Compulsory course in the 2nd semester of Forensic Sciences

The course consists of a lecture, an accompanying tutorial (exercises)
and a laboratory course (experiments).
Lecture: 2 lesson hours per week
Tutorial: 1 lesson hour per week
Laboratory course: 1 lesson hour per week

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Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Banner Modul Physik



  • Mechanics (kinematics and dynamics, forces, work and energy, momentum, mechanics of liquids and gases)
  • Thermodynamics (definition of temperature, physical changes of solids and liquids due to temperature changes, ideal gases, kinetic theory of gases, First and Second Law of Thermodynamics, equation of states for real gases and vapors, heat conduction, material transport)

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  • The concepts acquired during the lecture are applied to concrete situations to enhance the students' understanding of the principles involved.

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Laboratory course:

  • In small groups (as a rule, two students per experiment setup), the students conduct a range of experiments in the various subject areas of the module. (The types of experiments can vary within the framework of the study programme reforms). The experiments, taken from the subject areas of mechanics (translational motion with air tracks, density determination of liquids) and thermodynamics (e.g. temperature measurement, determination of heat capacities and enthalpies), are aimed at practising quantitative experimental work, including statistical analyses and error analyses (random versus systematic errors, error propagation, linear regression). In addition, the students widen the expertise acquired during the lecture and the tutorial by applying it to concrete practical examples.

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For the participation in lectures or exercises: there are no entry requirements;
for the participation in practical class: successful attendance to the General Safety Instructions and Specific Laboratory Safety Instruction is mandatory. The specific safety instruction is part of the physic lesson, always in the beginning of the semester.



Modalities of examination

At the end of the course there is a written examination for Physics and Statistics.The cumulative mark of the module consists of

  • written examination (70%)
  • validation of the practical course(30%)
  • The successful participation in the laboratory exercises is a condition for passing the module examination.

For the whole module (Physics and Statistics) 6 ECTS are allocated.
More details will be explained during the first lecture.


  • Physics in Biology and Medicine, Davidovits, Harcourt Academic Press
  • Physics for Pre-Med, Biology, and Allied Health Students, Hademenos, McGraw-Hill
  • Physics with illustrative examples from Medicine an Biology, Biological Physics Series
  • College physics, Urone, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA
  • Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday, Resnick, Walker: 6th Ed. Wiley, New York 2001