Università degli Studi di Pavia

Dipartimento di Matematica ''F. Casorati''

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General Physics 2

Professors:
Maccone Lorenzo
Year:
2015/2016
Course code:
502228
ECTS:
9
SSD:
FIS/01
DM:
270/04
Lessons:
72
Period:
I semester
Language:
Italian

Objectives

Theory of classical electrodynamics (description of electromagnetic phenomena in vacuum and in materials) and theory of special relativity, including relativistic electrodynamics. The two theories (electrodynamics and relativity) are presented with an axiomatic approach that emphasizes the inductive/deductive approach of physics. The comprehension of physical phenomena will be encouraged, rather than the mere memorization of formulas and concepts.

Teaching methods

The lectures are blackboard-based (no powerpoint). Interactions (questions, observations and feedback) are encouraged.

Examination

Oral examination.

Prerequisites

Fundamental concepts of Physics, such as force, energy, power, etc. Vectorial and matrix calculus. Integral calculus in multiple dimensions.

Syllabus

1. Introduction to the course: the formal structure of physical theories.
2. Electrostatics in the vacuum and in the presence of material bodies.
3. Magnetostatics in the vacuum and in the presence of material bodies.
4. Electrodynamics.
5. Electromagnetic waves.
6. Special relativity and relativistic electrodynamics.
7. Introduction to electrical circuits.

Bibliography

Textbook: Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics", Pearson Ed.

Mencuccini, Silvestrini, "Fisica II", Liguori Editore (relativity is missing)

Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci, "Fisica Volume 2", Seconda Edizione Edises (not to be confused with "Elementi di Fisica, elettromagnetismo e onde" by the same Authors which is not recommended).


Dipartimento di Matematica ''F. Casorati''

Università degli Studi di Pavia - Via Ferrata, 5 - 27100 Pavia
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