Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Física I

Course unit code: 366695

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Eric Langenberg Perez

Department: Department of Condensed Matter Physics

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture

Face-to-face and online




(Lectures on the theoretical concepts of the subject)


-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online




(Lectures on solving problems related to the subject)


-  Group tutorial

Face-to-face and online




(Students solving problems related to the subject under teacher's supervision)

Independent learning


(The minimum amount of time students should invest in studying the theoretical concepts and independently solving the problems related to the course)





  • It is very useful to work on the concepts learnt during the lectures on a regular basis.
  • It is very convenient to try to solve the problems independently before they are solved by the professor.
  • It is advisable to read the references given by the professor.



Competences to be gained during study



To be able to analyse and summarize (Instrumental).


To gain knowledge of basic and technological subjects required to learn new methods and technologies and ensure versatility and the ability to adapt to new situations (Personal).


To gain the scientific and technical training to work on the design and development of measurement, control and communication systems for all of the biomedical activities required by society and by scientific knowledge.


To know the basic mathematical, physical and engineering concepts that are required to interpret, select, assess and create new concepts, theories, uses and technological developments in biology and medicine.

Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

  • To understand the fundamental physical phenomena related to mechanics, fluids, thermal properties, thermodynamics, and waves.
  • To learn how to use the theoretical concepts to effectively solve practical problems in the fields of mechanics, fluids, thermal properties, thermodynamics, and waves.
  • To gain a broad perspective on mechanics, fluids, thermal properties, thermodynamic, and waves in order to apply the concepts learnt during the course to the field of biomedical engineering.


Referring to abilities, skills

  • To learn how to relate several fields of study to build new models and ideas.
  • To learn how to solve complex multidisciplinary problems involving different knowledge areas in an efficient fashion.



Teaching blocks


1. Mechanics

1.1. Kinematics.

1.2. Dynamics. Newton’s laws.

1.3. Linear Momentum. System of particles and Center of Mass.

1.4. Work and Energy.

1.5. Rotation. Rigid Body Dynamics.

1.6. Angular Momentum.

2. Fluid Mechanics

2.1. Introduction to Physics of Fluids: Definitions and Properties.

2.2. Hydrostatics.

2.3. Hydrodynamics of Ideal Fluids.

2.4. Hydrodynamics of Viscous Fluids.

3. Temperature, Heat, and Thermal Properties of Matter.

3.1. Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium. Thermal Expansion.

3.2. Heat. Heat Capacity. Latent Heat and Phase Changes.

3.3. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, and Radiation.

4. Thermodynamics

4.1. Ideal Gas: Macroscopic Description.

4.2. Kinetic Theory of Gases. Equipartition Theorem. Internal Energy.

4.3. The First Law of Thermodynamics.

4.4. Kinds of Thermodynamic Processes.

4.5. Heat Capacity of Gases and Solids.

4.6. The Second Law of Thermodynamics.

5. Mechanical Waves

5.1. Properties and Types of Mechanical Waves.

5.2. Wave Equation. Wave Velocity.

5.3. Harmonic Waves.

5.4. Superposition and Interference of Waves. Stationary Waves.

5.5. Sound Waves.

5.6. Doppler Effect.



Teaching methods and general organization


The classes are taught in English. Although the students are strongly encouraged to use the English language during the course, they are allowed to use any official language when it comes to participating in class or to solving problems/exams.

On-line versus Face-to-Face classes

Depending on the sanitary conditions and the decisions made by the different authorities, the classes will be on-line, face-to-face or "hybrid" (combination of both).

Lectures given by the professor

  • Lectures on the theoretical concepts of the subject in a "dynamic" manner, i.e., the students are strongly encouraged to participate, discuss, and debate.
  • Lectures on solving practical problems related to the theoretical concepts of the subject. The participation of students in these sessions is especially important. 

Group Tutorial

In these sessions the students will work on solving different problems related to the theoretical concepts of the subject under the supervision of a professor.





Official assessment of learning outcomes


The continuous assessment is carried out as follows:

  • Two tests performed during the course that allows determining the ongoing learning process of the student.
  • A final exam.


The final qualification is the weighted average of the qualification of the two tests (20% each) and the final exam (60%). Yet, if the mark of the final exam is higher than that obtained by doing the previously mentioned weighted average, the mark of the final exam prevails as the final qualification.


For those students who do not attain the minimum qualification to pass, a reassessment exam is provided. In this scenario the mark obtained by the student in the reassessment exam is the final qualification.


Examination-based assessment

A final exam. The qualification of the course is the mark obtained by the student in this final exam. 

Reassessment is also possible in the same terms as those specified in the continuous assessment.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


Tipler PA, Mosca G. Física para la ciencia y la tecnología. 6a ed. Barcelona [etc.] : Reverté; 2010. 2 vol.

Kane JW, Sternheim MM. Física. 2a ed. Barcelona [etc.] : Reverté; cop. 1989.

Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman. University physics with modern physics. Addison-Wesley. 2012. 13th ed

Cromer, AH. Física para las ciencias de la vida. 2a ed. Barcelona [etc.] : Reverté; DL 1981.