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Elements of Physics II

Code 12810
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Physics
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery Face to Face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes At the end of the course unit the student should be able to:
1. Explain the elementary laws of fluid physics and use them to analyse
practical situations including flow, blood circulation, and centrifugation.
2. Relate Fick's laws and simple diffusion situations, including passive membrane diffusion.
3. Characterize a propagating electromagnetic wave and the electromagnetic spectrum, and
apply the laws of reflection and refraction from the perspective of geometric optics.
4. Describe photons and the interactions between radiation and matter, explain the origin of the spectra,
the photoelectric effect and Compton diffusion, and apply the laws of thermal radiation.
5. Describe the constitution of the atomic nucleus and the types of radioactivity, apply the law of decay,
calculate doses of ionizing radiation, and explain cases of application of radioisotopes in biomedicine.
Syllabus 1. Fluids: Static fluids; fluids in motion; blood circulation; sedimentation and centrifugation.
2. Diffusion: Fick's Laws; passive diffusion through membranes.
3. Light propagation: Wave nature of electromagnetic radiation; electromagnetic spectrum; geometric optics: reflection and refraction of light.
4. Corpuscular nature of electromagnetic radiation: atomic spectra; photoelectric effect; Compton effect; thermal radiation.
5. Nuclear physics: constitution of nuclei; radioactive decay; elementary dosimetry;
application of radioisotopes in biomedicine.
Main Bibliography Serway and Vuille (2015). College Physics, volume 1, 10th edition,
(Brooks/Cole Cengage learning)
Serway and Jewett (2019). Physics for Scientists and Engineers with
Modern Physics, volume 1, 10th edition, (Brooks/Cole Cengage learning)
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The teaching / learning activities of the curricular unit include theoretical lectures with exposition of the themes and examples of context and application by the teacher, and theoretical-practical classes: after the presentation of the theoretical contents, these are exemplified in concrete applications, to clarify the methods explained and practice their use, and selected exercises are solved.
The assessment is made throughout the semester with written tests, and if students do not reach the expected skills the assessment is by written exam at the end of the semester.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-03-31

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