Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Second semester
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Course description

We aim to present to the student the main Physics principles dealing with Cinematic, Dynamics, Fluids and Thermodynamic, 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 Cinematics, Dynamics, Fluid dynamics and Thermodynamics, 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 physics, even when they appear in concrete contexts. These skills have also to be applied to solve exercises.

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

Communication Skills:
The student should be able to support a basic physics conversation by also making examples of application of basic physical laws related to Cinematics, Dynamics, Fluid dynamics and Thermodynamics.

Learning Skills:
The student must be able to update and deepen autonomously specific topics and applications of physical laws related to Cinematics, Dynamics, Fluid dynamics and Thermodynamics.


The student must know the vectors, operations between vectors and their properties and understand how to use them as physical quantities.
Knowledge of algebra and math analysis is also required.


Introduction (6 h)
Measurement of magnitudes; length, time and mass - Basic dimensions and units - Scientific notation and unit conversions - Physical dimensions - Reference systems - Trigonometric and vector calculations –

Cinematics (6 h)
the material point - Average speed in one dimension: Speed Average scalar and universe line; Instantaneous scaling speed - average scaling acceleration; Instant acceleration - smoothly accelerated motion; - Vector cinematics: medium and instantaneous vector velocity definitions; Speed-trajectory relationship - Ballistic motion, spin - Circular circular motion; Vector representation of angular velocities and angular accelerations

Dynamics (10 h)
Newton's first law and principle of relativity - Newton law - Definition of work - Kinetic energy theorem - Kinetic energy - Definition and calculation of potential energy - Mechanical energy - Power and its units of measure

Gravitation (6 h)
Newton theorem and overlapping principle - Gravitation and weight strength - Gravitational potential energy - Kepler's law. Momentum.

Fluids (6 h)
Perfect Fluid Conditions and Their Meaning - Pressure; Its units of measurement and conversion factors; Pascal's Principle and Applications - Stevin's Law; Torricelli barometer; The principle of Archimedes as a consequence of Stevin's law - Bernoulli's theorem and elementary applications.

Thermodynamics (14 h)
Temperature, heat and first law of thermodynamics. The temperature. The zero law of thermodynamics. Temperature measurement. Thermal expansion. Temperature and heat. Absorption of heat; specific heat and latent heat. Heat transmission.Heat and work. First law of thermodynamics. The kinetic theory of gases. Number of Avogadro. Ideal Gas. Pressure and Temperature and Average Quadratic Speed. Translational kinetic energy. Free middle path. Molar specific heat. Adiabatic processes. Entropy and second law of thermodynamics. Irreversible processes and entropy. Variation of entropy. Second thermodynamic law. Entropy. Real machinery yields.

Scientific method and measurements. Kinematics and dynamics of the material point. Conservation laws: mechanical energy and momentum, Gravitation. Mechanics of fluids. Thermodynamics.

Teaching Methods

Lectures with the support of the blackboard and of projected slides.


Fundamentals of Physics
D. Halliday, R. R. Resnick, J. Walker

For Insights:
“The Feynman Lectures on Physics”, Vol. 1, 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.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, and to allow the use of English during examinations.