Course syllabus

Medicinsk fysik
Physics for Biomedicine

FAFF35, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2013-04-10

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: BME2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The student will develop an understanding of basic concepts and relationships in physics which is relevant to medical technology. The student will deepen their understanding of the important physical concepts, laws and theories which are of particular relevance to medical technology. The course also aims to train problem solving, experimental work and model thinking.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

 • understand the connections between experiments, models and theories.
 • understand the physical principles underlying the most important biomedical measurement systems
 • be able to describe the principles and analyze different types of medical measurement systems
   based on physical concepts.
 • have knowledge of the basic physics required to communicate with experts in an
   interdisciplinary field of technology and be able to contribute in the development of medical technology of tomorrow.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

 • be able to use basic skills in physics and with different degrees of approximation apply
   models to analyze, understand and describe common technical problems.
 • demonstrate an ability to use basic physics to identify, formulate, solve and analyze engineering tasks.
 • be able to use computers for calculations and analysis.
 • be able to communicate and present technical problems and achievements for people with
   different educational backgrounds.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

For a passing grade the student shall
 • demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the possibilities and limitations of physics models.
 • demonstrate an ability to identify the need for additional knowledge in other areas.
 • be aware of both opportunities and constraints in developing health services providing optimal results
   for the patient, and with minimal impact on staff and environment.


Deepening of fundamental physics. Problem solving methodology: handling, analysis, and presentation of measurement data. Energy: conversion, transport, quality, sources. Gases: concentration, mixing ratio, pressure and air pollution. The laws of thermodynamics: temperature, heat, internal energy, Carnot cycle, efficiency. Ionizing radiation: decay, activity, nuclear reactions, interaction with matter, radiation biology, dosimetry, health physics, accelerator physics, detectors. Medical laser physics: wave equation, laser, coherence, ligh propagation in highly scattering materials, applications and measurement methods. Ultrasound physics: wave propagation, diffraction, acoustic impedance, reflection, absorption, energy conversion, acousto-optics, photo-acoustics.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam and passed laboratory exercises

Code: 0113. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0213. Name: Laboratory Works.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved laboratory works


Required prior knowledge: FAFA50 Waves, Optics and Atomic Physics
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Stefan Andersson-Engels,
Course coordinator: Kristina Stenström,
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