MGLU4516 - Modern Physics for lower secondary teachers (5-10)


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

This course deals with selected topics in modern physics for lower secondary school teachers. These include: quantum physics, its foundations and applications; statistical physics and the relationship between microscopic and macroscopic laws; relativity theories, their principles and consequences; particle physics; technological applications of modern physics.

Learning outcome


The student

  • has basic knowledge of quantum physics, its motivations, foundations and models
  • has basic knowledge of statistical physics and the role probability and statistics play in physical phenomena
  • has basic knowledge of particle physics, its development and models
  • has further knowledge about how quantum theory describes the structure of the atomic nucleus, the atom, and molecules
  • has knowledge about electromagnetic and particle radiation, and how these affect life and health
  • has basic knowledge of the special and general theories of relativity
  • has knowledge about technological applications based on quantum physics and relativity


The student

  • can use simple mathematics to formulate and solve simple problems in modern physics
  • can convey to lower secondary school students how modern physics research and knowledge is connected to various technologies and medical applications


The student

  • has an understanding of the challenges associated with the gap between modern physics and classical theories
  • is familiar with how modern physics is connected to everyday phenomena
  • understands the relevance of modern physics in a technology-driven society
  • has insight into how modern physics can be introduced to lower secondary school students on the basis of the applicable curriculum

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and activities. Teaching in English when English-speaking students participate, otherwise the course is given in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • mandatory assignments according to emnebeskrivelse

Further on evaluation

Compulsory assignments: Exercises and activities.

Examination Assessment method: Individual written exam, 4 hours.

Permitted aids: Tables in physics and chemistry without own notes or markings. Defined, simple calculator, ref. NTNU regulations.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Candidate must have successfully passed Natural Science 1 and completed Natural Science 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. Passing is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. Completed is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

The final reading list is posted on Blackboard before the course starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DID3504 0.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Fourth-year courses, level IV


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • Life Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2023-12-11 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
DI41 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 14
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2024-06-03 09:00 PAPIR
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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