Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course deals with experimental physics as a scientific method. Students learn about the importance of tidiness, accuracy and precision in laboratory work, and are trained in the use of written tools through the systematic use of lab journals and presentation of results in reports. A central theme of the course is the statistical use of data and adaptation of physical models to measured data and to identify and quantify sources of error.

The first part of the course deals with measurements of some basic physical quantities and evaluation of the method´s accuracy and precision. There is also going to be an introduction to some common measuring instruments.

The last part of the course deals mainly with the experimental study of physical phenomena and experimental verification of physical laws.

Learning outcome

The students should be able to:

  • carry out statistical analysis of data and analyze and calculate error propagation.
  • critically evaluate the sources of error and combine different statistical methods to define the accuracy and precision of measurement results and extraction of model parameters.
  • critically evaluate the measurements, model interpretation and conclusions of other´s experimental work.
  • understand behavior, accuracy and precision of ordinary measurement instruments, and be able to conduct measurements with the instrument.
  • compare different principles for measuring the same quantity and assess their strengths and weaknesses .
  • use the lab journal as a documentation of measurements and actions taken and as a tool for systematic observation, review and discussion.
  • present an experimental study in the form of a report that is easy to read, accurate and reliable.
  • explain all physical phenomena and methods of measurement that the exercise in question concerns.
  • critically evaluate the relationship between theory and experiment, find the sources of disagreement and suggest further development of theory or experiment to improve understanding of the difference.

Students should:

  • be prepared to work accurately and repeatable to achieve reliable results.
  • learn the importance of neatness in laboratory work and scientific reports.
  • develop a set of values where reliability and traceability figure prominently.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams 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 passed before the first day of the mandatory laboratory course in FYS2150:

For students who took FYS2150 in spring 2015 or later, FYS2150 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:

Overlapping courses


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department has to be informed in advance (e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester. 5 hours of lab work per week. Compulsory pre-lab exercises, lab journals and lab reports.

The following courses must be passed before the first day of the mandatory laboratory course in FYS2150:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety and HMS0505 - Electricity Safety when you attend the first mandatory lab in FYS2150.

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.


A two day home exam which counts for 100% of your grade.

Examination support material

All examination support material is allowed.

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) July 5, 2020 8:11:39 PM

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