FY1001 - Mechanical Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

A general introduction to Newtonian mechanics including oscillations and mechanical waves, as well as special relativity. Newton's laws. Conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Mechanical oscillations. Mechanical waves, sound. 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 and calculation exercises. A compulsory lab report counts 10% of the final grade.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory work
  • Calculation exercises

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and report. 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 2007-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 10/100 ALLE
Autumn ORD Written examination 90/100 C 2018-12-17 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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