30537 - FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS I
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 27
Class-group lessons delivered on campus
Being familiar with elementary calculus and geometry will be of help for students to better understand the topics, and to solve problems.
Scope of the course is to provide the basic methodological and conceptual tools which are instrumental for modelling physical systems. Starting from point-like systems in various coordinates systems, the course will cover the fundamental laws of mechanics and thermodynamics, oscillations and wave equations. An introduction to special relativity concludes the course. Students are expected to learn problems solving skills.
- particle kinematics
- particle dynamics
- work, potential energy and conservation of energy
- inclined plane, pendulum, harmonic oscillator
- linear differential equations
- kinematics and dynamics of particle systems
- universal law of gravitation
- kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies
- fluid mechanics
- oscillations and wave mechanics
- basics of kinetic theory of gases and thermodynamics
- special theory of relativity
- Understand the basic laws of classical physics
- Use mathematical tools for modelling systems
- Understand the role of symmetries and conservation principles
- Solve problems which require creative thinking
- Use geometry and calculus for problem solving
- Face-to-face lectures
- Online lectures
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Individual assignments
- Online lectures will consist in recorded lectures about key topics
- Exercises will be problem solving assignments to be done in class under the supervision of the Instructor and Teaching Assistants.
- Individual assignments will consist in more advanced modelling and problem solving assignments, which might require also the adoption of numerical techniques.
- The exam consists of a conceptual part and a problem solving part.
- The conceptual part will be formed by questions to be answered on paper, and it is used to asses the "knowledge and understanding" learning objectives.
- The problem solving part will be formed by exercises to be worked out on paper. It is used to asses the "applying knowledge and understanding" learning objectives.
- The exam is not open-book: any material outside of what is provided by the instructors is forbidden.
- D. Kleppner, R.J Kolenkow - An introduction to mechanics, Cambridge University Press (2010)
- D. Halliday, R. Resnick, Jearl Walker - Fundamentals of Physics, Wiley (2010)
- Douglas C. Giancoli - Physics - Principles with Applications, Prentice Hall (2004)