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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 WS 2016/7

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 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 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 WS 2016/7 was Peter Müller-Buschbaum.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides the basics of experimental physics and is thus part of the basic scientific education in engineering sciences. In combination with Part II, the lecture covers the following chapters:

·       Introduction, measurements, coordinate systems

·       Equations of motion

·       Newtonian laws of motion

·       Forces and reference systems

·       Work and energy

·       Dynamics and momentum

·       Deformable bodies

·       Hydrostatics and hydrodynamics

·       Oscillations and waves

·       Acoustics

·       Geometrical optics and physical optics, light, optical devices

·       Electrostatics, currents, electrodynamics

·       Magnetism, induction

·       Gas theory, statistical mechanics, Brownian motion, diffusion

·       Heat and heat engines

Learning Outcome

Upon successful participation in the module, students will be able to:

1.     know about general principles with regard to methodology and measurements in physics,

2.     calculate the movement of point masses,

3.     handle the concepts of force, work, energy and momentum,

4.     calculate the dynamics of rigid bodies,

5.     apply the principles of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics,

6.     calculate oscillations and waves,

7.     apply the fundamentals of acoustics,

8.     apply the fundamentals of geometrical optics and physical optics,

9.     know selected optical devices and their function,

10.calculate the principles of electrostatics and electrodynamics,

11.calculate the principles of magnetism,

12.know the properties of gases and to calculate their behavior,

13.apply the principles of heat theory, and

14.calculate selected heat engines.


Fundamental knowledge of physics and mathematics (Gymnasium).

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

·       Lecture: ex-cathedra teaching with demonstration experiments

·       Tutorial: The lecture material is deepened by means of exercises. There, the solutions of the exercises are prepared and presented, which are to prepare for the written exam. The exercise provides the opportunity for discussion and further explanations on the lecture material.

·       Consultation hours: Clarification of further questions on the lecture contents in individual talks with lecturer


·       Presentation or black board writing

·       Experiments for demonstration purposes (explanations for download)

·       Sample videos

·       Lecture notes for download

·       Exercises (case studies) and solutions for download


Paul A. Tipler, Physik für Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure
Wolfgang Demtröder, Experimentalphysik
Ekbert Hering, Rolf Martin, Martin Stohrer, Physik für Ingenieure

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using calculation problems and comprehension questions.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • Set up and solve the equation of motion of a point mass under the influence of different forces.
  • Calculation of oscillation states.
  • Determination of optical imaging.
  • Calculation of charge distributions or electrical circuits.
  • Calculation of the heat engine efficiency.

Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.

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)
Mon, 2024-02-12, 17:00 till 18:30 2501
till 2024-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2024-02-05)
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