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Degree course in PHYSICS (Codice 2124)

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Detail Degree Course Academic year of the educational offer: 2022/2023
School:
  • SCHOOL OF BASIC AND APPLIED SCIENCES
Class:
  • Physics (L-30)

credits total:180

Educational objectives
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The 1st cycle Degree course in Physics aims at providing students with solid groundings in classical and modern physics, open to subsequent refinement in 2nd cycle courses; graduates may find professional opportunities where familiarity with the scientific method and capability of using innovative methodologies and complex equipment are required. Graduates in Physics should: - Possess good basic groundings in the various sectors of classical and modern physics; and in particular, sound basic in-depth knowledge of classical and relativistic mechanics, thermal dynamics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and structure of matter, together with the foundations of nuclear physics, physics of the circumterrestrial medium, and astronomy; - Acquire familiarity with the scientific investigation method and, in particular, with the representation and modelling of physical reality and their testing; - Possess operational and laboratory skills, having learned to carry out laboratory experiments (and to analyse the relevant results) on all the issues of Physics tackled during the degree course and refined through the relevant modules; - Understand mathematical and computer tools and be able to use them, as well as be able to use the tools of mathematical analysis, algebra and geometry with respect to physics issues, and be able to develop, tune and use computer codes for solving mathematical problems in the context of Physics; - Acquire the ability to operate professionally in specific applicative ambits, such as scientific support to industrial activities and to the cultural heritage, as well as in various activities aiming at the dissemination of scientific culture; - Acquire the ability of using English language, besides Italian, in their specific professional field and to exchange general information; students learn (or consolidate) English language, and they also use texts and scientific articles in English; - Possess sound competences and tools for communication and for information management, therefore being able to prepare exhaustive and quantitative reports on the experiments carried out, to draw short papers to investigate specific issues, to present in oral for, also through the use of computer tools, their works or results, to present and discuss a specific topic during their final examination; Acquire the ability of working in group, of working with a certain autonomy, namely in the performance of laboratory experiments and in the preparation of the final paper, and to fit easily into work environments. These skills are acquired both in core teachings and in more specific teachings related to specific issues, and are verified during mid-term tests, the discussion of term papers and lab reports, exams, the final examination. To achieve the educational objectives, the educational programme is structured in a way as to provide students with skills in the physical field as well as integrative skills in a progressive manner. The degree course provides a single path, whose educational activities consist of lectures, exercises and laboratories, with internship experiences at external agencies, participation in cultural and scientific enrichment events, and the acquisition of English language skills. Through the University Language Centre (CLA) the necessary resources (courses, tests, bibliographic resources, ...) are made available to students, enabling them to pass from the A2 level of knowledge of the English language to the expected outgoing level (B1). During the first year, students mainly acquire basic knowledge of theoretical and laboratory classical physics, on topics ranging from mechanics to thermodynamics, as well as basic knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and computer science. In this way they have the opportunity to acquire the scientific method on basic topics and the analytical, algebraic and computer tools for the interpretation and analysis of the relevant topics as well as of experimental data. During the second year, students complete the knowledge of basic physics, with topics related to electromagnetism and optics, accompanied by the related laboratory experiences, and with elements of analytical and relativistic mechanics, and acquire more advanced mathematical and numerical tools, enabling them to formulate adequate interpretative models. During the third year, students broaden their basic knowledge in modern physics, from quantum mechanics to the structure of matter, with related laboratory activities, to nuclear and subnuclear physics and astronomy, and acquire adequate mathematical tools for their discussion, with the possibility of cultural completion in classical physics and history of physics. During the three-year period they are also able to access other training activities, including those relating to soft skills and Information Literacy, provided by the University of Palermo. Students have the possibility of further growth and contacts with the world of work by carrying out internships in various institutions including in particular several research institutions in agreement, and through in-depth study of introductory topics to research on the occasion of the final exam. By means of these educational activities, the Degree Course in Physical Sciences aims at preparing graduates who have skills that are consistent with the qualifying objectives set out in the declaration of class L-30, and who have a preparation with the necessary requisites.
Professional opportunities
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Profile: Physics technician Functions: A graduate of the class L-30 (Physics) may perform the following functions: - observation, measurement and interpretation of the physical properties of a system or a physical event and the related changes, documenting and recording them in a systematic and reliable manner; - processing and analysing data deriving from observations and laboratory measurements putting these data in relation with the appropriate theories; - intervention in the solution of various scientific and technological problems, applying his/her own knowledge with respect to basic physics; - research, control of industrial processes and analysis activities in public and private companies; - design and production instrumentation and educational material for different applications; - professional activity in the technological and industrial field; - professional activities in laboratories in the field of radiation protection (human, environmental and property), telecommunications, remote control of satellite systems; - participation in the management of the activities of public and private research centres, taking care of modelling and analysis activities and their implications. Skills: Graduates in Physics: - know how to apply their basic physics knowledge to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems in various areas; - know how to apply their broad spectrum competences calculus, algebra, geometry and numerical methods both in the context of specific physical problems and of Physics in general; - possess practical skills in basic physics acquired during laboratory courses; - use laboratory instrumentation safely; - are able to use a scientific method enabling them to study, critically analyse and solve problems even in not strictly physics-related fields; - develop good problem solving attitude, through the continuous exposure to questions, discussions, problems; - possess information and data processing skills. Professional opportunities: The competence and skills acquired by 1st cycle Physics graduates enable them to carry out high-profile technical functions at: - Universities and public and private research institutes and centres; - National and Regional Agencies for the protection of Cultural Heritage and the Environment and the study and prevention of risks; - Study and design laboratories in public and private companies; - Laboratories of quality certification of industrial productions; - Data processing and modelling centres; - High technology companies; - Banking and financial advisory institutions - Measurement laboratories in the industrial and research fields; - Services related to medical and health physics and environmental safety.
Final examination features
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To obtain the degree, students must have acquired 180 credits including those relating to the final examination. The final test has the objective of assessing the level of maturity and critical skills of the undergraduate, with respect to learning and to the acquired knowledge, on completion of the activities provided by the course syllabus. The final examination consists of a written or oral test, in accordance with the rules fixed every year by the Degree Course Regulations for the final examination, respecting and consistent to the calendar, the ministerial requirements and to the relevant Guidelines of the University.


