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Physics 2 7.5 credits

Fysik 2
First cycle, F0005T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study
Engineering Physics and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and F0004T Physics 1, Calculus M0029M, Linear Algebra and Calculus M0030M or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After passed course the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Give an account of wave properties,
  • Give an account for Bohr’s hydrogen model,
  • Give an account for the origin of line spectra and continuous spectra,
  • Give an account for photoelectric effect, the origin of x-ray radiation and to explain the physical principles behind the properties of the x-ray spectra,
  • Explain the background of the Schrödinger equation,
  • Give an account for the quantum numbers of the electron and relate those to the electron configurations of the atoms,
  • Give an account for atom-atom interactions, molecule – molecule interactions and crystal structures and calculate material properties from information on the crystal structure,

Competence and skills

  • Perform calculations on interactions between multiple waves,
  • Perform calculations on Bohr’s hydrogen model and apply it on similar systems,
  • Perform calculations on blackbody radiation,
  • Apply the Schrödinger equation on basic potentials, solve it and relate the resulting wavefunction to physical quantities,
  • Plan, perform, analyse, and evaluate experiments from an open problem description,
  • Prepare and perform an oral presentation of performed experiments, acquired results, and drawn conclusions,

Judgement and approach

  • Justify his/her calculations and argue for the reasonableness of the acquired results.

Within experimental methodology the following is addressed:
  • Dimensionless units and relations, i.e. π-groups
  • Experimental work
  • Measurement data analysis
  • Oral presentation

Within wave theory the following is addressed:

  • Basic wave properties
  • Mathematical description of waves and the wave equation
  • Mechanical waves, acoustic waves and electromagnetic waves
  • Superposition
  • Doppler effect
  • Beat
  • Polarisation
  • Reflection and refraction
  • Interference
  • Diffraction

Within modern physics the following is addressed:

  • Photoelectric effect
  • X-ray radiation
  • Blackbody radiation
  • Bohr’s model
  • The laser
  • Wave properties of particles
  • The Schrödinger equation
  • Quantum numbers and the exclusion principl
  • Interaction between atoms and between molecules
  • Crystal structures
  • Semi-conductors

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The main part of the course is theoretical where the teaching consists of teacher-led lectures and lessons. The student is encouraged to participate in those lectures and lessons, to read the corresponding sections in the course literature and to solve the proposed problems in order to achieve the course aims.

The student also gets to develop his/her ability to work in groups of different compositions in two mandatory laboratory assignments. In these assignments the student will also train his/her ability to plan, structure and perform experimental tasks and to use Excel with the purpose to analyse measurement data. The results from the laboratory assignments are presented orally in order to improve the student’s skills in communicating his/her results and conclusions in a clear and understandable way and to clearly give an account for the theory and experimental findings behind those. In order to assimilate this part of the course and achieve the corresponding course aims the student should be well prepared for the laboratory assignments and participate in an active manner.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course aims of theoretical nature are examined in writing with a grading scale according to U G 3 4 5. The course aims of practical nature are examined in the laboratory assignments and orally in the presentation off the experimental results, the grades are U G#.

Transition terms

The course  is equal to MTF097.

Erik Olsson

Transition terms
The course F0005T is equal to MTF097

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Young H. D., Freedman R. A., University Physics with Modern Physics in SI units, 15th edition, Pearson 2019, (t.ex. ISBN-13: 9781292314730) or equivalent . Also edition 14 (or 13) can work reasonably or equivalent.
Elfgren E., Fysika, Luleå tekniska universitet. Sold at the student union in Luleå.
Complementary material (laboration instructions etc) is published in the learning platform.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Laboratory work/ Oral presentationU G#1.50MandatoryA21
0004Written examG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Head Faculty Programme Director Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021