27535 - Physics 2

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Affordable and clean energy Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will have a basic knowledge of electricity and magnetism, of oscillation phenomena, of atomic and nucleus structure and of the method for the production and consumption of energy. He will be able to use Physics to understand environmental problems, to operate in a laboratory and to work with experimental data.

Course contents

Electricity and magnetism: electric charge, electric circuits, magnets, magnetic induction. Thermodynamics: Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, mean free path, transport properties of momentum, mass and energy; heat transmission; thermal and refrigerating machines. Mechanical oscillations. Wave phenomena: waves in matter, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, interference and diffraction, quanta of light. Atomic structure and spectral lines. Structure of the atomic nucleus. Radioactive phenomena. Interaction of radiation with matter. Energy production and consumption. Renewable energies.

Module "Phyisics Laboratori 2": Measurement of a physical quantity. Units of measurement and measuring instruments. , Measurement errors. Systematic and random errors. Absolute and relative errors. Error propagation. Significant figures and rounding. , Statistical analysis of random errors. Mean and standard deviation. The standard error of the mean. , Histograms and distributions. The normal distribution and its properties. , Interpolation of data with a curve. The least squares method. Linear and polynomial interpolation. Covariance and correlation. , Carrying out in the laboratory of simple experiments, which involve the measurement of various physical quantities, the subsequent processing of the collected data and the drafting of a written report.


Douglas C. Giancoli, Fisica con Fisica Moderna, Seconda edizione, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

Teaching methods

Video projector, PC, overhead projector, blackboard.
Lectures by the teacher and classroom exercises to verify learning

Laboratory activities

Assessment methods

Written exam (integrated with the Energy Production course) containing open questions and exercises

Drafting of a written report for the Labboratory module

Teaching tools

The Bibliography serves as a reference and complement: the program is the one done in class (the slides are the reference).

Transparencies are on the internet: https://iol.unibo.it/course/view.php?id=23188

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Contin

See the website of Maria Pia Morigi