TFY4160 - Wave Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Oscillations: Undamped, damped, forced single and coupled oscillations. Resonance. Wave physics: Description of waves, harmonic waves, general wave equation, elastic waves, phase velocity and group velocity, Doppler effect, electromagnetic waves, transmission and reflection, interference, diffraction. Theory of relativity: Einstein's special theory of relativity. Experimental methods in physics, methods for measuring physical quantities, data acquisition and treatment.

Learning outcome

The student is expected to:
1. Obtain, through a combined theoretical and experimental approach to the subject, a fundamental understanding of wave phenomena and special relativity.
2. Learn how to analyze various problems in wave physics with mathematical methods involving differential and integral calculus, as well as ICT-based/numerical methods by using Matlab.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory laboratory and calculation exercises. A compulsory lab report counts 10% of the final grade. A re-sit examination may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Calculation exercises

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

Compendium. Relevant books will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY1002 7.5 2007-09-01
SIF4014 7.5


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 10/100
Summer KONT Work 10/100
Autumn ORD Written examination** 90/100 C 2013-12-18 15:00 Storhall del 1 , DI41
Summer KONT Written examination 90/100 C 2014-08-14 15:00 KJL3 , KJL5
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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