


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2007/08  
09AXLHL, 09AXLHI Physics I 

1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Computer Engineering  Verres/Ivrea 1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Mechatronic Engineering  Verres/Ivrea 





Objectives of the course
Objectives of the course
 The course provides students with a basic culture on fundamentals of Electromagnetism and Wave phenomena, together with the ability of distinguishing between models and phenomena, and of applying physical models and mathematical concepts to practical problems in engineering science. 
Prerequisites
Prerequisites
It is necessary to know and to be able to apply:  the vector analysis;  the differential and integral calculus (including line, surface and volume integrals). 
Syllabus
FUNDAMENTALS OF METROLOGY Concept of physical quantity ' Fundamental and derived quantities ' International System of measurement units ' Uncertainty and its propagation ' Minimum squares method. MECHANICS OF PARTICLE Kinematics: Definition of velocity and acceleration ' Uniform motion ' Uniformly accelerated motion ' Periodical motions and harmonic motion ' Composition of motions and relative motion. Dynamics: Laws of dynamics ' Active, reactive and inertial forces ' Weight, elastic and frictional forces ' Free body diagram ' Pulse theorem and conservation of linear momentum ' Torque pulse theorem and conservation of angular momentum ' Work_kinetic energy theorem. Conservative and nonconservative vectorial fields ' Potential energy ' Theorem of conservation of mechanical energy and its extension to the case of dissipation forces ' Statics. MECHANICS OF SYSTEMS Center of mass ' External and internal forces  Pulse theorem and conservation of linear momentum ' Torque pulse theorem and conservation of angular momentum ' Work_kinetic energy theorem (relative to the center of mass and to the complete system)  Theorem of conservation of mechanical energy and its extension to the case of dissipation forces ' Elastic and inelastic collisions. Mechanics of rigid body: Kinematics of rigid systems ' Equivalent sets of forces ' Dynamics of rigid systems ' Cardinal equations ' Rotation around a fixed axis ' Moment of inertia ' Combined rotational and translational motion. Gravitational field. Keplerus' Laws THERMODYNAMICS Thermometry and calorimetry ' Heat transmission ' Thermal dilation  Thermodynamical systems and processes ' State equation of ideal gases ' First and second principle ' Entropy 
Laboratories and/or exercises
Laboratories and/or exercises Exercise classes integrated with lessons. In the lab, student groups perform two experiments, working out the data 
Bibliography
 P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci ' 'Elementi di Fisica ' Meccanica e Termodinamica', EdiSES (Napoli, 2002)
 D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker "Fondamenti di Fisica (Meccanica e Termodinamica)" , Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (Milano 2001)  S. Rosati 'Fisica generale', Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (Milano 2001) 
Revisions / Exam
Two compulsory tests: the first one, as a threshold; the second one (written), upon theory and application. Oral test optional, if the two previous tests have been overcome

