FYS1001 – Introduction to Physics
The course gives an introduction to fundamental concepts within a wide range of topics in physics. There is an emphasis on understanding, applications, good knowledge of units, physical argumentation and the use of mathematical and numerical methods.
After finishing this course:
- you have an fundamental understanding of the most important concepts in physics.
- you know how to treat important physical phenomena quantitatively and communicate these clearly and correctly with teachers and fellow students, both written and in conversation.
- you can explain the equations of motion and Newton’s laws, you have fundamental knowledge about, statics, gravitation and conservation of energy and momentum, and you can use these to analyse physical phenomena.
- you have knowledge of fundamental concepts in fluid mechanics.
- you can explain the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics and you are familiar with heat capacity, entropy, the ideal gas law and phase changes, and you know the different forms of heat transport.
- you know and can use the concepts of current, voltage, resistance and power in simple electrical circuits, and you know the fundamental concepts in electromagnetism and the phenomena of electromagnetic induction.
- you are familiar with oscillations and waves, and you know about the wave nature of light and interference- and diffraction phenomena and fundamental geometric optics.
- you have fundamental knowledge about the structure of the atom and can explain the connection between the energy levels of electrons in atoms and molecules and their spectra through the concept of the photon.
- you have fundamental knowledge of the structure of the atomic nucleus, radioactive processes, different types of radiation and their biological consequences.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
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 (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
Without a knowledge of basic high school physics, students must expect the course to be demanding.
- 6 credits overlap with NAT2010V – Fysikk og generell kjemi i naturfaget 8-11
- 10 credits overlap with FYS1000 – Physics- the foundation of natural sciences and medicine (continued)
Information about overlapping courses may not be complete. Contact the Department of Physics if you require more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com), or else you will lose your place in the course.
The course extends over one full semester with 6 hours of teaching per week (2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of seminars).
There will be two groups of two hours each week, where one group is a seminar with practical, numerical and theoretical excersises, and the other will be a problem solving session.
There will be weekly assignments with an offer to hand in a selection of the assignments and to correct other student's work in Canvas.
Prerequisites for taking the final exam:
Approved completion of minimum 15 learning activities. Learning activities include
- Submission of assignment and correction of fellow student, both of which must be approved (1 point each, 15 possible)
- Participation in seminar (1 point each, 15 possible)
- Participation in problem solving group (1 point each, 15 possible)
Participation in learning activities must be completed and approved each semester in order to qualify for the exam.
3 hour written digital midterm exam with 20% weight and a 4 hour final written exam with 80% weight.
Examination support material
- Approved calculator
- Gyldendals tabeller og formler i fysikk; Fysikk 1 og Fysikk 2
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.