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Physics II

Code: EA0023     Acronym: F II

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Physical Sciences (Physics)

Instance: 2020/2021 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

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

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEA 27 Syllabus since 2006/07 2 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Diana Maria Carreira Pires Urbano

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Diana Maria Carreira Pires Urbano 3,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 2,00
Diana Maria Carreira Pires Urbano 2,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2020-09-21.

Fields changed: Teaching methods and learning activities, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


- Acquisition of basic knowledge in the Physics of electromagnetism, optics, and atomic (nuclear) structure (CDIO 1.1.2) and the understanding of its underlaying role in some of the practical uses, appliances and tools.
- Development of personal perseverance and autononomy in study, will to deliver and resourcefulness,  self-awareness of the knowledge in Physics and its integration with Engineering, curiosity and interest in science, especially in Physics (CDIO 2.1.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.4 e 2.4.5).     
- Contribute to the practice in written communication (CDIO 3.2.3) and to an ethical and responsible attitude (CDIO 2.5.1).

(CDIO Syllabus 2.0)

Learning outcomes and competences

By the end of this course unit, after observing and studying electromagnetic phenomena (including circuits), light propagation, optics (including optical instruments) and atomic (nuclear) structure,  a student is expected to be able to:
- Enunciate the essencial concepts and laws in these subjects;
- Apply correctly the laws to solve exercises;
- Demostrate a critical attitude towards the methods and results;
- Employ the correct vocabulary;
- Describe and explain the working principles behind practical uses, appliances and tools;
- Explain qualitatively at microscopic level some of the studied/observed phenomena.

Working method


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

Core knowledge in Mechanics (Física I) and Mathematics ( Análise Matemática I e II).


1. Electrostatics: electric field and potenctial: electrostatic energy; capacity; dielectrics.
2. Electric current and direct currrent circuits.
3. Magnetostatics: magnetic field; magnetic forces, magnetic energy, magnetic materials.
4. Magnetic induction. Inductance. Alternating current circuits.
5. Electromagnetic waves and spectrum.
6. Properties and descriptions of light.
7. Geometrical optics. Optical instruments.
8. Interference and difraction.
9. Atomic structure and electromagnetic waves.
10. Nuclear structure and radioactivity.

Mandatory literature

Tipler Paul A. 1933-; Física para cientistas e engenheiros. ISBN: 85-216-1462-4

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical/recitation classes (TP): Main contact with the Physics of the syllabus. The main line of work proceeds from phenomenology to the models and corresponding laws of Physics. Experimental demonstrations and their discussion. Resolution of illustrative examples.   

Practical classes (L):  problem solving; experimental activities; distributed evaluation activities.


Physical sciences > Physics > Electromagnetism
Physical sciences > Physics > Optics

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Teste 40,00
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

Eligibility for the exams is attained when the absence rate is below 25%, both in TP and PL classes, in accordance  with the regulations (Normas Gerais de Avaliação).

Calculation formula of final grade

(All grades in the 0-20 points scale.)

Distributed evaluation,  DE (8 points)

T1, T2 -   2 tests in class (summative assessment);  

TM - Moodle tests (formative assessment)

P - Problem solving in group (formative assessment) 

EX - Exam ;  CG - Course unit (final) grade.     

CG = 0,6 * EX + 0,4 * DE
Minimum grade in the final exam to pass: 8,0 points in 20.

Examinations or Special Assignments


Internship work/project


Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

By exam in accordance with the regulations (Normas Gerais de Avaliação).

Classification improvement

By exam in accordance with the regulations (Normas Gerais de Avaliação), the final grade being that of the exam.


1. It is allowed to use a basic scientific pocket calculator (non alfanumeric) in the tests and exams and formula sheet which is provided.

2. Any fraud or attempt of fraud implies the loss of eligibility for the exams.
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