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Code: EEC0008     Acronym: FISI

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Engineering Physics
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Electrical and Computers Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEEC 276 Syllabus 1 - 8 77 216

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António José dos Santos Silva
Francisco José Baptista Salzedas

Teaching language



a) To present a detailed description of the basic concepts of Classic Mechanics and Thermodynamics with a special emphasis on the most essential aspects, trying to develop intuition and reasoning;
b) To introduce the necessary mathematical tools;
c) To develop the ability to apply mathematics to problems of the real world of physics and engineering; d) To include examples of application in order to show the results

Learning outcomes and competences

Students who successfully complete this course will:

1- be capable of explaining basic concepts and physical phenomena using appropriate vocabulary  in two different areas of Physics: Classic Mechanics and Thermodynamics.
2- be able to use the laws governing the basic phenomena of these 2 areas to calculate relevant physical quantities.
3- be capable to show how the referred concepts explain phenomena observed in everyday life, and how they apply to engineering problems.
4- be capable of team work in solving problems and also be able to solve problems independently.

Working method


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

Prerequisites: vector, differencial and integral calculus.

Corequisites: ordinary diferential equations.


1- Introduction to Physics. Units, physical quantities and systems of measurement
2- Vectors and vector calculus
3- Newton’s laws of motion and applications
4- Work, energy and energy conservation
5- Systems of particles and linear and angular momentum conservation laws
6- Motion, and static equilibrium of rigid bodies
7- Temperature, thermal properties and thermal processes
8- Heat and the first law of thermodynamics
9- Kinetic theory of gases
10- Second law of thermodynamics and entropy

Mandatory literature

Marcelo Alonso, Edward J. Finn ; Tradução Maria Alice Gomes da Costa, Maria de Jesus Vaz de Carval; Física. ISBN: 978-972-592-296-5
Paul A. Tipler; Física para cientistas e engenheiros. ISBN: 85-216-1462-4

Complementary Bibliography

H. Moysés Nussenzveig; Curso de física básica. ISBN: 85-212-0046-3 (vol.1)

Teaching methods and learning activities

-  Classes will be based on the presentation, discussion and problem solving of the themes of the course. Experimental demonstrations will be performed when possible.


Physical sciences > Physics > Classical mechanics
Physical sciences > Physics > Thermodynamics

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 55,00
Teste 45,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 139,00
Frequência das aulas 77,00
Total: 216,00

Eligibility for exams

► For students in 1st registration:

Number of absences defined by UP regulation.

► For students with two or more registrations:

For these students there is no criterion of attendance, ie, there is no marking of faults.

With frequency in the previous year:
OR students keep the CA grade obtained last year,
OR students can, irreversibly, choose to submit to the CA in this year, annulling the earlier CA grade.

Without frequency in the previous year:
OR students undergoes CA in the present year,
OR students just attend the final exams, performing the exam to 20 points.

► Regardless the continuous Assessment (CA) grade, all the students can attend the final exams.

► The distributed evaluation will consist of two tests, each with the duration of 1.5h.

► Approximate dates, to be confirmed later, for the midterm tests:
- 1st TEST: 7th week of classes, starting March the 25th;
- 2nd TEST: 12th week of classes, starting April the 29th.

Calculation formula of final grade

• The final grade of the continous assessment (CA) is given by the mean value of the grades of the two midterm exams.

• If the grade of the final exam (EX) is less than 8,0 (minimum score in the final exam to complete the course), the course final grade will be that of the final exam.  Otherwise, the course final grade (FG) will be given by:

FG = Maximum (0,45*CA + 0,55*EX ; EX)

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

• The final course grade is the grade of the final exam, when exempted from other eligibility for exams criteria.

• Students may take part in the continuous assessment (CA) under the rules for eligibility for exams.

Classification improvement

In the written examination periods allowed by the regulations, the final course grade being given by the same calculation formula of the final grade.


– It is strictly forbiden the use of mobile phones or any other comunication device during the exams. They should be turned off. Their use is considered as fraud.

- The formula sheet available for classes will be provided in the examinations.

– According to the course ECTS, the weekly study time is approximately 10 hours.

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