Data Handling in Physics

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

Objectives: To teach the students how to use computers for solving problems in physics

Content:The course gives an introduction into computer science and on how to use the IT-resources available at the institute with the help of examples from ongoing research activities. LINUX is used as the development environment with C++ as the programming language; ROOT as a tool for data analysis will be introduced and basic methods of networking will be tested. The course is especially useful for students in subatomic physics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • understands basic concepts of computers
  • can use the LINUX operating system and the shell
  • understands intrinsic structures in physics data
  • understands basic concepts of object-oriented programming
  • can use ROOT
  • can develop C++ programs


The student

  • can solve computational problems using LINUX, ROOT and C++

General competence

The student has

  • developed skills to use computers to solve problems in physics and other sciences



Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Minimum 60 ECTS in physics.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Exercises and project work.
Forms of Assessment
I emnet nyttar ein følgjande vurderingsformer:
  • Prosjektarbeid (pass/fail)