Technology
Subject: GENERAL PHYSICS (A.A. 2018/2019)
degree course in AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING
Course year  1 

CFU  12 
Teaching units 
Unit fisica generale
Physics and Chemistry (lesson)

Unit fisica generale 2
Physics and Chemistry (lesson)


Mandatory prerequisites 
OFA  Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi 
Exam type  written 
Evaluation  final vote 
Teaching language  Italiano 
Teachers
Overview
Knowledge of the principles of basic physics, in particular of classical mechanics and electromagnetism.
Admission requirements
Calculus as learnt during the first year of engineering studies: complex numbers, limits, derivatives, integrals, functions of one variable.
Course contents
Introduction to physics. Estimates and Fermi problems. Physical quantities and their measurement. Systems of units.
Linear motion: equations of motion, velocity and acceleration. Uniform linear motion, motion with constant acceleration.
Motion in two and three dimensions. Vectors. Parabolic motion, circular motion.
Dynamics. Force, momentum. Newton's laws. Inertial reference systems.
Energy and work: kinetic energy, theorem of kinetic nergy.
Potential energy, conservative forces, conservation of mechanical energy. Static equilibrium.
Applications: weight, elastic forces; friction; normal force and tension. Simple pendulum, free and damped harmonic oscillator.
Systems of point masses. Center of mass, linear momentum and conservation of linear momentum. Collisions.
Rotations, angular variables and II law of Newton for rotation. Work and rotational kinetic energy. Moment of inertia. Conservation laws. Gravitation.
Waves: definitions, propagation and energy transport,
reflection, transmission, interference, stationary waves. Applications to mechanical waves, sound.
Electrostatics. Charge, electrostatic field. Coulomb law. Electric fields generated by discrete and continuum charge distributions. Motion of point charges and dipoles in an external field.
Gauss law and applications. Conductors at equilibrium.
Electrostatic potential energy; electrical potential.
Local formulation of Gauss law.
Capacity, dielectrics, energy stored in an electric field.
Electrical currents and resistance. Ohm's law. Generators and batteries. DC circuits.
Magnetic field. Sources of magnetic field. Electromagnetic induction, selfinduction.
Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures with examples and solved problems. Exercise sessions in the classroom or in groups.
Assessment methods
Written exam, with exercises and theory questions.
Learning outcomes
Understanding and knowledge of basic principles of classical physics and ability to explain them correctly. Comprehension and ability to solve basic problems of physics.
Readings
D. C. Giancoli, Fisica 1, seconda edizione, CEA, e
D. C. Giancoli, Fisica 2, seconda edizione, CEA.
Anche altri testi di fisica generale per l'ingegneria possono essere utilizzati in alternativa. Per esempio P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, Elementi di Fisica, Meccanica, EdiSES; e P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, Elementi di Fisica, Elettromagnetismo, EdiSES.