Course syllabus

Energi- och miljöfysik
Energy and Environmental Physics

FAFA20, 10 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: W1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The student should develop an understanding for basic concepts and relations in Physics, which are of importance for the conception the world around us and for the technological development, and which constitute a part of the scientific basis for a Master of Environmental Engineering. The student should be provided with means to comprehend the most important physical concepts, the empirical laws, as well as theories of particular importance for a sustainable societal development regarding energy production and environmental impact. The student should practice problem solving, perform experimental work and train thinking in scientific 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


Basic physics. Problem solving. Models, simulations, interaction between models and experiments. Measurements, experiments, analysis, presentation of experimental data. Energy: conservation, transport, quality, resources, distribution, environmental impact. Gases: concentration, mixing ratio, pressure, transport. The laws of thermodynamics: entropy, temperature, heat, thermal energy, heat engines. Electromagnetic radiation: thermal radiation, energy balance, interaction of light with matter, absorption and elastic scattering, atoms, molecules. Ionizing radiation: activity, decay, absorbed dose, dose equivalent. Applications.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam, laboratory sessions, written assignments and project.

Code: 0108. Name: Laboratory Sessions and Homeassignments.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory sessions, written assignments and project.
Code: 0208. Name: Energy and Environmental Physics.
Credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam.


Required prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable, part 1 or similar.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAF107, FAFA15, FAF220, FAFA05, FAFA30, FAFA35, FAFA45, FAFF25

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Kristina Eriksson Stenström,
Course coordinator: Nina Reistad,
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