27535 - Physics 2

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires a fundamental knowledge on the electric and magnetic phenomena. He/she knows how to use the acquired knowledge to solve simple problems related to the creation of electric and magnetic fields, to the conduction and induced currents, to the particle motion in e.m. fields, and to the propagation of e.m. waves according to geometric and wavelike optics.

Course contents

  • Electrostatic field and its properties. Capacitors, electric current, resistors and simple circuits.
  • Magnetostatic field and its properties. Lorentz force.
  • Electric and magnetic properties of matter: polarization and magnetization.
  • Time-dependent electromagnetic phenomena. Electromotive force, inductors and oscillating circuits.
  • Maxwell equations.
  • Electromagnetic waves. The electromagnetic spectrum. Interference, diffraction, polarization.


  • A. Castro: Fisica 2, http://ilmiolibro.kataweb.it/libro/manuali-e-corsi/194182/fisica-2-2/
  • Halliday-Resnick-Krane: Fisica 2. Casa Ed. Ambrosiana, Milano
  • J.S. Walker: Fondamenti di Fisica. Casa Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna

Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises in the lecture-hall.

The exercises carried out by the lecturer aim to consolidate the knowledge of the arguments treated, by means of specific quantitative examples.

Assessment methods

The final examination is for the evaluation of the student level of learning of the arguments presented and of the student understanding of the fundamental principles of electromagnetism (waves included).
The grades are based on the quality of the answers given to several questions posed during a written examination.

The exam needs to be integrated with the one relative to Fisica 1 (1st module) before proceeding to the official registration of the 12 credits. The two exams must be passed within one year and a half one from the other (to allow for the different periods of the two courses).

Teaching tools

Blackboard and overhead projector

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Castro