EDUCATIONAL EXPERIMENTS IN CLASSICAL AND MODERN PHYSICS


course ID

Lecturer

CFU

6

Length

14 Weeks

Semester DD

First


Course details

1. EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD: Units of Measure and Dimensions, Errors of a Measure and their theory, Graphical Representation
2. MECHANICS (STATIC, DYNAMIC)
3. THERMOLOGY
4. FLUIDS
5. WAVES: Geometric optics
6. WAVES: Physical Optics
7. WAVES: Acoustics
8. ELECTROSTATIC AND MAGNETOSTATIC
9. ELECTROMAGNETISM
10. MODERN PHYSICS
At the end of the course a lesson will be devoted to the great museum exhibits as a possible educational tool.

Objectives

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
The course regards the fundamental methodologies in the design and assembling of the most significative Physics Experiments for an effective improvement in educational methods in Classical and Modern Physics. The course consists in lectures and practical laboratory experiments.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
Students must acquire a deep knowledge of the main educational meaningful experiments. The verification of the knowledge is carried out through a final oral exam in which the student illustrates a lesson.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
Students must be able to identify the key elements of a physical problem and be able to explain it, at various levels, not only theoretically but also through experiments.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS:
Students must be able to critically analyze the results of a proposed experiment to explain physics topics.
They must also be able to do own bibliographic research using books of physical and technical content, also developing ability in referring to scientific journals. Finally, they must be able to use the electronic archives available on the WEB for scientific research, developing an in-depth critical ability that allows them to identify sites with reliable content since, especially in the field of Physics Education, it is particularly common to find on the net scientifically incorrect information.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Students must acquire communication skills for explaining a particular scientific topic in a simple but scientifically rigorous way at various levels. It is important to acquire the ability to communicate not only through lectures, but also through experimental practice that activates discussion and comparison between different points of view.

LEARNING SKILLS:
Students must become able to teach a particular physical topic by using the most suitable method to activate learning mechanisms through pragmatic / manual involvement achievable through laboratory practice.