Course code FYS102A

FYS102A Physics for Biotechnologists

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Course responsible: Cecilia Marie Futsæther
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Course contents:

Teaching structure: About one 2-hour lecture per week one average distributed over 13 weeks. One 2-hour problem solving lecture per week, and one 2-hour problem solving class per week. Estimated workload is 125 hours distributed over 15 weeks (approximately 8 hours 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, simple circuits. Magnetic fields and forces. Electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic radiation.

Learning outcome:

- Acquire an understanding of and be able to master the basic principles of classical macroscopical thermodynamics and electromagnetism. Be able to use mathematics as a tool for calculations and modelling of elementary thermodynamic and electromagnetic phenomena.

- Understand and be able to analyze different forms of energy transport and cyclic processes using the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic parameters, and properties of pure substances.

- Become able to formulate, solve and interpret mathematical models for energy conservation, transport and conversion.

- Understand the principles of thermal physics that contribute to efficient energy use in our modern/industrial society.

Students are expected to understand the key topics of basic electromagnetism. Topics covered are: Electrostatics. Electric current, electric circuits, electric forces and fields. Magnetic forces and fields. Electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic radiation.

Students should understand that basic knowledge of physics is fundamental for understanding natural phenomena and technology, for developing technology and that physics and the natural sciences are man-made tools developed for this purpose.

Learning activities:

LECTURES where key terms, theory and examples are covered.

PROBLEM SOLVING LECTURES focusing on key exercises.

PROBLEM SOLVING CLASSES where students practice problem solving.


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:
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory exercises handed in at mandatory problem sovling classes.
Written end of term exam (2.5 h).
Nominal workload:
125 hours including lectures and other classes.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Full overlap between FYS102A and FYS102. FYS102A is a 5 credit subset of FYS102.
Type of course:
The lecture period lasts 13 weeks. Lectures: 2 hours on average once weekly for 13 weeks = 26 hours. The lectures will be held together with FYS102 such that some weeks will have 4 lecture hours (2 x 2 h), others none, depending on the topic. Problem solving lectures: 2 hours per week for about 7 weeks = 14 hours. Problem solving class: 2 hours per week for about 7 weeks = 14 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 faculty's guidelines for examination assessment.
Allowed examination aids: B2 Calculator handed out, other aids as specified
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades