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Valid for year : 2009
TNE043 Mechanics and Wave Physics, 6 ECTS credits.
/Mekanik och vågfysik/

For:   ED   KTS   MT  


The course include a part of the syllabus block "oral and written communication in english"


Prel. scheduled hours: 48
Rec. self-study hours: 112

  Area of Education: Science

Subject area: Physics

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): G2

To give basic knowledge in some important areas and applications of classical physics. The laboratory work should give experience of planning,conducting and presenting experimental work. After completing this course students should be able to do the following:
  • Apply basic kinematic relations, Newton´s laws formulated for both translational and rotational motion, energy relations and conservation laws in problem solving, and describe under which circumstances these relations and laws can be applied.
  • Apply basic theory to model simple harmonic oscillations and the extension to mechanical waves.
  • Formulate the wave equation and give examples of solutions, determine properties like velocity of propagation, and give examples of applications
  • Describe basic concepts in general rigid body mechanics and fluid dynamics.
  • Describe and apply basic concepts in acoustics like standing waves, resonance and the Doppler effect when formulating models and solving problems.
  • Describe and apply basic concepts in geometrical optics.
  • Describe and apply polarisation,coherence,diffraction,interference and superposition in problem solving in wave optics.
  • Give examples of applications of mechanics and wave physics in scientific and technical areas of application.
  • Develop understanding of concepts,the ability to solve problems and the ability to formulate models in physics.
  • Describe how experimental problem solving is performed
  • Assess experimental results and perform dimensional analysis of physical formulae
  • After completing the laboratory work the student should have improved the ability to communicate in English,especially technical report writing.

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Courses in calculus and linear algebra, important subjects are vector algebra, differentiation and integration of elementary functions, linear differential equations with constant coefficients.Basic grammar and scentences construction in English

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

Supplementary courses:
Electromagnetism, Modern physics

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. There will be a written examination at the end of the course. The laboratory work includes a compulsory written report.

Course contents:
Introduction to experimental problem solving, dimensional analysis, analysis of experimental data. Mechanics: Kinematics, force, Newton's laws, energy and work, oscillations, collisions, rotation about a fixed axis. General rigid body motion and fluid dynamics. Wave motion and optics: general wave motion, superposition, the wave equation, mechanical waves, acoustics, electromagnetic waves, interference, diffraction, geometrical optics.Oral and written Technical English.

Course literature:
To be decided

A written examination
Laboratory work
Optional written test
4,5 ECTS
1,5 ECTS
The compulsory report is written in English.The grade of the language/communication part of the course is pass/fail only a dn will not affect the final grade.But no final grade is given until the language/communication part is finished.

Course language is Swedish.
Department offering the course: ITN.
Director of Studies: Amir Baranzahi
Examiner: Ulf Sannemo
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Last updated: 02/18/2009