Course code FYS102

FYS102 Thermophysics and Electromagnetism

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Course responsible: Cecilia Marie Futsæther
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Teaching structure: Two 2-hour lectures per week. One 2-hour calculation lecture per week, and one 2-hour calculation exercise per week.

Contents: Pressure, temperature, density, energy, physical properties of pure substances, thermodynamic tables, state equations, energy transport by heat, work and mass. 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics. Entropy. Exergy. Heat engines, refrigeration, heat pumps. Electrostatics and charge.Electric forces and fields. Electric current, circuits and circuit elements. Magnetic fields and forces. Electromagnetic induction. Alternating currents and transient currents. Maxwell"s equations . Electromagnetic radiation.

Learning outcome:

Thermal physics: The aim is to understand and master the fundamental principles of classical macroscopic thermal physics. The student should be able to calculate important parameters for machines that produce or use energy and work.

  • Understand and be able to use the laws of thermodynamics and fundamental thermodynamics parameters.
  • Be able to describe, understand and calculate: Properties of pure substances, energy transport and energy use in cyclic processes.
  • Solve and analyse mathematical models for energy conservation, energy transport and conversion.
  • Understand thermodynamical principles such that the student can contribute to effective energy use in our industrial society.

Electromagnetism: The aim is to understand and master the fundamental principles of classical electromagnetism. The student should be able to analyse simple electrical circuits, systems and electric motors, and understand how simple circuit components function.

  • Electrostatics and charge. Electrical forces and fields. Electrical current and circuits. Magnetic fields and forces. Electromagnetic induction and displacement currents. Alternating and transient currents. Maxwell¿s equations. Electromagnetic spectrum.

The students should be able to:

  • Analyse and solve physical problems.
  • Explain natural phenomena using fundamental laws and principles.

The student should understand how fundamental knowledge of physics can be used to describe the world we live in and to develop our technological society.

Learning activities:

LECTURES where central concepts, theories and examples are covered.

CALCULATION LECTURS where advanced problems are discussed and solved.

CALCULATION EXERCISES where problems are discussed and solved.

SELF-ORGANISED COLLOQUIA AND INDEPENDENT STUDIES where students work independently, read and discuss theory, calculate and discuss exercises and solve modelling exercises.

Teaching support:
Web page with course information, message service and learning resources. By appointment, the student will be able to meet the lecturer and the assistant teachers outside the structured teaching time.
A detailed syllabus will be handed out at the beginning of the course.
FYS101, MATH111, MATH112
Recommended prerequisites:
FYS155 and MATH113 should be taken in parallel.
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory exercises
Written end of term exam (3.5 h).
Nominal workload:
300 hrs including lectures and other classes.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
FYS135. 5 sp reduction FYS112. 5 sp reduction
Type of course:
The lecture period lasts 14 weeks. The equivalent of 13 weeks of organized lectures will be offered. One week will be made available for individual study or exam preparation. Lectures: 2 hours twice a week for 13 weeks = 52 hours. Calculation lectures: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks = 26 hours. Mathematics exercises: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks = 26 hours.
The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidate¿s exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, other aids as specified
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått