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Special Relativity 7.5 credits

Speciell relativitetsteori
First cycle, F0044T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)

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 + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Mathematics 4 or Mathematics E.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completing the course you should: Know and understand fundamental notions in relativity. Be able to describe events four-dimensional spacetime. Have an insight into how relativity is used in research and technical applications.

Spacetime, the concept invariance, inertial systems, principles of relativity, the Michelson-Morley experiment, time dilation, length contraction, lightcones, introduction to general relativity and curved spacetime.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Web-based course with reading assignments, interactive problems and examination assignments. Teacher available for questions and supervision through the course homepage.

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.
Continuous web-examination by assigned problems and project work.

Transition terms

Johan Hansson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2008 Sp 1
Spacetime Physics 2nd ed, E.F. Taylor/J.A. Wheeler (W.H. Freeman, 1992).

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001AssignmentG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryS08

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
by Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 23 Nov 2007

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto, Programme Director 14 Feb 2022