96015 - Experimentation of Physics, Electronics and Sensoristics for Computer Science

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

Quality education Gender equality Affordable and clean energy

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student knows the principles physical theory underlying the operation of sensors. He knows the basics of classical dynamics, the meaning of work and energy and the fundamentals of electromagnetism. They know the elementary tools of combinatorics and probability. They know the most common sensors and actuators used in computer science and, using an appropriate programming language, they are able to solve simple problems and apply the concepts learned to these devices and sensors.


Course contents

Course introduction

Mathematical tools

Basics of vector calculus.

Units of Measurement International System Measurement in Physics and Engineering.

Statistical treatment of experimental data.


Forces, Mass, Velocity, Acceleration, Work, Momentum of a force Levers

Quantity of motion, Energy Mechanics Rotational motions, angular momentum.

Principles of conservation in physics and symmetries in space-time.

Fundamental interactions, electromagnetism, passive electronic components, circuits, Kirchhoff's and Ohm's laws. AC circuits, current voltage
Active components diodes, BJT and FET transistors.



John R. Taylor Introduzione all'analisi degli errori. Lo studio delle incertezze nelle misure fisiche

D.Halliday Fondamenti di fisica (or another textbook with basic mechanics and electromagnetism topics)


A non-compulsory and very divulgative suggested text on how to approach studying:
Giulio Deangeli Il metodo geniale: I segreti del cervello per apprendere velocemente e amare lo studio


Teaching methods

Frontal lesson, problems carried out, hand on experiments with electronic components. 


Assessment methods

Simple problems to solve that will pick up on those done throughout the year.

There will also be a simple written exercise on the statistical treatment of experimental data.

Teaching tools

Power points provided by the instructor.


Office hours

See the website of Giuseppe Levi