Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on NAUTICAL AND AERONAUTICAL SCIENCES
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First Semester
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Italian. Italian, however the Professor is available to interact in English for lectures and exams.

Course description

We aim to present to the student the main principles of the electromagnetism giving particular evidence to the applicative aspects.

Knowledge and understanding:
The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of classical physics, with particular regard to Electromagnetism, and their application context. The student must know how to use the vectors as physical quantities.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Students must demonstrate to use their own acquired knowledge to solve the main problems of electromagnetism, even when they appear in concrete contexts. These skills have also to be applied to solve exercises dealing with electromagnetic phenomena.

Independent judgment:
The student must be able to know how to independently evaluate the results of electromagnetism’s law applications.

Communication Skills:
The student should be able to support a basic physics conversation and to give examples of application of the electromagnetism’s laws.

Learning Skills:
The student must be able to update and deepen autonomously specific topics and applications of physical laws related to Electromagnetism.


The student must know the vectors, operations between vectors and their properties and understand how to use them as physical quantities. Must know and know how to apply derivatives and integrals.


From the book, “Fondamenti di fisica. Elettrologia, magnetismo e ottica”, di Halliday David, Resnick Robert, Walker Jearl",
here following the list of the Chapters/Sections to be studied:

Cap 21 Electric Charge

Cap 22 Electric Field

Cap 23 Gauss Law

Cap 24 Electric Potential, no section 24.8

Cap 25 Electric Capacity

Cap 26 Current and Resistance

Cap 27 Electrical circuits, no section 27.9

Cap 28 Magnetic Field, no section 28.7

Cap 29 Magnetic Field generated by currents, no section 29.6

Cap 30 Induction and inductance

Cap 31 Electromagnetic oscillations and alternating currents (up to section 31.7, included)

Cap 32 Matter Magnetic properties (up to section 32.5, included)

Cap. 33 Electromagnetic waves (excluding sections 33.6 and 33.10)

Cap 34 Excluded

Cap 35 Interference (up to section 35.5, included)

Cap 36 Diffraction (up to section 36.4, included).
Exercises for the first exemption see at the end of chapters 23 and 24
Exercises for the second exemption see at the end of chapters 28, 29, 30

Charge and matter. Electric Field. Gauss law. Electrical potential. Condensers and Dielectrics. Currents and Resistors. Circuits and Electromotive Force. Magnetic field. Ampére law. Faraday induction law. Inductance. Electromagnetic oscillations. AC currents. Maxwell equations. Electromagnetic waves. Reflection and Refraction. Interference. Diffraction. Polarization.

Teaching Methods

Lectures with the support of the blackboard.


- “Fondamenti di Fisica”, D. Halliday, R. R. Resnick, J. Walker, Va edizione, Novembre 2001, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.

Advanced studies
- “The Feynman Lectures on Physics”, Vol. 2, R.B. Leighton, M. Sands, R.P. Feynmann, Ed. Paperback.

Learning assessment

The purpose of the assessment is to quantify the level of achievement of the training objectives previously indicated. The verification procedure consists of an oral examination during which the ability of the student to apply the physical principles acquired during the course to practical problems is tested. In addition, two intermediate written tests are foreseen.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. However, the professor is fluent in English, thus she is available to interact with English spoken students in English, also during the examination.