FY1001 - Mechanical Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 20/100 ALLE
Written examination 80/100 4 hours C

Course content

A general introduction to Newtonian mechanics, including oscillations, as well as special relativity. Newton's laws. Conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Mechanical oscillations. Gravitation. Special relativity. Experimental methods: Measuring physical quantities, data acquisition, interpretation, and documentation.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to: 1. Obtain, through a combined theoretical and experimental approach to the subject, a fundamental understanding of Newtonian mechanics and special relativity. 2. Learn the definition and the use of key concepts such as energy, momentum, and angular momentum. 3. Learn to construct equations for infinitesimal quantities and solve these by integration. 4. Gain experience in analyzing problems within mechanics with ICT based methods. 5. Learn experimental methods in physics. 6. Obtain basic training in writing a scientific report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory laboratory exercises, calculation exercise classes with compulsory attendance, compulsory numerical exercise. The project in Realstart and Teknostart is part of the course and must be completed.
The student's expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises
  • Laboratory work

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and projects. The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Young & Freedman: University Physics.
Lien & Løvhøiden: Generell fysikk, Bind 1: Mekanikk.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFY4145 7.5 01.09.2007
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 5
No.of specialization hours: 3

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 20/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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