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TIF275 - Tools of Engineering Physics  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
10,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Examples class 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0213 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0313 Project 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0413 Project 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    
0513 Project 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    

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Bitr professor  Andreas Isacsson


FKA150   Technical communication TDA305   Computer introduction TIF011   The physics around us


Environment 1,5 hec

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In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Eligibility for the programme.


The purpose of this introductory course is to equip the students with basic skills in handling some of the common tools employed by physicists and engineers. This comprises both concrete tools relevant for their continued education, e.g. handling the local computer systems and mathematical software, but also experimental methodology and basic principles of physical modeling and analysis. In addition to this, the course serves to orient the students in some of the contemporary research areas where physicist are working today. After the course the students should also have become acquainted with product development tasks commonly encountered by engineers, e.g. market analysis, specifications, analysis of function, environmental aspects, concept evaluation and testing. Communication is an integrated part of the curriculum for the course. The course aims at developing basic genre consciousness along with writing characterized by correctness and feeling for stylistic differences with regard to recipient. In the last part of the course the focus of the communication part shifts to oral presentation in the context of project presentations.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

* Perform basic dimensional analysis and physical modelling.
* Treat measurement uncertainties.
* Plan and perform experimental investigations of physical phenomena and analyze the results.
* Use basic functionality in MATLAB as a tool for numerical computation and visualization in mathematics and physics.
* Write text, characterized by correctness in language and style, oriented towards a given recipient.
* Convert labnotes to a proper report.
* Work with process oriented writing.
* Plan, structure and give an oral presentation.
* Receive and provide constructive feedback on written and oral presentations.
* Use the most common UNIX- and LaTeX-commands.
* Find commands and flags in UNIX and LaTeX using available resources.
* Solve more complex tasks requiring a combination of several UNIX-commands.
* Send and receive email, also using a stand-alone client and reason around security and encryption.
* Write labreports using LaTeX.
* Use SSH to work with remote sessions from different clients and operating systems.


The part 0113 (1,5 hec) treats:
* UNIX: Shell, file management, permissions, paths, processes, editing, the help system and a small amount of programming.
* Internet: Email, web, SSH, SCP, internet architecture, protocols.
* LaTeX: Formatting, disposition, tables, figures, mathematical typesetting, references, help resources and common errors.

The part 0213 (1,5 hec) treats:
* Desktop layout and the help functionality.
* Arithmetic, assignments, variables and standard built in functions.
* Script files and function files. Graphics.
* Finding zeros of a function numerically.
* Solving linear systems of equations.
* Numerical quadrature and solving of differential equations.
* Basic programming and program structures.
* Handling of data files.

The part 0313 (1.5 hec) treats:
* Order of magnitude estimation, units and dimensional analysis.
* Physical modelling.
* Technical writing.

The part 0413 (3.0 hec) treats:
* Experimental methodology (planning, execution, documentation, analysis and treatment of errors).
* Physical modelling.
* Interpretation of measurement data and curve fitting.
* Writing a labreport.

The part 0513 (3.0 hec) treats:
* Key parts of the product development process (market survey, specifications, function, environmental aspects, concepts etc.).
* Material properties (physical, chemical and mechanical).
* Life cycle perspectives.
* Basic fabrication techniques.


The parts 0113 and 0213 are based on lectures and computer exercises. The parts 0313, 0413 and 0513 are project based and includes lectures, exercises, lab-classes, workshops and seminars.


0113 and 0213 are assessed by demonstrating skill in solving tasks at the computer.

Pass grade in 0313, 0413 and 0513 requires: active participation in compulsory seminars, labs and workshops. Project presentations, oral and written, must comply with both textual as well as technical standards. Students must participate in giving feedback to other students on their projects. Hand-in assignments and/or additional midterm may comprise part of the assessment.

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