Knowledge and understanding:
In the framework of this course, students obtain an understanding and knowledge of the fundamental laws of classical Mechanics, including systems dynamics, and of Thermodynamics, with particular focus on kinematics, Newton’s laws and conservation principles. In addition, the course provides students with the knowledge of main aspects of the dynamics of rigid bodies, gravitation, oscillatory and wave phenomena and of the Theory of Special Relativity. The experimental method is the basis for understanding the behaviour of systems and phenomena described above. The most important physical theories will be learned in terms of logical and mathematical structure and experimental evidence.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
After completing the course, the student will be able to assess similarities and differences between physical systems, methodologies to be applied, approximations and mathematical methods to be used and will have acquired the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through exercises and problem solving.
The course will provide the conceptual basis of the Newtonian formulation of Mechanics, which is introductory to the formalizations described in more advanced courses. In addition to methodological tools, the teaching of Physics 1 provides students with the basic language of Physics, allowing them to read and understand basic and advanced texts on the subject.
The student acquires the technical correct jargon that allows him both to converse with specialists who translate correctly even complex concepts in an understandable language.
The student is urged to draw connections between not only between the different parts of the course but also with the basic concepts acquired in other teachings (for example maths) to develop a capacity for autonomous judgment based on an enlarged knowledge to the various aspects of the problem in exam.