FYS3600 – Space Physics and Technology
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.
Space physics and technology provides an overview of the plasma environment around the Earth, its dynamical processes, and describes how we can use satellites and sounding rockets to study phenomena and processes. The course introduces fundamental concepts like the solar wind, coupling of magnetic flux, the Dungey cycle, and explains the coupling between the Sun and the magnetosphere, the ionosphere, and the upper atmosphere. In addition, the course gives an insight into the interaction between plasmas and satellites/sounding rockets, and shed light on the challenges associated with measurements made on-board spacecrafts.
After having completed this course you will:
- Possess a theoretical background allowing you to describe basic plasma parameters, principles of plasma dynamics, and selected types of waves.
- Know the physical processes controlling the coupling between the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetosphere/ionosphere, as well as the global dynamics of the upper polar atmosphere.
- Be able to explain how space weather phenomena impact infrastructures on Earth and in Space, in particular for communication and navigation systems.
- Know how to analyze data from satellites and sounding rockets, and how to use coordinate transformation in this context.
- Have the knowledge necessary for advanced studies within space and plasma physics, including the use of ground-based and spacecraft data.
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).
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FYS4600 – Space Physics and Technology.
- 6 credits overlap with FYS3610 – Space physics (discontinued).
The course is given over an entire semester with 6 hours of lecture per week (4 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercises).
The course comprises 10 mandatory assignments and a project assignment equivalent to one full week of work.
In order to take the final oral examination, a minimum of 6 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved. Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.
In order to take the final oral examination, a minimum of 6 out of 10 mandatory assignments must be approved.
- A project assignment counts 30% of the final grade.
- A final oral examination counts 70% of the final grade.
Both the project assignment and the final oral examination must be passed in order to get a final grade in the course.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: