Course syllabus

Fysik - Termodynamik och atomfysik
Physics - Thermodynamics and Atomic Physics

FAFA35, 6 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: E2
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


Heat and phase transitions. Equations of state for ideal and real gases. Kinetic gas theory and Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. The laws of thermodynamics. Heat engines and refrigerators. Heat transfer. Wave-particle duality. The Bohr atomic model. Quantized angular momentum. Wave functions. X-rays. The Pauli principle and the periodic system. Stimulated emission and lasers. Molecular spectroscopy. Nuclear physics and radioactivity.

Examination details

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

Code: 0108. Name: Physics - Thermodynamics and Atomic Physics.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam. Contents: Physics - Termodynamics and atomic physics
Code: 0208. Name: Laboratory Sessions in Thermodynamics and Atomic Physics.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Completed laboratory sessions and reports. Contents: The laboratory sessions: Heat engines, Spectroscopy, Photoelectric effect and Ionizing radiation


Required prior knowledge: FAFA01 Physics - Mechanics and Waves, FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable. Experience of MatLab.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAF024, FAFA05, FAFA15, FAFA20, FAFA45

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lars Engström,
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