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Physics II

Code: FIS1008     Acronym: FIS1008     Level: 100

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://moodle.up.pt/course/view.php?id=912
Responsible unit: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Course/CS Responsible: First Degree in Chemistry

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:CTA 74 Plano estudos a partir do ano letivo 2016/17 1 - 6 56 162
L:EG 11 The study plan from 2019 1 - 6 56 162
L:Q 52 study plan from 2016/17 1 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Teresa Monteiro Seixas

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Teresa Monteiro Seixas 2,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 4 8,00
Caroline dos Santos da Silva 4,00
Teresa Monteiro Seixas 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


FÍSICA II (FIS1008) is an introductory physics course in general physics. Fundamental physical principles of electricity, magnetism, light and thermodynamics are covered.

Learning outcomes and competences

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able:

- to describe the main features of the force of gravitational attraction and the Coulomb force.

- to understand elementary concepts in electricity, namely electric field and electric potential created by one or more point charges or by other charge distributions; movement of a charge in a uniform electric field; electric dipole moment; intrinsic and induced electric dipoles; action of an electric field on a dipole; interaction between dipoles (van der Waals forces). Apply these concepts to problem solving.

- to understand elementary concepts about electrical circuits, namely electromotive force of a battery; transformation of chemical energy into electrical energy; electric current and electric resistance; DC circuits and Kirchhoff's laws. Apply these concepts to problem solving.

- to understand elementary concepts of magnetism, namely magnetic field; sources of magnetic field; magnetic force on moving charges; movement of a charged particle in a uniform magnetic field; mass spectroscopy. Apply these concepts to problem solving.

- to describe the main characteristics of electromagnetic waves, namely electric and magnetic field of a plane electromagnetic wave; polarization; reflection and refraction of light in the approximation of geometrical optics; interference and diffraction phenomena. Apply these concepts to problem solving.

- to understand elementary concepts of thermodynamic processes and thermal properties of materials, namely temperature and heat; thermal capacity; thermal expansion; thermal conductivity; phase diagrams. Apply these concepts to problem solving.

- to understand the kinetic theory of gases. Apply these concepts to problem solving.

- to answer conceptual questions in different subject areas of the course.

Working method



1. Fundamental interactions. The force of gravitational attraction and the Coulomb force

2. Electricity

2.1 Electric field

2.2 Electric potential

2.3 Electrical circuits

3. Magnetism

3.1 Magnetic field

3.2 Sources of magnetic field

3.3 Magnetic force on moving charges

3.4 Movement of a charged particle in a uniform magnetic field

3.5 Mass spectroscopy

4. Electromagnetic waves

4.1 Electric and magnetic field of a plane electromagnetic wave

4.2 Polarization

4.3 Reflection and refraction of light in the approximation of geometrical optics

4.4 Interference and diffraction phenomena

5. Thermodynamics

5.1 Processes and thermal properties of materials

5.2 Kinetic theory of gases


Mandatory literature

Tipler, P. and Mosca, G., ; Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 6th Edition, W. H. Freeman and Company, 2008. ISBN: 0-7167-8964-7 (Extended, Chapters 1-41)
Resnick R., Halliday D., Walker J.; Fundamentals of Physics Extended, Wiley; 9 edition, 2010. ISBN: 0470469080
Serway Raymond A.; Physics for scientists and engineers with modern physics. ISBN: 0-534-40949-0
Halliday/Resnick; Fundamentos de Física, vols 2 e 3, LTC, 2009
Sears/Zemansky; Física II, (Termodinâmica e Ondas), Addisson Wesley, 2003
Young/Freedman; University Physics, 12 Edition, Addisson Wesley, 2006
T. M. Seixas; Apontamentos do Curso de Física II, 2017

Complementary Bibliography

Alonso Marcelo; Fisica. ISBN: 84-03-20990-8 Conjunto 3 vols.
J. Dias de Deus et all; Introdução à Física, McGraw-Hill, 2000
Alaor Chaves,; Física Básica: Gravitação, Fluidos, Ondas, Termodinâmica,, LTC, 2007

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures to teach syllabus contents and seminar classes to solve and discuss questions/exercises. The mode of delivery for seminar classes will be by cooperative learning with whiteboarding.

Didactic contents, including solutions of proposed problems, will be made available on Moodle-UP e-learning platform. Associated with these didactic contents, online formative tests will also be made available.

In seminars and lectures, there will be formative assessment using Socrative.

A discussion forum on Moodle-UP e-learning platform will be opened to resolve doubts.



Physical sciences > Physics > Thermodynamics > Applied thermodynamics
Physical sciences > Physics > Electromagnetism

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 106,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance at recitation classes is mandatory and is in accordance with the rules of "Conselho Pedagógico-FCUP".

Attendance at lectures is not mandatory.

Calculation formula of final grade

Exam grade between 0 and 20.

If Exam grade ≥ 9.5 then the student passes.

If 8.0 ≤ Exam grade < 9.5, students may request an oral examination.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Students should take formative tests through Moodle-UP platform. These tests will have a few simple questions/exercises about the content available on the Moodle-UP platform.

Students will also take a global formative test, through Moodle-UP platform, which includes content taught during the semester. 

Formative tests’ grades and global formative test’s grade will not be considered for the final grade.

In seminars and lectures, there will be formative assessment using Socrative.

Classification improvement

According to the “Regulamento de Avaliação do Aproveitamento dos Estudantes” of FCUP.


Following the guidelines of the Director of FCUP/CP, lectures will be taught online and seminar classes wil be taught in presence. This scheme could be changed.

Any omissions and/or questions regarding this form will be resolved by the course’s instructor.

The jury can demand that the student takes an additional written and/or oral examination, within 48 hours after grades’ publication.

Exams (normal, resit) will be undertaken in presence, using computers in FCUP's computer rooms.

Teresa Monteiro Seixas
Caroline Santos Silva
Ariel Guerreiro

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