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Lab Course Part 2

Module PH0010

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 2018/9 (current)

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 2018/9SS 2011

Basic Information

PH0010 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered every semester.

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

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (2nd Semester) non-GOP

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0010 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • Six experiments carried out in groups
    - oral introduction interview,
    - measurements and writing of the measurement report
  • Data analysis
  • Error analysis
  • Writing of reports
  • Oral discussion of the experiment and the results for three of the experiments
  • Topics: Thermodynamics, Electrodynamics, Magnetism

Learning Outcome

After passing the module the students are able to understand the procedure of basic physics experiments in thermodynamics, electrodynamics and magnetism, the fundamentals in writing scientific reports and the basics of error calculation, and to understand the connections between the experiments and the theory. They understand the principles of data analysis both by hand and with the help of software tools.


PH0001, PH0002, PH0009 (recommended)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Students have to carry out six experiments with the given instructions. The students attend six lab sessions - one for each of the experiments. In case of questions or problems there are tutors for guidance. The tutors also briefly introduce the students to the lab equipment that is provided to carry out the experiments.

Before attending the lab session (4 to 4.5 hours) the students study the instructions to the experiments at home. Also the data analysis and a report are made at home. During the lab sessions the tutors read the reports for the experiment carried out during the preceding session. They comment on the reports and help to improve the reports, if necessary. 


  • Instructions to the experiments (online available)
  • lab experiments
  • manual und electronic data acquisition


  • Instructions to the experiments (online available)
  • Standard textbooks for Experimental physics (Mechanics und Thermodynamics)
  • W. Walcher, Praktikum der Physik, Vieweg+Teubner Verlag

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested during the lab class. To pass the module, all six experiments and three discussions of experiments have to be graded with "passed". In total, the lab class can be graded in two ways: "passed" and "failed".

The tutor grades the individual experiments taking into account how well prepared the students were, how the experiment was carried out and how well the report was written. To pass, each of the three categories needs a positive mark. Otherwise the students have repeat the experiment.

The tutor asks some specific questions before the students start the experiment, to find out, if they are sufficiently prepared to carry out the experiment. Thereafter the students can spend 4 to 4,5 hours on carrying out the experiment. The experimental procedure and the data taking are supervised and graded by the tutor. Criteria for grading are e.g. if the experiment was carried out correctly, if the data taking is complete and if the measurement range was chosen appropriately. After the lab session the students write their reports at home, using the data taken during the experiment. Usually the reports have 10 pages. At the start of the next lab session the reports for the preceding experiment are due. The reports are corrected and graded by the tutor. The reports test, if the students are capable of writing scientific reports. Criteria are e.g. structuring of the text, scientific discussion, quality of data analysis and error analysis.

The tutor and the students discuss three of the experiments in depth (exam, 30 minutes). The tutor grades this oral exam. During the exam questions about the experiment and the theory are asked. E.g. the students have to discuss the science question that lead to the experiment or explain pros and cons of the experimental setup in comparison to alternative experimental setups. If the students fail in these exams, the exams can be retaken.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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