Learning outcomes of the course unit
The goals of this course are to teach the students to understand basic classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electric and magnetic phenomena, and to make them adept in solving relevant problems.
Students are expected to have a good grasp of trigonometry and to be able to differentiate and integrate simple functions such as polynomials, sines and cosines.
Course contents summary
Elementary mechanics with an emphasis on the fundamental concepts and laws of mechanics, especially the conservation laws. Topics are: units, dimensional analysis, vectors, one dimensional motion, motion in 2 and 3 dimensions, Newton's laws and their applications, work and kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation of energy, momentum.
Elementary thermodynamics with an emphasis on: temperature and heat, thermal properties of matter, the laws of thermodynamics.
Electricity and magnetism with an emphasis on: Electric charge. Coulomb’s law. Electric field and potential. Charges on conductors. Capacitance and stored electrical energy. Current electricity and Ohm’s law. Magnetism and the Lorentz force. Force on a current element The Biot-Savart law. Ampère’s law. Solenoids and magnetic dipoles. Faraday’s law. Inductance and transformers.
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker. Fondamenti di Fisica, ed. Ambrosiana, Milano.
R.A. Serway, J.W. Jewett. Fondamenti di Fisica, vol. 1, Ed. EdiSES, Napoli.
There will be two midterm exams, which can substitute the final exam. The final exam covers all topics.