Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will acquire knowledge and understanding of the main
electromagnetic and optical phenomena and she will be able to formulate
and solve simple problems in these frameworks. She/he will know the
basic laws of electromagnetism and optics, with particular regard with
phenomena involved in chemical aspects, that will be the basis for future
studies. She/he will develop learning skills and she/he will be able to
identify the relevant points in a physical problem, the validity of relations
and their applicability.
Course contents summary
Theory and applications in Electromagnetism and Optics.
The electric charge, the Coulomb law and the description of electrostatic
phenomena using the electric field and the electrostatic potential.
Gauss'law. The potential generated by charge distributions. Dipoles.
Electrical properties of matter, conductors and dielectrics.
Currents and resistance, current density and Ohm's laws. DC Circuits.
Electric phenomena associated to moving charge and the magnetic field.
Magnetic fields generated by moving charges and the phenomena of Faraday's induced electrical potential.
Magnetic properties of matter. Electric circuit with continuum and alternate current and their study.
The unification of electric and magnetic phenomena and Maxwell's
equations for the Electro-Magnetism.
Geometric optics: reflection, refraction, dispersion, lenses, mirrors.
Wave optics: interference, diffraction, polarization, diffraction lattices.
Gettys Fisica 2, McGraw Hill
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, K.S. Krane Fisica 2, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana
Lectures and exercices
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral and written exams
Tutor activity during lessons with exercices and tests. Web resources with experiments