CODE  108854 

ACADEMIC YEAR  2022/2023 
CREDITS 

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR  FIS/01 
TEACHING LOCATION 

SEMESTER  1° Semester 
TEACHING MATERIALS  AULAWEB 
The Physics course deals with the fundamental laws of mechanics, hydromechanics, gravitation, waves and electricity essential for understanding any scientific and technological application the student will deal with during his training
Understand basic physical fundamentals and the key vocabulary to describe them: kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, rotations, equilibrium, elasticity, gravitation, fluids, electricity, oscillations, and waves. Develop skills in observation, interpretation, reasoning, synthesis, generalizing, predicting, and questioning as a way to learn new knowledge. Develop scientific problemsolving skills, including organization of given information, identification and application of pertinent principles, quantitative solutions, interpreting results, and evaluating the validity of results. Apply conceptual understanding of the physics to general realworld situations and recognize how and when physics methods and principles can help address problems in their future courses and then apply those methods and principles to solve new problems.
Attendance and active participation in the proposed educational activities (lectures and exercises) and individual study will allow the student to:
 acquire the ability to describe and analyze the basic concepts concerning measurement of physical quantities
 understand and apply the fundamental laws of Kinematics
 understand and apply the fundamental laws of Dynamics to a variety of common situations
 understand, describe and apply the basic concepts of Kinetic and Potential Energy, Work and Power
 extend the fundamental laws of Kinetics and Dynamics to Rotation
 understand and apply the concepts of Equilibrium and Elasticity
 understand Gravitation laws and apply them to the motion of Earth and Satellites
 acquire the ability to describe and analyze the basic concepts regarding Fluid Statics and Dynamics applying them to reallife situations
 acquire understanding concerning common Oscillations modes and Mechanical Waves
 acquire a fundamental knowledge of Electricity and Electrical Circuits
The student will be encouraged to understand the advantages and limitations connected to the use of schematics and models, employ scientific language and formalism correctly, recognize the applicability of schematizations and models in reallife situations, set and solve exercises and problems within the proposed contents and critically evaluate the results.
Algebra and planar trigonometry
The course is divided into several phases combining personal work by the student, group work and lectures given by the lecturer. The theoretical part will be mainly examined by the students through written material assigned by the teacher in view of the following lesson. Students are asked to comment on the material through an appropriate computer platform. During the frontal lesson, after the teacher has recalled the fundamental concepts previously learned by the students, highlighting the critical points, practical examples and problems will be shared with the students. In a first phase, students will have to tackle the problems individually, in order to acquire the ability to apply the concepts just recalled. In a second phase, group work is planned in which small groups of students compare their approach to the problem and continue their work until a solution is found. A third phase consists of one of the groups of students presenting the procedure used to solve the problem to the whole class. During these stages, the teacher's role is to guide students to the correct approach to the problem and the appropriate use of models of the appropriate physical laws.
Working students and students with certified SLD (Specific Learning Disorders), disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination arrangements so to take into account individual learning patterns, while respecting the teaching objectives.
Measurement
Physical quantities, Standards, and Units, Precision and Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis
Motion in one Dimension
Position, Displacement and Average Velocity, Instantaneous Velocity and Speed, Acceleration, Constant Acceleration, Freefall Acceleration
Vectors
Vectors and their Components, Unit Vectors, Adding Vectors by Components, Multiplying Vectors
Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
Position and Displacement, Average Velocity and Instantaneous Velocity, Average Acceleration and Instantaneous Velocity, Projectile Motion, Uniform Circular Motion, Relative Motion in One Dimension, Relative Motion in Two Dimensions
Force and Motion
Newton’s First and Second Laws, Some Particular Forces, Applying Newton’s Laws, Frictional Forces, The Drag Force and Terminal Speed, The Dynamics of Uniform Circular Motion
Kinetic Energy and Work
Kinetic Energy, Work and Kinetic Energy: Energy Theorem, Work Done by a Constant Force, Work Done by a Variable Force, Power
Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy
Potential Energy, Conservation of Mechanical Energy, Work Done on a System by an External Force, Conservation of Energy
Center of Mass and Linear Momentum
Center of Mass, Newton’s Second Law for a System of Particles, Linear Momentum, Collision and Impulse, Conservation of Linear Momentum, Momentum and Kinetic Energy in Collisions, Elastic Collisions in One Dimension, Collisions in Two Dimensions, Systems with Varying Mass
