Course syllabus

Medicinsk fysik
Physics for Biomedicine

FAFF36, 8 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

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

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: BME2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The student will develop an understanding of basic concepts and relationships in physics which is relevant to medical technology. The student will deepen their understanding of the important physical concepts, laws and theories which are of particular relevance to medical technology. The course also aims to train problem solving, experimental work and model thinking.

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


Deepening of fundamental physics. Problem solving methodology: handling, analysis and presentation of measurement data. Energy: conversion, transport, quality, sources. Gases: concentration, mixing ratio, pressure and air pollution. The laws of thermodynamics: temperature, heat, internal energy, Carnot cycle, efficiency. Ionizing radiation: decay, activity, nuclear reactions, interaction with matter, radiation biology, dosimetry, health physics, accelerator physics, detectors. Medical laser physics: wave equation, laser, coherence, ligh propagation in highly scattering materials, applications and measurement methods. Ultrasound physics: wave propagation, diffraction, acoustic impedance, reflection, absorption, energy conversion, acousto-optics, photo-acoustics. Introduction to MatLab.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam, passed laboratory exercises and active participation in mandatory parts.

Code: 0115. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0215. Name: Introduction to Matlab.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Compulsory lecture.
Code: 0315. Name: Laboratory Works.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved laboratory works.


Required prior knowledge: FAFA50 Waves, Optics and Atomic Physics
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAFF35, FAFA05, FAFA50

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Stefan Andersson-Engels,
Course coordinator: Kristina Stenström,
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