Physics and Mechanics, 6 credits (TFYA87)

Fysik och mekanik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Applied Physics Physics


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Mats Fahlman

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Johansson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CMJU Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Applied Physics, Physics

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Computer Science and Software 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.


Introductory mathematics, calculus of one variable, calculus of several variables, differential equations, basic programming

Intended learning outcomes

To introduce and treat basic physics: classical mechanics, electrostatics and electrodynamics. After successful completion of the course, the student should be able to use, evaluate and create models that describe processes or events related to these areas of physics. The student should be able to solve basic problems in mechanics using kinematical motion equation, force laws, energy principles and momentum equations in the following areas:

  • Particle mechanics,
  • Mechanics of particle systems, Dynamics of rigid bodies and Statics,
  • Mechanical oscillations.
    The student should individually and in group be able to apply physical modeling and experimental problem solving to treat basic problems related to these areas. The student should also be able to solve basic problems in electrostatics and electrodynamics. Furthermore, the student should be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding for the physical principles treated in the course.

  • Course content

    • Model development:
      The basic steps of model development - idealization, formalization, calculation and interpretation, robustness. Experimental problem solving - hypothesis, dimension analysis, measurement and error estimation.
    • Particle mechanics: Kinematics, position, time, velocity, acceleration, angular position, angular velocity, angular acceleration, equations of motion and relative motion. Kinetics, mass, momentum, force, impulse, angular momentum, torque. Work, kinetic energy, power, conservative forces, potential energy, conservation of mechanical energy.
    • Mechanics of particle systems and dynamics of rigid bodies: center of mass, conservation of momentum, conservation of angular momentum, kinetic energy of particle systems, moment of inertia.
    • Mechanical oscillations: Amplitude, frequency, wavelength, period and angular frequency, phase, wave velocity, superposition, interference, optical light.
    • Electrostatics: Charge, Coulomb's law, electric potential, electric field, energy.
    • Electrodynamics, electromagnetic fields and waves: Direct and alternating current, Ohm's law, series and parallel resistance, power, Lorentz force, magnetism, induction, electromagnetic fields and waves.

    Teaching and working methods

    The course contains lectures, laboratory and modeling exercises in group, and problem solving exercises.


    UPG1Group assignmentU, G2 credits
    TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53 credits
    LAB1Laboratory workU, G1 credits


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

    Other information

    Supplementary courses: Automatic control, Advanced Game Programming


    Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

    Director of Studies or equivalent

    Magnus Johansson


    Mats Fahlman

    Course website and other links

    Education components

    Preliminär schemalagd tid: 44 h
    Rekommenderad självstudietid: 116 h

    Course literature

    Kompletterande litteratur

    R.D.Knight, Physics for scientists and engineers 3rd edition

    Additional literature


    R.D.Knight, Physics for scientists and engineers 3rd edition


    UPG1 Group assignment U, G 2 credits
    TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
    LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1 credits

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