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Physics Lab Course for MBB integrated

Module PH9128

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.

Basic Information

PH9128 is a semester module in German language at which is offered every semester.

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 60 h 9 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH9128 is the Dean of Studies at Physics Department.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • 8 experiments
  • The 8 experiments are selected so that in total the following physics topics are reflected in a well-balanced manner: mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics
  • Data analysis according to scientific practice
  • Error analysis and error propagation to a calculated final result

Learning Outcome

After passing the module the student is able to:

  • comprehend the procedure of basic physics experiments and apply the technique to unknown experiments of similar complexity
  • record measuring results and observations clearly
  • write scientific reports of experiments with limited complexity in a self-dependent and comprehensible manner
  • master the mathematical methods of error calculation and therefore estimate the significance of the obtained results
  • compare experimental data with theoretical predictions


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Students have to carry out eight experiments in groups of two students with the given instructions. A supervisor is permanently present for assistance. At suitable points of the experimental process the supervisor stimulates short discussions to recapitulate the already completed experimental parts and to think about the overall context of the experiment.


  • Instructions to the experiments (online available)
  • lab experiments
  • manual und electronic data acquisition


  • Instructions to the experiments (online available)
  • Standard textbooks for Experimental physics
  • W. Walcher, Praktikum der Physik, Vieweg+Teubner Verlag

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested during the lab class. To pass the module, all eight experiments and three discussions of experiments have to be done sucsessfully. In total, the lab class can be graded in two ways: "passed" and "failed".
At any of the 8 experiments:

  • during an oral introduction interview each participant has to proof a sufficient preparation concerning the physics topic of the experiment.
  • the experiment has to be carried out successfully and completely.
  • accompanying to the experiment a lab report containing the measurement readings has to be written. After the experiment each group has to write a detailed report containing all calculations and the mathematical treatment of errors. This report has to be handed in at the next lab course date and must be graded by the supervisor with passed. Criteria for the evaluation are the comprehensible description of the experimental procedure, the measurement readings, the correct treatment of measuring errors and the consequential results.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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