00183 - Complements of Physics

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  • Teacher Andrea Castro

  • Credits 6

  • SSD FIS/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2018 to Dec 21, 2018

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student acquires the fundamental knowledge on the electric, magnetic, and optical properties of matter. He/she knows how to solve simple problems related to these properties and knows the foundation of quantum physics

Course contents

  • Quantum physics. Quantization of energy. Corpuscular and wavelike aspects of matter. The foundation of quantum mechanics
  • Electric properties: conduction in metals; semiconductors
  • Magnetic properties: diamagnetism; paramagnetism; ferromagnetism
  • Optical properties: electromagnetic waves on a dielectric and on a conductor
  • Thermal properties: thermal capacity; conduction; expansion
  • Liquid crystals: electric, magnetic and optical properties


A. Castro: Proprieta' fisiche della materia. Casa. Ed. libreriauniversitaria.it

In alternative:

  • Halliday-Resnick-Krane, Fisica 2, Casa Ed. Ambrosiana, 5th edition: chapters 45-49
  • C. Kittel, Introduzione alla fisica dello stato solido, Casa Ed. Ambrosiana

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 physical properties of matter.
The grades are based on the quality of the answers given to several questions/exercises posed during an oral or written examination.

Teaching tools

Blackboard and overhead projector

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Castro