cod. 00405

Academic year 2017/18
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisica sperimentale (FIS/01)
Formazione matematico-fisica
Type of training activity
84 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to contribute to the development of a good basic physical culture to provide students with the tools to be able to develop the applicative potential of physics. The contents of the course are aimed to acquire a general knowledge of the basic principles and laws of classical physics and a good mastery of concepts, physical quantities and their application to simple general problems .

In particular, the student should be able to:

1. Know the main laws and principles of classical physics and understand their physical sense and main applications.
Being able to use the proper specific language of physics and the related terminology.

2. Being able to apply key concepts to specific cases and to understand their potential and their application limits.

3. Be able to expose concepts and results even to a general public and to know how to present
to an inexperienced audience the main aspects of the quantitative physical description of phenomena.

4. Know how to evaluate the potentialities and limits of a quantitative physical description of phenomena.

5. Be able to establish a link between different topics and show judgment autonomy and analytical skills in dealing with specific problems.


Students are expected to have a good background of elementary mathematics: and a basic knowledge of the calculus in order to make them able to differentiate and integrate simple functions such as polynomials, sines and cosines.

Course unit content

Mechanics: kinematics and dynamics of the point, work and mechanical energy, scattering, point systems, rigid bodies, angular momentum, conservation principles. Thermology and calorimetry. Perfect gas and principles of thermodynamics. Electrostatic Elements. Continuous current and electrical circuits. Stationary magnetic phenomena in vacuum. Electromagnetic waves.

Full programme

Introduction: Physical quantities.
Units of measurement units.
Kinematics of material point : acceleration speed. Straight motion. mouvement evenly accelerated. mouvement in two and three dimensions. Dynamics of the material point and application of the laws of mechanics.
The concept of strength and first law of Newton, inertial mass, second law of Newton and law of action and reaction.
The gravitational force and the weight.
Friction forces, work and energy: Work of the forces. Kinetic energy. Conservative and non-conservative forces. Potential energy. Conservation of mechanical energy. Examples of conservative forces and potential energy associated with them.
Dynamics of the Systems: Multiple Particle Systems. center of mass. Quantities of motion and its conservation. Impulse and momentum. Scattering. Elastic and anelastic scattering.

Kinetic gas theory and thermodynamics: Macroscopic description of a perfect gas. Concept of temperature and the zero principle of thermodynamics. Status functions. Heat and internal energy. Specific heat. Thermodynamic transformations.
Energy conservation and first principle of thermodynamics. Entropy and the second principle of thermodynamics.

Electrostatic Elements: Electric charges and Coulomb law. The electric field. Gauss law and its applications. The electrical potential. Electrostatic potential energy. Current and DC circuits: current and current density. Electrical resistance and Ohm's law. Microscopic Resistance Interpretation: Charge Mobility. Conductors and insulators. Electromotive force. Joule's Law. Resistors in series and in parallel. RC Circuits.

Stationary magnetic phenomena in the vacuum: Lorentz force and magnetic field definition. Force exerted by a magnetic field on a conductor run by an electric current: Hall effect. Magnetic field generated by currents. The magnetic field of an infinite straight wire. The force between two parallel conductors run by currents.

Absence of isolated magnetic charges. Ampere Law and Circuit Theorem. The magnetic field of a solenoid. Variable electrical and magnetic fields over time: Magnetic induction. Faraday-Neuman Law. Electromagnetic waves.


Alan Giambattista, Betty McCarthy Richardson, Robert C. Richardson, "Fisica generale - Principi e applicazioni", McGraw Hill, Milano.

Teaching methods

The course is organized in frontal lessons in which topics are discussed and concepts presented. Discussion and interaction with students and the ability to ask questions and ask for clarification is always prioritized and continuously and explicitly encouraged.

The course aims to describe, even quantitatively, a number of significant examples. For these purposes, each final lesson of a certain subject will be immediately followed by a series of exercises during which, always in an interactive way with the students, the applications of the concepts just presented will be discussed.

In addition, each lesson will be introduced by a brief summary of the concepts already discussed in the previous lesson, allowing the single student to have a quick connection with the already presented topics.

Verification tests will be considered as evidence for effective assessment of learning by students. Such checks will also be carried out formally with "class-written tests" (approximately 2 to 3 tests are expected to be planned).

All the didactic material (introductory course material, figures, exercises, math support and trigonometry) is contained in the adopted text. The teacher will publish any additional material on the Elly site.

Assessment methods and criteria

An active frequency and, as far as possible, continues is highly recommended and allows the student to participate in classroom work, including test opportunities and on-going testing.

Examination: The exam is a written exam.

Assessment of learning is done through a written final exam.
The student must then, upon enrollment online, take an exam written as announced in the list of the official exam calendar of the Department of Mathematica Physical and Computer Science as in the appeals of the official examination schedule of the Department

Each written exam of 2 hours will consist of 4 exercises (for each
score ranges from 0 to 5) and 10 questions closed (for each the score goes from 0 to 1).

The questions correspond to each part of the chapters chosen from those related to the lessons. The exercises will be similar to those developed during the course.

The student must demonstrate that he has understood, and is able to apply, the fundamental concepts of
every topic discussed.

Exam results are published on the Esse3 portal within one week of the examination date. The students
They can view the exam, after appointment with the teacher.

Other information

Registration to the course: All students enrolled in the first year of the CD in Informatica in this AA, are required to REGISTER the Physics course before the beginning of the course, as indicated on the site: Cgibin / campusnet / / Show? _id = a71a; sort = DEFAULT; search =% 7bdocente% 7d% 20% 3d% 7e% 20f% 5cbtarricone% 5cb% 2f; hits = 1campus net.

They can then receive directly from the teacher in real time all the information and updates related to the course, access the on-the-go tests and take advantage of the didactic material provided to them. The exam, after appointment with the teacher.