Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Compulsory for: Pi1. Course coordinator: Elisabeth Nilsson,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable. Assessment: Passed laboratory work and reports. Passed written exam. Home page:

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 student’s 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

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

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. Bernoulli’s 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.

Jönsson, G: Fysik i vätskor och gaser. Teach Support 2004.
ISBN: 9197249939
Jönsson, G och Nilsson, E: Tillämpad atomfysik. Teach Support 2005.
ISBN 9197249947