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Physics (MSE)

Module PH9021

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 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
WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2016/7SS 2011

Basic Information

PH9021 is a year 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.

  • 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 workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
270 h 120 h 9 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9021 in the version of SS 2011 was Peter Müller-Buschbaum.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module Physics imparts the fundamentals of experimental physics and thus belongs to the basic scientific education in engineering science. The lecture covers the following chapters (together with part II).


Gravitation, Dynamics

Newton's Laws.





Rigid Body Movements

 Deformable Bodies

Gases, Statistical Mechanics, Brownian Motion; Diffusion

Thermodynamics & Heat.


Electrostatics / Electrodynamics

Quantum Physics 

Learning Outcome

Students will have the ability to classify physical processes according to the categories presented in the lecture and to describe them correctly in a quantitative fashion at a level that corresponds to those of the individual chapters of the lecture.


Fundamental knowledge of physics and mathematics (Gymnasium).

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The learning results are worked out in several complementary building blocks. The lecture is supported by a presentation and the use of the blackboard. The presentation is provided in batches online before the lecture. The content of the lecture is engrossed in the exercise. There, solutions of the problems are worked out and are presented, which will prepare the students for the written exam. As a support, the consultation hours of the lecturer and the tutors are offered.


Lecture and exercise with presentation and use of blackboard. Moreover, the presentation of the lecture as well as problem sheets and solutions are provided online. Experiments.


The presentation of the lecture as well as the problem sheets are provided. The following books are recommended:


Demtröder, Physik

D. Meschede: Gerthsen Physik, Springer Verlag

Tipler: Physik für Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure, Spektrum

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

A written exam takes place at the end of the second term. This way, it is ensured that a problem is recognized within limited time and with limited auxiliary means and that ways to a correct solutions are found. The exam covers the entire content of the module.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following 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 Physics (MSE)
Tue, 2021-04-06, 11:30 till 13:00 0.002
Verschiebung wegen neuer Leitlinien der Hochschulleitung für Prüfungen mit hohen Teilnehmendenzahlen. Bitte lesen Sie vor der Anmeldung die Hinweise unter - insbesondere, wann Sie nicht zur Prüfung erscheinen dürfen und, was Sie beachten sollten, wenn Sie einer Risikogruppe für einen schweren Verlauf einer COVID-19-Erkrankung angehören. // Exam date was moved due to new regulations by the TUM Board of Management for exams with high number of candidates. Please read the information at carefully - especially the conditions in which you must not come to the exam and the necessary measures if you belong to a risk group for a severe progression of a COVID-19 case. till 2021-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2021-04-06)
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