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Before choosing course

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus IF1603 (Autumn 2014–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanics: Vectors, forces, inertial systems, Newton's laws, work, power, energy, circular motion, center of mass, inertia, particle systems and CG motion, linear fluctuations, harmonics, damped oscillations.

Waves: harmonic and spherical waves, wave propagation, mechanical waves, intensity, reflection, standing waves. Electromagnetic waves, polarization, interference, diffraction, lasers, basic geometrical optics.

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and skills in applying Newtonian mechanics, wave theory and electrostatics and apply these skills to practical problems. Below is a list of specific goals that students must meet after completing the course:

Newtonian mechanics:
- Apply Newton's three laws of motion for simple mechanical systems.
- Solve simple equations of motion.
- Apply the laws of the kinetic energy and momentum.
- Solve problems with harmonic oscillation with and without damping.
- Draw the forces and moments as well as set up the equations of motion and energy relations for a body.
- Use the equations of motion and energy to determine properties such as velocity and position as a function of time.

- Relate to and apply the basic differences between mechanical and electromagnetic waves.
- Relate a real harmonic or spherical wave to its mathematical description.
- Apply basic concepts such as interference, beats, diffraction, standing waves and polarization.

- Applying all of the above to solve realistic problems.
- For higher grades: all the above should be applied in diverse areas of wave physics and mechanics. This includes applications that have not been discussed in the course.
- Develop and deepen the student's understanding of basic concepts and methods in science.
- Performing and critically assess the results of some physics experiments and report the results in a well written and concise lab report.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic and specific requirements for engineering program.

Recommended prerequisites

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“Sears and Zemansky's university physics : University physics”, R.A. Freedman, H.D. Young, A.L. Ford

Laborationsinstruktioner från kursansvarig. 

Instructions to laboratory exercises.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Written exam and laboratory excercises.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IF1603

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course is replaced by SK1108 as from autumn term 2017.