Credits
7.5
Types
Compulsory
Requirements
This subject has not requirements, but it has got previous capacities
Department
FIS
The main objective of the course is to examine the issues of General Physics with a higher incidence on Computer Science. Specifically, the program contains an introduction to electromagnetism, circuit theory, electromagnetic waves and to the fundamentals of digital circuits. In the lab the student becomes familiar with the methodology of measurement and with basic instruments of a hardware laboratory.

Teachers

Person in charge

  • Joaquim Casulleras Ambros ( )

Others

  • Elvira Guardia Manuel ( )
  • Ferran Mazzanti Castrillejo ( )
  • Gemma Sese Castel ( )
  • Grigori Astrakharchik ( )
  • Joaquim Trullas Simo ( )
  • Jordi Boronat Medico ( )
  • Jordi Martí Rabassa ( )
  • Lluis Ametller Congost ( )
  • Manel Canales Gabriel ( )
  • Romualdo Pastor Satorras ( )
  • Rosendo Rey Oriol ( )

Weekly hours

Theory
2
Problems
2
Laboratory
1
Guided learning
0.5
Autonomous learning
7

Competences

Technical Competences

Common technical competencies

  • CT1 - To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to informatics and their disciplines of reference.
    • CT1.2B - To interpret, select and value concepts, theories, uses and technological developments related to computer science and its application derived from the needed fundamentals of mathematics, statistics and physics. Capacity to understand and dominate the physical and technological fundamentals of computer science: electromagnetism, waves, circuit theory, electronics and photonics and its application to solve engineering problems.
  • CT8 - To plan, conceive, deploy and manage computer projects, services and systems in every field, to lead the start-up, the continuous improvement and to value the economical and social impact.
    • CT8.4 - To elaborate the list of technical conditions for a computers installation fulfilling all the current standards and normative.

Transversal Competences

Effective oral and written communication

  • G4 [Avaluable] - To communicate with other people knowledge, procedures, results and ideas orally and in a written way. To participate in discussions about topics related to the activity of a technical informatics engineer.
    • G4.1 - To plan the oral communication, respond properly to the formulated questions and redact texts of a basic level with orthographic and grammatical correction. To structure correctly the contents of a technical report. To select relevant materials to prepare a topic and synthesize the contents. To respond properly when asked.

Objectives

  1. Students should be able to apply Kirchhoff's laws to the calculation of intensity and voltage in a direct current circuit in one or more grids.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  2. Students should be able to calculate the Thévenin-equivalent voltage between two points in a given direct current circuit.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  3. Students should be able to calculate the power in any component in a direct current circuit.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  4. Students should be able to identify the amplitude, frequency, phase and effective value of a sine wave.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  5. Students should be able to determine the response of the different passive elements affected by the action of periodic signals.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  6. Students should be able to apply the phasor concept and determine the steady state response of an alternating current circuit
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  7. Students should be able to calculate the power of different elements in an alternating current circuit and to correct the power factor for a given circuit.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  8. Students should be able to calculate the effect of different types of filters on signals composed of superimposed frequencies.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  9. Students should be able to define waves and classify them according to different criteria.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  10. Students should be able to determine the function of a one-dimensional harmonic wave and a harmonic electromagnetic plane wave.
    Related competences: G4.1, CT1.2B,
  11. Students should be able to describe the basic characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  12. Students should be able to calculate the intensity of the energy carried by a beam of light and the energy of its photons.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  13. Students should be able to determine the interference patterns for two coherent waves.
    Related competences: G4.1, CT1.2B,
  14. Students should be able to determine the directions of light beams reflected and refracted in a changing environment.
    Related competences: G4.1, CT1.2B,
  15. Students should be able to describe the fundamentals of conduction theory, particularly for semiconductors.
    Related competences: G4.1, CT1.2B,
  16. Students should be able to determine the intensities and voltages of simple circuits containing diodes.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  17. Students should be able to describe basic current rectifiers.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  18. Students should be able to determine the intensities and voltages of simple circuits containing transistors.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  19. Students should be able to describe how digital information is represented and manipulated in electronic circuits.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  20. Students should be able to determine the logic gates that implement given basic circuits.
    Related competences: CT8.4, G4.1, CT1.2B,
  21. Students should be able to properly and safely use the laboratory's electrical equipment.
    Related competences: CT8.4, CT1.2B,
  22. Students should be able to properly and safely use the laboratory's basic electronic equipment: multimeter, oscilloscope, voltage sources, function generators.
    Related competences: CT8.4, CT1.2B,

