Complements of Physics

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Elements of Physics

Teaching Methods

Conventional lectures with constant references to physical systems whose description might grab the attention of  biochemical students. We emphasize everyday situations that can be explained using the physical concepts included in the syllabus. In this way we try to illustrate the usefulness and the importance of  physics as a stuctural discipline in scientific and thechnological courses.

Learning Outcomes

- Recognize and use basic concepts of physics, and its connection to the study of systems of interest to biochemistry. Analyse, synthesize and process information.

- Know how to use physics methodologies and techniques, applying them in situations of interest to biochemistry.

- Recognize the importance of physics in the interpretation and explanation of phenomena in the area of biochemistry,  science and technology.

- Prepare, process, interpret and communicate physical information, using bibliographical sources relevant, an appropriate speech and the right tools in classroom.

Generic skills to achieve

. Competence in analysis and synthesis;

. Competence to solve problems;

. Competence in critical thinking;

. Competence in autonomous learning;

. Professional ambition;

. Competency in organization and planning;

. Competence in oral and written communication;

. Competence in information management;

. Adaptability to new situations;

. creativity;

(in descending order of importance)

Work Placement(s)




Progressive and stationary waves.

Transverse and longitudinal waves.

Reflection, refraction and absorption.

Sound waves, sound and ultrasound.

Doppler effect.



Electric charge and Coulomb's law.

Electric field and electric potential.

Conductors, insulators and dielectrics.

Electric current, Ohm's law and DC circuits.

Capacitors and RC circuits.

Bioelectricity: electrical phenomena in cells, membrane resistance and capacity.

Magnetic field. Sources of magnetic field. Electric and magnetic induction.

Inductors and RLC circuits.



Principles and laws of geometrical optics

Mirrors and ideal  lenses


Wave nature of light: electromagnetic spectrum

Interference, diffraction and polarization

Lasers: The Basics



Huygens principle. Interference and Young experiment.

Diffraction by a slit.

Lasers: The Basics

Introduction to Nuclear Physics

Head Lecturer(s)

João Manuel de Sá Campos Gil

Assessment Methods

Exam or Midterm exam: 100.0%


Bibliografia de base / Basic bibliography

Apontamentos redigidos pelo professor (lectures notes writetten by the professor)

Manuel Fiolhais,  "Apontamentos de Física II / Complementos de Física"

Bibliografia complementar/ Complementary bibliography

H. Benson, University Physics, John Wiley & Sons, Revised edition, New York (1995)

D. C. Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, New York (2000)

D. Halliday e R. Resnick, Fundamentos de Física, Livros Técnicos e Científicos, Rio de Janeiro (1985)

D. Halliday, R. Resnick e K.S. Krane, Physics, 5th Ed.

J.W. Kane, M.M. Sternheim, Physics, 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, New York (1988)

J.B. Marion e W.F. Hornyak, General Physics with Bioscience Essays, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Ed., New York (1985)

F. Sears, M.W. Zemansky e H.D. Young, Física, 2ª ed., Livros Técnicos e Científicos, Rio de Janeiro (1985)

P.A. Tipler, Física para cientistas e engenheiros, 3ª ed., Editora Guanabara Koogan Rio de Janeiro (1994)