Course syllabus

Våglära, optik och atomfysik
Waves, Optics and Atomic Physics

FAFA50, 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: BME1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of this course is for the student to acquire a fundamental knowledge of waves, optics, atomic physics and applications within the areas. A good understanding of these parts of physics is essential for concept-building within rapidly developing research areas.

The course will also train the students ability of problem solving, modelling, experimental work and written communication. The course is also aiming at stimulating the student to apply physics in explaining everyday phenomena.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
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Competences and skills
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Judgement and approach
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It is important that the student understands how different parts of the course relate to each other and to rapidly developing research areas like e.g. nanotechnology. The laboratory work is essential for visualizing important concepts of physics.

The first part of the course deals with: Mechanical waves, interference and the Doppler effect. Sound intensity level and human hearing. Reflection of sound, ultrasound. Electromagnetic waves. Geometric optics and optical instruments. Diffraction and resolution. The grating spectrometer.

The latter part of the course deals with: Relativistic mechanics. Charge and wave properties of the electron. Atomic size and mass. Thermal radiation. Photoelectric effect. Models of the atom - from Bohr to a wave model. The world according to quantum mechanics. Matterwaves. Structure of the periodic system. Spontaneous and stimulated emission. Lasers, X-rays and radioactivity.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and passed laboratory work. The result on the written examination settles the final grade.

Code: 0113. Name: Waves, Optics and Atomic Physics.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0213. Name: Laboratory Works.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory works.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAFA05, FAF260, FAFA55, FAFF25, FAFF30

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Elisabeth Nilsson,
Course coordinator: Magnus Borgström,
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