Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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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 “Fondamenti di fisica. Elettrologia, magnetismo e ottica”, di Halliday David, Resnick Robert, Walker Jearl":
The following Chapters: 21 Electric Charge; 22 Electric Field; 23 Gauss Law; 24 Electric Potential, but 24.8, 25 Electric Capacity; 26 Current and Resistance; Cap 27 Electrical circuits, but 27.9; 28 Magnetic Field, but 28.7; 29 Magnetic Field generated by currents, but 29.6; 30 Induction and inductance; 31 Electromagnetic oscillations and alternating currents (up to 31.7, included); 32 Matter Magnetic properties (up to 32.5, included); 33 Electromagnetic waves (but 33.6 and 33.10); 34 Excluded; 35 Interference (up to 35.5, included); 36 Diffraction (up to section 36.4, included).

Exercises for the first exemption: end of chapters 23 and 24
Exercises for the second exemption: end of chapters 28, 29, 30

Charge and matter + exercises (2 h). Electric Field + exercises (3 h). Gauss law + exercises (3 h). Electrical potential + exercises (2 h). Condensers and Dielectrics + exercises (3 h). Currents and Resistors + exercises (2 h). Circuits and Electromotive Force + exercises (2 h). Magnetic field + exercises (3 h). Ampére law + exercises (3 h). Faraday induction law + exercises (3 h). Inductance + exercises (2 h). Electromagnetic oscillations (3 h). AC currents (2 h). Maxwell equations (4 h). Electromagnetic waves (3 h). Reflection and Refraction (2 h). Interference (2 h). Diffraction (2 h). Polarization (2 h).

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, alternatively the student shall face one written test before the oral exam.

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.