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SK2371 Physics of Visual Impressions, Larger Course 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2371 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Basic geometrical and physical optics.Optics of the human eye, accommodation, adaptation and convergence. Different methods for 3D-illusion. Wavelength and colour, colour spaces and colorimetry. Colour in dyes and pigments. Additive and subtractive colour mixing. Photometry and illumination. Cameras and imaging. Quality in camera imaging. Aliasing.

Intended learning outcomes

The main goal with the course is to develop an understanding of vision related physics.

After the course, the student will be able to:

  • estimate reasonableness of visual impressions specifications
  • read technically scientific articles in Swedish and in English
  • initiate and lead work with vison related characteristics of products in the chosen profession.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites:
SK1112 (Electromagnetism and waves, 9 credits) or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Notes from lectures will be announced at the course home page.

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


    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.

    Examination in two parts:

    A technical news article in English or another non-Swedish language will be summarized to a presentation intended to be given to a non-technically educated group of people (RED1; 2 credits, grading scale P/F).

    Exam where the range and general view of the topic is presented (TEN1; 7 credits, grading scale A-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 SK2371

    Offered by

    SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

    Main field of study

    Engineering Physics, Physics

    Education cycle

    Second cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Göran Manneberg (