GENERAL PHYSICS 1
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Learning elementary classical physics
Basic matematical skills: trigonometry, elementary geometry, simple functions, their derivatives and integrals.
Course contents summary
This course introduces the laws of Mechanics and Thermodynamics at an elementary level. It consists of 26 two-hour lectures, following the same approach of many undergraduate American textbooks. If you follow this course you must get one textbook by the time you attend the second lecture.
A pdf versionof the course slides is available in the 2009-10 version just before each lecture (in Italian). This allows you to preview the content and to annotate the slides if you wish. They are just a visual aid for the presentations which does not substitute the textbook.
Further 25 two-hour sessions are dedicated to problem solving with tutors (IDEA project). The problems are available in advance in pdf format. Each lecture and its problem session are separated by at least two days, thus leaving time to view the corresponding textbook part.
In order to pass the written exam make sure you can solve on your own all the available problems, without using the textbook and your notes
Gettys, Keller, Skove, McGraw Hill
46 hours of lectures and 44 hours of tutored problem solving
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