The approach used in this Course is experimental and applied. Learning objectives speciﬁc to this Course are:
In addition, in the frame of the so-called Dublin Descriptors, this Course helps attain the following cross-disciplinary competences:
Knowledge and understanding:
Applying knowledge and understanding:
This course alternates 3 cycles of lectures in the Classroom with 3 corresponding cycles of practical sessions in the Lab. The course begins with a ﬁrst cycle of lectures in the Classroom, which is followed by a corresponding ﬁrst cycle of practical sessions in the Lab. Then we continue with the second cycle of lectures in the Classroom, and so on.
The classroom lectures introduce the working principles of scientiﬁc instruments and present the experimental setups of some experiments aimed at illustrating electromagnetic and optical phenomena, at verifying natural laws, and at measuring physical properties in the same ﬁelds. Procedures to analyze and ways to present the data that will be collected in the Lab are speciﬁcally highlighted.
During the cycles of practical sessions in the Lab the students actually perform the experiments and make the measurements previously introduced by the Classroom lectures.
During the periods devoted to lectures in the Classroom there are NO sessions in the Lab. During the periods devoted to practical sessions in the Lab there are NO lectures in the classroom.
7 CFUs (corresponding to 7 hours each) are dedicated to lectures in the Classroom for a total of 49 hours, while 5 CFUs (corresponding to 15 hours each) are devoted to the practical sessions in the Lab with a total of 75 hours. Altogether, thus, this 12-CFU Course comprises 124 hours of teaching.
Description and subsequent execution of 26 experiments aimed to measure physics quantities and/or to verify physical laws in the ﬁelds of electromagnetism and optics. Analysis of the collected experimental data.
The detailed program is listed in the Section "Programmazione" (in Italian only).
The teacher does not follow any textbook speciﬁcally, but utilizes material from diﬀerent sources. Studying the slides shown during the lectures is normally adequate to pass the exam.
For the laboratory experiments, Instruction Manuals are provided. They can also be downloaded from the
Course web site (in Italian only): Instructions.
For students who wish to dwell deeper into the subjects of the Course, the following list is a selection of textbooks and other material concerning data analysis methods, electrical and optical instrumentation used in this Course, and related experimental procedures.
A. FOTI, C. GIANINO: Elementi di analisi dei dati sperimentali, Liguori Ed., Napoli
J. R. TAYLOR: Introduzione all'analisi degli errori, Zanichelli Ed., Bologna
ISO(Int.Standard Org.): Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement, Ginevra
L. KIRKUP, B. FRENKEL: An Introduction to Uncertainty in Measurement, Cambridge University
L. G. PARRAT: Probability and Experimental Errors in Science, Wiley & Sons Inc.,N.Y. F. TYLER: A Laboratory Manual of Physics, Edward Arnold Ed., London
M. SEVERI: Introduzione alla sperimentazione ﬁsica, Ed. Zanichelli, BolognaE. ACERBI: Metodi e strumenti di misura, Città Studi Ed., Milano
G. CORTINI, S. SCIUTI: Misure ed apparecchi di Fisica (Elettricità), Veschi Ed., Roma
R. RICAMO: Guida alle esperimentazioni di Fisica,Vol. 2°, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano
F. W. SEARS: Ottica, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano
G. E. FRIGERIO: I laser, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano