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Fundamentals of Experimental Physics I

Module PH9101

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 2015/6

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 2017/8WS 2015/6WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH9101 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Physics Modules for Students of Education

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 60 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9101 in the version of WS 2015/6 was Elisa Resconi.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions



  • Introduction, units, error in measurement
  • coordinate systems, kinematics
  • free fall, motion in 3D, circular motion, superposition of motions, Newton's laws, momentum, inertial and gravitational mass
  • pendulum, superposition of forces, frictional force, centripetal force, spring force, gravitational force, reference system, pseudo forces

Hydrostatics and hydrodynamics:

  • liquids and gases, pressure, Pascal's principle, compression of liquids and gases
  • floatation, surface tension, flowing liquids, continuity equation, Bernoulli equation, Torricelli's law
  • real liquids, viscosity, pipe flow of a real liquid, Hagen-Poiseuille


  • fundamentals, amount of substance, temperature, thermal energy, ideal gas, velocity distribution, Brownian motion, change of state
  • first law of thermodynamics, isotherm, adiabatic curve, isochore
  • thermal engines, Carnot cycle, efficiency, Stirling engine, heat generation, heat pump, Otto engine
  • reversible and irreversible processes, entropy, second law of thermodynamics, temperature zero-point
  • real gases, phase diagrams, phase changes
  • heat transport, convection, heat transfer, thermic conduction, heat transmission, heat radiation

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the module the student is able to:

  1. reflect fundamental physical quantities and approaches in classical mechanics
  2. apply and solve fundamental equations of practical problems in mechanics
  3. describe the fundamentals of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics
  4. handle elementary problems quantitatively in mechanics of fluids
  5. explain the terms of thermodynamics and the laws of thermodynamics
  6. deal with thermodynamic cycles and thermal engines
  7. comprehend the properties of real gases and the phenomena of heat transfer



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, presentations, videos, demonstration of experiments


Transparencies are downloadable from the lecture web page


  • Paul A. Tipler: "Physik", Spektrum Akademischer Verlag. Heidelberg
  • Halliday, Resnick, Walker: "Halliday Physik - Bachelor Edition", Wiley-VCH Verlag
  • P. Dobrinski, G. Krakau, A. Vogel: "Physik für Ingenieure", Teubner Verlag.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested in a written exam.

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.

Fundamentals of Experimental Physics I
Tue, 2024-02-27, 11:00 till 12:30 2300
till 2024-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2024-02-20)
Tue, 2024-04-02, 13:30 till 15:00 2750
till 2024-03-25 (cancelation of registration till 2024-03-26)
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