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Fundamentals of Experimental Physics II

Module PH9102

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 2022 (current)

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 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2016SS 2011

Basic Information

PH9102 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer 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)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9102 is Jan Friedrich.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Oscillations and waves:

  • harmonic oscillator, oscillator equation, superposition of oscillations, Fourier analysis and synthesis
  • harmonic oscillation with friction, forced oscillation, resonance
  • waves, reflection of waves, superposition of waves, standing waves, Doppler effect


  • wave-particle dualism of light, photons, Huygens principle
  • reflection principle, law of refraction (Snellius), total reflectance, critical angle
  • dispersion, colours, additive mixture of colour, subtractive mixture of colour, complementary colour
  • reflectance phase shift, interference at thin layers, Newton's rings
  • polarisation
  • interference, single slit, double slit, diffraction grating
  • geometrical optics, image construction, magnification with lense, lense equation, microscope


  • conservation of electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric field intensity, force lines, electrostatic induction, Gauss theorem
  • electric field intensity in the parallel plate capacitor, work in electric fields, electrostatic potential, voltage, capacitance

Electrical current:

  • current rating, electrical resistance, conductance, Kirchhoff's laws

Learning Outcome

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

  1. describe phenomena of oscillations and waves, especially the poroperties of the harmonic oscillator
  2. apply the fundamental laws of geometrical optics and explain the operating mode of basic optical instruments
  3. comprehend phenomena of luminous colour and properties of light polarisation
  4. describe the most important phenomena of light interference and light diffraction
  5. reflect the fundamental terms and laws of electrostatics
  6. know and apply the laws of electrical current


PH9101: Fundamentals of experimental physics I

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.

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