SI1146 Vector Analysis 4.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (4.0 credits)

  • Application code


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  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus


  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Chong Qi <>

  • Teacher

    Chong Qi <>

Spring 20 for programme students CANCELLED

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, a student should be able to

  • Use vector calculus to describe and analyse physical systems
  • Be able to model and formulate basic physical problems within for example electromagnetism and fluid mechanics by means of vector calculus
  • Describe different physical situations where singular vector fields arise and use these to describe physical systems
  • Apply tensor analysis on basic physical problems within for example solid mechanics
  • Use symmetries and basic group theory to draw conclusions about physical systems

Course main content

Concept within vector calculus and their physical applications: the nabla operator, integral theorems and potential theory. Tensors with applications from for example electrodynamics and continuum mechanics. Special vector fields and their importance within physical modelling. Modelling by means of vector calculus. The concept of symmetry with relation to basic group theory and its importance within physics


Recommended prior knowledge: To benefit from the course material it is recommended that the students have read the following courses or gained the equivalent knowledge:

  • SF1672 Linear Algebra
  • SF1673 Calculus in a variable
  • SF1674 Multivariable analysis


The textbook(s) is decided by the Department of Theoretical Physics and the students will be informed via the course homepage no later than four weeks before the start of the course.


  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Approved examination.

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Chong Qi ( Mattias Blennow (


Mattias Blennow <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2017.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2017.