Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 11. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Compulsory for: C3, D3. Course coordinator: Lars Engström,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: Basic courses in mathematics. Assessment: Written examinations (3 + 5 hp). Completed projects (3 hp) and laboratory work. Parts: 3. Home page:

The course will give a basic understanding of thermodynamics and an introduction to photonics, including optics and signal transfer by light- and radio waves. Many of the concepts introduced are of importance for a deeper understanding of contemporary technology areas, e.g. data communication. The course should also give training in scientific problem-solving techniques and physical modeling, as well as written and oral communication.The projects fall within the area energy-, climat- and combustion-research.

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

Thermodynamics (3 hp)
Heat and phase transititons. State equations for ideal and real gases. Kinetic gas theory and Maxwell-Bolzman distribution. The main laws of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic processes. Heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation. Basic combustion. The relevans of heat radiation for simple climat models.

Photonics (5 hp)
Optics and electromagnetic waves, refraction, reflection, interfernce and diffraction. Geometric optics. Resolution. Optical fibers, light sources and detectors.

Projects (3 hp)
The students work in groups of 2-4 on projects that fall within the area energy-, climat- and combustion-research of relevance to “sustainable development”, “sustainable consumption and production”, “environment and climate”, and “global development”. A basic understanding and knowledge in these fields is important for the development of a sustainable society. Each project shall include a written report and an oral presentation for a student audience.

Jönsson, G: Fysik i vätskor och gaser, Teach Support 2010. ISBN: 9789197249942.
Smith, F.G., King, T.A. and Wilkins, D.: Optics and Photonics: An Introduction, 2nd Edition, Wiley 2007, ISBN: 978-0-470-01784-5.


Code: 0109. Name: Thermodynamics.
Higher education credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: Thermodynamics.

Code: 0209. Name: Project.
Higher education credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Presentation of project. Contents: Project with relevance for sustainable development.

Code: 0309. Name: Photonics.
Higher education credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: Photonics.