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SK1102 Classical Physics 12.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1102 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Part A (Lectures)
Experimental methodology, the Scientific methodology.
Curve fitting, dimensional analysis, written technical reports.
Historical perspective on physical progress.
Basic wave concept, acoustics, waves in music instruments.
Interference and standing waves.
Basic and applied electro-statics.
Basic and applied magnetism and electromagnetism.
Electrical direct current and alternating current circuits.
The electromagnetic wave.
Geometric optics, the camera, the projector, the telescope and the microscope.
Interference and diffraction with electro magnetic waves.
(38h lectures, 20h seminar)

Part B (Lab course)
Four labs are carried out which aim to teach and practice:

  • accuracy in measurements, setup of series of experiments, error analysis and error propagation, simple report writing
  • experimental problem solving, the validity of physical models, using the oscilloscope
  • experimental applications of the theoretical course content in general.

Further, there is a more extensive lab in electric measurement techniques.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student shall be able to:

  • solve technical problems, relevant for the program, which are related to electrical fields, magnetic fields, electrical circuits, mechanical waves, and electromagnetic waves
  • explain physical problems, conditions, and restrictions to cooperation partners with non-technical education
  • estimate size and reasonableness in physical problems
  • use and understand restrictions in physical measurements and instruments
  • evaluate and present physical measurements in text and in diagrams

 “Physical” in the text above, means that part of physics that is included in the main content (see below).

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General requirements for studies in the Degree Progr. in Engineering Physics.

Recommended previous knowledge:
Linear algebra, Differential and Integral calculus.

Recommended prerequisites

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Young and Freedman: University Physics, Pearson (the edition used will be announced on the course home page at least four weeks prior to the start of the course).

Instructions to lab experiments.

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 Experiments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Experiments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 8.0 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.

Written exam in Electromagnetism and waves (TEN1; 8 Credit, grading scale A-F).

Passed lab experiments (LAB1; 3 Credit, grading scale P/F) (LAB2; 1 Credit, grading scale P/F).

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 SK1102

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Göran Manneberg,