FY1002 - Wave Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination/Report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 10/100 A
Written examination 90/100 4 hours C

Course content

Oscillations: Undamped, damped and forced oscillations. Resonance.
Wave physics: Description of waves, harmonic waves, general wave equation, elastic waves, phase velocity and group velocity, Doppler effect, electromagnetic waves, transmission and reflection, interference, diffraction. Theory of relativity: Einstein's special theory of relativity. Experimental methods in physics, methods for measuring physical quantities, data acquisition and treatment.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to: 1. Obtain, through a combined theoretical and experimental approach to the subject, a fundamental understanding of wave phenomena and special relativity. 2. Learn how to analyze various problems in wave physics with mathematical methods involving differential and integral calculus, as well as ICT-based/numerical methods by using Matlab.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory laboratory exercises and calculation exercises. A compulsory lab report counts 10% of the final grade. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises
  • Laboratory exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester, or that compulsory activities are approved in a previous semester.

Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to FY1001, FY1003, MA1101, MA1102, MA1103, MA1201 og MA1202.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be given at the beginning of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNFFY101 7.5
MNFFY101 7.5
TFY4160 7.5 2007.01.09



Examination arrangement: Written examination/Report

Term Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn Approved report 10/100 A
Autumn Written examination 90/100 C 2014.10.12 09:00
* The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.