CODE  72367 

ACADEMIC YEAR  2023/2024 
CREDITS  
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR  FIS/01 
LANGUAGE  Italian 
TEACHING LOCATION 

SEMESTER  1° Semester 
MODULES  Questo insegnamento è un modulo di: 
TEACHING MATERIALS  AULAWEB 
OVERVIEW
The course introduces students to the classical mechanics of pointparticles and rigid bodies.
AIMS AND CONTENT
LEARNING OUTCOMES
The course provides the fundamental concepts and principles of Mechanics. Particular emphasis is given to understanding the usefulness and limitations related to the use of schematizations and models.
AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
The Physics course module A has the following objectives:
 to provide basic knowledge on classical Mechanics (mod. A) and Electromagnetism (mod. B)
 to provide useful tools for modeling and analyzing real complex physical situations
 to show, with examples, how simple models of real complex situations can be used to make predictions about the evolution of physical systems
 to construct a language suitable for the description of the physical reality
 to stimulate communication between students around topics of Physics
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to
 describe and use the scientific method for the analysis of physical phenomena
 understand the language/lexicon of Physics in the description of physical phenomena
 identify the model that best describes a given physical phenomenon,
 use the language/lexicon of physics in describing physical phenomena and solving problems
 describe the theory of classical mechanics (mod. A) and electromagnetism (mod. B) in vacuum
 describe the physical reality in a quantitative way
 solve problems of mechanics (mod. A) and electromagnetism (mod. B) by combining the theoretical notions of physics with the appropriate mathematical formalism
 explain each step when solving an exercise, when providing a formal demonstration and when describing a model
 selfassess the ability to describe physical situations by exploiting the proposed models
Acquisition of soft, transversal skills
The course aims to encourage the acquisition of transversal skills such as functional literacy competence, personal competence, social competence, the learningtolearn ability.
TEACHING METHODS
The topics of the course are presented with different teaching strategies (60 hours for each module). The lessons consist of:
 traditional teaching based on teacherled demonstrations and presentation of examples at the blackboard
 PowerPoint presentations
 videos
 simulation tools (Matlab, Algodoo, java applet)
After introducing a new topic, the teacher always shows examples and solves exercises on the blackboard.
Students are invited to participate in the lesson by means of:
 exercises led by the teacher and carried out in small groups
 apps that allow students to immediately verify that they have understood the teacher's explanation through short questionnaires and exercises. These tests are always carried out anonymously. The tests allow the teacher to monitor, during the course of the lesson, the level of understanding by the class
 exercises to be carried out at home, independently, or in a group
 exercises based on the "thinkpairshare" method
 simple experiments aimed at predict or verify physical laws
Each lesson combines at least three different teaching methods.
Group exercises in the classroom, "think pair share" activities, and homework (also to be carried out in groups) will support the acquisition of basic level personal and social skills and basic functional literacy skills. The use of learning verification apps during lessons, and the teachers' habit of offering selfevaluation tips, both during lessons and during oral tests, will favor the acquisition of metacognition skills (basic level personal skills, basic level learningtolearn skills).
In order to support the students during the preparation of the written and oral parts of the exam, a teaching assistant will organize sessions during which exercises will be solved and discussed.
The A module of the course includes two tests, which allow the student to selfevaluate and the teacher to monitor the learning level of the class. The tests are carried out remotely through the aulaweb platform in the middle and at the end of the semester.
SYLLABUS/CONTENT
Content of MODULE A:
 Introduction to scientific method. Reference frames. Vectors and sum of vectors. Components of a vector with respect to a set of orthogonal Cartesian axes. Scalar product and vector product. Point particle approximation. Motion of a point particle: position, displacement, velocity and acceleration vectors. Trajectory of a point in space. Equations of motion. Circular motion: angular velocity, centripetal and tangential acceleration. Relative motion.
 Forces as a cause of motion. First law of Newton. Inertial reference frames. The second and third Newton's law. Weight force, normal force, elastic force, friction, contact forces. Work done by a force. Kinetic energy, the workkinetic energy theorem. Power. Conservative forces and potential energy. Conservation of mechanical energy. Impulsive forces and impulse of force. Impacts between nonconstrained point particles: elastic, inelastic and completely inelastic collision.
 Systems of point particles; internal and external forces. Center of mass; motion of the center of mass. Linear momentum. Influence of external forces on momentum. Conservation of momentum. Moment of force (or torque) and angular momentum. Influence of external forces on angular momentum. Conservation of angular momentum.
 Rigid body rotation around a fixed axis. Moment of inertia. Motion equation. Kinetic rotation energy. Constraint forces. Statics of the rigid body. Free motion of a rigid body. Rolling. Collisions between point particles and extended bodies.
 Simple harmonic motion: amplitude, frequency and phase. Energy considerations.
 Noninertial reference frames and apparent forces.
RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY
1) D. Halliday, R.Resnick, J.Walker, “Physics” Vol.I.
2) R.A. Serway, Jewett, “Physics for Scientists and Engineers", 10th Edition.
In Italian
3) P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro e C. Voci, "Elementi di Fisica  meccanica e termodinamica", ed. Edises.
4) S. Focardi, I. Massa, A. Uguzzoni, M. Villa, “Fisica Generale – Meccanica e termodinamica”, II edizione, Ed. CEA.
5) M. Villa, A. Uguzzoni, “Esercizi di Fisica Meccanica come risolvere i problemi”, Ed. CEA.
6) D. Sette, A. Alippi, A. Bettucci, "Lezioni di Fisica 1, meccanica  termodinamica", Zanichelli
TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD
Ricevimento: Upon personal request by phone, email or Microsoft Teams. Elena Angeli Dipartimento di Fisica, via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova floor 7th, room 713 phone: 010 3536309 email: elena.angeli@unige.it
Exam Board
GIULIA ROSSI (President)
NICOLA MAGGIORE
PAOLO SOLINAS
LUCA VATTUONE
ELENA ANGELI (President Substitute)
LESSONS
LESSONS START
Class schedule
The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy
EXAMS
EXAM DESCRIPTION
EXAM: Ongoing evaluation + written exam (one complete or two partial  mandatory) + oral exam (mandatory)
The final grade results from the sum of the marks of ongoing evaluations and the written and oral exams. The ongoing evaluated activities are not mandatory and are reserved for firstyear students (enrolled in the academic year 2023/2024). Written and oral exams are mandatory for all students.
ONGOING EVALUATED ACTIVITIES (only for students matriculated ay 20232024)
 ONLINE TESTS: two online quiz tests for each course module are available on Aulaweb. Each test is passed if the score is ≥ 7/10. For each test, the student is awarded 0.5 points (for a maximum of 2 points, 1 for module A and 1 for module B).
 HOME ASSIGNMENTS: three homework assignments are foreseen to be solved in groups or individually, which will be evaluated and give the right to a maximum of 2 points/semester which will be added to the score of the written test. Only students participating in at least 2 of these activities each semester will be entitled to these bonus points.
The points obtained with the activities evaluated during the course (Aulaweb tests and group activities) are valid up to February 2025 exam.
COMPLETE WRITTEN TEST
The complete written test consists of four exercises: 2 exercises on Mechanics + 2 exercises on Electromagnetism. The maximum time for the complete test (2 + 2 problems) is four hours. The dates of the written tests are reported on Aulaweb and on the exam calendar website. Only scheduled exams are granted.
PARTIAL WRITTEN TESTS
Two partial written tests are reserved for those enrolled in 20232024. The first (on module A  classical Mechanics), concurrent with the ordinary exams of January and February 2024, consists of 2 exercises on Mechanics. The second one (on module B  Electromagnetism), concurrent with the ordinary June and July 2024 exams, in 2 exercises on Electromagnetism. The maximum time available for each partial test is 2 hours.
Only students enrolled in ay 20232024 can choose this type of written test.
The partial written exam on Mechanics of January 2024, can be repeated, regardless of the test mark, in February 2024.
If the partial exam on Mechanics is passed with a score ≥ 15/32 (excluding Online tests and homework points), students are allowed to sustain the partial exam on Electromagnetism, which will take place during the ordinary tests of June and July 2024. Also in this case, it is possible to repeat the test in July 2024.
If the second partial test is passed with a score ≥ 15/32 (excluding online tests and homework points), the written exam is considered passed with a score equal to the arithmetic mean of the first and second partial tests.
CAN I USE TEXTBOOKS DURING THE WRITTEN EXAM?
During the written exam, students are not allowed to use any textbook. A copy of the formulary (the same downloadable from Aulaweb) is provided to each student. No electronic devices other than scientific calculators are allowed.
CAN I REPEAT THE WRITTEN EXAM?
The student who has already passed the written exam, if not satisfied with the mark, can repeat the written exam. The submission of the new classwork cancels the previous mark independently of the result.
HOW LONG THE MARK OF THE WRITTEN EXAM IS VALID?
The mark of the written exam, obtained with the complete test (≥ 15/32) or with the two partial tests (≥ 15/32 for each test), grants the right to access the oral exam up to February 2025.
DATE OF THE ORAL EXAM
The date of oral examinations is announced during the written exam and is published on Aulaweb.
WRITTEN EXAM
Due to the limitations related to classroom booking, students wishing to take part in the written, partial or complete exam must register on unige pass, at least 5 days before the exam date.
ASSESSMENT METHODS
The assessment tools associated with each learning objective are reported in the table below.
Activities during the course 
Oral admission test (ONLY during Covid19 emergency) 
Written exam 
Oral exam 

