Physics 1 - (9 cfu)

Prof. Manfredo Manfredi Tel. 0521-905263 - Fax. 0521-905223


Students attending lectures, studying at home and solving the suggested problems will acquire (or consolidate) the basic concepts of point-particles and rigid-body mechanics, of thermodynamics and electrostatics. They will be able to work out simple applications of these three disciplines.

(A-C) Prof. Andrea Baraldi Tel. 0521.90.5234 - Fax. 0521.90.5223
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(D-L) Prof. Roberto De Renzi Tel. 0521.90.5258 - Fax. 0521.90.5223
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(M-O) Prof. Manfredo Manfredi Tel. 0521.90.5237 - Fax. 0521.90.5223
(P-Z) Prof. Antonella Parisini Tel. 0521.90.5272 - Fax. 0521.90.5223
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Further information and additional material are available on the web pages of each course
The order of topics may slightly vary from one course to the other. Check on the web pages.

     Introduction, physical quantities, their measure, errors; vector quantities.
     Kinematics e dynamics, mass, force, laws of motion.
     Mechanics of point particles, equations of motion, linear momentum, collisions.
     Work and energy, kinetic and potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy.
     Outline of rigid-body mechanics, kinematics, moment of inertia, angular momentum, torque, statics and dynamics, rolling and rotations, conservation of energy, linear momentum and angular momentum.
     Newton's law of gravity, gravitational and inertial mass, potential energy.

     Thermodynamic variables, volume, pressure, flow rates, Bernoully's principle.
     The zeroth law of thermodynamics and thermal equilibrium. Temperature, thermometers and temperature scales.
     Kinetic theory of gases : microscopic origin of temperature, equipartition of energy.
     The first law of thermodynamics, specific and latent heat, work, thermodynamic transformations, internal energy, cycles.
     The second law of thermodynamics, heat engines and refrigerators, reversibility, Carnot cycle.

     Coulomb's law and the electric field.
     Gauss's law and its applications. Continuous charge distributions.
     Electrostatic potential , the electrostatic work and potential energy.
     Conductors in electrostatic equilibrium, Coulomb's theorem, capacitors.
     Dielectric materials, the dielectric costant and the dipolar description of insulators.

Modalità d'esame

an intermediate and a final written test. An oral exam is compulsory only for test results below a certain threshold (details on each specific course web page)


no formal prerequisites. Elementary mathematical competence such as basic knowledge of solid geometry, vectors and trigonometry, functions and calculus are required. Practical aspects of a few of these topics are briefly recalled in the lectures.

Testi consigliati

Gettys, Keller, Skove, Classical and Modern Physics 1. and 2., McGraw Hill
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fundamentals of Physics 1 e 2, Wiley
Serway-Beichner – Physics for Scientists and Engineers Vol 1-2

Ultimo aggiornamento: 27-09-2010

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