vol. I . Ed. EdiSES

Teaching methods

Exercise sessions will be held during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

An intermediate and a final written test. An oral exam is compulsory only for test results below a certain threshold (details on the specific course web page)

Other information

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