Course content

The course describes basic electrical and magnetic phenomena, as well as laws for electrical circuits, both at direct current and alternating current. The course gives a thorough introduction to Maxwell´s equations, and how to use them to derive the characteristics of electromagnetic waves.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course:

  • you have extensive knowledge of electrical and magnetic fields, sources of fields, Maxwell equations in integral and differential form, and you can calculate such fields using analytical and numerical methods.
  • you can account for electrical and magnetic forces, as well as energy stored in electrical and magnetic fields.
  • you know basic phenomena in electricity and magnetism and can account for a range of technological solutions that many use daily.
  • you can analyze a linear electric circuit and calculate currents and voltage differences in different parts of the circuit, both for DC and AC.
  • you have knowledge of why both traditional and numerical solution methods are important to the subject and have experience in applying both types of methods to electromagnetic issues.
  • you can present a chosen topic from relevant physics for fellow students.

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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be taken earlier than the first mandatory laboratory in FYS1120:

For further information see website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses

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 a full semester with 6 hours of teaching per week: 

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of seminars with numerical and theoretical assignments
  • 2 hours of oracle

The course includes the following mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam:

  • Approved completion of minimum 20 learning activities, consisting of: 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); submission of projects (5 points each, 15 possible)
  • Laboratory work
  • Written submission and oral presentation of Computational Essay

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.

To attend mandatory laboratory classes, the following courses must be passed before the first compulsory laboratory in FYS1120:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety and HMS0505 – Electricity Safety when you attend the first mandatory lab.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


  • Written midterm exam, 3 hours, which counts 20 % towards the final grade 
  • Final exam part 1: 4 hours written exam which counts 40 % towards the final grade
  • Final exam part 2: 4 hours written exam which counts 40 % towards the final grade

This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

When writing your assignments make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS1120L – Electromagnetism

Examination support material

Home exam:

  • all materials are allowed

Final exam:

  • Approved calculator

  • Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"

  • Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: "Fysiske størrelser og enheter"

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. 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) Nov. 30, 2022 9:12:23 AM

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