General Physics 3 / Curriculum
Course title General Physics 3
Code F103
Status Lectures(60), Seminars (15), Exercises (30)
Year 2nd Semester 3rd
ECTS 9 ECTS credits
Lecturer Branko Vuković, Associate Professor, Jelana Strišković, teaching assistant
Course objective Understanding of the basic physical concepts and relations connected with oscillations, waves, optics and atomic physics.
Prerequisites Competences acquired in General Physics I, General Physics II, Mathematics 1, Mathematics 2.
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, students will be able to:

  1. Define fundamental terms and describe phenomena in the theory of waves.
  2. Define fundamental terms and describe phenomena in acoustics.
  3. Describe and interpret phenomena and laws in geometrical and physical optics.
  4. Explain line spectra and energy levels in atoms.
  5. Explain the  concept of laser device.
  6. Interpret correctly results in solving numerical problems
  7. Apply acquired knowledge in practical problems and continue independent broadening of views in presented fields.
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance 0,9 1-7 Class attendance  Evidence list (handwritten signature of the student)  0  10
Knowledge test (preliminary exam) 4,5 1-7 Preparation for written examination. Written  preliminary exam.  0  50
 Seminar 0,9 7 Research on given topic, writing about it, prepare presentation and present results. Evaluation of written text (max 5 points) and evaluation of presentation (max 5 points).  0  10
 Homework 1,35 6 Solving numerical problems. Short written exam every week during exercise class. 0 15
Final exam 1,35 1-7 Repetition of teaching materials. Oral exam (and written exam). 0 15
Total 9  0 100
Consultations Branko Vuković, Associate Professor: Monday, 10 – 11
Jelana Strišković, teacher assistant: Thursday, 12 – 13
Gained competencies Understanding basic phenomena and relations in oscillations, waves, optics and atomic physics. Perceiving common concepts in different fields. Capability of deriving fundamental equations and using them in problem solving, as well as in explaining natural phenomena and concepts of several instruments. Developing analytical and quantitative approach in problem solving. Capability of interpreting laws of physics using graphs. Developing skills for scientific research. Developing writing and speaking communication skills. Using scientific terminology correctly and with self confidence.
Content (Course curriculum) Waves; longitudinal waves – equation, standing waves, transverse waves. Acoustics; standing waves in air, speed of sound, transmission of energy in progressive waves. Doppler effect. Sources of sound. Sensitivity of human ear. Shock waves. Optics; basic laws of geometrical optics. Plane mirror, spherical mirrors. Prism. Dispersion of light. Spherical dioptre. Optical systems: eye, magnifier, microscope, binoculars. Photometry. Physical optics; interference of light. Fresnel’s mirrors. Lloyd’s mirror, interference at planparallele plate. Newton’s rings. Michelson interferometer. Diffraction of light; Fraunhoffer  diffraction, diffraction grating, Fresnel’s diffraction. Polarized light. Malus’ law. Optical activity. Atomic line spectra and energy levels. Structure of atom. Lasers.
Recommended reading
  1. Planinić, J., Osnove fizike 3, Valovi – akustika – optika – uvod u atomsku fiziku, Filozofski fakultet Osijek, 2005.
  4. Henč-Bartolić, V., Kulišić, P., Valovi i optika, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1991.
  5. Cindro, N., Fizika 1, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1988.
  6. Henč-Bartolić, V., Baće, M., Bistričić, L., Horvat, D., Kulišić, P., Rješeni zadaci iz valova i optike, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1992.
Additional reading
  1. Paić, M., Gibanje, Sile, Valovi, Liber, Zagreb, 1997.
  2. Paić, M., Osnove fizike, IV dio, Sveučilišna naklada Liber, Zagreb, 1983
  3. Halliday, D., Resnick, R., Walker, J., Fundamentals of physics, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2003.
  4. Young, H., Freedman, R., University Physics, with modern physics Addison-Wesley Publ., New York, 2008.
  5. Giambattista, A i suradnici, College physics, McGraw Hill, 2007.
  6. E. Babić, R. Krsnik i M. Očko. Zbirka riješenih zadataka iz fizike. Školska knjiga, Zagreb 2004.
Instructional methods Lectures (60 hours) with Power Point presentations, interactive simulations, demonstration experiments, discussions, solving of sample problems individually and in group, regular tests.

Problem solving in exercise classes (30 hours) independently and under the guidance of the teaching assistant.

Student seminars (15 hours) are designed to induce students in the direction of independent problem solving work when both the problem and solution methods are chosen by students after some example problems suitable for seminars are offered to students. Discussion and questions are encouraged.

Exam formats Short numerical exam every week, exams each month (the total of three during semester). Final exam immediately after the end of the course. Students that collect more than 60% credits during semester are considered to have passed the exam. Students that collect less than 60% credits during whole semester are taking 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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