Course syllabus


FAF220, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: Pi1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The purpose with the course is that the student shall acquire basic knowledge in thermodynamics and quantum physics with a focus on applications. Understanding within these areas is central for the conceptualization within rapidly expanding areas of technology. The course should also give exercise in problem solving, model thinking, experimental work, and written communication. The course also means to stimulate the student to reflection regarding how the course content relates to everyday physical phenomena.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Much emphasis is put at conceptual understanding and at how the different parts of the course relates to each other and to contemporary technology development. The laboratory part of the course is used to concretecize important physical concepts.

The course treats the following subjects: Properties of the electron and the photon. Photoelectric effect. The Schrödinger equation, tunneling effect and bound states of quantum wells. Nanostructures. Models of the atom. Temperature, work and heat. Main laws of thermodynamics. Entropy. Phase transitions. Equations of state for ideal gases. State changes and circuit processes. Statistical thermodynamics, the Boltzmann factor and black body radiation.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Passed laboratory work and reports. Passed written exam. The result on the written examination settles the final grade.

Code: 0111. Name: Physics.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0211. Name: Laboratory Exercises and Reports.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Compulsory, active participation in laboratory work. Passed written and oral project presentations.


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAFA05, FAFA45, FAFA15, FAFA20

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Jakob Bengtsson,
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