Undergraduate course

Basic Course in Mechanics and Thermodynamics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePHYS101
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Objectives and Content


The course is tailored to the needs of students in other fields of science than physics, mathematics or geophysics. The course gives an overview and understanding of basic physics, with moderate use of mathematical formalism.


The course gives a quick introduction to mechanics and thermodynamics: Motion, force, energy and power, rotation, temperature and heat, the laws of thermodynamics, oscillations, waves and sound.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has gained knowledge about

mechanics (kinematics and dynamics) and rotation linear/circular motion of simple objects and fluids

thermodynamics and heat transport, work, change in temperature and internal energy

harmonic motion, elasticity, waves, sound and interference


The student can solve problems using

kinematic equations in two dimensions, Newton¿s laws, circular motion, work and energy considerations, impulse and momentum, rotation and simple fluid dynamics

thermal expansion, heat conduction, Stefan-Boltzmann radiation law, the ideal gas law, kinetic gas theory, the laws of thermodynamics and Carnot¿s principle

ideal springs, simple harmonic motion, sound speed in gasses/fluids/solids, the Doppler effect, interference and standing waves

General competence

The student has gained

increased ability for reflection and insight in how physics connects cause and effect for simple processes in nature

knowledge of value for other fields of the natural sciences

training in systematic work and how to analyse complex problems

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Studierettleiar kan kontaktast her: studieveileder@ift.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examiantion

    14.02.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline