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Modern Physics

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Modern Physics
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012
Module code: MST.SMP
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2S (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:

[still undocumented]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

E2434 (P200-0039) Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2018 , optional course, general subject
MST.SMP (P200-0039) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012 , semester 4, optional course
MST.SMP (P200-0039) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 4, optional course
MST.SMP (P200-0039) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 4, optional course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 90 hours (equivalent to 3 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 67.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Martin Löffler-Mang
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Löffler-Mang

[updated 02.03.2020]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to read and understand complex articles from scientific journals (e. g."Sterne und Weltraum" or "Spektrum der Wissenschaften"). Based on what they have read, students will give a talk of approx. 60 minutes on a self-chosen modern physics topic and defend it in a discussion group. In addition, they will also actively participate in the discussion and ask questions on their classmates´ topics.

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Module content:
Current topics from the field of modern physics, such as for example:
Theory of relativity
Quantum mechanics
Gravitational waves
Nuclear astrophysics
Elementary particles
Global circulation

[updated 06.11.2020]
Teaching methods/Media:
Students will choose a topic from modern physics (from the 20th century onwards) and search for two or three current papers in scientific journals and secondary literature on the subject. Using this material they will put together a presentation, hold it in the seminar and encourage the audience to think about and discuss their topics.

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Recommended or required reading:
Articles from scientific journals, such as for example,
Spektrum der Wissenschaften
Physik in unserer Zeit
Sterne und Weltraum

[updated 06.11.2020]
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