FYS1000 – Physics- the foundation of natural sciences and medicine

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Course content

Basic concepts concerning kinematics and dynamics, emphasizing the conserved quantities of mechanics. Waves, light and geometrical optics with applications on optical instruments. Electrostatics and currents. Magnetism. Basic concepts of thermology. Thermal properties of substances and gases. Radiation. Examples and exercises from fields where physics is applied.

Learning outcome

After the course, students shall:

  • possess an operational understanding of the most important physical
    concepts, know how to think about problems as a physicists, and be able
    to analyze and solve quantitative problems.
  • be able to use fundamental measurement theory and to judge
    quantitatively physical phenomena.
  • be able to explain fundamental concepts in mechanics and fluid
    mechanics such as forces, energy, conservation laws etc., and to use
    these to analyze and solve simple problems.
  • be able to explain and characterize periodic phenomena as well as
    to solve simple problems with oscillatory motion.
  • know the fundamental concepts in electromagnetism, and be able to use
    these for solving simple problems quantitatively.
  • be able to compute current and voltage in simple electric circuits,
    and get an understanding of biological electricity.
  • be able to use geometric optics to explain/compute how waves propagate when being refracted, reflected or diffracted.
  • know that light can be described as waves and be able to solve
    interference problems quantitatively.
  • make simple computations using Bohr's atomic model and use this to explain the three main types of spectra. Understand basic concepts of spectral analysis.
  • be able to repeat central concepts as dose, equivalent dose,
    half-life, activity etc. and the characteristics of different types of
    radiation, and how these influence our cells, as well as be able to use
    these concepts to solve simple computational problems.
  • be able to repeat the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and know
    about concepts and measures for the thermal properties of matter and
    gases, and be able to use these in practical calculations.


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).

The following courses must be passed before the first day of the mandatory laboratory course in FYS1000:


For students who take FYS1000 in the fall 2015 or later, FYS1000 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:


For students who took FYS1000 in spring 2014, FYS1000 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:

For students who took FYS1000 in spring 2013, FYS1000 can not be part of a degree until the following courses have been passed:


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

Recommended previous knowledge

MAT1000 – Mathematics for applications I (discontinued). Some knowledge of basic high school physics.

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 (e-mail studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over one full semester having 7 hours of teaching per week (lectures and problem solving). Compulsory lab exercises and compulsory problem solving. Active participation in the course is expected.


Before you can attend the mandatory laboratory courses, you have to have passed the following caourses:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 and HMS0505 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.


3 hour written digital midterm exam with 20% weight and a final written exam with 80% weight.

Examination support material

Validated calculator, Gyldendals tabeller og formler i fysikk; //Fysikk 1 og Fysikk 2/

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

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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






Last semester of teaching spring 2017.


Last exam Spring 2018 for those who have approved all mandatory elements from Spring 2017.

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