Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2009/10
Electromagnetism and Optics
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Vercelli
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Vercelli
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Electronic And Computer Engineering - Vercelli
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Sparavigna Amelia Carolina ORARIO RICEVIMENTO RC FIS/01 40 0 0 15 3
SSD CFU Activities Area context
FIS/01 4 A - Di base Fisica e chimica
Objectives of the course
This course covers the basic principles of electromagnetism and optics: electric and magnetic vectors fields, in vacuum and in the materials, Maxwell's equations, lightwaves in space and matter.
The main goal of this course is the learning of the scientific methodology.
The course is foundamental for all engineering courses.
Expected skills
The student learns how to describe the physics phenomena.
It would be better if the student previously attended the Mathematics courses.
The charge and the Coulomb's law. Electric fields for an arbitrary charge distribution. Dipoles. Gauss' Law as the first Maxwell's equation. Electric potentials.
Electric fields and charges in metals. Capacity. Electric field and energy. Dielectrics. Dielectric constant. Polarization. Semiconductors.
Currents. Ohm's Law. Principles of circuits. Thermoeletric phenomena: Seebeck and Peltier.
Magnetic fields. Lorentz interaction. First and second Laplace's laws. Ampere's law. Hall's effect.
Time-dependent phenomena and the four Maxwell's Laws.
Optics. Lightwaves. Reflection and refraction laws. Polarization of light.
Interference and diffraction.
Laboratories and/or exercises
Halliday, Resnick, Walker: Fundamentals of Physics, Wiley
The Feynman Lectures on Physics.
Revisions / Exam
Examination is both written and oral. Written examination takes place first. The written part is aimed at verifying the basic knowledge of physics. In this part, the student must solve few exercises. Oral examination follows written examination and consists of discussing a subject of syllabus.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2009/10

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