to describe how to use the scientific method for analyzing physical phenomena 
no 
no 
no 
yes 
to understand the language/lexicon of Physics for describing physical phenomena 
yes 
yes 
yes 
yes 
to identify the model, among those proposed, which best describes a specific physical phenomenon 
yes 
yes 
yes 
yes 
to use the language/lexicon of Physics in the description of physical phenomena and in solving problems 
no 
no 
yes 
yes 
to describe the theory of classical mechanics and electromagnetism presented by the teachers 
no 
no 
partially 
yes 
to describe in a quantitative way the physical phenomena 
yes 
yes 
yes 
yes 
to solve problems of mechanics and electromagnetism by combining the theoretical principles of Physics with mathematical formalism  yes  yes  yes  partially 
to justify the steps when solving exercises, doing demonstrations, or describing models 
no 
no 
yes 
yes 
selfassess the knowledge of the course content and the ability to describe physical situations by exploiting the theories and models proposed during the course 
yes 
no 
no 
yes 
Exam schedule
Data appello  Orario  Luogo  Degree type  Note 

11/01/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Compitino  
11/01/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Scritto  
31/01/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Compitino  
31/01/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Scritto  
06/06/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Compitino  
06/06/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Scritto  
05/07/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Compitino  
05/07/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Scritto  
03/09/2024  09:00  GENOVA  Scritto 