TFY4106 - Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 10/100 ALLE
School exam 90/100 4 hours C

Course content

Main topics: Dynamics incl mechanical waves, thermodynamics.

Detailed content: Dynamics: Kinematics. Newtons laws. Work and energy. Torque. Moment of inertia. Angular momentum. Oscillations. Resonance. Waves: Mechanical waves. Sound waves. Doppler effect. Interference.

Thermodynamics: Thermal expansion. Heat capacity. Heat transport. Ideal gas. Cyclic heat engines and refrigerators. Carnot process. The first and second law of thermodynamics.

Learning outcome

Knowledge the candidate shall have knowledge about:

- To gain an understanding of physics as a scientific discipline, various physical phenomena, and scientific methods and ways of thinking.

- Learn to describe physical phenomena with mathematical methods, and utilize these methods as a basis for courses that realize specific methodical learning objectives within their own study program.


Skills that the candidate shall be able to do:

- Acquire a basic understanding of physical phenomena and physics as a scientific discipline, by using, among other things, mathematics (vectors, integrals and differential equations)

- Gain a basic understanding of and insight into the scientific method of physics.

- Acquire knowledge to see fundamental relations between various physical phenomena and practical applications.

- Learn a relevant system of concepts and formulas.

- Develop a technical base and a methodical understanding that subsequent courses may build upon.

- Be trained in using ICT-based tools for mathematical modeling and numerical computations.


Genrell competence the candidate should be able to do:

- Develop an understanding for the fundamental importance of physics within engineering and within their own education.

- Learn to explain basic physical phenomena.

- Be trained in experimental work and uncertainty analysis.

- Be trained in writing a scientific report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercises, compulsory laboratory exercises. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises
  • Laboratory 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

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials


H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman: University Physics with Modern Physics, newest edition. Pearson, Addison Wesley.


J. R. Lien, G. Løvhøiden. Generell fysikk for universiteter og høgskoler. Bind 1 Mekanikk and

E. Lillestøl, O. Hunderi, J. R. Lien. Generell fysikk for universiteter og høgskoler. Bind 2 Varmelære og elektromagnetisme. Universitetsforlaget.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFY4102 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
TFY4104 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
TFY4108 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
TFY4109 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
TFY4115 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
TFY4120 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
TFY4125 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 10/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 90/100 C 2022-05-27 09:00 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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