cod. 1004640

Academic year 2013/14
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisica sperimentale (FIS/01)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Integrated course unit module: GENERAL PHYSICS 1

Learning objectives

The objective of the course is the basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of 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

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

Only one examination for unit 1 and 2. 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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