TFY4170 - Physics 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Waves: Wave function, complex notation, plane waves, spherical waves, interference and diffraction, Doppler-effect, wave equation, mechanical waves, sound waves, light, dispersion, wave velocity and group velocity, wave packets, Fourier methods, band widths.
Quantum mechanics: Experimental foundation, waves and particles, Schrödinger equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, atomic physics, atomic spectra, one-electron atom, orbitals, many-electron atoms, the periodic system.
Material science: Molecules and solid state, electron-model of metals, band model, insulator, semiconductor and metals, semiconductors, dielectric materials, optical, magnetic and superconducting materials.

Learning outcome

The student shall have fundamental understanding about waves, quantum mechanics, atoms, molecules and solid state. Concerning waves, the knowledge should include complex notation, plane waves, spherical waves, interference, diffraction, Doppler effect, wave equations, mechanical waves, sound waves, light, dispersion, phase velocity, group velocity, wave packets, Fourier methods and band width. Within quantum mechanics, the student should know the experimental foundations, waves and particles, Schrodinger equation, particle in box, harmonic oscillator. About atoms and molecules, the students should know one-electron atoms, orbitals, many-electron atoms, and the period system of the elements. The student shall know the electron model of metals, insulators, semiconductors, conductors, dielectrics, magnetism and superconductivity in solid state.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory exercises. 2/3 of the exercises are required to take the exam. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Relevant books:
Young and Freedman: University Physics, or M. Mansfield and C. O'Sullivan. Understanding Physics.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4022 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 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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