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Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
01788 - CHEMISTRY course specifications FERRANTE (PA) 6.0 1 V A CHIM/02
03687 - GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA course specifications UGAGLIA (PA) 6.0 1 V A MAT/03
15540 - PHYSICS I course specifications GELARDI (PO) 12.0 Yearly V
FLUIDS, WAVES AND THERMODYNAMICS GELARDI (PO) 6.0 A FIS/01
MECHANICS GELARDI (PO) 6.0 A FIS/01
16672 - PHYSICS I - LABORATORY course specifications AGLIOLO GALLITTO (PA) 12.0 Yearly V
STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS WITH LABORATORY DI SALVO (PO) 6.0 B FIS/05
THEORY OF ERRORS WITH LABORATORY AGLIOLO GALLITTO (PA) 6.0 B FIS/08
17210 - MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS I course specifications LIVREA (PO) 12.0 Yearly V
SINGLE VARIABLE DIFFERENTIAL AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS MARRAFFA (PA) 6.0 A MAT/05
INTRODUCTORY ANALYSIS ISSUES LIVREA (PO) 6.0 A MAT/05
20692 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS - EQUIVALENT TO LEVEL B1 4.0 1 G E
13351 - COMPETENCES RELATED TO THE LABOUR MARKET 1.0 2 G F
21933 - PROGRAMMING METHODS FOR PHYSICS course specifications MICCICHE' (PA) 6.0 2 V C FIS/07


Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
07870 - PHYSICS II course specifications CANNAS (PO) 12.0 Yearly V
ELECTROSTATICS AND MAGNETISM CANNAS (PO) 6.0 A FIS/01
ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS CANNAS (PO) 6.0 A FIS/01
10260 - PHYSICS II - LABORATORY course specifications VETRI (PA) 12.0 Yearly V
ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS SCIORTINO (RD) 6.0 B FIS/01
ELECTROMAGNETISM AND OPTICS EXPERIENCES VETRI (PA) 6.0 B FIS/07
13712 - MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS II course specifications TSCHINKE (RU) 12.0 Yearly V
COMPLEX ANALYSIS AND DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS TSCHINKE (RU) 6.0 A MAT/05
DIFFERENTIAL AND INTEGRAL CALCULUS OF MORE VARIABLES DALBONO (RU) 6.0 A MAT/05
16169 - ANALYTICAL AND RELATIVISTIC MECHANICS course specifications RIZZUTO (PA) 12.0 Yearly V
RELATIVISTIC MECHANICS MILITELLO (PA) 6.0 B FIS/02
ANALYTICAL MECHANICS RIZZUTO (PA) 6.0 B FIS/02
19973 - NUMERICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICS course specifications PAGANO (RD) 6.0 1 V C MAT/07
Free subjects (suggested) 12.0 D
Subject for path of excellence 27.0 D, F


