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Physics Fundamentals

Code: EBE0200     Acronym: FFIS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Basic Sciences

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Engineering Physics
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Bioengineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIB 85 Syllabus 1 - 6 70 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Paulo Manuel de Araújo Sá

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Paulo Manuel de Araújo Sá 3,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 5 10,00
Maria José Fernandes Vaz Lourenço Marques 6,00
Paulo Manuel de Araújo Sá 4,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2019-07-23.

Fields changed: Eligibility for exams, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final

Teaching language



The objectives of this course unit are such that students may acquire a basic knowledge of general physics (mainly optics and classical mechanics including simple harmonic motion and some concepts about the wave motion) and that students may develop their own personal and professional skills and attributes.

At the end of this course unit students are expected to have acquired the following skills:

- To apply correctly the laws which rule the physical phenomena under study.

- Develop and acquire the reasoning skills to solve problems independently and critically;

- Acquire a discipline of continuous work throughout the semester.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

 - Properly use the laws governing the phenomena studied;

 - Use appropriate vocabulary to explain technical concepts and phenomena studied, as well as describe some of its applications;

 - Have a critical attitude towards the final results obtained using dimensional analysis, estimates of expected orders of magnitude, study of the interdependence between the quantities involved and the study of the behavior of the solution in borderline cases.


 The skills that are the subject of the assessment process (assessment test and final exam distributed) are as follows:

 - Correct use of the laws governing the phenomena studied.

- Critical attitude towards the final results.

Working method



1 - GEOMETRIC OPTICS: paraxial theory

● the linear propagation of light; the laws of reflection and refraction; the Fermat principle; flat and spherical mirrors; thin lenses; notions about optical instruments; the human eye


● units and dimensions; algebra of vectors; equilibrium of rigid bodies - static; kinematics: one-dimensional motion and motion in two dimensions; Newton's laws; Work, energy and power. Conservation of energy; conservation of linear momentum; particle systems; conservation of angular momentum; rigid body: rotation and introduction to the general movement


● simple harmonic motion (MHS); MHS and energy considerations; overlap of two MHS in the same direction. The uniform circular motion as a superposition of two MHS. Lissajous figures; damped harmonic motion; forced oscillations and resonance


● the concept of wave; progressive waves. Longitudinal and transverse waves. Polarization. Sine waves and general characteristics of waves; the equation of the vibrating strings; intensity of a wave; overlapping waves. Stationary waves. Beats; wave interference; the concept of diffraction; the Huygens principle. Reflection and refraction; sound and its intensity. Sounds and ultrasound. Applications: sonar and ultrasound. The human voice. Level of loudness; Doppler effect

Mandatory literature

Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman; University physics. ISBN: 0-201-84769-8
Silvestre, A. J. e P.I.C. Teixeira ; Mecânica: uma Introdução, Edições Colibri/Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, 2013. ISBN: 978-989-689-295-1

Complementary Bibliography

Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca; Physics for scientists and engineers. ISBN: 0-7167-4389-2
H. Moysés Nussenzveig; Curso de física básica. ISBN: 85-212-0046-3 (vol.1)
H. Moysés Nussenzveig; Curso de física básica
H. Moysés Nussenzveig; Curso de física básica. ISBN: 85-212-0163-X (vol.4)
Eugene Hecht ; José Manuel N. V. Rebordão; Óptica. ISBN: 972-31-0542-X
M. M. R. R. Costa e M.J.B.M.de Almeida; Fundamentos de Física, 3ª edição revista, Almedina, 2012. ISBN: 978-972-40-4841-3

Teaching methods and learning activities

- Lectures (type TP): lectures where the underlying concepts and physical models of the course unit are introduced and illustrated with examples and applications.

- Recitations: practical classes (PL type) or exercise classes where students solve exercises under the supervision of the teacher.

In 3 of the practical classes of the semester, students will perform practical work, in groups, on the Physics Laboratory.

In two TP class there will be a mini-test for individual assessment.

The assessment of this course is “distributed evaluation with final exam”.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Teste 70,00
Trabalho laboratorial 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 92,00
Frequência das aulas 70,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

► Will be admitted to the final appeal exam of the course unit any student who:

- have completed three (3) practical laboratory work;

- in the evaluation of practical laboratory work a rating of 3,0 or higher (in 6);

- is exempted from attending the course, due to having obtained a frequency in the previous school year, 2018/2019;

- has not exceeded the limit of absences to PL classes (25% of the number of classes planned);

NOTE: For the sake of standardization, twelve (12) classes are considered PL classes, which means that the maximum number of absences allowed for this type of class is three (3).

Calculation formula of final grade

CF = 1st MT + 2nd MT + TPL

CF (0 - 20 valores) – Final mark

TPL (0 – 6 valores) – Laboratory work

1st MT (0-7 valores) - 2 problems + multiple choise quiz questions

2nd MT (0-7 valores) - 3 problems

Classification improvement

Classification improvement can be done in the re-sit examination period, accordingly to the rules.
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