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Code: EC0017     Acronym: FISI

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://moodle.up.pt/login/index.php
Responsible unit: Department of Engineering Physics
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Civil Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEC 135 Syllabus since 2006/2007 2 - 5 60 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Helena Sousa Soares de Oliveira Braga
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


Engineers use cientific knowledge to build machines, structures and systems that are useful and needed for humans. That is only possible if they understand and master the fundamental laws that describe the behaviour of physical systems. In this curricular unit we introduce the phenomena and laws of three fundamental areas in Physics: Waves and Electromagnetism.

- To show how to use the laws of these areas of physics to compute relevant quantities.
- To show how the physical concepts explain natural phenomena and how they are used in engineering problems.
- To measure physical quantities and verify some important laws.
- To develop critical thinking by solving problems, and analysing the results of experiments.
- To develop curiosity for the laws of nature.
- To show why engineers should respect the laws of nature.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this course the studentes should be able to

- Describe the principal concepts and basic physical phenomena of Waves ,  and Electromagnetism, using the right vocabulary.

- Identify the quantities, laws and concepts involved in natural phenomena and in engineering applications. Recognize the relevant physical laws in some lab experiments.

- Compute relevant physical quantities in new situations

-Solve problems in these 2 areas of Physics.

- Work in group.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Sudentes should have the basic knowledge of integral and differential calculus and of the Newton laws od classic mechanics.


Waves: Progressive transverse waves and progressive longitudinal waves; wave velocity; wavelength; frequency and velocity of periodic waves; energy and potency transmitted by waves in a rope; sound waves; potency of a sound wave; sound intensity and level of sound intensity; wave interference; beats; stationary waves; Doppler effect.

Electricity: atomic structure; electrisation; properties of an electric charge; force between charges; conductors and isolators; electrostatic induction; batteries; electromotive force; conductors and semiconductors; electric current; electric potential; electric potency; Ohm’s law; resistivity and resistance; superconductivity; electric capacity; condensers; dielectrics; electric field; electric field lines; electric flux Circuits: association of resistances; association of condensers; circuit laws; diodes; RC circuit

Engineers use scientific knowledge to build machines, structures and systems that are useful and needed for humans. That is only possible if they understand and master the fundamental laws that describe the behaviour of physical systems. In this curricular unit it is introduced the phenomena and laws of two fundamental areas in Physics:Electromagnetism and Waves

Mandatory literature

Diana Urbano; Ondas, 2014
Jaime Villate; Eletricidade, magnetismo e circuitos, 2013
Tipler, Paul A.; Física para cientistas e engenheiros. ISBN: 85-216-1462-4

Complementary Bibliography

Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman; Física (Volume II): Termodinâmica e Ondas, Addison Wesley (Brasil)
Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman; Física (Volume III): Eletromagnetismo, Addison Wesley (Brasil), 2009. ISBN: 9788588639348

Teaching methods and learning activities

The theoretical classes will be dedicated to the presentation of subjects, starting from the phenomenological aspects to the physics models and laws explaining them. Simple experimental demonstrations and computer animations/simulations are favored to formal theoretical deductions.

The practical-theoretical classes are composed of at least two of the following components:
• Resolution of important examples to improve the understanding of the theoretical lectures (30 min maximum);
• Problem solving by the students, individually or in group, under the guidance and supervision of the professor(1h00 to 2h00);

In the context of the continuous assessment, two of these classes will be held in laboratories where the students will carry out simple experiments, analyse their results and produce a short written report.

All the support to the course, from the electronic publication of summaries, lecture notes, problem sheets to be used in theoretical-practical classes, guidelines for experiments, resolutions/corrections and results of the distributed grading assignments, etc, up to the contact with the teachers, in online forums, will be conducted through the e-learning facility Moodle@FEUP, in the are of the course (http://moodle.fe.up.pt/course/view.php?id=206), in which the students should verify their enrollment.

Students are encouraged to identify the quantities, laws and concepts involved in natural phenomena and in engineering applications, work in group, recognize the relevant physical laws in some simple lab tests.


Physical sciences > Physics > Electromagnetism
Physical sciences > Physics

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 72,50
Trabalho laboratorial 27,50
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 75,00
Frequência das aulas 60,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

“Achieving final classification requires compliance with attendance at the course unit. It is considered that students meet the attendance requirements if, having been regularly enrolled, the number of absences of 25% for each of the classes’ types is not exceeded. The following cases are exempted from the attendance requirements: i) cases prescribed by law, including student workers; ii) students who were admitted to exams in the previous academic year.”

The 3 lab classes are compulsary to be addmitted in the final exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final classification formula is given by


FE=Final Exam, 2 1/2 hours 

AD= 3 TPL  + ITM

TPL: Laboratory experiments in group, 1,5/20  each.

ITM: individual tests on Moodle for self-assessment - 1 point out of 20

FE has 24 multiple choice questions. Four of them, involving more calculation, account for 8 points (out of twenty) and 20 of the multiple choice account for 12 points in 20.

Only students with a minimum of 7,5 (in 20) in the FE will pass the course.   


- It is advisable a weekly minimum home work of about 3h00.
- Attendance to all classes is  advisable.
- The use of a forms and a scientific calculating machine are allowed in all exams and tests of the course.

Season:Normal -  Normal (2ºS)Date:2020-06-25
Schedule:08:00 duration:01:30 Observations:Online

Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira
Maria Helena Sousa Soares de Oliveira Braga
Margarida Sarmento e Cunha Abrunhosa de Brito

Second Exam (final chance) 

July 16, 11h30 - 14H15 (final chance)
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