Introduction to Physics


The objective of this teaching unit is to transmit to Mathematics students a basis of Classical Physics using tools developed by Mathematics.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Gregoire Marie Jean Bonfait


Weekly - 3

Total - 42

Teaching language



Knowledge of elementary concepts (9th grade) of Physics




Fundamentals of Physics, 7th edition, Halliday, Resnick and Walker


Teaching method

The lectures consist: of a brief but clarifying presentation of topics; deep discussion of the main concepts and problem solving.

Evaluation method

Introduction to Physics

According to the FCT-UNL Knowledge Assessment Regulation, the Curricular Unit (UC) Introduction to Physics has a single assessment component called theoretical-practical component.

1) Presence: 2/3 of the classes: Only students with 2/3 of presence can go to test 2 or to the appeal exam.
2) Assessment exams: 2 tests (1 h) or appeal exam (2 h)
3) Pass: Final grade (average of the two tests or resource grade) ≥ 10.
4) Rules of tests or exams:
1. During the tests, students can only use a non-graphic and non-programmable calculator. The use of any other equipment (computer, mobile phone, etc.) will result in the cancellation of this test.

2. (Excerpt from the evaluation regulation): When the existence of fraud or plagiarism is proven, in any of the evaluation elements of a  UC, the student directly involved  immediately fails the UC, without prejudice to any disciplinary or civil procedure, and must the occurrence must be reported to the FCT Director by the UC Responsible.

Subject matter

  (expected program)
Chapter 1- Kinematics of a particle
Chapter 2- Strength, Work and Energy
Chapter 3- Conservation laws
Chapter 4- The Bohr Atom
Chapter 5- The harmonic oscillator


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