FIS/01 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Course Structure

Frontal instruction: theory (7 CFU) and exercise (2 CFU).

Detailed Course Content


-) Physical description tools

Physical quantities, dimensions, units of measurement, coordinate systems

-) Vectors

Generality, operations on vectors (sum, difference, the product of a vector for a scalar, inner product, cross product), components of a vector, derivative and integral of a vector


-) Particle kinematics.

velocity, acceleration, uniform linear motion, uniformly accelerated linear motion, free fall and projectile motion

-) Particle dynamics

Newton's first law, inertial mass, conservation of momentum, force, Newton's second law, resultant of forces, equilibrium, Newton's third law, friction forces, inclined plane

-) Mechanical energy and conservative systems

Work, power, kinetic energy, potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy

-) Collisions and systems of material points

Impulse, elastic collision, inelastic and completely inelastic collision, motions with variable mass, points systems, the center of mass of a particles system and its motion

-) Rigid body and rotational mechanics

Rigid body and its center of mass, rotational kinematics, rotational vectorial magnitudes, the moment of a force, stationary rotation, the moment of inertia, Huygens-Steiner theorem, angular momentum, combined motions of translation and rotation

-) Elasticity

Hooke's law, the elasticity of volume and form, relations between elastic constants

-) Oscillations

Simple harmonic motion, mass-spring system, simple pendulum, physical pendulums, damped harmonic oscillator, forced harmonic oscillator


-) Temperature and heat

Thermometry, calorimetry, the first law of thermodynamics, thermal capacity and latent heat, heat transmission

-) Ideal and real gases

Laws of gases and equation of state of ideal gases, transformations of a gas and work, real gases, Clausius-Clapeyron equation, kinetic theory of gases

-) Entropy

Thermal machines, the ideal machine of Carnot, the second law of thermodynamics, entropy, irreversible processes, statistical interpretation of entropy

Textbook Information

1. Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci – Elementi di Fisica - Meccanica e Termodinamica - EdiSES - Seconda Edizione (in italian)

Further Books:

2. Halliday, Resnick, Walker – Fundamentals of Physics - John Wiley & Sons Inc (in english)

3. Mazzoldi, Nigro e Voci, Fisica – Volume I - EdiSES - Seconda Edizione (in italian)

Open in PDF format Versione in italiano