Course title General Physics 1
Code F101
Status Lectures(60), Seminars (15), Numerical exercises (30)
Year 1. Semester 1.
ECTS 9 ECTS credits
Lecturer Associate professor Branko Vuković, PhD; Maja Varga Pajtler, PhD; Danijela Kuveždić, lecturer
Course objective Adopt the basic knowledge and concepts in the field of kinematics and dynamics (mechanics), statics, relativistic mechanics, fluid mechanics and oscillations. Prepare for the courses that follow and which require knowledge of natural laws in specified fields.
Prerequisites Obtained competences in physics and mathematics at the previous levels of education; enrolled the university undergraduate study.
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the basic physical quantities and associated units of measure; be able to distinguish between primary and derived, as well as vector and scalar quantities.
  2. Define basic concepts and describe the phenomena of the kinematics and dynamics.
  3. Properly interpret graphical representation of physical quantities and their interdependence.
  4. Define basic concepts and describe phenomena in the field of relativistic mechanics.
  5. Correctly describe and interpret the laws of conservation.
  6. Correctly describe and interpret the laws of statics.
  7. Correctly describe and interpret the laws and phenomena of fluid mechanics and oscillations.
  8. Properly evaluate the results obtained by solving the tasks. Apply knowledge gained from the treated areas.
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance 1 1-8 Class attendance  Evidence list (handwritten signature of the student)  0  10
ColloquIum (midterm exams) 3 1-8 Expressions of definitions and physical laws. Performs mathematical expressions for certain physical quantities. Describing demonstration experiments performed in class. Solving numerical problems. Written midterms (3 exams per semester).  0  30
 Seminars 1 1-8 The research on a given topic and writing text seminars. Drawing up a presentation and an oral presentation of the seminar. Rating of the written seminar (up to 5 points), and oral presentation score (up to 5 points).  0  10
 Homework 1 1-8 Solving numerical problems. Checking and discussions on the following exercises or consultation. 0 10
Final exam 3 1-8 Numerical exercises as written and oral assessment test understanding of physical laws. Written and oral examination. 0 40
Total 9 100
Consultations Branko Vuković: Monday, 10:00-11:00 Maja Varga Pajtler:
Danijela Kuveždić: Wednesday, 12:00-14:00
Gained competencies Understanding the basic physical concepts and relations related to mechanics, statics, relativistic mechanics and fluid mechanics.

Spotting concepts that are common to different areas. Having the ability to formulate and perform basic equations and their use in solving problems, explaining natural phenomena and principles of selected devices and instruments.

Developing analytical and quantitative approaches for solving problems. Showing the relationship of physical quantities using graphs and interpreting the graphs and the relationship between physical quantities.

Developing the skills of scientific research.

Developing of written and spoken communication skills and professional expression when writing seminars and during the public appearances.

Content (Course curriculum) Introduction to physics. Physical units. Motion; speed, velocity, acceleration, free fall, slope, vertical projectile motion, slant projectile motion, circular motion. Dynamics; Newton’s laws. Conservation of linear momentum. Gravitation. Dynamics law for two systems in relative motion. The Galilean transformations, system in circular motion, Coriolis force. Elastic force. Friction. Work. Energy; law of conservation of mechanical energy. Power. Collision. Relativistic mechanics. Lorentz transformations, length contraction, time dilation, relativistic energy and momentum. Statics; center of gravity, handle, rotation of a rigid object about a fix axis, parallel-axis theorem, law of conservation of angular momentum, rotation of a rigid object about free axis. Fluid statics; hydraulic and atmospheric pressure, buoyant force, surface tension, capillarity. Fluid dynamics; the equation of continuity, Bernoulli’s equation, viscosity, flow of real fluid within tube, motion of a body in fluids. Viscosity measurement, errors of measurements. Oscillations; the pendulum, Lissajous figures, damped harmonic oscillations, forced harmonic oscillations, the physical pendulum.
Recommended reading
  1. Planinić, J., Osnove fizike 1, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 2005.
  2. Cindro, N., Fizika 1, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1991.
  3. Kulišić, P., Mehanika i toplina, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 2005.
Additional reading
  1. Paić, M., Gibanje, Sile, Valovi, Liber, Zagreb, 1997.
  2. Kittel, C., Knight, W., Ruderman, M., Mehanika, Tehnička knjiga, Zagreb, 1986.
  3. Young, H., Freedman, R., University Physics, Addison-Wesley Publ., New York, 2014.
  4. E. Babić, R. Krsnik i M. Očko, Zbirka riješenih zadataka iz fizike, Školska knjiga, Zagreb 2004.
  5. P. Kulišić, L.Bistričić, D. Horvat, Z. Narančić, T. Petrović i D. Pevec, Riješeni zadaci iz mehanike i topline, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 2002.
Instructional methods Lectures (60 hours) with the use of Power Point presentations, interactive simulation, the performance of demonstration experiments, addressing selected sample assignments, individual and group work, discussions and tests to check knowledge.

Numerical exercises instructed by an assistant (30 hours) with the lead of the assistant. Within the auditory exercises students receive additional tasks for the exercise, which are solved alone for the homework. Checking solutions and discussion on the tutorials.

Student presentations and discussions of specific topics at the seminar (15 hours).

Exam formats Students have the opportunity to take the numerical problems and theories through three exams (colloquium) per semester. If for each area in each colloquium achieve more than 60% of the points are exempt from the written and oral examination.

Other students take a written and oral exam.

Language Croatian. English (mentoring students).
Quality control and successfulness follow up A questionnaire will be offered to students at the end of the semester with a goal of finding and improving weak spots in the conception and delivery of the course.
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