Course code 07 67 1020 17
ECTS credits 6
Course title in the language of instruction
Course title in Polish Physics (Fizyka)
Course title in English
Language of instruction English
Course level first-cycle programme
Course coordinator dr inż. Bogdan Żółtowski
Course instructors dr Krzysztof Pieszyński, dr inż. Bogdan Żółtowski
Delivery methods and course duration
Lecture Tutorials Laboratory Project Seminar Other Total of teaching hours during semester
Contact hours 60 30 0 90
E-learning No No No No No No
Assessment criteria (weightage) 0.60 0.40 0.00
Course objective
  1. To introduce student to the language, concepts, tools, fundamental laws, models and methodology of classical physics in relation to the real world phenomena and engineering challenges.
  2. To develop ability to indentify contexts and name essential physical aspects of natural phenomena.
  3. To present problem solving strategies and to develope effective use of standard algebraic and calculus tools in order to describe quantitatively the behaviour of representative physical systems.
  4. To present constraints, prospects and engineering context of the developments in science.
Learning outcomes
  1. Student will be able to name and define basic physical quantities, measures and units and their formal properties.
  2. Student will be able identify and interpret fundamental physical principles, laws and relationships, given in a simple graphic, algebraic, vector, differential and integral forms, involved in basic interactions and phenomena.
  3. Student will be able recognize and justify the physical basis of modern technologies and scientific devices.
  4. Student will be able to identify the essential aspects of typical quantitative physical problems, select a model, relationship or derive an equation that can be used to find the expressions for unknowns and their values.
  5. Student will be able to interpret and assess the solution of a typical physical problem.
  6. Student will be able formulate statements and express opinions using scientific English.
  7. Student will be able appreciate the importance of the proper choice and use of scientific terminology, relationships and mathematical tools in reasoning and formulating logic, true, clear statements and conclusions.
Assessment methods
outcome 1. - written solution of given quantitative problem and closed-ended questions - multiple-choice written test 
outcome 2. -  written solution of given quantitative problem and closed-ended questions - multiple-choice written test
outcome 3. - written concise essay on the given topic/problem
outcome 4. - continuous  assessment of student?s activities, solution of the given qualitative and quantitative problem - written test
outcome 5. - continuous  assessment of student?s activities, interpretaion of obtained solution of the given quantitative problem - written test
outcome 6. - continuous  assessment of student?s activities,  written concise essay on the given topic/problem
outcome 7. - continuous  assessment of student?s activities, written concise essay on the given topic/problem

Assessement is based on results of two written test concerning the tutorial part (40% contribution to the final mark) and the result of the overall written exam (test) (60% contribution to the final mark).
Course content with delivery methods

1. Scientific methodology. Dimensional analysis. Units. Conversion of units. System of coordinates. Vectors and scalars. Vector operations - addition, scalar and vector products. Calculus as an exploration tool in physics.
2. Motion. Frame of reference. Position, displacement, velocity, acceleration. Superposition principle. Equation of motion in 2D and 3D.  Galilean. and Lorentz; transformation.
3. Particle dynamics. Forces in nature and their origins. Newton laws. Formulating and solving equations of motion. Inertial and non-inertial frames of reference. Work and energy. Conservation of energy. Conservative forces. Potential energy. Equilibrium types. Momentum. Conservation of momentum. Mass energy theorem.
4. Dynamics of the rigid body. Rotational motion, Moment of inertia.
5. Gravity.
6. Oscillations. Simple harmonic motion. Oscillators. Damped and forced oscillations. Resonance.
7. Wave motion. Transverse and longitudinal waves. Harmonic waves. Wave propagation and interaction with barriers. Superposition of waves. Interference.  Sound waves.
8. Electrostatics. Charge, conductors and insulators. Electric field. Vector representation. Coulomb law. Electric dipole. Electric field of continuous charge distribution. Electric field flux. Gauss law. Charge field at conductor surfaces. Electric potential. Potential vs. field. Conservative character of the electric field. Electrostatic energy. Storage of the electric energy. Capacitance and capacitors.
9. Electric properties of matter, molecular view. Dielectrics, ferroelectrics, electrets.   Electrical conduction. Electron gas model. Resistance. Superconductivity. 
10. DC Circuits. Elements, electromotive force, Kirchoff laws, Joule heating.  
11. Magnetic field. Electric charge in a magnetic field. Lorentz force. Magnetic field concept. Hall effect. Electro-dynamic force. Cyclotron, synchrotron, mass spectrometer.
12. Magnetic effect of a current. Biot-Savart law. Ampere law. 
13. Electromagnetic induction. Magnetic field flux. Faraday law. Induced electric fields. Self induced electromotive force. Inductance.
14. Magnetic properties of matter, microscopic view. Magnetic dipole moment. Paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, diamagnetism.
15. Maxwell equations (integral form).
16. Electromagnetic waves. Radiation from an antenna. Wave equation. Energy of wave. Spectrum.
17. Propagation of electromagnetic waves. Dispersion. Polarization. 
18. Propagation of light - reflection, refraction, absorption. Polarization of light. 


During the complementary calculation training students will be acquainted with problem solving strategies and methods of calculation in selected examples based on the lecture program.
Basic reference materials
  1. J. Walker, Principles of physics, international student version; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2014
  2. P.A.Tipler, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, W.H.Freeman ans Co., New York 1999
  3. R.Resnick, D.Halliday, K.S.Krane, P.Stanley. Physics. Vol. 1,2, 5th ed. John Viley & Sons, 2002
Other reference materials
  1. R.P.Feynman, The Feynman lectures on physics, new millenium ed., Basic Books - Perseus Books Group, 2011
  2. H.D.Young, University Physics, VIII edition, Addison Wesley, 1992
  3. J.W. Jewett, Physics for scientists and engineers with modern physics Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010
  4. D.C. Giancoli, Physics for scientists & engineers with modern physics,Prentice Hall, 2000
Average student workload outside classroom
Brak uwag.
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