Learning outcomes of the course unit
1) Knowledge of basic concepts of classical mechanics
2) Ability to schematically represent a physical phenomenon
3) Ability to solve problems (also complex problems) regarding statics, kinematics and dynamics.
Algebraic and analytical mathematics. Operations with scalars and vectors. Trigonometry.
Course contents summary
Kinematic, dynamic and static concept applied to point mass and extended objects
- Mechanical waves and their interference
- Statics and dynamics of fluids
- Physical entities, units and reference systems
- Vectors and operations with vectors
- Kinematics of point particles and motion in 1, 2 and 3D
- Forces, Newton's laws, inertial systems
- Statics, forces and equilibrium
- Dinamics of point particles and rotational motion
- Kinematics and dynamics of many-particle objects
- Momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions
- Energy and work, different forms of energy
- Conservative forces, conservative systems
- Energy and momentum conservation
- Gravitation law
- Oscillatory motions and harmonic oscillator
- Waves, stationary waves, wave interference
- Notions of statics and dynamics in fluids
- Gettys: Fisica 1, McGraw-Hill
(althought the lecturer will follow the Italian edition edited by G. Vannini, foreign students may use the original English edition; content is practically the same)
Blackboard lectures + Exercises with the help of an assistant.
Assessment methods and criteria
Three written tests will be carried out during the semester. The tests will take place roughly every four weeks and will focus on the corresponding part of the didactic programme
Students who passed the three partial tests, or failed one of them, however maintaining an average mark of at least 16/30, will be automatically admitted to the oral exam.
Those students who failed the partial tests, as well students from previous academic years, have to go through a general written test, with exercises on the entire programm (six problems to be solved in three hours), and get at least 16/30 in order to be admitted to oral exam.
The final mark approximatly accounts for 1/3 of the result of written test(s) and 2/3 of the result of oral exam.