Course syllabus

Energi- och omvärldsfysik
Energy and Environmental Physics

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

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED N
Date of Decision: 2023-04-17

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. 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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Mandatory presence and active participation in laboratory exercises and workshops. Approved written lab reports, approved written and oral project presentation. Written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

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.


Assumed 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: Elias Kristensson,
Course homepage:
Further information: It is mandatory to attend the first lecture in order to be admitted to the course. Some elements may be taught and assessed in English. This includes a maximum of 1.5 hp, in the form of laboratory sessions or written assignments.