First Cycle Degree


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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of this course the student should know the basic phenomena of the classical electromagnetism and the underlying physical laws.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student should be able to analyze the electromagnetic phenomena and to interpret them on the basis of the mathematical formulation of the physical laws. Moreover, he should be able to resolve problems on the subjects treated in the theory lectures.

Making judgments:
By the end of the course, the student should be able to understand the physical phenomena of the electromagnetism.

Communication skills:
The student should be able to clearly present the basic concepts of electromagnetism and their consequences on observable phenomena.

Learning skills:
The student should have acquired the learning skills related to electromagnetism, which are necessary to undertake successive studies with a high degree of autonomy.


It is important to have an appropriate knowledge of classical mechanics and ondulatory phenomena as treated in the course of Physics 1.

Course contents summary

Electrostatics and magnetostatics in vacuum and in materials - Electrodynamics - Electromagnetic waves - Wave optics - Fundamental concepts of special relativity.

Recommended readings

- C. Mencuccini e V. Silvestrini: Fisica II (Elettromagnetismo-Ottica). Liguori Ed.
- R. Caciuffo e S. Melone, “Fisica Generale”, Vol. 2, Masson, Milano
- R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton, M. Sands: The Feynman Lectures on Physics,
vol 2
- Halliday, Resnick, Krane, Fisica 2, Casa Ed. Ambrosiana
-G. Cantatore, L. Vitale, Gettys Fisica 2 Elettromagnetismo-Onde. McGraw-Hill Libri Italia, Milano, 2011.

Teaching methods

Slides will be used to convey the most important messages of the theory lectures. The problems will be resolved at the blackboard.
Slides and text of the exercises are uploaded on the Elly platform before the corresponding lessons. Teaching activities will be in person. The didactic material will be enriched with the videotaping of the lessons. The teaching mode could change, depending on the evolution of Sars-Cov2 pandemic.

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation is based on three partial written tests during the course, or, alternatively, on a single final written test, and a final oral examination. To be admitted to the oral examination, the average mark of the partial written tests, or the mark of the final written test, must be at least 13/30.
These partial tests (duration about 2 hours) contain two-three problems and few questions and focus on the capability of applying the concepts discussed during the lectures. The final test (about 2 hours) typically contains three problems. During written tests students can use a calculator. The oral test (duration about 1 hour) focuses on the knowledge and understanding of the topics discussed during the lectures. The evaluation of each test is on a scale of 30. The final evaluation for the partial written tests results from the average of the three separate evaluations. The final mark results from the overall evaluation of the written and oral parts, normally with equal weights. The mark of a written test is normally published within a week on ESSE3. The overall evaluation is communicated to the student immediately after the oral test. The online registration is compulsory both for oral and written tests.

Other informations

Lecture attendance is highly recommended.