Compulsory course in the 3rd semester of Forensic Sciences
Lecture: 2 lesson hours per week
Exercise: 1 lesson hour per week
Practical Class1 lesson hour per week;
- Oscillations and waves (mathematical description, superimposition of oscillations and waves, interference)
- Optics (Hygens' Principle, geometrical optics, wave optics, diffraction, interfererence, optical diffraction gratings, dispersion, polarisation)
- Electricity (electrical charges, electrical field, electrostatics, electrical potential, electrical current, Ohm's Law, direct current circuits)
- Magnetism (moving electrical charges, induction, self-inductivity, magnetism in matter, alternating current circuits)
- Applications to physical measuring instruments
During the exercises, the concepts acquired during the lecture are
applied to concrete practical examples to enhance the students'
understanding of the principles involved.
In small groups (as a rule, 2 students per experiment set-up), 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 oscillation and waves (including
the parameters to describe waves), optics, wave optics and
electricity, are aimed at practising quantitative exprimental work,
including statistical analyses and error calculation (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 practical examples.
For the participation in lectures or exercises: there are no entry requirements;
for the participation in practical class: successful attendance to the General Safety Instruction (part of the introduction weeks) and to the Special Instruction before the practical class is necessary.
Modular examination – graded
Practical class with graded protocols (30%)
plus a final written examination in Measuring Techniques and
The sucessful participation in the practical class is a prerequisite to
pass the module examination.
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- P. Davidovits: Physics in Biology and Medicine, 2nd Ed. Harcourt Academic Press, San Diego2001
- G.J. Hademenos: Schaum's Outline of theory and problems of Physics for Pre-Med, Biology, and Allied Health Students, McGraw-Hill, New York 1998
- P.P. Urone: College physics, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA 2001