Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding:
The objective of the course is to provide a basic knowledge of fundamental subjects in the framework of mechanics and electromagnetism.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will be able to solve simple problems and will learn how to use and manipulate formulas and equations, and to handle their units correctly.
The student will be able to understand and to formalize in mathematical language physical phenomena in the framework of the course.
The student will be able to clearly present basic concepts in mechanics and electromagnetism and their consequences on observable phenomena.
Algebra and basics of mathematical analysis.
Course contents summary
Reference systems. Position, trajectory, speed, acceleration. Motion on a line and on a circle. Newtonian dynamics. Forces and their composition. Friction. Work, kinetic energy, potential energy. Elastic force. OScillatory motion. Weight force. Electric charge, Coulomb law. Electric field and potential. Magnetic field. Currents, resistance and Ohm law. Electric circuits. Basic concepts on electromagnetic waves and thermal radiation.
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker Fondamenti di fisica. Or: R. Searway, J. Jewett Elementi di Fisica.
Slides will be used to convey the most important messages of the theory lectures. Exercises will be made at the blackboard with possible participation of the students. By exercises the student will learn how to apply the general concepts exposed in the lessons for solving physical problems.
Assessment methods and criteria
At the end of the course students are evaluated by a written examination including: some simple multiple-choice exercises testing the knowledge of basic concepts; some relatively more complex short exercises testing the capability of using and elaborating these basic concepts; a few questions on general topics allowing the student to expose freely a subject. The mark is a weighted average of the scores the student earns for the three types of questions.