Undergraduate course

Basic Course in Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics

Objectives and Content


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


The course gives a quick introduction to electromagnetism, optics and modern physics: electric charge and electric field, current, voltage and resistance, magnetic field, electromagnetic waves, the nature of light and optical instrumentation, atom, nucleus and elementary particles, radioactivity and radiation.

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 acquired knowledge of

*Electromagnetism (electric and magnetic force and field, circuits, induction), semiconductors and electromagnetic waves.

*Light (reflection, refraction, interference), the wave nature of light and the particle-wave duality.

*The atom, the atomic core, nuclear power, ionizing radiation and radioactivity.


The student can solve problems with moderate mathematical complexity related to

*Electric and magnetic force and field, electric charge, electric potential, current, voltage and resistance, capacitors, electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction.

*Time dilatation, length contraction, relativistic momentum and addition of velocity.

*Photo-electric effect, Compton effect, de Broglie wavelength, models of the Hydrogen atom and electron configurations, the atomic core, binding energy and decay, ionizing radiation, fission and fusion.

*application of Gauss¿ law, Kirchhoffs laws, Faradays law, Lenz¿ law, Malus law, Snells law and Hubble¿s law.

General competence

*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

Contact information student adviser: studieveileder@ift.uib.no

Tlf: 55 58 27 66

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. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination and midterm examination

    04.06.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Midterm examination

      02.04.2020, 15:00
      2 hours