Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 9. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G1 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. FAFA01 overlaps following cours/es: FAF024. Compulsory for: E1. Course coordinator: Lars Engström,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable. Assessment: Written exam and completed laboratory sessions. Parts: 2. Home page:

The student should develop his understanding of basic concepts and ideas within both classical and modern physics needed in subsequent courses and necessary for a future role as an electrical engineer. Many of the concepts introduced are also of great importance for a deeper understanding of the world around us and as parts of the general scientific knowledge. The course should also train the student in scientific problem-solving techniques and in written presentations of experimental data and comparisons with physics models. Together with other courses in the program the student should expand and maintain his ability to use high-level programs (e.g. MatLab) as a tool for presenting and analyzing experimental data and physics models.

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

Key concepts of mechanics: velocity, acceleration, force, energy, power, momentum, moment of inertia, angular momentum and torque. Newtons laws. Conservation laws. Static equilibrium, center of mass, free body diagrams and friction. Harmonic oscillations: free, damped and driven. Basic understanding of various wave phenomena in acustics and optics. Examples of such phenomena are wave propagation, reflection, dispersion, diffraction and interference. Gratings and grating spectroscopy. Polarization.

Tipler, P A, Mosca, G. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Extended version, sixth edition. Freeman 2008, ISBN: 0-7167-8964-7
Laboratory work manual Fysik - Mekanik och Vågor för E.


Code: 0108. Name: Physics - Mechanics and Waves.
Higher education credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam.

Code: 0208. Name: Laboratory Sessions in Mechanics and Waves.
Higher education credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Completed laboratory sessions and reports. Contents: The laboratory sessions: Motion of a falling body, Oscillatory motion, Geometrical optics, Diffraction of light.