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SK1114 Electromagnetism and Waves 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1114 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Electrostatics: Electric force, electric field and potential, Gauss’s theorem, electric fields in metals 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, Maxwell's 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 completing the course the student should be able to:

  • solve technical problems relevant to its program related to electric and magnetic fields, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and assess the reasonableness of the solution
  • use physical measurement methods and instruments, evaluate measurement data and report results and evaluate limitations

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in mathematics and mechanics.


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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


  • 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



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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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