PHYSICS

Computer science PHYSICS

0512100003
DIPARTIMENTO DI INFORMATICA
EQF6
COMPUTER SCIENCE
2019/2020

YEAR OF COURSE 3
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2017
PRIMO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
324LESSONS
324LAB
Objectives
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
LECTURES ARE INTENDED TO GIVE BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON CLASSICAL MECHANICS AND ELECTROMAGNETISM.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
STUDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO SOLVE SIMPLE PROBLEMS RELATED TO CLASSICAL MECHANICS AND ELECTROMAGNETISM.

Prerequisites
BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF HIGH-SCHOOL MATHEMATICS IS REQUIRED.
Contents
INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTS: SCIENTIFIC METHOD, PHYSICAL OBSERVABLES AND THEIR UNITS, VECTOR ALGEBRA.

MECHANICS (24 HOURS: 12H THEORY + 12H APPLICATIONS): KINEMATICS. POSITION, DISPLACEMENT, SPEED, ACCELERATION. MOTION IN ONE AND TWO DIMENSIONS. THE CIRCULAR MOTION. THE DYNAMICS. THE NEWTON’S LAWS. SOME FUNDAMENTAL FORCE. THE PENDULUM AND THE EQUATION OF THE HARMONIC OSCILLATOR. KINETIC ENERGY AND MECHANICAL WORK. KINETIC ENERGY THEOREM. POTENTIAL ENERGY. CONSERVATION OF MECHANICAL ENERGY. CENTER OF MASS AND LINEAR MOMENTUM. ANGULAR MOMENTUM. NOTES ON THE DYNAMICS OF RIGID BODIES.

ELECTROMAGNETISM (24 HOURS: 12H THEORY + 12H APPLICATIONS): ELECTRIC CHARGE. THE ELECTRIC FIELD. THE GAUSS THEOREM. ELECTROSTATIC POTENTIAL AND ELECTROSTATIC POTENTIAL ENERGY. THE CAPACITOR. THE ELECTRIC CURRENT. THE ELECTRIC RESISTANCE AND THE OHM’S LAWS. KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS AND ELECTRIC CIRCUITS. THE RC CIRCUIT. THE MAGNETIC FIELD. THE LORENTZ FORCE. MAGNETIC INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO PARALLEL CONDUCTORS. BIOT-SAVART LAW. AMPERE LAW. FARADAY LAW. MAXWELL EQUATIONS AND ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES. NOTES ON SPECIAL RELATIVITY (LORENTZ TRANSFORMATIONS).

ELEMENTARY CONCEPTS OF GEOMETRIC OPTICS.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED IN LECTURES EXPLAINING THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF MECHANICS AND ELECTROMAGNETISM. EACH LECTURE IS DEVOTED TO THE THEORETICAL INTRODUCTION OF ONE OR MORE TOPICS FOLLOWED BY EXAMPLES AND APPLICATIONS.
Verification of learning
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE TEACHING OBJECTIVES IS CERTIFIED BY PASSING AN EXAM. EXAMINATION IS GRADED ACCORDING TO A SCALE RANGING FROM 0 TO 30, WITH 18 AS A PASS MARK. THE EXAM INCLUDES A WRITTEN TEST (WHICH MAY BE DIVIDED INTO TWO IN ITINERE TESTS) AND AN ORAL EXAM THAT TAKE PLACE ON DIFFERENT DAYS, ACCORDING TO A PRE-ESTABLISHED CALENDAR. ACCESS TO THE ORAL EXAM IS ALLOWED TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE PASSED THE WRITTEN TEST (PASS MARK: 15/30).
IN THE WRITTEN TEST THE STUDENT MUST DEMONSTRATE TO KNOW THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS, DISCUSSING AND SOLVING TWO OR THREE PROBLEMS. THE TEST HAS A DURATION OF TWO HOURS.
THE ORAL EXAM IS AIMING AT EVALUATING THE STUDENT'S ABILITY TO CRITICALLY DISCUSS SIMPLE SITUATIONS RELATED TO MECHANICS, ELECTROMAGNETISM OR OPTICS. THE ABILITY TO FORMULATE MODELS AND DISCUSS THEIR IMPLICATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF THE CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK PRESENTED DURING THE COURSE IS EVALUATED DURING THE ORAL EXAM.
THE FINAL GRADE IS OBTAINED FROM THE AVERAGE PERFORMANCE IN THE WRITTEN TEST AND THE ORAL EXAM. THE MINIMUM MARK FOR PASSING THE EXAM IS 18/30. THE “LODE” (MAXIMUM GRADE WITH DISTINCTION) CAN BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO OBTAIN A GRADE OF 30/30 AND SHOW THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO AUTONOMOUSLY USE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN CONTEXTS WHICH ARE NEW OR NOT DISCUSSED DURING THE COURSE.
THE EXAMS CAN BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
(A) WRITTEN TESTS DURING THE COURSE (IN ITINERE WRITTEN TESTS) AND FINAL ORAL EXAM. STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED TO THE ORAL EXAM WITH A MINIMUM GRADE OF 15/30 (AVERAGE GRADE ON IN ITINERE WRITTEN TESTS). STUDENTS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED AN AVERAGE GRADE OF AT LEAST 24/30 IN THE WRITTEN TESTS MAY REQUEST TO BE EXEMPTED FROM THE ORAL EXAM.
(B) PERIODIC WRITTEN TESTS WITH ORAL EXAM ACCORDING TO THE CALENDAR SET BY THE TEACHING COUNCIL (CONSIGLIO DIDATTICO) FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN OR PASSED THE IN ITINERE WRITTEN TESTS. CANDIDATES WHO HAVE OBTAINED THE PASS MARK OF 15/30 ARE ADMITTED TO THE ORAL EXAM.
Texts
THE COURSE TEXTBOOK IS:

HALLIDAY D., RESNICK R., WALKER J.: FONDAMENTI DI FISICA. CASA EDITRICE AMBROSIANA, ROZZANO (MI).

HALLIDAY D., RESNICK R., WALKER J.: FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS EXTENDED, 10TH EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-118-23072-5)
More Information
THE COURSE ATTENDANCE, ALTHOUGH NOT MANDATORY, IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
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