Physics, 5 credits (TFYA86)

Fysik, 5 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Jens Jensen

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 4 (Spring 2017) 2 4 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

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.


Calculus, linear algebra, mechanics

Intended learning outcomes

In this course, the purpose for the student is to obtain a basic orientation in electromagnetism and its applications, including an introduction to quantum mechanical phenomena and optics. The course is adapted mainly for the D-programme. After finishing the course, the student will be able to:

  • solve simpler problems in electromagnetism analytically: electrostatics, magnetostatics, induction and electromagnetic waves
  • solve and visualize more complicated problems within electromagnetism with numerical methods using a computer program
  • have a basic understanding for quantum mechanical phenomena, solving problems with diffraction in apertures and gratings


Course content


  1. Electrostatics: Coulomb’s law, electric field strength, potential, Gauss’s law, capacitance, electric dipole, polarization, dielectric materials
  2. Currents: current density, mobility, drift velocity, resistivity.
  3. Magnetostatics: magnetic flux density, Biot-Savart’s law, Ampere’s law of circulation, magnetic dipole, magnetization, magnetic materials.
  4. Quantum mechanics: from atoms to solid materials.

  5. Electromagnetic fields varying with time: induction, electromotive force, Faraday’s law, inductance, wave motion, refraction, interference and diffraction.
  6. Examples of applications will be given during the course.


Teaching and working methods

Lectures, lessons and laboratory work


TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits
LAB2Laboratory workU, G0.5 credits
KTR1Optional examinationU, 3, 4, 50 credits
LAB3Laboratory workU, G0.5 credits
The result obtained in KTR1 may add a bonus points to TEN1, up to one year after the result in KTR1 was obtained.


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


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson


Jens Jensen

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 50 h
Recommended self-study hours: 83 h
There is no course literature available for this course.
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits
LAB2 Laboratory work U, G 0.5 credits
KTR1 Optional examination U, 3, 4, 5 0 credits
LAB3 Laboratory work U, G 0.5 credits
The result obtained in KTR1 may add a bonus points to TEN1, up to one year after the result in KTR1 was obtained.

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