Academic Year 2021/2022 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Maria Grazia GRIMALDI and Francesco RUFFINO
Credit Value: 15
Scientific field: FIS/01 - Experimental physics
Taught classes: 91 hours
Exercise: 30 hours
Term / Semester: One-year

Learning Objectives

The educational objective of the course is to provide a comprehensive knowledge of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. The training course to acquire such a result is as follows:

Study of the fundamental laws of classical mechanics of the material point and of a system of material points with particular regard to kinematics, Newton's laws and the principles of conservation.
Study of rigid body dynamics
Study of Universal Gravitation
Study of oscillatory phenomena and wave
Study of fluid mechanics
Study of the laws of thermodynamics and applications to different physical systems.
The approach to the description of the systems and phenomena described above will be experimental and the physical theories will be presented in terms of logical structure and mathematics and experimental evidence. After completing the course, the student will be able to assess similarities and differences between physical systems and methodologies to be applied. The student will have acquired the ability to apply knowledge and understanding through exercises and problem solving.

Course Structure

Lectures, exercises in the classroom, tutorials.

Should the circumstances require online or blended teaching, appropriate modifications to what is hereby stated may be introduced, in order to achieve the main objectives of the course.

Detailed Course Content

Mechanics of a particle:

• Kinematics: motion in one, two, three dimensions

• Reference systems and related motions

• laws of dynamics

• force, work, kinetic energy

• momentum and impulse

• conservative forces, potential energy

• conservation theorems

• angular momentum

• moment of a force

• central forces



Mechanics of particle systems

• center of mass, reduced mass

• conservation of momentum

• conservation of angular momentum

• konig of theorems

• kinetic energy theorem

• elastic collisions and inelastic



Rigid body dynamics

• definition of rigid body

• rotations about a fixed axis

• moment of inertia

• Theorem of Huygens-Steiner

• pure rolling motion

• Angle and pulse time pulse

• ellipsoid of inertia

• gyroscope

• free rigid body

• static



• Kepler's laws

• law of universal gravitation

• inertial and gravitational mass

• gravitational field

• gravitational potential energy

• Gauss theorem

• calculation of the orbits


elastic properties of solids

• traction and compression

• Creep

• compressibility

• torsion balance


Oscillations and waves

• harmonic oscillator

• damped harmonic oscillator

• Forced harmonic oscillator

• resonance

• longitudinal and transverse waves

• Fourier analysis

• physical nature of sound


Mechanical properties of fluids

• statics of fluids: Stevin's law, Pascal, and Archimedes'

• fluid dynamics

• stationary regime and Bernoulli's theorem

• viscosity

• laminar flow and whirling motion



• temperature thermometry

• Gas state equation

• kinetic theory of gases

• work and heat

• First Law of Thermodynamics

• Second Law of Thermodynamics

• entropy

• thermodynamic processes

• thermodynamic potentials

• phase changes

• real gases

• Third Law of Thermodynamics

Textbook Information

1) R. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, Fisica – Vol. I , EdiSES - Napoli (Italia)

2) Focardi S., Massa I., Uguzzoni A., Villa M. - Fisica generale - MECCANICA E TERMODINAMICA, Casa editrice Ambrosiana

3) Halliday, Resnick, Krane, Fisica 1, Casa editrice Ambrosiana

4) Zemansky, Calore e Termodinamica, Zanichelli

5) Fermi, Termodinamica, Bollati Boringhieri