Rotation
Rotational Variables, Rotation with Constant Angular Acceleration, Relating the Linear and Angular Variables, Kinetic Energyof Rotation, Calculating the Rotational Inertia, Torque, Newton’s Second Law for Rotation, Work and Rotational Kinetic Energy
Rolling, Torque, and Angular Momentum
Rolling as Translation and Rotation Combined, The Kinetic Energy of Rolling, The Forces of Rolling, Angular Momentum,Newton’s Second Law in Angular Form, The Angular Momentum of a System of Particles, The Angular Momentum of a RigidBody Rotating About a Fixed Axis, Conservation of Angular Momentum, Precession of a Gyroscope
Equilibrium and Elasticity
Equilibrium, The Center of Gravity, Some Examples of Static Equilibrium, Elasticity
Gravitation
Newton’s Law of Gravitation, Gravitation and the Principle of Superposition, Gravitation Near Earth’s Surface, Gravitational Potential Energy, Planets and Satellites: Kepler’s Laws, Satellites: Orbits and Energy
Fluid Statics
Fluids and Solids, Density and Pressure, Measurement of Pressure, Variations of Pressure in a Fluid at Rest, Pascal’s Principleand Archimedes’ Principle
Fluid Dynamics
General Concepts of Fluid Flow, Streamlines and the Equation of Continuity, Bernoulli’s Equation, Fields of Flow, Viscosity,Turbulence, and Chaotic Flow
Oscillations
Simple Harmonic Motion, The Force Law for Simple Harmonic Motion, Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion, Pendulums, Damped Simple Harmonic Motion, Forced Oscillations and Resonance
Waves
Transverse and Longitudinal Waves, Wave Speed on a Stretched String, Energy and Power of a Wave Traveling Along a String, The Wave Equation, The Principle of Superposition for Waves, Interference of Waves, Standing Waves and Resonance, Sound Waves, Beats, The Doppler Effect, Supersonic Speeds, Shock Waves
Coulomb’s Law and Electric Fields
Electric Charge, Conductors and Insulators, Coulomb’s Law, The Electric Field, The Electric Field Due to a Point Charge and to a Dipole, The Electric Field Due to a Line of Charge, The Electric Field Due to a Charged Disk, A Point Charge in an Electric Field, A Dipole in an Electric Field
Electric Potential
Equipotential Surfaces, Potential Due to a Charged Particle – to an electric Dipole – to a Continuous Charge Distribution, Electric Potential Energy of a System of Charged Particles, Potential of a Charged Isolated Conductor
Capacitance, Current, Resistance and Circuits
Capacitance, Capacitors in Parallel and in Series, Energy Stored in an Electric Field, Capacitor with a Dielectric, Electric Current, Current Density, Resistance and Resistivity, Ohm’s Law, Power in Electric Circuits, Work, Energy, and Emf, Calculating the Current in a SingleLoop Circuit, Potential Difference Between Two Points, Multiloop Circuits, RC Circuits.
Various texts cover the course material. A reference textbook for the Course is:
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fundamental of Physics: Extended, John Wiley & Sons
Office hours: By appointement via email to davide.ricci(at)unige.it
DAVIDE FRANCESCO RICCI (President)
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
Written and oral exams.
Written exam
The examination consists of solving a few (typically 5) physics problems covering the main topics of the course.
Admission to the oral part of the exam only if the mark of the written exam is ≥ 16/30
Available only on official dates.
The student is allowed to repeat the complete test, but the previous result will then be cancelled
As an alternative to the written examination at the end of the semester, three partial tests will be carried out during the semester: the grade for the first and second test must be ≥ 12/30 to allow access to the last partial test, otherwise the student will pass directly to take the full written examination at the end of the semester. To take the oral exam, the average score for the three tests must be ≥ 15/30.
Oral examination
This consists of the presentation of a topic from the program of the course chosen by the board, followed by the student's analysis and solution of a written problem proposed by the board. Those who enter the oral examination having passed the three intermediate written tests may choose the topic of the first oral question as they wish.
The written examination will test the acquisition of basic knowledge of the main physical laws governing the mechanics of solids, the mechanics of liquids, gravitation, waves and electricity, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge to the solution of problems representative of practical situations. The student must be able to provide solutions to problems using a systematic approach by means of diagrams and models using the formal tools acquired during the course. The quality of exposition, the correct use of symbology and the accuracy of all formal steps used to arrive at the solution will be assessed.
The oral examination will test the acquisition of the ability to associate physical laws with each other and the ability to use them to provide a quantitative description of phenomena drawn from practical situations.
Date  Time  Location  Type  Notes 

12/01/2023  14:30  GENOVA  Scritto + Orale  
09/02/2023  14:30  GENOVA  Scritto + Orale  
30/05/2023  14:30  GENOVA  Scritto + Orale  
15/06/2023  14:30  GENOVA  Scritto + Orale  
29/06/2023  14:30  GENOVA  Scritto + Orale  
13/07/2023  14:30  GENOVA  Scritto + Orale 
All lecture texts, supplementary exercises, tutorials and videos are available on Aulaweb to help you broaden your preparation for the exam.