SK1112 Physics I 9.0 credits

Fysik I

This is a fundamental course in classical physics. It covers acoustics, electrical fields, magnetic fields, and optics. There are several laboratory experiments.

The first lab.-based bart of the course is early in the year (Sept-Oct). THe main part of the course is later in spring (March-May).

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Electrostatics: Field and potential, Gauss’s theorem, metals and dielectrics, the capacitor, electrostatic energy.

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

Electromagnetic waves: Geometrical optics, polarization, interference and diffraction, coherence.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student will be able to:

  • solve technical problems, relevant for the 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
  • systematically search for scientific information in literature and scientific papers.

“Physical” in the text above, means that part of physics that is included in the syllabus (se below).

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

As for the M- and T-programmes.

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

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written exam (TEN1; 5 ECTS, grading scale A-F).
Hand-in assignments (INL1; 1 ECTS, grading scale P/F).
Passed lab experiments (LAB1; 1 ECTS, grading scale P/F), (LAB2; 2 ECTS, 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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Ulf Göran Manneberg

Anna Burvall

Further information

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Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Main field of study *

Physics, Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

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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.