138.042 Physics II (for Chemistry) This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to: 

  • to describe the basics of special relativity theory and to solve simple calculation examples from the subject area: Simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, Galileo and Lorentz transformation, relative velocity, relative momentum, relative mass, relative energy.
  • to explain in the field of electrostatics and magnetostatics the basic terms and apply the most important principles: charge, field, dipole, charge transport, capacitor, insulator, energy density, direct current, alternating current.
  • to solve tasks from the field of electrodynamics with regard to the following topics: Force between moving charges, field concept, Lorenz force, induction field, magnetic field, magnetic dipoles, electromotive force, magnetic flux, Faraday induction, Lenz's law, self-induction, energy stored in coil, magnetic influence, plate capacitor, susceptibility, Maxwell equations, components in the circuit (ohmic, capacitive and inductive resistance; transformer; electric oscillating circuits). 
  • to calculate the velocity and wavelength of electromagnetic waves in different media and to predict the influence of different geometric optics (mirrors, lenses, reflection, refraction) on the beam path. Understand the propagation of sound waves, the Doppler effect and standing waves (e.g. in musical instruments). Describe basic effects of wave optics such as interference and experiments with single or double slits, mathematically.

Subject of course

Introduction to physics II:

  • Special relativity
  • Electrostatics and magnetostatics
  • Basics of electrodynamics
  • Basics of optics and wave mechanics

Teaching methods

TUWEL online course with separate Zoom Q&A session. Videos will be provided for the units on Theory of Relativity and Optics. Electrodynamics will be lectured during Zoom meetings. (https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/99084865992) The slides containing comments will be available.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please note that all course material and additional information are available only via TUWEL.

Therefore, please register for this course in TUWEL.

The introduction will be held online on March 1st, 10:00 AM. The link will be available in TUWEL.



Course dates

Mon10:00 - 10:3001.03.2021 - 21.06.2021 (LIVE)Physik II für TPh
Physics II (for Chemistry) - Single appointments
Mon01.03.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon08.03.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon15.03.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon22.03.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon12.04.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon19.04.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon26.04.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon03.05.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon10.05.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon17.05.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon31.05.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon07.06.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon14.06.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh
Mon21.06.202110:00 - 10:30 Physik II für TPh

Examination modalities

A written examination on the lecture contents. The exam lasts 90 minutes and consists of 5 tasks. These tasks are chosen randomly from the subject areas and consist of calculation examples (problems given in words) that test logic, comprehension and mathematical skills.

A total of 100 points are awarded for the exam; 88-100 points correspond to a "Sehr Gut", 75-87 points to a "Gut", 62-74 points to a "Befriedigend", 50-61 points to a "Genügend" and less than 50 points to a " Nicht Genügend", which means that the exam would have to be repeated.

Allowed aids in the examination are: self-written formulary and help sheets (2 A4 sheets of paper written on both sides) and a non-programmable calculator.

Special features: If the UE Physics II (successor of the PS Physics Proseminar II 138.081) is completed successfully, you will receive bonus points in the written exam.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri - 15.10.2021written24.09.2021 00:00 - 14.10.2021 23:59TISSPrüfung Physik II TCh
Fri - 14.01.2022written24.12.2021 00:00 - 13.01.2022 23:59TISSPrüfung Physik II TCh

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
18.02.2021 00:00 30.03.2021 00:00 30.06.2021 00:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 290 Technical Chemistry 2. Semestertrue
Course belongs to the introductory and orientation phase ("Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase")


We roughly follow "Physik für Bachelors", J. Rybach, Hanser Verlag

Some fields, as for example relativity are oriented more at "Physics for Scientists & Engineers with modern Physics", D.C. Giancoli, Pearson International. The latter book is rather comprehensive and suited very well as a reference with many exercises related to practical problems.

Preceding courses

Accompanying courses


if required in English