Course syllabus

Medicinsk fysik
Physics for Biomedicine

FAFF45, 8 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

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

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. Basics of Atomic and nuclear physics: Relativistic mechanics, momentum and energy. The dualistic nature of the electron. Atoms - size and mass. Temperature radiation and photoelectric effect. Models of the atom. The periodic table of elements. Energy levels. Stimulated emission. Generation and absorption of x-rays. Radioactivity. Ionizing radiation: decay, activity, nuclear reactions, interaction with matter, radiation biology, dosimetry, accelerator physics, detectors. Medical laser physics: wave equation, laser, coherence, Light interaction with tissue, light 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 project and active participation in mandatory parts.

Code: 0117. Name: Laboratory Works.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved laboratory works.
Code: 0217. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0317. Name: Introduction to Matlab.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Attendance at lectures and computer exercises is mandatory. Contents: Matlab introduction.
Code: 0417. Name: Project - Dosimetry Calculations.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The project is examined with oral presentations. Attendance at the presentations is mandatory.


Required prior knowledge: FAFA65 Thermodynamics, Waves and Optics
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAFF35, FAFF36

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Johan Axelsson,
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