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SH1010 Physics for the Built Environment 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH1010 (Spring 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Basic classical physics

Physical quantities, Units and Dimensions. Force and momentum. Equilibrium. Friction. Work, power and energy. Kinematics in Cartesian coordinate system.

Newton's laws. Equations of motion. Hooke's law - elasticity theory.

Simple harmonic motions in one dimension, damped oscillations.

Project task: Everyday mechanics

Energy processes and phase transitions

Equations of states. Reversible and irreversible processes.

Kinetic-molecular theory of an ideal gas. Transfer of heat. Thermodynamic concepts. The first and second law of thermodynamics. Different forms of energy. Applications of first law of thermodynamics on closed and open systems and also equation of energy.

Project task: Practical uses of energy


Electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic spectrum, visible light - sunlight - long wave electromagnetic radiation. Sensors: Physical principles, ordinary designs.

Project task: Everyday applications of the laes of thermodynamics

Fluid mechanics and flow of energy

Hydrostatic pressure. Forces caused by fluids in motion. The continuity and energy equation of incompressible fluids. Energy equations. Dimensional equation. Flow in pipes and channels. Measuring of fluid properties. Transfer of heat.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will give the student a relative broad general knowledge in Physics and also give the base for further studies in the main and related areas.

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe fundamental concepts, model and compute simple processes in mechanics, energy of flows, fluid mechanics and waves.
  • Identify phenomena in the environment where physical principles are applicable.
  • Write a report from a physical study of a phenomena, e.g. how the sun can be used to provide energy in buildings. The student then should be able to analyze parts of the process but also describe the whole.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: The course starts from level B in Physics from high school. Knowledge in algebra and single variable algebra is also assumed. 

Recommended prerequisites

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J.S. Walker, Physics: Vol. 1, Addison-Wesley. 

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Two written examinations (TEN1; 7.5 hp)
Project works (PROJ1; 1,5 hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Physics, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies



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