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SK1111 Electromagnetism and Waves 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1111 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Electrostatics: Electric force, field and potential, Gauss’s theorem, electric field and potential in metals and dielectrics, principles of the capacitor, electrostatic energy.

Magnetism: Sources of the field, force and torque, magnetic materials and magnetic energy, technical applications, induction and inductance.

Waves: Mechanical waves and acoustics. Generation of electromagnetic waves, polarisation, interference and diffraction, coherence. Lasers. Basic geometrical optics.

Technical applications.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student will be able to:

  • understand and solve technical problems, relevant for their program, which are related to electrical fields, magnetic fields, mechanical waves, and electromagnetic waves
  • explain physical problems, conditions and restrictions to cooperation partners with non technical educations
  • 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 (se below).

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge:
Basic courses in mechanics and mathematics

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


  • INL1 - Hand in Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 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

Written exam (TEN1; 4.5 credits, grading scale A-F)

Hand-in assignments (INL1; 1 credit, grading scale P/F)

Passed lab experiments (LAB1; 2 credits, 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 SK1111

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Main field of study

Physics, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Lars-Gunnar Andersson, (