SK1114 Electromagnetism and Waves 7.5 credits

Elektromagnetism och vågrörelselära

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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.

Course main content

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.


Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in mathematics and mechanics.


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.


  • INL1 - Hand In Tasks, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Experiments, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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).

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics


Martin Viklund (


Martin Viklund <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2012.