TFY4115 - 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

Main topics: Mechanics, thermodynamics. Detailed content: Mechanics: Point particle dynamics. Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Conservation of energy, linear momentum and angular momentum. Oscillations. Principles of continuum mechanics.
Thermodynamics: 1. and 2. law of thermodynamics. Temperature, internal energy, entropy. Kinetic gass theory. Heat transport (conduction, convection and radiation).

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, problem solving exercises, and laboratory exercises. All lab exercises and 2/3 of the problem solving exercises must be approved before admission to the final exam. 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

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

English: University Physics (free)
Young and Freedman: University Physics with Modern Physics.
J.R.Lien og G. Løvhøiden: Generell fysikk for universiteter og høyskoler, Bind 1 Mekanikk, og
E. Lillestøl, O. Hunderi, J.R. Lien: Generell fysikk for universiteter og høyskoler, Bind 2 Varmelære og elektromagnetisme.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4004 7.5
TFY4102 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4104 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4106 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4109 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4108 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4120 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4125 5.0 01.09.2017

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: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 10/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 90/100 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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