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First Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[60/58]  CHEMISTRY [58/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 56


Welcome to Experimental Physics 1, the first physics course of the Chemistry Bachelors. As the instructor for this course, I look forward to helping you gain knowledge and develop methods that will be useful in your career. My goals for this course are to provide you reasoning and problem solving skills, confidence, knowledge, and technical expertise that will help you in your curricula and in your profession. In particular, I hope to help you learn how to use scientific reasoning to reach informed decisions in real-world situations.

(KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING) acquire the basic knowledge on the foundations of classical mechanics: kinematics, dynamics, oscillations and waves.

(SKILLS) learn how to define a solution of a problem as a procedure to develope. In particular, you will be trained to solve a problem starting from a qualitative analysis classifying it on the basis of structural characteristics rather than on superficial aspects. You will be able to solve problems through the use of several tools as graphs, diagrams, limits, conservation laws.

(SELF-JUDGEMENT) be continuously stimulated to develope a critical approach on the understanding, the elaboration, and the use of concepts. You will acquire the ability to establish in a self-confident way if the results makes sense (use of "common-sense").

(COMMUNICATION SKILLS) learn how to present ideas organizing their knowledge hierarchically. You will learn how to simplify complex problems in their essential terms. Through the organization of the lectures, you will be trained to compare their ideas with your mates illustrating possible solutions to peers.

(LEARNING SKILLS) develop a methodology of study and analysis that will allow you to interprete and delve into problems of classical physics that will be encounter through your studies.


Basic mathematics


1. Measurements: Physical quantities. International System of Units. Conversion. Length, time, mass.
2. Motion in one dimension: Position, displacement. Average velocity, average speed, instantaneous velocity and speed. Average acceleration, instantaneous acceleration. Motion with constant acceleration. Free-fall motion.
3. Vectors: Vectors and scalars. Magnitude. Unit vectors. Vector algebra: adding and subtracting vectors. Components of a vector. Multiplying vectors: scalar and vector product.
4. Motion in two and three dimensions: Position, displacement. Velocity, acceleration. Projectile motion. Uniform circular motion. Relative motion.
5. Force and motion: Newton's first law. Force. Inertial reference frames. Mass. Newton's second law. Gravitational force. Elastic force. Newton's third law.
6. Friction: Static and kinetic friction.
7. Work and energy: Work of constant and variable forces. Kinetic energy. Power. Potential energy. Conservative and non-conservative forces. Conservation of mechanical energy.
8. Center of mass and linear momentum: Center of mass. Motion of a system of particles. Linear momentum of a particle and of a system of particles. Newton's second law for a system of particles. Conservation of linear momentum. Elastic and inelastic collisions in one dimension.
9. Rotation I: Angular variables: position, displacement, velocity, acceleration. Rotation with constant angular acceleration. Kinetic energy of rotation. Moment of inertia. Torque. Newton's second law for rotation. Work and rotational kinetic energy.
10. Rotation II: Rolling. Angular momentum of a particle and of a system of particles. Conservation of angular momentum and applications.
11. Equilibrium: Requirements of equilibrium. Examples.
12. Oscillations: Simple harmonic motion. Force law for simple harmonic motion. Energy in simple harmonic motion. Simple pendulum. Physical pendulum.
13. Waves I: Transverse and longitudinal waves. Wave equation Principle of superposition for waves. Interference of waves. Standing waves and resonance.

Teaching Methods

48 hours of lecturing activity
and tutoring activity modules

Teaching is in presence, it could be delivered online or in mixed mode based on the sanitary situation.

Didactic interaction methods and techniques in presence and online:
- classroom dialogue requested by the teacher, in presence or via chat
- combination of frontal and interactive teaching with the use of IT tools and different supports (video-projections and blackboard)

Integrative teaching methods and techniques:
- student teacher interaction: Communication by e-mail or meetings on a multimedia platform
- interaction between contents: Video and pdf of the lessons on sites indicated by the teacher

If deemed necessary by the teacher and at the request of the students, it will be possible to do an ongoing test

Verification of learning

To set up the monitoring and evaluation:

- Possible ongoing written test

- Written test and oral exam.

For the criteria for awarding the final grade:

- We shall assign defined grades to the portion of the written test as to the part of oral presentation.

The results of these assessments will determine the overall evaluation of the student.


D. Haliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker: Fundamentals of Physics, Vol. I. John Wiley & Sons.

R.A. Serway e J.W. Jewett, Jr.: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Vol. 1. Brooks/Cole Cengage Lerning

Berkeley Physics Course,Ed. McGraw-Hill, NY
Mechanics by Charles Kittel, et al.
Waves by Frank S. Crawford, Jr.

More Information

During the course tools will be
provided to support teaching
as copies of the files used in the lessons,
examples of test exercises fully carried out,
examples of test exercises with the suggestion of
resolution method, examples of test exercises
without solution.

Questionnaire and social

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