Course code Fizi2006

Credit points 1.50

Physics II

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation22.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Mathematics and Physics

Course developers

author reserch

Zanda Gavare

Dr. phys.


Uldis Iljins

Dr. habil. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Fizi2007, Physics I

Course abstract

Physics course is giving an overview of fundamental laws that are essential to problem solving in engineering sciences. Course consists of lectures, laboratory works and individual homework exercises. During the lectures students are introduced to theory and ways of describing physical laws, as well as mastering the methods of solving problems using an appropriate mathematical apparatus. During laboratory workshops students deal with hands-on exercises where they measure, process and analyse various data readings. While working on individual works student learns to numerically calculate values of different physical parameters and to plot graphs.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course students will have:
1. knowledge about regularity of essential concepts of physics and critical understanding of how to use it in real-world process description. – The knowledge is assessed in laboratory works and during the defence of individual works.
2. skills to use measurements of physical quantities and apply knowledge in calculation for their branch of research, summarize and analytically describe the results. – The skills are assessed in laboratory works and individual works.
3. competence to evaluate results of measurements and calculations, problem solving and understand what influence their professional activities have on environment. – The competence is assessed in laboratory works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Electromagnetic oscillations. Electromagnetic waves. – 4h
2. Wave optics (interference, diffraction, polarization). -4h
3. Quantum nature of radiation. Thermal radiation. – 4h

4. Fundamentals of atomic physics and radioactivity. – 4h

Requirements for awarding credit points

The requirement is – passing the test.
In order to pass the test, the laboratory works must be performed and defended, individual works must be submitted and defended, and total 50% of the maximum possible points must be obtained.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1) Each student will be assigned 2 individual works. In accordance with the description of individual works, the calculation of the required values must be carried out and one or more graphs drawn. The works must be submitted in paper format. Each Individual work must be defended.

2) The student makes all the necessary calculations for laboratory works and prepares for their defense.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Knowledge control:
1/Indidvidual works (solution and defence) – 2;
2/ Laboratory works (work and defence) – 2.

Each test shall be evaluated by 0-10 points.

Compulsory reading

1. Valtera red. Fizika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1992. 733 lpp.

2. Fizika visiem.

Further reading

1. Jansone M., Kalnača A. u.c. Uzdevumu krājums vispārīgajā fizikā. Rīga: RTU, 2000. 247 lpp.

2. Tipler P. A., Mosca G. Physics for Scientists and Engineers. 6th edition. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman. 2008. 1172 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Terra. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte ISSN 977-1407-7191


Compulsory Course for the Second level professional higher educational
programme “Civil Engineering” (G0323)