Contents

  1. Direct Current
    1.1 Electrical load. 1.2 Electrical current. 1.3 Voltage. 1.4 Power. 1.5 Resistance. Ohm's law. Joule effect. 1.6 Voltage sources. 1.7 Kirchhoff's laws. 1.8 Series and parallel resistors. 1.9 Measurement devices. 1.10 Thévenin's theorem. 1.11 Capacitors.
  2. Alternating Current (AC)
    2.1 Transients: RC and RL circuits. 2.2 RLC circuits: steady state response. 2.3 Complex numbers. 2.4 Impedance. Ohm's law. 2.5 Alternating current circuits. 2.6 Power. 2.7 Signal superposition. Bandwidth. 2.8 Resonance. 2.9 Filters.
  3. Electronics and logic gates
    3.1 Electronic structure of atoms. 3.2 Conduction theory: metals, insulators, semiconductors. 3.3 The p-n junction diode: current rectifier and logic gates. 3.4 Light-emitting diodes (LED). 3.5 Zener diode: voltage regulators. 3.6 Enhancement MOSFET. Logic gates. 3.7 CMOS inversor. 3.8 Power and delay in digital circuits. 3.9 CMOS logic.
  4. Waves
    4.1 Wave types. Wave functions. 4.2 Harmonic waves. 4.3 Electromagnetic waves Energy density. Intensity. 4.4 Electromagnetic spectrum. 4.5 Polarisation. Liquid crystal displays. 4.6 Reflection and refraction. Optical fibres. 4.7 Interference. 4.8 Lasers.

Activities

Activity Evaluation act


SUBJECT 1

Topic 1 development
Objectives: 1 3 2
Contents:
Theory
7h
Problems
7h
Laboratory
4h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
24.5h

P1

Theory/problem-solving test to assess topic 1 (Direct Current)
Objectives: 1 3 2
Week: 5 (Outside class hours)
Type: theory exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
1h
Autonomous learning
0h

SUBJECT 2

Topic 2 development
Objectives: 15 16 17 18 19 20
Contents:
Theory
7h
Problems
7h
Laboratory
4h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
24.5h

P2

Theory/problem-solving test to assess topic 2 (Electronics and Logic Gates)
Objectives: 15 16 17 18 19 20
Week: 8 (Outside class hours)
Type: theory exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
1h
Autonomous learning
0h

SUBJECT 3

Topic 3 development
Objectives: 4 5 6 7 8
Contents:
Theory
7h
Problems
7h
Laboratory
3h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
24.5h

P3

Theory/problem-solving test to assess topic 3 (Alternating Current)
Objectives: 4 5 6 7 8
Week: 11 (Outside class hours)
Type: final exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
1h
Autonomous learning
0h

SUBJECT 4

Topic 4 development
Objectives: 9 10 11 12 13 14
Contents:
Theory
7h
Problems
7h
Laboratory
3h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
24.5h

P4

Theory/problem-solving test to assess topic 4 (Waves)
Objectives: 9 10 11 12 13 14
Week: 14 (Outside class hours)
Type: final exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
1h
Autonomous learning
0h

F

Final theory/problem-solving test for students who failed continuous assessment or who wish to improve their mark (students should apply to sit the test 10 days previously). All four topics and their associated content will be assessed.
Objectives: 1 3 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Week: 15 (Outside class hours)
Type: final exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
2h
Autonomous learning
0h

L1

Laboratory session 1 will provide a basic grounding in handling experimental data. Assessment will be in the form of practical exercises to be completed by the end of the session. The learning objectives for the laboratory sessions will be assessed along with the written part of the transferable competency in effective verbal and written communication.
Objectives: 21 22
Week: 2
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

