(Created 2009-08-11.)

WAVE PROPAGATION AND INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING PHYSICS | FAFA25 |

**Aim**

The course introduces the students to the Engineering Physics programme. It has the ambition to convey to the students the feeling that they have the ability to graduate from the Engineering Physics programme provided that they work actively with their courses and their education. The course aims at developing the physics problem solving skills of the participants. It gives the participants training in discussing physics, improve their experimental skills and introduces computer aided data analysis and graphical data representation. It treats wave propagation with particular emphasis on electromagnetic waves and optics. Electromagnetic radiation and wave propagation are central for the technology of today and at the same time waves and wave propagation directly connects to the wave function description of the quantum world. This course provides the first bricks in the Engineering Physics programme, which prepares the students for developing the technology of tomorrow.

*Knowledge and understanding*

For a passing grade the student must

- know the basic physical principles of wave propagation
- know how to analyse basic problems and calculations on waves and wave propagation as well as analysing and judging the function and performance of simple imaging and spectrally resolving optical systems

*Skills and abilities*

For a passing grade the student must

- have improved his ability to carry out laboratory work and analyse the results using computers
- have improved his ability to present calculations and observations in written as well as oral form
- have improved his ability to constructively discuss physics and physics problems with colleagues
- be able to solve simple physics problems in structured way

**Contents**

Waves and wave propagation, in particular sound wave propagation and optics. The curriculum also includes harmonic oscillations, interference, electromagnetic waves, optical imaging and diffraction.

**Literature**

Jönsson, G och Nilsson, E: "Våglära och optik", Teach Support 2008. ISBN: 9197249989963.

Material for the laboratory exercises and projects produced at the department.