Topic outline

  • The course will be arranged electronically. The lectures and exercised will be transmitted by Zoom.

    There will be advance assignments before the first lecture and, most likely, before later lectures as well. The deadline for the first advance assignment is just before the first lecture, on Monday 19th April, at noon.

    Lecturer: Erkki Thuneberg (contact)

    Assistant: Fereshteh Sohrabi (contact)

  • The due date of the advance assignments is set to the following lecture. However, if you are too busy to do it for that, you can submit the assignment also later and it will be graded.
  • Lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12.15-14.00 from 19.4. to 26.5. For Zoom link to the lectures, see the bar on the left.

  • Exercise sessions on Fridays 10.15-12.00 (23.4.-4.6. except 14.5.)

    (In Weboodi this time was named "small group teaching". The exercise time on Thursdays 10.15-12.00 given in Weboodi is not used, unless there is special need for that.)
  • Using the links below you should be able to read the course book, Young and Freedman, University Physics (14th Edition), Pearson. 

    Link to the book via Aalto university library

    Thera are two more links below. These links are not tested, please report it there are problems.

  • The main thing in the examination are the physical phenomena and the basic principles and approximations that are used to understand them.  There is no need to remember formulas except some simple and fundamental ones.  

    In an oral examination the teacher asks the student questions that are based on lecture material and exercises. A typical question about an exercise problem is "how would you start to calculate this?"  Another typical question: "the matter xxx was considered in the lectures. Tell about it."  In an oral examination it is easy to concentrate on essential things since often routine details can be skipped. However, also details of the calculations can be asked. The teacher gets fast an impression of the students knowledge since he can base questions on the previous answers. At the end of the examination the teacher gives feedback to the student. A grade is also given, but they are usually fixed only after several students have passed the examination.

    Because of the corona epidemic, the oral examination is arranged on line. I recommend that you have camera on, but it is not a necessity. It is useful to have pen and paper close by so that you can write notes or do short calculations.