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 Eriksson

Director of studies or equivalent

Magnus Boman
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CMJU Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2019) 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.


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


    Mats Eriksson

    Course website and other links

    Education components

    Preliminary scheduled hours: 44 h
    Recommended self-study hours: 116 h

    Course literature

    Douglas C. Giancoli, (2013) Physics for Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics 4. ed. Pearson Education Limited (Verlag)
    ISBN: 978-1-292-02076-1


    Douglas C. Giancoli, (2013) Physics for Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics 4. ed. Pearson Education Limited (Verlag)

    ISBN: 978-1-292-02076-1


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

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    Forms of examination


    Written and oral examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the board of studies.

    Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:

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    • courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and October
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    • courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination at Easter and in August.

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    Code of conduct for students during examinations

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    Retakes for higher grade

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    Retakes of other forms of examination

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    For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations.

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    Examination components

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    2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for undergraduate projects and other independent work.
    3. Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
    4. Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as other examination (ANN), tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).

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