Matthias Münnich: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

Name Dr. Matthias Münnich
I. f. Biogeochemie/Schadstoffdyn.
ETH Zürich, CHN E 26.2
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 84 50
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0033-00LLaboratory Course in Physics for Students of Environmental Sciences Information
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Only students from 3th Semester BSc Environmental Sciences on are admitted to this lecture.
2 credits4PM. Münnich, A. Biland, N. Gruber
AbstractLearning with the basic principles of scientific experimentation. By performing experiments in different fields of experimental physics the students will learn the usage of measurement instruments as well as the correct analysis and assessment of the measurements. Physics as a personal experience will play an important role in it.
ObjectiveWorking in a laboratory forms an important part of modern scientific education. Using simple experimental setup the laboratory course will provide basic knowledge of:
- the setup of experiments,
- various measurement techniques,
- the use of various measurement instruments,
- the correct performance of experiments,
- the analysis of the accuracy of the measurements,
- and the interpretations of the measured quantities.
The course will also deepen the knowledge of experimental physics.

In addition to experiments selected from the physics lab for physicists, this lab course offers experiments specially developed for bachelor students in environmental sciences, which illustrate the mutual relationships between physical processes and chemical and biological phenomena.
ContentThe students select 5 out of 18 offered experiments which they like to perform. For each of these experiments the students document and analyze their measurements, estimate in written reports the accuracy of their results and compare these with the values expected according to the laws of physics.
Lecture notesManuals for the experiments are provided online on the Moodle pages of the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment not in MyStudies but at