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Experimental Physics 1

Module PH0001 [ExPh 1]

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2008/9

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2014/5WS 2012/3WS 2008/9

Basic Information

PH0001 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Fundamentals Examination (GOP, Part 1) in the B.Sc. Physics
  • Physics Modules for Students of Education

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
270 h 120 h 9 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0001 in the version of WS 2008/9 was Friedrich Simmel.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Accuracy of measurement and uncertainty in measurement
Mechanics of point masses
Special relativity
Mechanical oscillations
Systems of point masses
Dynamics of rigid bodies
Mechanics of rigid and fluid bodies
Hydro- and Aereodynamics
Mechanical waves

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the student should:
1) know the general basics regarding methodology and measuring procedures in physics
 2) apply the relevant laws to the motion of point masses
3) examine the consequences resulting from special relativity
4) calculate mechanical oscillations
5) deal with systems of several point masses
6) calculate the dynamics of rigid bodies
 7) know the mechanical properties of rigid and fluid bodies as well as gases, and estimate their behavior in fluid dynamics
8) know the basics of mechanical waves



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vorlesung: Frontalunterricht mit Demonstrationsexperimenten
Zentralübung: Frontalunterricht mit Rechenbeispielen
Übung: Arbeitsunterricht (Übungsaufgaben rechnen), Diskussionen und weitergehende Erläuterungen zum Vorlesungsstoff


Tafelanschrieb bzw. Präsentation,
Demonstrationsexperimente (Erklärungen zum Download),
Beispielvideos (z.T. zum Download),
Vorlesungsmitschrift zum Download,
Übungsaufgaben (Fallbeispiele) und Lösungen zum Download


W. Demtröder, Experimentalphysik 1: Mechanik und Wärme, Springer Verlag,
D. Meschede, Gerthsen Physik, Springer Verlag,
Bergmann-Schaefer, Lehrbuch der Experimentalphysik 1: Mechanik, Akustik, Wärme, de Gruyter,
Tipler, Physik, Spektrum

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Das Erreichen der Lernergebnisse wird anhand einer schriftlichen Prüfung bewertet. Die Teilnahme am Übungsbetrieb wird dringend angeraten.


General Remarks on Exams within Fundamentals Examination (GOP, Part 1) in the B.Sc. Physics

The written exams in the mandatory modules of the first year in the Bachelor’s program Physics are subject to the rules of the Fundamentals Examination (GOP). Each non-passed exam may only be repeated once. If after the repeat exams of one semester the student failed in one and only one of the three exams a rescue exam is granted where the grade may be corrected to 4,0.

By act of the examination regulations (FPSO) students in the Bachelor’s program Physics are registered to the module exams. To support exam organisation egular registration via TUMonline is done anyway. For students that do not show up at the exam the exam is counted as failed.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Exam to Experimental Physics 1
Wed, 2024-02-14, 10:30 till 12:30 004
Prüfung ist Teil der Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung im Bachelorstudiengang Physik. // Exam is part of the Fundamentals and Orientation Examination (GOP) in the B.Sc. Physics. till 2024-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2024-02-07)
Thu, 2024-04-11, 8:00 till 10:00 2001
Prüfung ist Teil der Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung im Bachelorstudiengang Physik. // Exam is part of the Fundamentals and Orientation Examination (GOP) in the B.Sc. Physics. till 2024-03-25 (cancelation of registration till 2024-04-04)
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