TFY4170 - Physics 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content


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, the Schrödinger equation, particle in a box, harmonic oscillator, atomic physics, atomic spectra, one-electron atom, orbitals, many-electron atoms, the periodic table of the elements.

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 must be approved to take the exam. The expected workload 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.

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 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 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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