Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course offers an introduction to mechanical and electrical oscillations and a description of related phenomena like resonance. It introduces mechanical and electromagnetic waves, and explores different wave phenomena like phase and group velocity, standing and propagating waves, coherence, diffraction and interference, reflection, refraction, dispersion, and simple geometric optics. The course also includes an introduction to oscillation and wave analysis using Fourier and Wavelet transformations.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you are able to:

  • recognize and use a mathematical oscillator equation and wave equation, and derive these equations for certain systems, point out the limitations, and are able to refer to very different solutions of identical oscillator equations due to different initial and boundary conditions.
  • explain how several waves or parts of waves interact and be able to calculate and analyze diffraction and interference phenomena and explain the conditions required for such phenomena to appear.
  • describe and calculate what happens when waves move from one medium to another and are able to explain dispersion and group and phase velocity.
  • use geometric optics to describe and explain optical instruments, and by simple measurements estimate what strength glasses a person needs.
  • explain several phenomena we can observe in everyday life that can be explained as wave phenomena, and identify basic principles, such as the Fresnel principle, to explain various phenomena.
  • use both analytical mathematics and numerical methods to explore the subjects mentioned above. In particular, you are able to analyze experimental oscillator or wave phenomena, such as sound, using suitable methods.
  • gather relevant information by yourself, and seek help from others to solve an extensive assignment where all necessary information is not supplied.
  • write a thorough project report describing the topic, the methods used, results, and conclusions clearly.

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).

Overlapping courses

  • 3 credits overlap with FYS111.


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department has to be informed in advance (e-mail studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester with 9 hours of teaching per week:

  • 3 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of group sessions
  • 4 hours of problem-solving which includes help with the computational essay

The course comprises the following obligatory activities:

  • 6 compulsory assignments
  • Computational essay

Participation in group sessions throughout the semester (at least 70 %) can replace one compulsory assignment. 

5 of 6 assignments (4 of 6 by the participation on at least 70 % of group sessions) and the computational essay must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.


  • Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

The computational essay and the mandatory assignments must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Examination support material

  • Approved calculator
  • Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"
  • Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: "Fysiske størrelser og enheter"
  • One page with formulas (will be handed out together with the exam papers)

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) Jan. 23, 2022 9:11:10 PM

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