TFY4107 - Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

A general introduction to Newtonian mechanics, including oscillations and mechanical waves. Newtons laws. Conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Mechanical oscillations. Mechanical waves, sound. Experimental methods: Measuring physical quantities, data acquisition, interpretation, and documentation.

The role played by physics as a factual foundation for the understanding and development of sustainable solutions.

Learning outcome

Superior learning objectives:

Through this physics course, the students shall develop an understanding of physics as a scientific discipline, various physical phenomena, and scientific methods and ways of thinking. Further, the students shall 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.


Detailed learning objectives:

Through this physics course, the students shall:

- Establish a basic understanding of physical phenomena and physics as a scientific discipline, by using, among other things, mathematics.

- Establish 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.

- 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, obligatory 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

English: University Physics (gratis)

Young & Freedman: University Physics.


Lien & Løvhøiden: Generell fysikk, Bind 1: Mekanikk.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFY4109 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home exam 90/100





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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