Essentials of Experimental Physics 4
Module version of SS 2022 (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|
|SS 2022||SS 2020||WS 2015/6|
PH8115 is a semester module in English 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.
- Service Modules for Students of other Disciplines
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)|
|120 h||h||4 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH8115 is Sherry Suyu.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This course is an introduction to astrophysics. Students will get to use their knowledge of physics and mathematics to understand and appreciate many fascinating astronomical phenomena. The course will cover the basic tools of astronomy (telescopes), the nature of stars, the solar system, galaxies and the Universe.
This course supplements the German course of Experimentalphysik 4, by focusing on the topic of astrophysics that is not covered in the German course and thus offering students the opportunity to learn about astrophysics.
After successful completion of this module, the student is able to
- measure distances to celestial objects
- explain the life of stars
- measure masses and properties of galaxies
- probe the Universe in various ways
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the bachelor’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Experimental Physics 4 in English||Finley, J.||
Tue, 14:00–16:00, PH HS1
Learning and Teaching Methods
In classroom lectures the teaching and learning content is presented and explained in a didactical, structured, and comprehensive form. This includes basic knowledge in astronomy and astrophysics, on stars, galaxies and cosmology. Crucial facts are conveyed by involving the students in discussions to develop their intellectual power and to stimulate their analytic thinking on physics problems. Regular attendance of the lectures is therefore highly recommended.
The presentation of the learning content is enhanced by exercises in tutorial sessions. These exercises are intended to deepen the students' understanding and to help their learning of the course material.
The exercises as well as regular self-study of personal notes from the lectures and of textbooks are an important part of the learning process by the students. Such post-processing and practising of the teaching content is indispensable to achieve the intended learning results that the students develop the ability of explaining and applying the learned knowledge independently.
blackboard, discussions, PowerPoint presentation, post-lecture PDFs, videos, textbook, complementary literature
“An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics”, 2nd Edition, by Bradley W. Carroll & Dale A. Ostlie
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Determine the distance to a star given its parallax
- Estimate the mass of a galaxy given its measured properties
Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.