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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.

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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

Course disposition

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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



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

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Magnus Andersson (