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SK1120 Waves 6.0 credits

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Media Technology, åk 1, Mandatory


P3 (2.0 hp), P4 (4.0 hp)


14 Jan 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location


Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


Anna Burvall (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK1120 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Basic wave concept.

Mechanical waves: intensity, reflection, standing waves.

Acoustic quantities and measurement methods. Ultrasound.

Electromagnetic waves: Generation, intensity, polarization, interference, diffraction, laser with applications.

Geometrical optics: Optical instruments, projectors.

Photometry: Luminous flux, brightness, illumination, luminance.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student must be able to:

  • solve technical problems relevant to their program related to mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and assess the plausibility of the solution.
  • use physical measurement methods and instruments and report results and evaluate limitations.

By "physical" above is meant the part of physics that is included in the course content below.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Active participation in SF1625 Univariable analysis and SF1624 Algebra and geometry or equivalent courses.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge in Linear Algebra and Calculus corresponding to first year courses. Some knowledge about partial derivatives.


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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 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



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.

Offered by

Main field of study

Physics, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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