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SK1104 Classical Physics 7.5 credits

Wave physics and electromagnetism are two important fields within classical physics with a large number of applications. In this course, you will learn to make calculations on different applications and will also get some insight into how more advanced mathematics can be used to solve technical problems.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Engineering Physics, åk 1, Mandatory

Master of Science in Engineering and in Education, åk 2, MAFY, Mandatory


Autumn 2024: P2 (4.0 hp)

Spring 2025: P3 (3.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location


Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


Magnus Andersson (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1104 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Historical perspectives on the progress of physics.
Fundamental wave physics, acoustics, waved in music instruments.
Interference and standing waves.
Fundamental and applied electrostatics.
Fundemental and applied magnetism and electromagnetism.
Electric dc and ac circuits. Three phase circuits.
Electromagnetic waves.
Geometrical optics, camera, projector, telescope and microscope.
Interference and diffraction with electromagnetic waves.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

  •  solve engineering problems relevant for his/her study programme, which are connected with electric and magnetic fields, mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  •  assess the plausibility of the solutions for real-world situations

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SF1673 Analysis in one variable, SF1672 Linear algebra and SF1674 Multivariable calculus. These course are studied in parallel with this course.

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • TEND - Digital examination, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENE - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENV - Written exam, waves, 3.0 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

Yes, but it is only permitted by the examiner if the approval dates back less than two years.


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


Education cycle

First cycle

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