t.BA.ETP.PHY3FW.19HS (Physics 3: Fields and Waves) 
Module: Physics 3: Fields and Waves
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Physics 3: Fields and Waves
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Version: 2.0 start 01 February 2020

Short description

Students acquire the physical and technical basics of electric and magnetic fields, and the coupling between these and wave theory. They learn about and apply Maxwell's equations. Using selected examples from these fields, they learn to adopt the state-of-the-art technical thinking of an engineer.

Module coordinator

Ralf Markendorf (mklf)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
Students have understood the fundamental relationships of physics in the form of the fundamental laws, conservation laws and physical concepts and can apply them to concrete situations. F, M K2, K3
They are able to gain new knowledge through physical experimentation by means of observation, recognition (retrieval) of physical relationships, acquisition of data and their numerical evaluation and interpretation. F, M K2, K3
They can model physical situations, identify performance and validity limits of the model, further develop and refine models and obtain (qualitative and) quantitative results from the models. F, M K2, K3
Students learn about and can apply the inductively influenced physical way of thinking and working as part of the modern way of thinking and working of the engineer. This includes such important methods as experimenting, modelling or idealising and analogous thinking. They are able to check the correctness of results from experiments and models by rough calculations, borderline case considerations and evaluation of their plausibility by comparison with empirical values from technology or everyday life. F, M K2, K3

Module contents

Fields as the basis of electromagnetism (repetition): field concept, electric and magnetic field, field as energy carrier

Stationary situations: E-field, Gaussian theorem, potential, voltage, B-field, Ampère's law, Lorentz force, electric and permanent magnet, permeability, various capacitors and coils

Coupling of electric and magnetic fields: law of induction, self- and counter-induction in wires (for later: waves on lines see below), skin effect and line damping (also for line waves see below), transformer, generator, flow, electromagnetic (Hertzian) dipole, electromagnetic coupling, Maxwell equations

Waves in general: Mechanism of wave propagation using the example of electromagnetic waves, carrier medium, wave equation, wave function, wavelength, phase, frequency, velocity etc., energy and pulse propagation in waves, transverse and longitudinal waves, sound, elastic waves, water waves, waves on a tensioned string

Electromagnetic and line waves: Electromagnetic wave propagation, propagation and attenuation constant, dispersion, phase and group velocity, polarization, antenna reflectors & directors, typical electromagnetic wave phenomena: Superposition, interference, Doppler shift, reflection and standing waves, guidance in optical fibres (light waves) and on wires (line waves)
Technical applications: lasers; glass fibres etc.

Teaching materials

Script: Fields and waves
Collection of problems and solutions: Fields and waves

Supplementary literature



Physics of the assessment level

Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 3a
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester examination written exam 60 grading 20%
End-of-semester exam examination written exam 90 grading 80%



Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.
Course: Physik 3: Felder und Wellen - Praktikum
Physik 3: Felder und Wellen - Praktikum


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.
Course: Physik 3: Felder und Wellen - Vorlesung
Physik 3: Felder und Wellen - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.