n.BA.BT.Phy2.21HS (Physics 2) 
Module: Physics 2
This information was generated on: 25 May 2024
Physics 2


Version: 2.0 start 01 August 2023


Study Programme Biotechnology
Regulations Applicable RPO, 29 January 2008, School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Academic Regulations, 15 Dec. 2009, Annex for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree programme
Module Type  
X Compulsory Module    Elective Module    Optional Module
Planned Semester 2nd Semester
Module Coordinator Yulia Sandamirskaya
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 52 42 / yulia.sandamirskaya@zhaw.ch
Yulia Sandamirskaya, Beat Gautschi
Entrance Requirements Physics 1, Mathematics 1 and 2
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will learn about physics methods using selected terms and concepts as examples. The focus is not on the range of phenomena as such, but on their description and their connection to basic model concepts. The application of differential and integral calculus as well as elementary vector calculus are increasingly used and applied to concrete problems.

Students will expand on basic concepts in different topic areas: the concept of fields, thermodynamics, optics, the structure of atoms and electrodynamics.
Module Content Thermodynamics:
  • Aggregate states: real gases, vapor pressure, atmospheric humidity
  • Circular processes: changes of state of an ideal gas, the Carnot cycle, heat pumps.
  • Entropy: reversible and irreversible processes, 2nd principle, definition and applications of the concept of entropy.
  • Concept of fields
  • Magnetic fields
  • Relationship between electricity and magnetism
  • Alternating current
  • Power supply, household networks, safety devices
  • Electric motors
Wave mechanics:
  • Oscillations and waves
  • Wave phenomena
  • Optics
Follow-up Modules -
Methods of Instruction  Combination of lectures, exercises and experiments
Digital Resources Script, exercises
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study -
 Independent Self-Study 62
 Total Workload 90
Classroom Attendance Yes, attendance is mandatory.
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester (70%) / e-assessment

Course work (30%): Completion of exercises during the semester

If there is a low number of participants, the lecturer may change the form of a repeat examination after consultation with the head of the study programme: e.g. an oral examination can be used to replace a written one. Please report any changes to the form of examinations by e-mail to pruefungsadmin.lsfm@zhaw.ch and Cc. Head of study programme.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Physics 2 module is part of the Technology 2 module group.



Course: Physics 2
Physics 2


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