SK1120 Waves 6.0 credits


  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

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 main content

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.


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


On-line material available from the course home page.

Instructions to lab experiments.


  • INL1 - Hand in Assignments, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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).

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics


Göran Manneberg (


Ulf Göran Manneberg <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.