PHYSICS | FAF220 |

**Aim**

The aim of this course is for the student to acquire a fundamental knowledge of thermodynamics, atomic physics and applications within the areas. A good understanding of these parts of physics is essential for concept-building within rapidly developing areas of technology.

The course will also train the students ability of problem solving, modelling, experimental work and written as well as oral communication. The course is also aiming at stimulating the student to apply physics in explaining everyday phenomena.

*Knowledge and understanding*

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to analyze problems and perform and interpret calculations within the area of knowledge.
- understand how mathematical models, analogies and pictures interact with experiments and reality.
- be able to understand properties of e.g. LED:s, quantum dots and carbon nanotubes and have a basic knowledge of how these structures are used in modern technology.

*Skills and abilities*

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to use and interpret models.
- be able to apply the experimental methods presented in the course.
- be able to write a well structured project report in which experimental data are presented and analyzed.
- have developed her/his study strategy

*Judgement and approach*

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to evaluate experimental methods used in the course.
- be able to evaluate results of different experimental methods.
- be able to search for and use relevant information (e.g. on the internet) within the area of knowledge.

**Contents**

It is important that the student understands how different parts of the course relate to each other and to rapidly developing areas of technology. The laboratory work is essential for visualizing important concepts of physics.

Temperature and heat. Phase transitions. Equations of state for ideal and real gases. Friction and viscosity. Fluid mechanics. Bernoullis equation. Heat engines and refrigerators. Entropy and the laws of thermodynamics. Heat transfer. Relativistic mechanics. Properties of the electron and photon. Photoelectric effect. Models of the atom. An introduction to quantum mechanics. Lasers.

**Literature**

Jönsson, G: Fysik i vätskor och gaser. Teach Support 2004.

ISBN: 9197249939

Jönsson, G och Nilsson, E: Tillämpad atomfysik. Teach Support 2005.

ISBN 9197249947