Course code FYS200

FYS200 Classical Physics

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Course responsible: Peder Albert Tyvand
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .

Course frequency: <p>Annually</p><p><br/><br/></p>
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Course contents:

Lectures: Four hours per week where central topics in the course are discussed. Exercises: Two hours per week where the students work individually or in groups of two with problem solving, and where the teacher will help if necessary.

The course consists of two themes:

  • Electromagnetics with the application of vector fields: Coulomb"s law, Gauss"s law, dielectric materials, Poisson"s and Laplace"s equations, the Biot-Savart law, Faraday"s law, Maxwell"s equations in differential form, electromagnetic waves.
  • Statistical mechanics: Energy, temperature, multiplicity, second law of thermodynamics, entropy and order, Einstein solid, Boltzmann statistics, canonical ensembles, partition function, chemical potential, Helmholtz and Gibbs free energy.

Learning outcome:

To understand how electromagnetism can be described by vector fields. To understand the atomic composition of matter as a conceptual basis. To understand how simple gases, fluids and solids can be treated as statistical systems of many particles.

Learning activities:

The lectures treat central topics and theories. In the exercises the student will solve quantitative and conceptual problems on themes that have been treated in the lectures. Both analytical and computational approaches may be applied in the problem solving.

Teaching support:

The plan is to place the students in study groups to cooperate with other students in this course. The students may contact the teacher for general advice, verbally or by e-mail.


Mathew Sadiku: Elements of Electromagnetics. 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2001


4 Electrostatic fields

5 Electric fields in material space

6 Electrostatic boundary-value problems

7 Magnetostatic fields

8 Magnetic forces, materials, and devices

9 Maxwell's equations

10 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation


Daniel V. Schroeder: 'An Introduction to Thermal Physics'. Addison Wesley Longman (2000).


1 Energy in Thermal Physics

2 The Second Law

3 Interactions and Implications

5 Free Energy and Chemical Thermodynamics

8 Boltzmann Statistics


FYS101, FYS102, FYS103, MATH111, MATH112, MATH113

Recommended prerequisites:


Mandatory activity:


Final written exam

Nominal workload:

Per week 20 hours in 15 weeks: Lectures: 4 hours Exercises: 2 hours Group work: 6 hours Individual study: 8 hours Total work: 300 hours.

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:
FYS220 (5 points), FYS135 (2 points)
Type of course:

The teaching period consists of 14 weeks. There will be 13 weeks of organized teaching Lectures: 2 x 2 hours x 13 weeks = 52 hours. Exercises: 1 x 2 hours x 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, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått