cod. 1000986

Academic year 2012/13
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisica sperimentale (FIS/01)
Sperimentale e applicativo
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The goal is to introduce the problems and phenomena leading to the fall of classical physics and give basic problem solving techniques and a flavour for how contemporary physics is done.


A solid understanding of calculus and basic familiarity with linear algebra; three semesters of introductory calculus-based physics (mechanics and electromagnetims)

Course unit content

The fall of classical physics. Special relativity and covariant formulation of electromagnetism.Old quantum mechanics:

Full programme

The special theory of relativity, Galilean and Lorentz transformation.
Relativistic kinematics; Covariant formulation of Maxwell’s equations, radiation from accelerated particles.
Introduction to quantum physics: the crisis of classical physics. The quantum properties of radiation and the wave properties of matter: photoelectric effect, Black body radiation, the Compton effect, Photon, DeBoglie's hypothesis, Uncertainty principles, wave packet basics properties of atoms, Thomson model, the Rutherford model, Bohr's model.


Gasperini M., Manuale di Relatività ristretta, Springer
Jackson J.D., Classical Electrodynamics, Wiley – (Zanichelli ed. italiana)
Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca, Fisica moderna - Zanichelli ed. ,
C.M. Becchi, M. D'Elia, Introduction to the basic concepts of modern physics, Springer

Teaching methods

Oral lessons, homework discussions

Assessment methods and criteria

homeworks, final written and orale exam

Other information

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