Teachings third year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
13121 - PRACTICE 2.0 1 G F
14028 - QUANTUM MECHANICS course specifications PASSANTE (PA) 12.0 Yearly V
HYDROGEN ATOM AND PERTURBATION CALCULUS PASSANTE (PA) 6.0 B FIS/03
INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS NAPOLI (PA) 6.0 B FIS/03
14031 - MODERN PHYSICS - LABORATORY course specifications AGNELLO (PA) 6.0 1 V B FIS/01
16852 - COMPETENCES RELATED TO THE LABOUR MARKET 2 1.0 1 G F
19745 - PRINCIPLES OF MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICS course specifications BAGARELLO (PO) 6.0 1 V C MAT/07
22730 - STATISTICAL MECHANICS course specifications PALMA (PO) 6.0 1 V B FIS/03
01501 - ASTRONOMY course specifications REALE (PO) 6.0 2 V B FIS/05
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 4.0 2 V E
07136 - STRUCTURE OF MATTER course specifications CICCARELLO (PA) 6.0 2 V B FIS/03
14032 - NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS course specifications MARSELLA (PO) 6.0 2 V B FIS/04


Elective activities

Subject for path of excellence credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
21953 - INTERNSHIP ACTIVITIES - EXCELLENCE PATH IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES 3.0 1 G
21954 - OTHER ACTIVITIES AND IN-DEPTH PROJECT - III YEAR - EXCELLENCE PATH IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES 6.0 1 G F
21955 - OTHER ACTIVITIES AND IN-DEPTH PROJECT - II YEAR - EXCELLENCE PATH IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES 9.0 1 G F
21964 - STEREODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF BIOLOGICAL MATTER,FROM MACRO TO NANO-SCALE(*) course specifications VETRI (PA) 3.0 1 V D FIS/07
21965 - COSMOLOGY(*) course specifications DI SALVO (PO) 3.0 1 V D FIS/05
21966 - ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL METHODOLOGIES(*) course specifications AGNELLO (PA) 3.0 1 V D FIS/01
21967 - INTRODUCTION TO LASERS AND PHOTONICS(*) course specifications MESSINA (PA) 3.0 1 V D FIS/01
21968 - PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL IMAGING(*) course specifications MARRALE (PA) 3.0 1 V D FIS/07
21969 - ADVANCED CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS(*) course specifications PASSANTE (PA) 3.0 1 V D FIS/03
21970 - DETERMINISTIC CHAOS(*) course specifications MANTEGNA (PO) 3.0 1 V D FIS/07
21971 - ADVANCES IN MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR PHYSICS(*) course specifications BAGARELLO (PO) 3.0 1 V D MAT/07
21972 - INTRODUCTION TO COSMIC RAY PHYSICS(*) course specifications MARSELLA (PO) 3.0 1 V D FIS/01
21973 - PHYSICS AND INFORMATION(*) course specifications PALMA (PO) 3.0 1 V D FIS/03


Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
06895 - HISTORY OF PHYSICS course specifications FAZIO (PA) 6.0 2 V D FIS/08
16038 - COMPLEMENTS OF CLASSICAL PHYSICS course specifications GUCCIONE (RU) 6.0 2 V D FIS/01
22405 - MACHINE LEARNING FOR PHYSICS course specifications CASCIO (PA) 6.0 2 V D FIS/07
22406 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL PHYSICS course specifications MARRALE (PA) 6.0 2 V D FIS/07
22407 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEXITY course specifications MICCICHE' (PA) 6.0 Yearly V
STOCHASTIC COMPUTATIONAL MODELS AND METHODS FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS MICCICHE' (PA) 3.0 D FIS/07
COMPUTATIONAL MODELS AND METHODS FOR COMPLEXITY MUSCIOTTO (RD) 3.0 D FIS/07


Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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