Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Compulsory for: M2, MD2. Course coordinator: Göran Jönsson,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: Basic courses in mathematics. 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 applied waves and optics. 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

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.

The course deals with the following: Mechanical waves, superposition, interference and the Doppler effect. Sound intensity level and human hearing. Simple musical instruments. Reflection of sound, applications of ultrasound. Electromagnetic waves and Huygens’ principle. Geometric optics and optical instruments. Interference, diffraction and resolution. Polarization and optical activity.

Jönsson, G. och Nilsson, E.: Våglära och optik. Teach Support 2007. ISBN: 9789197249963
Laborationshandledning för M.