L2

Practical 1 will be assessed by means of a final report and an exercise to be handed in at the start of laboratory session 2. The learning objectives for topic 1 and the laboratory sessions will be assessed along with the written part of the effective verbal and written communication transferable competency.
Objectives: 1 3 2 21 22
Week: 3
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

L3

Practical 2 will be assessed by means of a final report and an exercise to be handed in at the start of laboratory session 3. The learning objectives for topic 2 and the laboratory sessions will be assessed along with the written part of the effective verbal and written communication transferable competency.
Objectives: 16 17 18 19 21 22
Week: 6
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

L4

Practical 3 will be assessed by means of a final report and an exercise to be handed in at the start of laboratory session 4. The learning objectives for topic 3 and the laboratory sessions will be assessed along with the written part of the effective verbal and written communication transferable competency.
Objectives: 4 5 6 7 8 21 22
Week: 8
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

L5

Practical 4 will be assessed by means of an exercise and a final report to be handed in at the start of laboratory session 5. The learning objectives for topic 4 and the laboratory sessions will be assessed along with the written part of the effective verbal and written communication transferable competency.
Objectives: 9 10 11 12 13 14 21 22
Week: 10
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

L6

In laboratory session 6, students will make individual oral presentations (maximum 8 minutes) describing the objectives and results of a practical exercise performed in a previous session (assigned beforehand). These presentations will be followed up by questions. The learning objectives for the topic to which the exercise refers will be assessed along with the written part of the effective verbal and written communication transferable competency.
Objectives: 1 3 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Week: 13
Type: lab exam
Theory
0h
Problems
0h
Laboratory
0h
Guided learning
0h
Autonomous learning
0h

Teaching methodology

Theoretical concepts will be covered in either theory classes followed up with problem-solving sessions or theory/problem-solving classes (at the lecturer's discretion).
Practical exercises will be completed in the laboratory sessions, preferably in pairs.

Evaluation methodology

The technical competency mark will be based on two marks:
- a theory mark (90%).
- a laboratory or practical mark (10%).

During the course four tests (each with the same weight) will be issued, corresponding to the four topics. The average of the four tests yields the continuous assessment (AC) mark for the theory part of the course.
Students who wish to improve their mark can sit a final exam (EF).
The final mark for the course is calculated as:
Final mark = 0.1*Lab + 0.9*max(AC,EF).

The laboratory (Lab) mark is calculated as:
(1) the average of five practical session marks (75% of the laboratory mark).
(2) an individual test taken after the fifth practical (25% of the laboratory mark), consisting of an oral presentation on a previous practical (maximum 8 minutes) followed by questions.

The oral and written expression mark is graded as A (excellent), B (good), C (satisfactory) or D (fail). The written part will be assessed on the basis of the average of the marks obtained for the summary reports provided at the end of each practical. The oral part will be assessed during the 8-minute individual presentation. The oral and written parts have equal weighting in the final competency mark.
Students will have guidelines specifying the aspects to be assessed in the oral and written parts.

Bibliography

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Previous capacities

Students are expected to have taken physics at upper secondary level and have basic notions of mathematical analysis. As far as skills are concerned, they should know how to learn, solve problems, search for information, make abstractions and use mathematical language.

Addendum

Contents

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Teaching methodology

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Evaluation methodology

Es faràn dues proves parcials presencials (P1 dels temes 1 i 2; i P2 dels temes 3 i 4) i una prova final F també presencial, del temari complet. L'avaluació del curs es farà d'acord amb la fórmula: NF = 0.9 * max( (P1 + P2)/2 , F) + 0.1*L Si les circumstàncies impedeixen la realització presencial d'alguna de les proves, s'adaptarien a un format no presencial.

Contingency plan

En cas de suspensió de l'activitat docent presencial, s'organitzaran per part dels professors de cada grup classes no presencials per video-conferència. D'altra banda, podeu utilitzar els apunts que trobareu en el següent link: (https://ocw.upc.edu/curs_publicat/270003/2020/1/apunts) a més de la informació addicional que els professors de cada grup aniran detallant per a facilitar el seguiment i aprenentatge del curs. Les activitats de laboratori es passarien a fer de forma no presencial, utilitzant software de simulació. Les proves orals es farien per via telemàtica.