FYS102A Physics for Biotechnologists

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Cecilia Marie Futsæther

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 hours including lectures and other classes.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel.

About this course

Teaching structure: About one 2-hour lecture per week on 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.

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.

  • LECTURES where key terms, theory and examples are covered.

    PROBLEM SOLVING LECTURES focusing on key exercises.

    PROBLEM SOLVING CLASSES where students practice problem solving.


  • 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.
  • FYS101, MATH111, MATH112
  • Written end of term exam (2.5 h).

  • 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.
  • Mandatory exercises handed in at mandatory problem sovling classes.
  • 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.
  • Full overlap between FYS102A and FYS102. FYS102A is a 5 credit subset of FYS102.
  • Special requirements in Science