Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Catia Grimani Tuesday 3pm - 5 pm Teacher office Via S. Chiara, 27
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with online activities entirely in a foreign language English
For this course offered in face-to-face/online mixed mode, online teaching is entirely in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Applied Informatics (L-31)
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Learning Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide insights on classical physical phenomena with respect, in particular, to electricity and magnetism. Static and time-dependent fields will be considered.


  • 01. Electric Interaction
    • 01.01 The electric charge.
    • 01.02 Coulomb's law.
    • 01.03 Conductors, insulators and semiconductors.
    • 01.04 Conservation and quantization of electric charge.
    • 01.05 The concept of field.
    • 01.06 The linear principle of superposition.
    • 01.07 The electric field.
    • 01.08 Electric field associated with charge distributions.
    • 01.09 Motion of an electric charge in a uniform electric field.
    • 01.10 Electric potential energy and potential.
    • 01.11 Electric potential energy and electric potential associated with charge istributions.
    • 01.12 Equipotential surfaces.
    • 01.13 Electric field of the electric dipole.
    • 01.14 Electric dipole in an electric field.
    • 01.15 Flux of a vector field.
    • 01.16 Gauss's law for the electric field.
    • 01.17 Gauss's law and Coulomb' law.
    • 01.18 Applications of the Gauss' law.
    • 01.19 Electric capacitance - Capacitors.
    • 01.20 Combination of capacitors.
    • 01.21 Energy of the electric field.
    • 01.22 Electric current.
    • 01.23 Ohm's law.
    • 01.24 Current density.
    • 01.25 Joule effect in a conductor and resistors.
    • 01.26 Combination of resistors.
    • 01.27 Electromotive force.
    • 01.28 Kirchhoff's circuit laws.
    • 01.29 RC circuits.
  • 02. Magnetic Interaction
    • 02.01 Magnetic field in vacuum.
    • 02.02 Magnetic force on a moving charge and Lorentz's force.
    • 02.03 Motion of an electric charge in a magnetic field.
    • 02.04 Hall effect.
    • 02.05 Magnetic force on a current-carrying wire.
    • 02.06 Magnetic torque on a current-carrying coil.
    • 02.07 Magnetic field generated by a closed current.
    • 02.08 Magnetic field of a rectilinear current.
    • 02.09 Ampere's law.
    • 02.10 Solenoid.
    • 02.11 Gauss's law for the magnetic field.
  • 03. Time dependent electromagnetic fields
    • 03.01 Electromagnetic induction and Faraday-Henry law.
    • 03.02 Lenz's law.
    • 03.03 Parasitic currents.
    • 03.04 Self induction.
    • 03.05 Inductors.
    • 03.06 RL circuits.
    • 03.07 Energy of the magnetic field.
    • 03.08 Free, damped and forced electrical oscillations: RLC series circuit.
    • 03.09 The Ampère-Maxwell law.
    • 03.10 Maxwell' equations.
    • 03.11 Electromagnetic waves and light speed.
    • 03.12 Plane polarized electromagnetic waves.
    • 03.13 Energy of an electromagnetic wave and Poynting vector.
    • 03.14 Energy associated with electromagnetic waves of different wavelength.
    • 03.15 The spectrum of electromagnetic radiation.

Bridging Courses

Although there are no mandatory prerequisites for this exam, students are strongly recommended to take it after Physics I.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding

At the end of this course, each student  will know the classic electromagnetism with particular attention to  static and dynamic electric and magnetic fields including electromagnetic waves.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Each student will be able  to apply the  theory of classic electromagnetism to problems with charges in  static and dynamic  electric and magnetic fields. He/she  will be able to solve circuit equations with both contnuous and alternating currents.

Making judgements

Each student will be able to apply his/her knowledge to  problems not previously  discussed during this course.

Communication skills

Each student is  more than recommended to ask questions during this course and to    participate to discussions in order  to improve  his/her ability to present his/her work

Learning skills

The student knowledges at the end of this course will make him/her  able to face new technical or practical problems on electric circuits in presence of electromagnetic fields.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Theory lectures and laboratory exercises, both face-to-face and on-line.


Although recommended, course attendance is not mandatory.

Course books

Recommended books for theory and exercises:
Mazzoldi, Nigro, Voci, "Elementi di Fisica, Vol. 2 - Elettromagnetismo e Onde", EdiSES, 2008. [URL]
Halliday, Resnick, Krane, "Fisica 2", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2004. [URL]

Recommended books for in depth-study exercises:
Bruno, D'Agostino, Santoro, "Esercizi di Fisica - Elettromagnetismo", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2004. [URL]
Pavan, Sartori, "Problemi di Fisica 2 Risolti e Commentati", Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2006. [URL]


Written and oral exams.

The written exam consists of three problems on different parts of the program. The duration of the written test is two hours. It is passed if the mark (which remains valid one year) is not less than 18/30. In case of positive result of the written test, the oral exam (which can be taken only if the written exam is passed) consists of not less than three questions  and can be considered passed if the mark is 18/30 or more. The final mark is determined by the weighted mean of the marks of the written exam and the oral exam, with weights of 1/3 and 2/3, respectively. 


The course is offered both face-to-face and on-line within the Laurea Degree Program in Applied Computer Science.

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