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Foundations of Physics
Fondamenti di Fisica

A.Y. Credits
2015/2016 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Catia Grimani

Assigned to the Degree Course

Philosophy, Science and Humanism (LM-78)
Curriculum: Filosofia contemporanea e fondamenti delle scienze – Percorso A06
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide insights on classical physical phenomena with respect, in particular, to mechanics, electricity and magnetism. 


01.01 Scalar and vector quantities.
01.02 Measurements, measuring instruments, units of measurement.
01.03 Significant digits.
01.04 Error theory (hints).

02.01 Motion along a straight line.
02.02 Motion with constant velocity (uniform motion) and motion with constant acceleration.
02.03 Motion along two or three dimensions.
02.04 Circular motion with constant speed.

03.01 Forces and motion.
03.02 Kinetic energy and work.
03.03 Potential energy and energy conservation law.
03.04 Systems of particles.
03.05 Elastic and anelastic collisions.
03.06 Rotation.
03.07 Force and angular momenta.
03.08 Newton's second law for rotation.
03.09 Angular momentum of particle systems.
03.10 Angular momentum of a rigid body rotating about a fixed axis.
03.11 Conservation of angular momentum.

04.01 Equilibrium.

05.01 Universal gravitation law.
05.02 Kepler's laws.

06. WAVES (hints)

07.01 HEAT and Temperature.
07.02 State equation of ideal gas.
07.03 Thermodynamic transformations.
07.04 First law of thermodynamics.
07.05 Second law of thermodynamics.

08.01 Electric charges and their properties.
08.02 Coulomb's law.
08.03 Electric field.
08.04 Electric potential.
08.05 Electric currents.
08.06 Electromotive force.
08.07 Resistors.
08.08 Magnetic field.
08.09 Motion of electric charges in magnetic fields.
08.10 Magnetic fields generated by currents.
08.11 Currents in magnetic fields.

Bridging Courses

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this exam.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to understand and solve problems of mechanics and thermodynamics of the proper level of difficulty following from the number of teaching hours.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Students should solve simple circuits from electromagnetism study

Communication skills

It will be required to the students  to use a proper language for this discipline

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Theory lectures and laboratory exercises, both face-to-face and on-line.


Although recommended, course attendance is not mandatory.

Course books

For both theory and problems:

J. Walker, D. Halliday and R. Resnick and  "Fondamenti di fisica", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2004. [URL]


Written and oral exams.

The written exam consists of three problems on different parts of the program. The duration of the written test is two hours. It is passed if the mark (which remains valid one year) is not less than 18/30. In case of positive result of the written test, the oral exam (which can be taken only if the written exam is passed) consists of not less than three questions  and can be considered passed if the mark is 18/30 or more. The final mark is determined by the weighted mean of the marks of the written exam and the oral exam, with weights of 1/3 and 2/3, respectively. 


Same requirements and  criteria will be applied to test the knowledge of students following or not following the course. 

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