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Experimental Physics 1

Module PH9011

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 2017/8

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 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2015/6WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH9011 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 45 h 3 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9011 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Hendrik Dietz.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


• Principles of the natural sciences

• Measurements, Units 

• Gravitation

• Dynamics, Newton's Laws

• Ballistics and planetary trajectory

• Rotations

• Forces: fundamental versus non-fundamental

• Energy, conservation, work and power.

• Collisions / Scattering 

• Oscillations und Waves

• Rigid bodies, elasticity theory

• Liquids and gases 

• Heat

Learning Outcome

Students know and may apply the concepts of classical physics to describe and solve particular problems / phenomena.


Basic knowledge in mathematical algebra, analysis, and differential and integral calculus.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Contents will be taught in lecture that is held weekly.

In the problems classes students may first work by themselves or in small groups on problems. The solutions to the problems will then be discussed together.


The lecture notes and problem sheets will be made available under

Practical experiments during the lecture help illustrating physical phenomena.


  • Olaf Fritsche: Physik für Biologen und Mediziner, 2013, ISBN 978-3-642-34666-8 (eBook)
  • Paul A. Tipler: Physik, Spektrum Lehrbuch, 3. korr. Nachdruk 2000, 1522 S. m. zahlr. meist farb. Abb. ISBN: 3-86025-122-8

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested in a written exam of 90 minutes. 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 presented at least one exercise part in the tutorials.

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