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Physics I

Code: EQ0064     Acronym: F I

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Physical Sciences (Physics)

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

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

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEQ 86 Syllabus 1 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Paulo Manuel de Araújo Sá

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,50
Laboratory Practice: 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 2,50
Paulo Manuel de Araújo Sá 2,50
Laboratory Practice Totals 4 6,00
Paulo Manuel de Araújo Sá 3,00
Maria João Barbosa Regufe 3,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2020-01-28.

Fields changed: Teaching methods and learning activities

Teaching language



The global aim is to teach the theoretical physical principles necessary to analyse mechanical problems and introduce the general principle of Physics and Engineering in real problem analysis through the use of logic and simplifications. The strategy to consolidate the knowledge of Physics will be based on the resolution of Engineering problems applying physical principles, trigonometry, vector algebra and calculus (differentiation and integration), crucial to the qualification of the future engineers. The specific aims are the learning of basic mechanical concepts, namely: force, momentum, mechanical equilibrium and conservation theorems(of energy, linear momentum and angular momentum). The students should get familiar with the application of vector algebra to statics, cinematics and dynamics.

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 Introduction 2 Motion along a straight line 3 Vectors 4 Motion in two and three dimensions 5 Newton's laws of motion 6 Equilibrium and elasticity 7 Applications of Newton´s laws 8 Work and kinetic energy 9 Potencial energy and energy conservation 10 Momentum, impulse, and collisions 11 Rotation of rigid bodies 12 Dynamics of rotational motion

Mandatory literature

H. D. Young, R. A. Freedman; Física I, Pearson
Young, Hugh D.; University Physics. ISBN: 0-201-84769-8
António Jorge Silvestre e Paulo Ivo Cortez Teixeira; Mecânica: uma Introdução, Edições Colibri/Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, 2013. ISBN: 9789896892951

Complementary Bibliography

P. A. Tipler, G. Mosca; Física para Cientistas e Engenheiros - Volume 1: Mecânica, Oscilações e Ondas, Termodinâmica, LTC, 2009. ISBN: 9788521617105
Marcelo Alonso, Edward J. Finn; Física, Escolar Editora, 2012. ISBN: 978-9725923337
H. Moysés Nussenzveig; Curso de física básica. ISBN: 85-212-0046-3 (vol.1)

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical-Practical (TP) classes – Expositive classes where concepts and models are introduced. Practical (P) classes – Tutorial and expositive classes where representative problems are discussed and solved. Proposed problem resolution by the students. Three Laboratory sessions throughout the semester.



Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 65,00
Teste 12,50
Trabalho laboratorial 22,50
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

- The student will not have frequency if his final continuous classification (distributed evaluation) is less than 3.0 (in 7). - Independently of student’s last continuous classification, if the student is obliged to have frequency to the discipline, he should not exceed the absence limit to the practical classes (25% of the number of previewed classes). Otherwise the student will not be allowed to the final exam. - Students who, in previous years, were inscribed in the discipline are not obliged to have frequency in practical classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

1 - New students : CF = EF + AD CF (0 - 20 valores) – Final classification EF (0 - 13 valores) – final exam AD (0 – 7 valores) – continous classification where AD = (TPL + Q + P) TPL (0 – 4,5 valores) – Laboratory work Q (0 - 1,5 valores) – multiple choise quiz questions P (0 - 1,0) - solved problem 2 – "old" students ( 2017/2018) : CF = EF + AD18 CF – final classification (0-20 valores) EF – final exam (0-13 valores) AD18 - (0 – 7 valores) – continous classification (2017/2018)

Classification improvement

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


Due to the current COVID 19 situation, the continuous assessment has been modified, being now composed by one multiple choice test (20 questions) that the students must solve before the examination period. This test correspond to a total of 7 (seven) out of 20 in the final mark in the normal season. The laboratory component initially thought out has no effect since there was no opportunity to be performed.
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