SK1114 Electromagnetism and Waves 7.5 credits

Elektromagnetism och vågrörelselära

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Electrostatics:Electric force, electric field and potential, Gauss’s theorem,electric fields inmetals and dielectrics, the capacitor, electrostatic energy.

Magnetic fields: Sources of the field, force and torque, magnetic materials and magnetic energy. Electromagnetic induction.Introduction to the relationship between electric and magnetic fields, Maxwells equations.

Mechanical waves: Fundamental wave concepts. Acoustics and ultrasound. Technical applications.

Electromagnetic waves:Generation, polarisation, interference, diffraction and applications. Basic geometrical optics. The laser, camera, telescope, microscope and the human eye.

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 sizes, magnitudesand 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 thepart of physics that is included in the syllabusbelow.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in mathematics and mechanics.


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Young and Freedman: University Physics, Pearson.

Laborationsinstruktioner/laboratory instructions.

The edition of Young and Freedman used will be announced on the course home page at least four weeks prior to the start of the course.The Mastering Physics web-system (supplement to the book) will be used for hand in tasks.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Hand In Tasks, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Experiments, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 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 *

The course is examined by written exam (TEN1; 4.5 credits, grading scale A/B/C/D/E/Fx/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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Martin Viklund

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SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

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Education cycle *

First cycle

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Martin Viklund (

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.