Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course gives a thorough introduction to Newtonian mechanics and special relativity and serves as the basis for further studies in physics and related sciences. Both calculus-based analytical and numerical methods are used to solve mechanical problems.

Learning outcome

After the course you should:

  • be able to analyze forces that act on objects, apply Newton’s laws to determine the equations of motion, and solve these both analytically and numerically,
  • be able to describe the rotational motion of rigid bodies using torque, moment of inertia, and angular momentum, and apply Newton’s second law for rotational motion to solve the equations of motion,
  • be able to apply conservation laws for mechanical energy, momentum, and angular momentum to solve static and dynamic problems and to analyze collisions between bodies,
  • know the definitions that are relevant for elasticity theory,
  • be able to apply Lorentz transformations for position and velocity and explain length contraction and time dilation,
  • be able to apply different strategies to solve specific problems, introduce approximations if necessary, and interpret results and discuss these in a wider context.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies 

Knowledge of high school physics is strongly recommended.

Overlapping courses


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester with 6 hours of teaching per week (4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of problem solving). There will also be a weekly computer workshop with practical Programming exercises.

Submission of homework assignments is required. 5 of 6 assignments must be approved in order to take the final exam. All assignments must be submitted in the same semester, and approved assignments are valid for five years.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.


Written midterm exam (3 hours) and a final written exam (4 hours). Borth midterm exam and final exam are obligatory and must be taken in the same semester. A total of 5 of 6 exercises must be approved in order to take the final exam. The midterm exam counts 30% and the final written exam counts 70% towards the final grade.

Detailed information about examinations.

Examination support material

  • Approved calculator
  • Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"

  • Øgrim og Lian: Størrelser og enheter i fysikk og teknikk

  • Angell, Lian, Øgrim:"Fysiske størrelser og enheter: Navn og symboler"

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 7:11:16 PM

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