cod. 1002191

Academic year 2014/15
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisica sperimentale (FIS/01)
Fisica e chimica
Type of training activity
63 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

To learn the laws of classical physics at an elementary level.
To develop skills in order to:
- understand the description of simple physics problems
- apply the knowledge of the laws of physics to address the solution of these problems
- make judgements on the relevant approximations
- obtain the solutions by means of simple mathematical calculations


Basic matematical skills: trigonometry, elementary geometry, simple functions, their derivatives and integrals.

Course unit content

This course introduces the laws of Mechanics, Waves and Thermodynamics at an elementary level according to the following schedule: The first part deals with Mechanics. The second part introduces oscillations, waves and Thermodynamics. The full course consists of 24 two-hour lectures, following the same approach of many undergraduate American textbooks.

Full programme

see the course web pages


Elementary american textbooks like

Gettys, Keller, Skove, McGraw Hill

Halliday Resnick Krane
o Halliday Resnick Walker, Wileys

Textbooks of this category may differ in the distribution of the topics among their volumes.
Apert from this practical aspect they are all adequate for the course.

Teaching methods

48 hours of lectures and 44 hours of tutored problem solving.

Pdf course slides in Italian are available in the 2012-13 version. This allows a preview of the content as well as easier note-taking on the slides, for those who wish to. They are just an aid for the lectures, not a substitute for the textbook.

Further 22 two-hour sessions are dedicated to problem solving with tutors (IDEA project). The problems are available in advance in pdf format. A lecture and its problem session are generally two days apart, to allow reviewing the material.

In order to pass the written paper make sure you can solve on your own all the available problems, without using the textbook and the notes

Assessment methods and criteria

Two written exams during the course plus an oral examination, optional or compulsory, depending on the results of the written tests

Other information

Further suggestions on prerequisites, detailed program, the exam and the course material are found on the course web-site