Course syllabus

Fysik - Mekanik och vågor
Physics - Mechanics and Waves

FAFA01, 9 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2015-04-16

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: E1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


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.

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


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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam and completed laboratory sessions.

Code: 0108. Name: Physics - Mechanics and Waves.
Credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam. Contents: Physics - Mechanics and Waves
Code: 0208. Name: Laboratory Sessions in Mechanics and Waves.
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.


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable. Experience of MATLAB.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAF260, FAFA05, FAFF30, FAFA65, FAFF25, FAFF40

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lars Engström,
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