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


A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Francesco Piergiovanni
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Pharmacy (LM-13)
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Learning Objectives

To acquire the basic elements of Physics, and the knowledge of a scientific language that allows students to study in greater depth, also in autonomy, the topics acquired at an introductory level during the course.

Bridging Courses

There are no bridging requirements, however the student would greatly benefit from having acquired the mathematical competences made available by the course "Medical statistics with elements of mathematics"

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding: the student will know the main laws of Physics, particularly in the fields of point mass mechanics, of the mechanics of the rigid body and of the fluids. The student will know the fundamental elements of thermodynamics, and will possess basic knowledge of electrostatic and magnetism, and of electrodynamics. The student will be introduced to the concept of modern Physics, for a first understanding of atomic structures and nuclear physics.
Applying knowledge and understanding: the student will be in position to apply the laws of Physics to real problems, and to solve them both in a qualitative and quantitative way.
Making judgements: the students will be able to assess the plausibility of a result, both on the basis of correct units, and by means of analogical reasoning and scientific sense.
Communication skills: the student will acquire a correct scientific language, which includes the appropriate use of the units..
Learning skills: the student will be able to expand his/her knowledge on specific topics, not discussed in the course, by means of non-specialistic scientific texts.

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

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons

Course books

Choose one out of the two following textbooks:

  • Burns D. & MacDonald G., Physics for biology and pre-medical students, Addison Wesley
  • Halliday, Resnick, Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, 7th edition, Wiley

It is not required to study the whole textbook, but to select relevant chapters and sections on the basis of the detailed course syllabus.


Written test, which requires to solve simple exercises on the programme, followed by an oral exam.
The vote on the written test, in thirthiets, results from the number of correct exercises.
It is required to obtain at least 15/30 on the written test to be admitted to the oral exam.
The oral exam requires answering a few questions on the theory, and contributes to the overall vote (again, in thirthiets) indicatively with 5 points to be added or subtracted to the vote obtained in the written test.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


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The following mathematical concepts will be used during the course and should be known to the students

Geometry: straight line, half-line, segments, angles, right-angled triangle, Pythagoras' theorem. Circle, circumference and area.
Cartesian reference system: coordinates to locate a point in two and three dimensions
Trigonometry: sine and cosine (sin,cos) functions, relationship between hypothenuse and catheti in a right-angled triangle.
Algebra: first and second degree equations with one unknown. Systems of first degree equations with two unknowns.
Calculus: functions, difference quotient, derivative.

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