Master’s studies

Syllabus for Energy Physics I

Energifysik I


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA402
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F, Technology G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2013-05-06
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2013
  • Entry requirements: Thermodynamics or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • describe different energy sources, specially those of importance for the Nordic energy supply,
  • describe the physical and technical principles for different types of energy conversion,
  • explain, use and evaluate energy systems based on a thermodynamic and physical context,
  • explain and assess technical preconditions for and consequences of different energy conversion systems as well their environmental impact.


Energy in Sweden. Different sources of energy: Spontaneous and controllable, exhaustible and renewable. Availability of energy sources, their global energy and exploitation limits. Physical and technical principles as well as environmental aspects of energy conversion facilities such as wind power plants, hydro power plants, nuclear power plants and facilities and engines powered by fossil fuels. Fluid dynamics: Bernoulli’s equation, Betz’ law, nuclear physics: different nuclear models, radioactive decay, fission, cross sections, engineering thermodynamics: power cycles, Carnot cycle, steam cycles, gas cycles.


Lectures. Exercises. Problem based group work.
Mandatory study visits: Uppsala Värme AB (district heating), Forsmark (nuclear power station) or similar.


Study visits and project presentation (1 credit). Written (2 credits) and oral (2 credits) examination. Exercises can give bonus points valid for the final exam and the first regular repetition.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 20, 2013

Reading list revisions