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SK1120 Waves 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1120 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fundamental wave entities.

Mechanical waves: Intensity, reflection, standing waves, acoustical phenomena and metrology, ultrasonic waves.

Electromagnetic waves: Geometrical optics, polarization, interference and diffraction, coherence. The laser and the laser beam. Optical fibers.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student shall be able to:

  • evaluate and present physical measurements in text and in diagrams
  • solve technical problems, relevant for the program which are related to mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • explain physical problems, conditions and restrictions to cooperation partners with non-technical educations
  • understand technical specifications, restrictions and opportunities in media related optics and acoustic equipment.

“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

Knowledge in mathematics, equivalent to SF1618 Analytical Methods and Linear Algebra 1. Some knowledge in partial derivatives.

Recommended prerequisites

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On-line material available from the course home page.

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, 3.0 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; 3 credits, grading scale A-F).
Hand-in assignments (INL1; 1 credits, 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 SK1120

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Main field of study

Physics, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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