Theoretical Physics 1 (Mechanics)
Module PH0005 [ThPh 1]
Module version of SS 2011
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|
|SS 2022||SS 2021||SS 2019||SS 2018||SS 2017||SS 2016||SS 2011|
PH0005 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Fundamentals Examination (GOP, Part 2) 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|240 h||120 h||8 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH0005 in the version of SS 2011 was Martin Beneke.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
coordinate systems, inertial frames, Newton’s laws
trajectories, force, work, kinetic energy, potentials
point systems, center of mass, angular momentum, torque
Galilei transformations, (non-)inertial frames of reference
constrained motion, constraining forces
virtual work, d'Alembert's principle
Lagrange equations of the first and second kind,
rigid body motion, moment of inertia,
oscillations, Green functions, normal coordinates,
resonances, oscillations of a string or membrane,
Hamiltonian equations (canonical formalism)
canonical transformations, Poisson brackets
special relativity: time dilation, Lorentz contraction,
Lorentz transformations, addition of velocities,
After a successful participation in this module, the student should be able to:
1. understand the dynamical formulation of mechanical problems
2. apply the correct formalism to problems found in nature (e.g. distinction between Lagrangian equations of the first kind and second kind)
3. interpret of the dynamics by means of energetical arguments
4. understand the limitations of classical mechanics at high velocities
PH0001, MA9201, MA9202
for students studying bachelor of science education mathematics / physics: PH0001, MA1003, MA1004, MA1103, MA1104
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VU||6||Theoretical Physics 1 (Mechanics)||Kaiser, N.||
Mon, 10:00–12:00, PH HS1
Thu, 12:30–14:00, PH HS1
Tue, 10:00–12:00, PH HS1
and dates in groups
|UE||2||Open Tutorial for Theoretical Physics 1 (Mechanics)||
Responsible/Coordination: Kaiser, N.
Fri, 08:00–10:00, MW 2050
|UE||2||Large Tutorial to Theoretical Physics 1 (Mechanics)||
Responsible/Coordination: Kaiser, N.
Wed, 16:00–18:00, PH HS1
and singular or moved dates
Learning and Teaching Methods
discussion of homework problems, further questions, detailed explanations of unanswered questions from the lecture
Blackboard or beamer presentation
additional information on lecture web page
Standard literature of theoretical physics, e.g.:
- T. Fliessbach, Mechanik, Springer Spektrum
- H. Goldstein et al., Klassische Mechanik, Wiley-VCH Verlag
- L.D. Landau, E.M. Lifschitz, Mechanik, Verlag Harri Deutsch
- H. Stephani, G. Kluge, Klassische Mechanik, Spektrum Verlang
- F. Scheck, Theoretische Physik 1: Mechanik, Springer-Verlag
Description of exams and course work
The learning outcome is tested in a written exam. Participation in tutorials is strongly recommended.
There will be a bonus (one intermediate stepping of "0,3" to the better grade) on passed module exams (4,3 is not upgraded to 4,0). The bonus is applicable to the exam period directly following the lecture period (not to the exam repetition) and subject to the condition that the student obtained at least 50 % of the points in the homework sheets.
General Remarks on Exams within Fundamentals Examination (GOP, Part 2) 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.
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 Theoretical Physics 1 (Mechanics)|
|Fri, 2023-08-11, 11:00 till 12:30||004
|till 2023-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2023-08-04)|
|Fri, 2023-09-29, 13:30 till 15:00||2050