Physics II Q


The aim of the theoretical classes is to understand the concepts and laws of Physics (Electromagnetism), emphasizing rigor in language and the application of knowledge to the methodical solving and resolution of realistic problems. The objective of the laboratory classes is to learn experimental methods in Physics, to systematize the collection and processing of experimental results and the elaboration of scientific reports.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Alexandre Monteiro de Carvalho e Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - 49

Teaching language





Handouts supplied by the instructor.

University Physics, by Hugh Young and Roger Freedman, Pearson Ed.

Teaching method

The teaching method of the Physics II Q syllabus is based on theoretical-practical and laboratory classes. In theoretical-practical classes, the various themes that make up the syllabus are addressed through the exposure of concepts, problem solving, practical demonstrations and visualization of simulations. In practical classes, students perform 4 experimental assignments related to the syllabus.

Evaluation method


The FIIQ assessment has 2 components: laboratory and theoretical/practical.

Marks are all rounded to one decimal place, with the exception of the final mark, which is rounded to an integer.

Laboratory component

Consists in the execution of 4 mandatory laboratory activities.

Exclusively for students who never successfully completed this component 

In case of necessity, there will be a class at the end of the semester to carry out an overdue work.

The grade of the laboratory component, NLab, is the avergae of the grades of the 4 practical assignments.



A student obtains attendance if he/she has completed all the practical work and achieved the minimum classification of 10,0 (out of 20) in the laboratory component.


Tests and appeal exam

Consists in the undertaking of two tests or appeal exam.

Each of the two tests consists of 10 multiple-choice or quick-answer questions (6 points) and 1 or more problem (4 points). The final grade is the sum of the grades obtained in the two tests.

Only students who have a positive attendance are admitted to the appeal exam.

The appeal exam consist of 20 multiple-choice or quick-answer questions (12 points) and 2 or more problems (8 points).

In multiple choice questions, wrong answers beyond the first one deduct 1/(n-1) where n is the number of answer options.

Students can have with them, during the tests and the exam, a self-made form on an A4 sheet. This form can only contain equations and constants with their descriptions. 

A student obtains approval in this component if the final grade of the tests or the exam, NTE, is equal to or higher than 9.0


Final grade

1. For students without attendance or with attendance obtained in 2020/21 or 2021/22: 30% NLab + 70% NTE

2. For students with attendance obtained before or during 2019/120: 100% NTE.

Subject matter

Electric charge and electric field
Gauss law
Electrical potential
Electrical capacity
Current, resistance and emf
DC circuits
Electrostatics in water
Magnetic field
Magnetic field sources


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