Course syllabus

Energi- och omvärldsfysik
Energy and Environmental Physics

FAFA70, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The student will develop an understanding of basic concepts within the Physics that form the scientific basis for a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. The course will be a tool for understanding physical concepts, laws and theories with a focus on energy and energy supply. The course aims at training the student in modelling, problem solving and experimental methodology. The course also aims at providing a perspective on, and problematisation around the engineer's role in the development of a sustainable society.

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


Experimental methodology: Management, analysis and presentation of data and models.

Gases and liquids: Pressure. Ideal and real gases. Fluids.

Energy: Temperature and heat. The laws of thermodynamics, changes of state and cyclic processes. Meat machines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Statistical description of thermodynamics. Entropy and exergy. Heat transfer; conduction, convection, thermal radiation. Greenhouse effect. Climate models. Ionizing radiation - x-rays and radioactivity - origin and interaction with matter. Activity, absorbed dose and dose equivalent. Applications.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Mandatory presence and active participation in laboratory exercises and workshops. Approved written lab reports, approved written and oral project presentation. Written exam.

Code: 0117. Name: Laboratory Sessions and Project Work.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed laboratory sessions, written assignments, workshops and project.
Code: 0217. Name: Energy and Environmental Physics.
Credits: 5. 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: FAFA15, FAF220, FAFA05, FAFA30, FAFA35, FAFA45, FAFF25, FAFA20, FAFA65, FAFA75

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Elisabeth Nilsson,
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