Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2018/2019 | Previous academic years:  2017/2018 
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 252105 Subject title: FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS
Credits: 6 Type of subject: Basic Year: 1 Period: 1º S
VERGARA PLATERO, JOSE (Resp)   [Mentoring ] FAVIERES RUIZ, CRISTINA   [Mentoring ]

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Module/Subject matter





  1. Kinematics.
  2. Newton's Laws
  3. Work and energy.
  4. Dynamics of a system of particles.
  5. Rigid body dynamics.
  6. Temperature and heat.
  7. First principle of thermodynamics.
  8. Second principle of thermodynamics. Heat engines.


  • 1 introductory session.
  • 3 laboratory sessions.




Mechanics, Thermodynamics.


General proficiencies

  • CG2: Ability to address the activities under Engineering projects described in the previous epigraph
  • CG3: Knowledge of the scientific and technological background necessary for the learning of new methods and theories and for a proper adaptation to novel situations.
  • CG4: Problem solving proficiency with personal initiative, decision making, creative and critical thinking. Capacity to elaborate and communicate knowledge, abilities and skills.


Specific proficiencies

  • CB2: Knowing and understanding basic concepts and fundamental laws of mechanics and thermodynamics as well as their application to problem solving in the context of engineering applications.


Learning outcomes

When the student finishes the lectures he or she should be able to:


¿ R1. Understand and use the fundamental principles of Mechanics and Thermodynamics in the analysis and solution of problems related with subjects of upcoming courses.
¿ R2. Identify and evaluate those physical aspects related with Mechanics and Thermodynamics in problems and activities in the engineering context.
¿ R3. Use and relate the different measurement units of the main physical magnitudes of Mechanics and Thermodynamics. 
¿ R4. Use the appropriate instruments for the determination of relevant physical parameters in Mechanics and Thermodynamics.
¿ R5. Acquire the experimental skills to test physical laws and to determine physical parameters.
¿ R6. Conveniently document the measuring process regarding its basic principles, instrumentation and limits of applicability. .



Methodology- Formative activity Attendance (h) Self study (h)
A-1 Lessons in classroom. 45  
A-2 Laboratory 15  
A-3 Preparing and writing the laboratory report.   15
A-4 Personal study time.   67
A-5 Exams, tests, tutoring. 8  
Total 68 82




Ordinary evaluation.

For the ordinary evaluation of this matter, three different facets will be considered: (i) continuous evaluation, (ii) work done in the Laboratory Sessions and (iii) final written exam. The marks of these three tasks will be weighted according to the table below.

The Laboratory Sessions are mandatory and their marks cannot be compensated in the Make up exam.



Learning outcomes  Evaluation Weight (%) Make up exam
 R1, R2, R3  Continuous Evaluation  30  Yes
 R1, R2, R3  Final Written exam.   55  Yes  
  R4, R5, R6  Laboratory Sessions  15  No


 Make up Exam.


The make up exam will consist of a single written exam of all the contents of this matter.

The mark from this make up exam will be 85% of the final mark of this matter.

The remaining 15% will correspond to the marks obtained in the work previously done in the Laboratory Sessions.




Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.


  • P. Tipler, G. Mosca. Physics for scientists and Engineers. W.H. Freeman and Company ed. New York.
  • M. Alonso y E. Finn. Física. (I y II). Ed. Addison-Wesley Iberoamericana.
  • Sears, Zemansky y Young. Física Universitaria. Ed. Fond Educ. Interamerican.
  • R. M. Eisberg y L. S Lerner. Física. Fund. y Aplicac. (I y II) Ed. Mc Graw Hill
  • R.P. Feynman et al. Física. (I, II y III). Ed. Addison-Wesley Iberoamericana.
  • Douglas C. Giancoli, Física para universitarios, Vol.1 y 2, 3ª edición, Pearson Educación, México.



Spanish, English and Basque.



Lecture Hall Building, Laboratory of Physics and Office in the Physics Department. Campus Arrosadia.