On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
carry out electric and magnetic field calculations in certain simple geometries and with certain boundary conditions
calculate static and time-dependent currents in simple circuits containing resistors, capacitors and inductors
handle the most common electrical measurement instruments at a basic level
identify and describe the characteristics of wave motion both for propagating and standing waves, mechanical as well as electromagnetic
describe and treat physical concepts within acoustics and geometrical optics
make basic calculations on interference- and diffraction phenomena when the wave source is coherent and be able to describe applications of these in everyday life
account for relevant biological applications of the course content
Electrostatics: electric charge and fields electric potential, electric dipole Gauss law. Capacitors, electrostatic energy. Electric current: Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, RC circuits. Magnetic fields and forces. Overview of magnetic materials. Electromagnetic induction: Inductance. LR-circuits. Basic concepts for the alternating current and its use: Impedances with phase shifts over RLC-components. Alternating current power. The ideal transformer. Overview of three-phase electric power and electrical safety. Basic concepts for mechanical/acoustic waves: phase and group velocity, superposition, propagating and standing waves, wave beating, doppler effect. Electromagnetic waves and optics: Reflection, refraction, dispersion. Geometrical optics, optical instruments. Polarisation. Interference and diffraction. Applications for biological systems, for example bird navigation, pacemakers, vision and hearing.
Laboratory work: Electrical measurement techniques and measuring instruments, capacitor experiments, induction, alternating current, polarisation, geometric optics and wave optics.
Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. Projects.
Written examination at the end of the different parts of the course: Electromagnetism (4 credits), Wave Physics (2 credits). Laboratory work: Electromagnetism (1.5+1.5 credits), Wave Physics (1 credit). The final grade is based on laboratory reports and written assignments form together with the written examinations.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.