Force and motion 15 Credits

Kraft och rörelse
First cycle, F0052T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2012 Sp 1 - Spring 2013 Sp 4
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.

Syllabus established
by Dept. TVM Mats Näsström 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Mats Näsström 14 Mar 2012

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry reguirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language. + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 3c, Physics 2 (specifik entry A8). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics B, Mathematics D (specifik entry 8)

More information about English language requirements


Selection A

Course Aim

The purpose of this course is for students to develop their familiarity with basic concepts, phenomena andpractices related to forces and motion. Students should also develop their ability to teach about forces, motion and a scientific approach.
After completing the course students will be able to;
-explain and apply concepts and relationships in mechanics
-demonstrate an ability to switch between theoretical and practical knowledge
-demonstrate an ability to formulate concrete and assessable objectives for teaching
-plan, implement and evaluate physical experiments
-demonstrate an ability to use different expressions to describe and explain scientific phenomenaand processes in both the known and unknown contexts using physical conceptsand theories
-be able to have discussions about science and technologyfrom primary school pupil
perceptions in these areas.
-demonstrate an ability to translate subject knowledge in a teaching situation by planning andconducting a laboratory experiment


-Historical discoveries inmechanicsthat haveshaped ourworld view.Theimportanceof science intechnology , theenvironment, the societyand people'sliving conditions.
Critical review of information andarguments thatstudentsencounter in discussionsrelated toforce , motion (mechanics ) and the scientificapproach.

Force and motion
-Forces , motion and theirchangesin everyday situationsand howknowledge ofthiscanbeused, mattersof road safety .
-Lever and gearintools , such as scissors, crowbars , block and tackle.
-The mechanical modelsandthe usefulness of theories , limitations, validity and

Sciencein practice
-Systematic investigations.Formulation ofsimplequestions , design, performance and
-Measurements and measuring instrumentsand how theycan be combinedto measurequantitiessuch as speed ,pressure andpower .
-The relationship between physicalexaminations andthe development ofconcepts, modelsand theories.
-Documentation of tests usingcharts, graphs , pictures andwritten reports .

PhysicsTeachingand Learning
-Implementation of a scientificapproach toteaching
-Formulation of concreteandassessableobjectivesforteaching force and motion
by takingpart ofdidacticsresearch
-Evaluation of planned and carried outexerciseswith a focus onscience


The coursesupports the development ofthethematicand didacticskills and abilitiesaphysicsteacher needs . Theteacher-ledsessions , are designed toprovide support and structureforthe acquisitionof thecourse content. Learning activitiesin the course areseminars andshort lectures/presentations, laboratory work, practical sessions, presentations, tutorials, and reflection.


To pass the courseallcourse assignments , laboratory work andseminarsmust be completed with a passing grade.
Students are examinedindividually and in groups , orally and in writing. This requiresattendance and active participationin seminars and othercompulsory activities.Course grade(G or VG) is determinedby overall assessmentof the result. Grading criteria arespecified inthe study guide.

Johan Hansson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2012 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Paul Hewitt, "Conceptual Physics", latest edition. Other: Various materials such as handouts, current science education articles, additional material placed in the web-based learning platform Fronter.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

0001Laboratory Work3.0U G#
0002Course Assignments6.0U G VG
0003Seminars6.0U G VG