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SK2712 Environmental physics 7.5 credits

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Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2712 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basic geophysics, the thermal and electrical properties of the planet, geomagnetism
  • Solar radiation on earth, solar spectrum, interaction between light and matter, UV light and ozone layers
  • Atmospheric physics, radiation balance, greenhouse effect, sea and carbon cycle, climate system
  • Heat engines, storage, pumps, cooling units, combustion, cars, electricity as energy carriers
  • Nuclear power, fission, fusion, fourth generation reactors, radiation and health, fuel cycle and safety
  • Renewable energy, solar cells, wind and water, biomass, artificial photosynthesis, bio-solar
  • Energy storage, solar-to-heat, solar-assisted chemistry, batteries, capacitors, pumped hydropower
  • Chemical, electromagnetic, acoustic and radiation pollution
  • Environmental monitoring, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, remote / satellite sensing
  • The context of society, energy resources, consumption, fresh water, anthropogenic climate change, human footprint, planetary boundaries, food alternatives, sustainable development, science and society

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe and reflect on various concepts and topics in environmental physics
  • solve practical problems related to environmental physics
  • analyze different approaches and models used in the field
  • evaluate arguments and views on various aspects of sustainable development

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed or ongoing degree project at the undergraduate level in the main area of technology.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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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, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral exam, 4.5 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

For a passing grade on the course, a pass is required for all examination parts. The grade on the oral exam determines the final grade.

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

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Vladislav Korenivski