It is expected that at the end of the course the student will be able:
1) to discuss deeply concepts of optics and of electromagnetism in the light of the achieved experimental verifications of phenomena;
2) to recognize and identify phenomena of electromagnetism and optics and to set up autonomously an experience, by checking systematic errors and critical issues;
3) to analyze data correctly and to describe the experiment carried out in a report with a correct scientific language;
4) to synthesize and link related experiences;
5) to propose customized approaches or in-depth analysis of one or more experiments (among those proposed), based on one's own interest and curiosity;
6) to have acquired manual skills in the use of electronics and optics.
Attendance of the courses: Physics Laboratory 1.
Course contents summary
Electromagnetism and optics experiments.
See the description of the cours in the specific pages of each modulus, I and II.
No printed textbook; see teaching notes on the specific pages of the two modules I and II.
Topics covered in the course are presented by emphasizing the phenomenological aspects of geometrical optics, physical optics, some aspects of experimental electromagnetism and introductory knowledge on electrical circuits and electric measurements. Priority is
given to issues inherent in the experimental verification of the physical laws discussed. Lectures will include a brief introduction on the relevant theory of optics and electromagnetism followed by experiments of laboratory, discussion of experimental results and in some cases discussion of written exercises. Each experiment will be accompanied by written reports.
For details, refer to the individual modules.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment aims to ascertain the degree of theoretical knowledge and understanding of the topics (knowledge and understanding), but also the ability to set the experimental verification of a physical phenomenon (Applying knowledge and understanding), the ability to implement it independently and critically the proposed experiments and clearly discuss them (Independent judgment and Communication skills).
The exam is held separately for the two modules of the course. For both modules the preliminary presentation of the reports on the proposed experiences is required. For details, see the description of the exam in the specific pages for the two modules.
Overall, the exam can be summarized as follows: a laboratory test, a written questionnaire and two oral tests.
The discussion of the themes proposed in the course is requested. It requires the ability to comment critically on the reports presented on the experiments carried out during the course.
The presentation of the reports, the practical test carried out (as proof of autonomy in the conduct of an experiment), the completeness of the preparation, the critical sense and the property of language are evaluated.
For further details refer to the individual modules.