Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0565 (AF:335274 AR:175652)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course falls within the basic educational activities of the Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics. It aims to provide students with knowledge and skills in the foundations of classical electromagnetism, of wave physics, of geometric and physical optics, in order to be able to describe situations and phenomena of which we have daily experience, and to handle principles and basic theories related to concepts that will then be developed during more advanced teaching.
The educational objectives of the course include at first the development of the capability to solve problems, by applying the main physical laws and theories of electromagnetism, wave propagation and optics. Nevertheless, particular attention is given to the development of the propensity to elaborate a logical reasoning for the resolution of a problem, to be carried out with appropriate methodological rigor. Moreover, a further goal is represented by the stimulation of the capability to present in written form concepts and scientific arguments through a formal and rigorous way.
1. Knowledge and understanding.
1.1. To know and understand the main theories developed in the study of electric, magnetic, wave and optical phenomena.
1.2. To know and understand the relationship between the electrical, magnetic, optical response of a system subjected to an appropriate stimulus and its physical properties.
1.3. To know and understand the areas of application of the different descriptive approaches, based on specific theoretical models.

2. Capability of applying knowledge and understanding.
2.1. To know how to apply the concepts and models learned in solving theoretical and practical problems.
2.2. To know how to apply the methods and models learned in the study of the properties of a specific physical system, with particular reference to electromagnetism, wave and optical phenomena.

3. Capability of judgment.
3.1. To be able to evaluate the consistency of the results deriving from the analysis of a physical system based on the concepts learned, both in the theoretical and experimental fields.
3.2. To know how to perform a critical analysis of the method used to study a specific physical system, evaluating the possibility of different approaches.

4. Communication skills.
4.1. To know how to communicate in written form the knowledge learned and refer to the effect of its application with appropriate scientific language and mastery of the related terminology and symbology.
4.2. To know how to interact constructively and respectfully with the teacher and with the classmates, both during the classroom lesson and outside of this context.

5. Learning skills.
5.1. To know how to take notes in an effective and rigorous way, being able to identify and select the concepts and topics covered in class, depending their importance and priority.
5.2. To know how to critically consult the texts and the teaching material indicated by the teacher.
5.3. To know how to identify alternative reference sources for the study, also through the interaction with the teacher.
It is requested to have fully achieved the training objectives set by the course of PHYSICS 1. In particular, since the student must have a complete mastery of the main topics, principles and models in the field of classical mechanics, it is strongly recommended to have already pass the exam related to the aforementioned teaching.
Furthermore, it is required to have reached the training objectives provided by the basic mathematics courses, i.e. CALCULUS I and CALCULUS II. In particular, it is recommended that the student is in possession of the basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, properties of vectorial functions, resolution of differential equations.
Presentation of the course, contextualization within the learning process and description of the program.

Electric charge, Coulomb's law. Electric field and electric potential. Electric field flow, Gauss's law. Conductors and capacitors. Dielectrics.

Electric current and conduction phenomena. Ohm's law and resistors. Electric circuits, circuits in direct current.

Magnetic field, Lorentz force. Magnetic field sources. Forces between conductors carrying current. Ampère's law. Magnetism in matter.

Electromagnetic induction, Faraday-Neumann-Henry's Law. Magnetic self-induction and inductors. Time dependent fields, Maxwell’s equations.

Wave phenomena, wave function. Plane wave, harmonic wave. Overlap principle. Interference. Electromagnetic waves, properties and spectrum of the electromagnetic radiation. Light propagation, optics principles and phenomena.
As a basis for the study of the topics covered by the program, as well as to deepen the concepts treated in class, every text of general physics at university level can be considered adequate. Eventually, the student can consult the teacher for the approval of the text. Also due to the valid exercise section, which represents an adequate support for the preparation of the student in view of the written examen, the following text is suggested:
P. Mazzoldi, M. Nigro, C. Voci, "Elementi di Fisica Vol. 2 – Elettromagnetismo e Onde" EdiSES, Napoli, 2008.

Other recommended titles:
J. Walker, D. Halliday, R. Resnick, "Halliday-Resnick Fondamenti di Fisica", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano, 2015.
R. A. Serway, J. W. Jewett Jr., "Principi di Fisica", EdiSES, Napoli, 2015.
U. Gasparini, M. Margoni, F. Simonetto, "Fisica. Elettromagnetismo e Onde", ed. Piccin-Nuova Libraria, 2021.
M. Alonso, E. J. Finn, "Fisica Vol. 2", ed. Masson, Milano, 1996.
C. Mencuccini, V. Silvestrini, "Fisica 2. Elettromagnetismo e Ottica", CEA, 2017.
The verification for assessing the acquired learning takes place through a written test, whose passing is a mandatory condition for the registration of the exam.
The test concerns the entire program, as reported in the "Contents" section, and provides essentially an equal number of:
(i) numerical exercises, each comprising one or more queries relating to the calculation of a specific physical quantity, reporting the procedure used for the solution with coherence and formal clarity;
(ii) theoretical questions, consisting in identifying, enunciating and demonstrating laws and principles relating to the situation proposed by the question
Overall, the test aims to ascertain the acquisition by the student of the founding concepts of the subject exposed in class and the ability to solve problems related to the topics of teaching, by applying the learned methods with rigor and consistency.
The test will last between two and three hours and, during the same, neither the use of books or notes nor any electronic support is allowed, with the exception of a scientific calculator.
Depending on the semester structure, the teacher may consider to introduce two intermediate written tests (one at about the middle and the other at the end of the course) whose passage with a positive overall assessment directly determines the exam registration, without the need of attending the final test during the exam session.
Teaching is organized in lectures, during which the teacher simultaneously uses the blackboard and the projection of presentations (powerpoint documents).
Through the University "moodle" platform, the following documents are made available:
- the teaching material shown during the lessons;
- some exam texts to support the preparation of the written test;
- material for the in-depth study of specific topics covered in class.
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion

Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:

Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support

services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 13/09/2021