Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 9
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Michele Veltri friday 11:00-13:00
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Applied Informatics (L-31)
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Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to give the student a basic knowledge of general physics with emphasis on classical mechanics and electromagnetism.


01. Introduction to the scientific method
01.01 Physical quantities                 01.02 The International System of units of measure
01.03 Base units of time, length and mass                      01.04 Measurements                                                         01.05 Dimensional equations

02. One-dimensional motion
02.01 Basic Concepts
02.02 The kinematic equation of motion
02.03 Average speed and instantaneous speed
02.04 Average acceleration and instantaneous acceleration         02.05 Space-Time diagrams                 02.06 Uniform rectilinear motion
02.07 Uniformly variable rectilinear motion
02.08 Free fall motion 

03. Vectors
03.01 Scalar and vector quantites
03.02 Properties of vectors
03.03 Cartesian and polar components of a vector
03.04 Vector operations

04. Two and three dimensional motion
04.01 Position and displacement vectors
04.02 Velocity and acceleration in a 3-d motion
04.03 Projectile motion           04.04 Tangent and central acceleration
04.05 Circular motion
04.06 Tangent and angular velocity      04.07 Angular acceleration

05. Dynamics
05.01 First principle of Dynamics
05.02 Second principle of Dynamics
05.03 Third principle of Dynamics (Action and Reaction)
05.05 Momentum and impulse                   05.06 Conservation of momentum                       05.07 Mass and weight

06. Application of dynamics principles
06.01 Resultant force, equilibrium, contraints and their reactions, tension
06.02 The inclined plane
06.03 Frictional forces                                                                                                                                                                                                06.04 Static friction and kinetic friction             06.05 Motion in a viscous fluid                                                      06.06 Simple harmonic motion                      06.07 Simple pendulum                 06.08 Motion under the effect of the elastic force                                                                               06.09 Relative motion                                                                                                                                                        06.10 Circular motion dynamics

07. Work and energy
07.01 Work     07.02 Power 
07.03 Kinetic energy, theorem of kinetic energy
07.04 Work of the elastic force      07.05 Work of the force of gravity     07.06 Work done by friction
07.07 Potential energy                     07.08 Conservative forces
07.09 Conservation of mechanical energy

08. Gravitation
08.01 Kepler laws
08.02 Newton's universal law of gravitation
08.03 Satellite motion
08.04 The gravitational field        08.05 Gravitational potential energy      08.06 Inertial and gravitational mass

09. The electric charge
09.01 The electric charge
09.02 Conductors and insulators                09.03 Electrical induction
09.04 Coulomb's law
09.05 Quantization and conservation of the electric charge

10. The electrostatic field
10.01 The electrostatic field
10.02 Electric field lines
10.03 Motion of a point charge in a uniform electric field
10.04 Electric potential energy and potential
10.05 Flux of the electric field
10.06 Gauss's law and its applications

11. Capacitance and capacitors
11.01 Capacitance
11.02 Capacitors in series and parallel
11.03 Energy of the electric field
11.04 Capacitors with dielectrics

12. Electric current
12.01  Electric current
12.02 Resistance, resistivity, conductance
12.03 Ohm's law  12.04 Joule effect
12.05 Resistors in series and parallel
12.06 Electromotive force
12.07 DC circuits
12.08 Kirchhoff's law  12.09 RC circuits

13. Magnetic field
13.01 The magnetic field
13.02 The gauss law for the magnetic field
13.03 Lorentz's force   13.04 Motion of a charged particle in a uniform magnetic field
13.05 Magnetic force on a current-carrying wire
13.06 Magnetic field produced by a current
13.07 Magnetic field produced by a wire carrying current
13.08 Forces between current-carrying wires             13.09 Ampère's law
13.10 Solenoid magnetic field

14. Time varying electric and magnetic fields
14.01 Electromagnetic induction and Faraday law                          14.02 Lenz's law
14.03 Inductance
14.04 RL circuits
14.05 Energy of the magnetic field
14.06 Displacement current                                      14.07 The Ampère-Maxwell law
14.08 Maxwell's equations

15. AC currents
15.01 AC currents
15.02 RLC circuits
15.03 Impedance and power
15.04 Oscillations in an LC circuit  15.05 Resonance of a series RLC circuit

Bridging Courses

Although there are no mandatory prerequisites for this exam, students are strongly recommended to take it after Calculus.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • On completion successful students will be able to understand the basic concepts of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. In particular: Newton's laws, work, energy, conservation of energy, the principles of thermodynamics.
  • Applying Knowledge and Understanding
  • The student will be able to understand phenomena related to classical mechanics and thermodynamics and to solve simple problems on these subjects.
  • Making Judgements
  • The student will be able to recognize a physical phenomenon and the laws which govern it, to understand the most relevant physical quantities involved and to give an estimate of them.
  • Communication Skills
  • The student will have to know how to communicate in a rigorous and effective way the concepts learnt during the course.
  • Learning Skills
  • The acquired knowledge will allow the student to further study the classical physics and to apply the methodologies of physical sciences to other subjects.

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 exercises


Although recommended, course attendance is not mandatory.


Written exam and oral exam. The written exam (duration 3 hours) consists of two exercises on different subjects of the course. It is passed if the mark (which is valid for all the exam calls of the same academic year) is at least 15/30. The oral exam can be taken only if the written exam is passed. The final mark is the weighted average of the written and the oral marks with weights 1/3 and 2/3, respectively.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books

Suggested text books (choose one of the three proposed):                           - R. A. Serway e J. W. Jewett Jr, "Fisica per Scienze ed Ingegneria" - vol I e vol. II , EdiSES,  2015                                                                                                   - Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci, "Elementi di Fisica", vol.1 e vol 2, EdiSES, 2007
- Halliday, Resnick, Walker, "Fondamenti di Fisica", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2015


For additional lecture notes and information see hal.fis.uniurb.it/fg-info/

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