Course code Fizi2013

Credit points 3


Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours64

Date of course confirmation12.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Physics

Course developers

author Fizikas katedra

Uldis Gross

Dr. phys.


Ilze Pelēce

Dr. sc. ing.

Replaced course

Fizi2016 [GFIZ2017] Physics

Course abstract

The course of physics deals with the basic laws that are the basis for understanding all the problems of natural and engineering sciences. The course consists of lectures, practical work, laboratory and independent work. In lectures - acquisition of physics theory issues using appropriate mathematical apparatus. In practical work - acquisition of task solving methods and skills. In laboratory works - acquisition of skills of experimental work and basics of processing results.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course, students will have:
1) knowledge of the regularities considered in the course of physics and critical understanding of their applicability to describe real processes considered in their specialty (2 tests);
2) skills to perform measurements of physical quantities and perform calculations in the research of their field, to summarize and analytically describe the results (8 laboratory works, their calculations);

3) competence to evaluate the results of measurements and calculations, to look for solutions to problems (defense of 8 laboratory works).

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction. Mechanics 4h
2. Molecular physics and thermodynamics. 4h
3. Electrostatics and direct current 4h
4. Magnetism and alternating current. 4h
5. Oscillations and waves. 4h

6. Wave optics 4h

Requirements for awarding credit points

Passed the exam. All tests (3 theoretical tests and 3 tasks) and laboratory work must be taken into account.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for lectures and tests according to the program, reading of literature, independent problem solving, calculations and analysis of laboratory works.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student can take the exam if he / she collects at least 50% of the assessment points in tests (3 theory tests and 3 tasks) and laboratory works (each is assessed with 0-10 points).

Compulsory reading

1. Valtera A. red. Fizika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1992. 733 lpp.
2. Materiāli e-studijās.

Further reading

1. Tipler P. A., Mosca G. Physics for Scientists and Engineers 6th (Sixth) edition. USA: W. H. Freeman and Company. 2008. 1412 pp.

2. Giancoli D. C. Physics Principles with Applications 6th Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education International/Prentice Hall, 2005. 946 p.

Periodicals and other sources

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


Compulsory course in the 3rd semester of the MF professional education bachelor study program “Forest Engineer” and in the 4th semester of “Woodworking”.
Corresponds to Level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).