FYS3320 – Physics and energy resources

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Course content

This course will discuss the following: Global energy resources, thermodynamics, solar energy, energy from wind, water and waves, nuclear physics, fission and nuclear power, controlled thermonuclear fusion, ionising radiation and environmental problems, the thermal balance of the earth and climate.

Learning outcome

The students should be able to elaborate on global energy resources, thermodynamics, solar energy, energy from wind, water and waves, nuclear physics, fission and nuclear power plants, controlled thermal nuclear fusion, ionizing radiation and environmental issues, the Earth's heat balance and climate. Students should be able to discuss these subjects in comparison to each other and make critical judgements of the various solutions.

Students should be able to use physical principles to calculate and make estimates about the utilization and conversion of energy resources. The student should have a good overview of the current energy resources and be able to define the various concepts with high precision.


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


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


The course extends over a full semester with 6 hours of teaching per week (lectures and problem solving).


Home assignment, approx. 50% weight. Written or oral final exam, approx. 50% weight. Exam form will be decided once enrolment is final. To pass the course, both the written assignment and the final exam must be passed.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course will not be taught in spring 2018.


Every spring

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