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First Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[70/72]  CIVIL ENGINEERING [72/00 - Ord. 2013]  PERCORSO COMUNE 7 70
[70/77]  CHEMICAL ENGINEERING [77/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 7 70


Expected learning outcomes.
1) (Knowledge and understanding). Knowledge of the basic principles of Electromagnetism and understanding of the related physical problems, with particular emphasis to those typical of Engineering.
2) (Applying knowledge and understanding). Capability of applying the acquired knowledge for solving quantitative elementary problems of Electromagnetism.
3) (Making judgements). Capability of selecting relevant information of an electromagnetism problem and of introducing suitable simplifications.
4) (Communication skills). Capability of describing topics of Electromagnetism through the use of a correct terminology.
5) (Learning skills). Physical/mathematical conceptual skills necessary to deal with more advanced courses of Applied Physics and Engineering with a good degree of autonomy


Necessary knowledge of Physics1 and Mathematical analysis 1.
It is useful the ability in problem solving
All the notions necessary will be recalled in class


1- Electrostatics (11h+6h)
Electric charges. Conductors and insulators. Coulomb’s law. Electric field. Electric field lines. Electric field due to a single charge and to a charge distribution. Motion of a charged particle in a uniform electric field. Electric flux. Gauss’s law. Application of Gauss’s Law to various charge distributions. Work and electric potential. Equipotential surfaces. Electric potential due to a point charge and to a charge distribution. Relation between the electric field and the electric potential. Electric field and the electric potential in a conductor.
2- Capacitors (3h+2h)
Capacitance. Capacitors. Planar, spherical, and cylindrical capacitors. Capacitors in series and in parallel. Energy stored in an electric field. Energy density of the electric field. Capacitors with dielectrics and dielectric constant. Energy stored in an electric field in presence of a dielectric. Electric dipoles in dielectrics. Gauss’s Law in dielectrics.
3- Circuits (8h+3h)
Electrical current and current density. Electrical resistance and resistivity. Ohm’s Law. Semiconductors and superconductors. Power and Joule’s effect. Electromotive force. Kirchhoff’s laws. Resistances in series and in parallel. RC circuits.
4- Magnetic field in vacuum (8h+3h)
Magnetic force and magnetic field. Magnetic force acting on a current-carrying wire. Torque acting on a current loop. Magnetic dipole moment. Biot-Savart Law. Ampère’s Law. Magnetic field due to an infinite wire, an infinite solenoid and a toroid. Forces between two parallel currents and SI unit of current.
5- Electromagnetic induction (11h+4h)
Electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law. Lenz’s law. Motional electromotive force. Generators. Induced electromotive forces and electric field. Self-induction. Self-induction in a solenoid and in a toroid. RL circuits. Energy stored in a magnetic field. Energy density of the magnetic field.

Teaching Methods

Lecture: 52 hours; Tutorial and exercises: 18 hours

Verification of learning

Intermediate exam during (within the allowed week) with a duration of three hours. This examination consists of one written test with open questions and corresponds to approximately 1/2 of the contents.
Written exam: test with open questions and corresponds to approximately 1/2 of the contents.


Serway Jewett

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