DEGREE COURSE IN PHYSICSFirst Degree & Advanced Degree Individual Course Descriptions******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900390 Course title: Introduction to Experimental Methodology Type of course: lectures plus laboratory Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 1° Trimester  Autumn (OctDec) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Gaetano Cannelli (coordinator) Teaching methods: lectures, laboratory Assessment methods: written and orals exam Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: The aim of the course is to provide students with fundamental insights into experimental methods in physics and scientific disciplines in general, covering basic concepts of statistics, scientific reasoning, and objective data reporting etc. Prerequisites: none Course contents:
Recommended reading: J.R. Taylor. An Introduction to error analysis, the study of uncertainties in physical measurements. University science book, 1982. Cannelli. Metodologie sperimentali in Fisica. EdiSES, Napoli, 2000. Notes: The course is organised into 24 hours of lectures and 16 hours of laboratory ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50900391 Course title: Laboratory of Mechanics and Thermodynamics Type of course: lectures plus laboratory Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Rosina Bartucci Teaching methods: lectures laboratory Assessment methods: laboratory (measurement of physical quantities) Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Verification of the fundamental laws of mechanics and thermodynamics; measurements of some important physical quantities Prerequisites: Introduction to Experimental Methodologies (50900390) Mechanics (50900386) Elements of Thermodynamics (50900388) ^ : Force and motion; friction; elastic constant of a spring; conservation of mechanical energy; rotational inertia; angular momentum; the angular momentum of a rigid rotating body; temperature; heat and laws of thermodynamics. Recommended reading: Handouts are given throughout the course ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50900594 Course title: Laboratory of Modern Physics Type of course: lectureslaboratory Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 3rd Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: G. Chiarello Teaching methods: lectureslaboratory Assessment methods: laboratory test, oral Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Verification of the fundamental phenomena of quantum physics Prerequisites: Atoms, Molecules and Solids (50900591) Nuclei and Particles (50900592) Stars and Galaxies (50900593) ^ : Thermal radiation and blackbody; photoelectric effect; emission spectra; FranckHertz experiment; electron diffraction; SternGerlach experiment; Raman effect. Recommended reading: Handouts are given throughout the course Notes: 24 hours lectures plus 24 hours laboratory ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50900591 Course title: Atoms, Molecules and Solids Type of course: lectures Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 3rd Duration: trimester Period: 1° Trimester  Autumn (OctDec) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: E. Colavita Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exam Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: The basic purpose of this course is to introduce students to the properties of atoms, molecules and solids from the point of view of elementary quantum mechanics Prerequisites: Mathematical Methods for Physics (50900584) Introduction to Quantum Physics (50900436) ^ :
Recommended reading: R. Eisberg, R. Resnick. Quantum physics of atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and particles. J. Wiley and sons: N.Y., 1985. B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain. ^ . Longman scientific and technical: HongKong, 1983. ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900581 Course title: Laboratory of Electromagnetism ^ : Lectures plus laboratory Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 2nd Duration: trimester Period: 2° Trimester  Winter (January  March) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: L. Caputi Teaching methods: lectureslaboratory Assessment methods: laboratory testoral Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Verification of the fundamental laws of electromagnetism; measurements of some physical constants, circuits. Prerequisites: Electrostatics and Magnetostatics (50900577) Electromagnetism (50900578: Students are strongly advised to take these two courses simultaneously) ^ : Conductors and insulators; capacitors; dielectrics; current and resistance; Ohm's law; electric circuits; the ammeter and the voltmeter; RC circuits; induction and selfinduction; variable magnetic fields; inductors and inductance; RL circuits Recommended reading: A. M. Portis, H. D. Young, Berkley Physics laboratory MC GrawHill, Inc, 1971 ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50900580 Course title: Laboratory of Waves Type of course: lectures plus laboratory Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 2nd Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: L. Caputi Teaching methods: lectureslaboratory Assessment methods: test laboratoryoral Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: To give the students an overview of wave phenomena. Prerequisites: Laboratory of Electromagnetism (50900581) Wave Phenomena (50900580: Students are strongly advised to take these two courses simultaneously) Electromagnetism (50900578) ^ : Transverse and longitudinal waves; wave length and the speed of sound; electromagnetic waves; polarization; reflection; refraction; interference; diffraction; Miclelson's interferometer Recommended reading: Handouts are given throughout the course ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50901138 Course title: Dynamics of the Atmosphere Type of course: lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 2nd Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Luca SorrisoValvo Teaching methods: lectures plus laboratory Assessment methods: orals Language of instruction: ItalianEnglish if requested Objective of course: Students should understand the basic principles underlying atmospheric dynamics and how the concepts of thermodynamics apply to the formation of clouds. Prerequisites: Differential Equations (50900583) Mechanics (50900386) Differential Calculus(50900381) Course contents: This course covers:
Recommended reading: Andrews. An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics. Cambridge Salby. Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics. Academic Press Notes: 20 hours lectures + 20 hours laboratory. ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900381 Course title: Differential Calculus Type of Course: lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 1° Trimester  Autumn (OctDec) Number of credits: 5 Name of lecture: Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objectives of course: Students should be able to 1. calculate limits and derivatives and to determine the plot of real functions of a real variable; 2. determine the summability of realvalued sequences. Prerequisites: To attend this course, students must either
