Principles of Physics and Introduction to Nanophysics, 10 credits (NFYA02)

Fysikaliska principer och nanovetenskaplig introduktion, 10 hp

Main field of study



First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Marcus Ekholm

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6KFYN Physics and Nanoscience, Bachelor's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 1, 2 3, 3 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study


Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Physics and Nanoscience, Bachelor's Programme

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives an introduction to physical theory and experiment. The theoretical part repeatedly demonstrates that wide areas of physics can be understood trough a clear understanding of a few basic concepts and principles. One purpose is to increase the interest for physics and to demonstrate the need for mathematical tools.
The same simple principles are also used to understand and explain properties of molecules and materials. Furthermore, an orientation about the research conducted at the department is given.
The experimental part stresses what is essential to make good physics; imagination to suggest possible hypothesis, experimental technique to test, ability to find a language (concepts) that gives a simple description. Strong emphasis is on the students ability to present their results in writing and to critically judge the validity of their own work.

Course content

The experimental work includes experimental problem solution where basic mechanical systems are studied.
An important goal is the ability to account for results in writing and to critically assess the validity of own work. The theory part includes both classical and modern physics. Within classical physics, mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical physics is treated. The thermodynamics pat is based on concepts such as micro- and macrostates. These fields are used to explain properties of materials and molecules. The modern physics topics are: A historical perspective on quantum physics, a philosophical perspective on quantum physics, Planck's description of the black body radiation and its connection to the green house effect, simple solutions to the Schrödinger equation illustrating energy quantisation, tunnelling, quantum mechanical operators, Bose-Einstein statistics illustrating the black body radiation. The explanatory power of modern physics is demonstrated and related to modern research

Teaching and working methods

The problem solving part consists of lectures and laboratory work. The theoretical part of the course consists of lectures and discussion sessions.
Guest lectures.
The course runs over the entire autumn semester.


UPG3Written AssignmentU, G0.5 credits
UPG2Home AssignmentsU, G2.5 credits
LAB3Laboratory WorkU, G1.5 credits
LAB2Laboratory WorkU, G2.5 credits
TEN2Written ExaminationU, 3, 4, 53 credits
Guest lectures are mandatory.


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson


Marcus Ekholm

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 75 h
Recommended self-study hours: 192 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Nordling & Österman, Physics Handbook 8

Additional literature


Nordling & Österman, Physics Handbook 8
UPG3 Written Assignment U, G 0.5 credits
UPG2 Home Assignments U, G 2.5 credits
LAB3 Laboratory Work U, G 1.5 credits
LAB2 Laboratory Work U, G 2.5 credits
TEN2 Written Examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
Guest lectures are mandatory.

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