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Academic year
FFM232 - Vector fields and classical physics
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0100 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   26 Oct 2015 pm H,  04 Jan 2016 am M,  15 Aug 2016 pm SB

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Bitr professor  Christian Forssén

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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

MVE035 Calculus of Several Variables.
TMA671 Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis


The aim of the course is to provide the student with a basic knowledge of mathematical methods used in the description and the analysis of physical phenomena in three-dimensional space, in addition to deepen her or his understanding of fundamental classical physics.

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

After successfully completing the course the student will be able to analyze problems in physics and engineering science that involve spatial variations of physical observables. Specifically, the student will have acquired basic mathematical tools for
differentiation and integration of scalar and vector fields
analysis and synthesis of fields, including singularities
The student will be able to give an account of the field concept in classical physics, and apply it to elementary problems in the theories of
classical electrodynamics (Maxwell s equations)
hydrodynamics (Navier-Stokes equation)
thermodynamics (diffusion equation and the equation for heat transport)
After having completed the course the student may continue with more advanced studies in classical physics.


The field concept in classical physics; scalar and vector fields. Differentiation and integration of fields. Sources, sinks, and vortices. Superposition, analysis and synthesis of fields. Scalar and vector potentials. Solutions of field equations; boundary value problems. Elementary applications in the theories of classical electrodynamics, continuum mechanics and thermodynamics.


The course is based on a series of lectures and exercise classes. Two projects on computer-assisted methods provide for bonus points that may be added to the result on the final exam.


"Mathematical methods for physicists" (7th ed), by Arfken, Weber and Harris, 2013 [In particular, parts from chapters 1-10]

Additional material will be announced on the course web page.


Written exam at the end of the course.

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