^ Real numbers. Real functions of a real variable. Limit of real functions. Realvalued sequences. Continuous functions. Derivative and differential. Fundamental theorems for differential calculus. Maxima and minima of a function. Taylor series expansion. ^ none Notes: 24 h Lectures + 24 h Tutorials. ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900382 Course title: Integral Calculus ^ : lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 2° Trimester  Winter (January  March) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should be able to: 1. calculate integrals of real functions of a real variable; 2. determine the summability of (and possibly to calculate) improper integrals of real functions of a real variable; 3. calculate multiple integrals; 4. calculate line and surface integrals. Prerequisites: Differential Calculus (50900381) Course contents: Riemann integration. Fundamental theorem of integration. Integration rules. Primitive functions. Integral dependency on a parameter. Multiple integrals. Line integrals. Surface integrals. Linear differential equations. Differential equations with separable variables. Linear differential equations with constant coefficients. Partial derivatives. Differential forms. Numerical series. Fourier expansion. ^ : Handouts are given throughout the course Notes: 24 hours lectures + 24 hours exercises ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900383 Course title: Geometry ^ : lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 2° Trimester  Winter (January  March) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should be able to handle vectors and matrices, to solve linear systems of equations, to represent lines, planes and conics in Cartesian space. Prerequisites: None Course contents: Cartesian, spherical polar and cylindrical coordinates. Vectors. Complex numbers. Scalar and vector products. Axes rotations. Matrices. Determinants. System of linear equations. Gauss elimination method. RouchéCapelli’s theorem. Cramer’s rule. Elements of planar and spatial analytical geometry. Conics: classification and properties. ^ : Handouts are given throughout the course Notes: 24 hours lectures + 24 hours exercises ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900386 Course title: Mechanics ^ : lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 2° Trimester  Winter (January  March) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: R. Barberi, A. Bonanno, P. Veltri Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should understand the laws of mechanics and their applications to understanding the dynamics of particles and systems. Prerequisites: Differential Calculus (50900381) Integral Calculus (50900382) ^ : Vectors. Kinematics in three dimensions. Newton laws , Force, work, power. Conservative forces. Potential energy. Linear momentum. Collisions. Rotational motion. Torque and angular momentum. Elastic forces. Frictional forces. Static equilibrium. Oscillations. Harmonic oscillator . System of particles. Cardinal equations. Rotations of a rigid body around a fixed axis. ^ : Fundamental University Physics, M. Alonso, E.J. Finn, AddisonWesley Publishing company, N.Y. 1969, Fundamentals of Physics,Extended, D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker,, John Wiley and sons, 1998 Notes: 24 hours lectures + 24 hours exercises ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50900384 Course title: Linear Algebra Type of course: lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should be able do deal with linear transformations and with their matrix representation Prerequisites: Geometry (50900383) ^ : Vector spaces. Vector and affine subspaces. Linear applications. Linear operators. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Unitary and orthogonal transformations. Symmetrical, Hermitian, unitary and orthogonal matrices. Diagonalisation of linear operators and matrices. Euclidean spaces. Orthonormal bases. Isometries in plane and in space. Affine applications. Parametric and Cartesian equations of affine subspaces. ^ : Handouts are given throughout the course Notes: 24 hours lectures + 24 hours exercises ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900387 Course title: Supplements to Mechanics ^ : lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Prof. Bonanno Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should learn the principles of special relativity, Newton’s gravitational theory and the kinetic theory of gases. Moreover, they should be able to describe the motion of rigid bodies. Prerequisites: Mechanics (50900386) Differential Calculus (50900386) Integral Calculus (50900382) ^ : Gravitation theory. Planetary motion. Scattering of particles. Cross section. Rigid body. Gyroscopic effects. Special relativity. Kinetic theory of gases Recommended reading: Handouts are given throughout the course Notes: 24 hours lectures + 24 hours exercises ******************************************************************************* ^ : 50900388 Course title: Elements of Thermodynamics Type of course: lecture Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 1st Duration: trimester Period: 3° Trimester Spring (April  June) Number of credits: 4 Name of Lecturer: A. Bonanno Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should learn the principles of thermodynamics and their consequences on the behavior of simple thermodynamic systems. Prerequisites: Differential Calculus (50900381) Integral Calculus (50900382) ^ : Temperature. Calorimetry. Laws of ideal gases. Thermodynamic systems and observables. Thermodynamic states. Energy conservation and the first principle. Reversible and irreversible transformations. Second principle. Entropy. Thermodynamic potentials. ^ : Handouts are given throughout the course Notes: 24 hours lectures + 8 hours exercises ******************************************************************************* Course code: 50900583 Course title: Differential Equations ^ : lectures Level of course: First Degree Course Year of study: 2nd Duration: trimester Period: 1° Trimester  Autumn (OctDec) Number of credits: 5 Name of Lecturer: Teaching methods: lectures Assessment methods: written and oral exams Language of instruction: Italian Objective of course: Students should become familiar with differential operators, such as gradients, rotor, divergence, and be able to solve differential equations with partial derivatives, such as Poisson's and Laplace's equations. Prerequisites: Differential Calculus (50900381) Integral Calculus (50900382) ^ : Gradient, divergence, rotor operators. Gauss’ and Stokes’ theorems. Green’s formulae. Determination of a vector field from sources and vortices. Partial derivative equations. Linear partial derivative equations. Laplace’s equation. Poisson’s equation. Method of variable separation.
