TFY4125 - Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Main topics: Dynamics, waves, thermodynamics, electromagnetism. Detailed content: Dynamics: Motion. Work and energy. Rotation. Angular momentum. Conservation laws. Waves and oscillations: Harmonic motion. Forced oscillations and resonance. Harmonic waves. Doppler effect. Thermodynamics: Kinetic theory of gases. First and second laws. Entropy. Carnot cycle. Heat pump. Electromagnetism: Charge. Potential. Electrostatics and capacitance. Current and DC circuits. Magnetic field, Magnetic induction.

Learning outcome

Overall intended learning outcomes:
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 reasoning. Furthermore, the students shall learn to describe physical phenomena by applying mathematical methods, and exploit these methods as a basis for courses that realize specific methodical learning outcomes within their own study program.

Detailed intended learning outcomes:

By successful completion of the course, the student has acquired the following knowledge:
- Fundamental knowledge for the understanding of physical phenomena and physics as a scientific discipline.
- Fundamental knowledge of the scientific methods of physics.
- Fundamental knowledge on the relation between various physical phenomena and their basis for practical applications.
- Fundamental knowledge within concepts and formulas
- Fundamental knowledge as a technical base and a methodical understanding that subsequent courses may build upon.
- Knowledge related to the importance of physics within engineering and within their own education.

By succesful completion of the course, the student has acquired the following skills:
-Skills in application of mathematics (vector, integration and differentiation) to describe and analyze physical properties
-Skills in applying ICT-based tools for mathematical modeling and numerical computations in physics.
- Skills in planning and performing experimental work
- Skills in analysis of experimental data, and uncertainty analysis
- Skills in writing a scientific report

General competence
Dissemination of basic physical phenomena

Learning methods and activities

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation assignments
  • Laboratory assignments

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and lab 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

Various alternatives: Engelsk: University Physics (gratis); Young & Freedman: University Physics. Norsk: Norsk: 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
SIF4006 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
TFY4115 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4108 5.0 01.09.2017
TFY4120 5.0 01.09.2017
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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 *
Spring ORD Approved report 10/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring 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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