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The course gives an introduction to a wide range of topics in physics, with emphasis on understanding, applications, units, physical argumentation, and the use of mathematical and numerical methods.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course:

  • you have a 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 electromagnetic induction.
  • you are familiar with oscillations and waves, and you know about the wave nature of light and interference- and diffraction phenomena and simple geometric optics.
  • you have basic 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 photons.
  • you have basic knowledge of the structure of the atomic nucleus, radioactive processes, different types of radiation and their biological consequences.

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.

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 (in Norwegian).

Without a knowledge of basic high school physics, students must expect the course to be demanding.

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 (, 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
  • 4 hours of seminars: There will be two groups of two hours each week. One group is a seminar with practical, numerical and theoretical exercises, the other is 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. Approved completion of minimum 15 learning activities. Learning activities include:

  • Submission of assignment and correction of a fellow student, both of which must be approved (1 point each, 15 possible)
  • Participation in seminars (1 point each, 15 possible)
  • Participation in problem-solving groups (1 point each, 15 possible)

Participation in learning activities must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam. Approved learning activities are valid five years after you completed the course.


  • Written midterm exam, 3 hours, which counts 20 % towards the finale grade.
  • Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 80 % towards the finale grade.

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.

Examination support material

Language of examination

 You may submit your response 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) May 21, 2022 8:11:51 AM

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