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Module PH9033

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 2019

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 2020SS 2019SS 2018

Basic Information

PH9033 is a semester module in German language at which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid from SS 2019 to WS 2019/20.

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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9033 in the version of SS 2019 was Peter Fierlinger.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions



Principles of natural sciences


Units, working with scales, estimating


Types of energy, 'making' energy

Heat, atoms

Energy conversion: power plants, Micro und Macro description of heat


Decays, nature, does, risk

Energy from nuclei

Fusion, fission, powerplants, bombs

Measurements, statistics

Probability, measurement uncertainty, significance, artificial intelligence, stock trading

Modern physics: waves and particles

quantum physics, laser, 


Microscope, telescope, glas fibers, visible matter, invisible light

Electricity and magnetism

Electro motor, batteries, superconductivity, magnetic resonance


climate change

Universe, gravtiation, asteroids

Evolution of the universe

Excursion to FRM2

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to:

  1. To understand the approach of physics to solve or investigate problems
  2. Identify underlying physical principles in topics relevant for society
  3. Estimate the relevance of physics in processes, and how they are relevant
  4. Estimate the quality of measurement data, statistics and risks at the level of plauusibility
  5. Understand the basic laws of nature at an overview level
  6. Explain particularly prominet topics from the view of physics



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the thematically structured lecture the learning content is presented. With cross references between different topics the universal concepts in physics are shown. In scientific discussions the students are involved to stimulate their analytic-physics intellectual power.


PDF/Powerpoint presentation with online-notes, blackboard, discussion


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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be a written exam of 30 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 estimations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be: Estimate the heating of the atmosphere due to the heat from the core of the earth

In the exam the following learning aids are permitted:

  • hand-written sheet with formulas, double-sided
  • every possible material

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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