SK180N Introductory Modern Physics 9.0 credits

Inledande modern fysik

  • Educational level

    First cycle
  • Academic level (A-D)

  • Subject area

  • Grade scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 17 Vecka 35-44 for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 17 P1 (4.5 credits), P2 (4.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date

    2018 week: 3

  • Language of instruction


  • Campus


  • Number of lectures

  • Number of exercises

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study

    IT based distance

  • Number of places *

    10 - 25

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Vladislav Korenivski <>

  • Teacher

    Vladislav Korenivski <>

  • Part of programme

Intended learning outcomes

The course will provide basic knowledge about the rules and laws that governs micro cosmos, i.e. about electrons, atoms, nuclei, and their interaction with electromagnetic radiation. The course will also show how these rules and laws can be used within technology and medicine.

The student will after the course know how to:

  • solve problems about the hydrogen atom concerning energies and wavelengths between obtained between energy levels
  • explain and perform calculations on the Photoelectric effect and the Compton effect
  • discuss quantum mechanical problems dealing with the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
  • perform calculations on frequency conditions, mode structure of a laser and the laser medium
  • perform simpler calculations with the Schrödinger equation
  • do estimates of the Fermi function regarding energies in solids and explain the band model
  • explain the phenomenon of nuclear decay and to perform calculations on half lifes
  • explain and perform calculations on the Einstein’s energy relations and how to calculate fusion and fission energy production
  • discuss the build-up of the elementary particles.

Course main content

Waves and Photons. Electrons and material waves. Quantum mechanics. Heisenberg uncertainty relation. Schrödinger equation. Pauli principle and the Periodical system. Tunnelling microscope. Hydrogen atom. Electronic spin. Atomic structure. Magnetic resonance with applications. X-rays and elemental analysis. Laser radiation. Conductors, semi-conductors and isolators, p-n transitions. The fotodiode and LED. Nuclear structure and binding energy. Nuclear decay. Nuclear energy. Fission and fusion. Elementary particles and the forces between them. The latest Nobel Price.


Internetcourse examined over the Internet


  • Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish 3/Swedish B  and English corresponding to English 6/English A . Specific requirements: knowledge of Mathematics corresponding to Mathematics 3C/D, Physics corresponding to Physics 2/B and Chemistry corresponding to Chemistry 1/A is required.

Recommended prerequisites

Mathematical knowledge corresponding to basic courses in algebra and analysis (derivates, integrals and differential equations)


"University Physics" by Young and Freedman, tillgänglig som e-bok via KTH Bibliotek.


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 3.0, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN3 - Examination, 3.0, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Exams on the internet

Requirements for final grade

Three written examinations.

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics


Vladislav Korenivski (


Vladislav Korenivski <>

Supplementary information

Internet course. Can be studied any time.

Add-on studies

SK184N Environmental Physics


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.