Course code FYS102

FYS102 Thermophysics and Electromagnetism

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Course responsible: Cecilia Marie Futsæther
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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
Course contents:

Teaching structure: Two 2-hour lectures per week. One 2-hour problem solving lecture per week, and one 2-hour problem solving class per week.

Contents: Pressure, temperature, density, energy, physical properties of pure substances,  state equations, energy transport by heat, work and mass. 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics. Heat capacity. Entropy. Cyclic processes. 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. Generators, transformers . Electromagnetic radiation. Light. Interference and diffraksjon.

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 and optics: The aim is to understand and master the fundamental principles of classical electromagnetism and optics. 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. Alternating currents. Maxwell's equations. Electromagnetic spectrum. Light. Interference and diffraction.

The students should be able to:

  • Analyse and solve physical and technical 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.

PROBLEM SOLVING LECTURES where advanced problems are discussed and solved.

PROBLEM SOLVING CLASSES 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.
FYS101, MATH111, MATH112
Recommended prerequisites:
FYS155 and MATH113 should be taken in parallel.
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory exercises handed in at mandatory problem solving classes.
Written end of term exam (3.5 h).
Nominal workload:
250 hours including lectures and other classes.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
50% overlap with FYS102A.
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. Problem solving lectures: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks = 26 hours. Problem solving classes: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks = 26 hours.
The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the assessment guidelines. 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 assessment.
Allowed examination aids: B2 Calculator handed out, other aids as specified
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades