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 2012/3

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

available module versions
WS 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 Bachelor programme 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 2012/3 was Christian Pfleiderer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Accuracy of measurement and uncertainty in measurement
Mechanics of point masses
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. calculate mechanical oscillations
  4. deal with systems of several point masses
  5. calculate the dynamics of rigid bodies
  6. know the mechanical properties of rigid and fluid bodies as well as gases, and estimate their behavior in fluid dynamics
  7. know the basics of mechanical waves



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Experimentalphysik 1 Pfleiderer, C.
Mitwirkende: Kressierer, J.Rohr, C.
Dienstag, 08:30–10:00
Freitag, 10:00–12:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen
VO 2 Experimental physics 1 in English Bishop, S. Montag, 12:00–14:00
VO 2 Mathematische Ergänzungen zur Experimentalphysik 1 Höffer von Loewenfeld, P. Mittwoch, 12:00–14:00
UE 2 Offenes Tutorium zu Experimentalphysik 1 Höffer von Loewenfeld, P. Rohr, C.
Leitung/Koordination: Pfleiderer, C.
Donnerstag, 10:00–12:00
Donnerstag, 10:00–12:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture: ex-cathedra teaching with demonstration experiments
Central tutorial: ex-cathedra teaching with exercises
Tutorial: Discussion of weekly exrcises, additional explanations to the lectures


Blackboard or presentation
Demonstation experiments (explanations as downloads)
Example videos (as downloads)
Lecture notes as download
Exercises with solutions as 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

The learning outcome is tested in a written exam. Participation in tutorials is strongly recommended.


General Remarks on Exams within Fundamentals Examination (GOP, Part 1) in the Bachelor programme 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 and do not need to register in TUMonline. For students that do not show up at the exam the exam is counted as failed.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam 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.

Prüfung zu Experimentalphysik 1
Mo, 13.2.2017, 8:00 bis 9:30 101
MW: 2001
MI: 00.02.001
Studierende im Bachelorstudiengang Physik gelten Kraft FPSO als gemeldet (Prüfung ist Teil der Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung). bis 15.1.2017 (Abmeldung bis 6.2.2017)
Mi, 12.4.2017, 11:00 bis 12:30 MW: 1801
MW: 0350
Studierende im Bachelorstudiengang Physik gelten Kraft FPSO als gemeldet (Prüfung ist Teil der Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung). bis 3.4.2017 (Abmeldung bis 5.4.2017)

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