Universität Wien FIND

260102 VO Programming for Physicists (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this lecture course will be carried out in online format. The students will be provided with the lecture material for each lecture one week in advance, and the online sessions are reserved for discussing the material, based on questions from the students.

Additional in-person tutoring sessions will be provided throughout the course. These sessions are limited to maximum two students at a time, and they need to be reserved in advance to adhere to the COVID-19 regulations of the university.

Detailed information will be provided during the kick-off lecture.

Monday 12.10. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 19.10. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 09.11. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 16.11. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 23.11. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 30.11. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 07.12. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 14.12. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 11.01. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 18.01. 11:00 - 12:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will provide basics on programming with the focus on the needs of physicists. Programming is essential in many areas of physics ranging from numerical simulations through data analysis to control of scientific equipment.

It is practically impossible to carry out a career in physics or related fields without the need to ever write or understand computer code. The example language used during the course is Python.

Assessment and permitted materials

UPDATE: The exam will be a programming tasks to be carried out as a take-home-exam. Instructions will be provided through moodle or email at the beginning of the exam. The solution needs to be submitted within 24h of the exam finishing time (to allow for solving any possibly arising technological issues).

The course will be assessed via a written exam involving a programming task. It is encouraged to bring a laptop computer to the exam.

If the best grade is achieved in the associated PUE, this will increase the exam grade by one. This bonus point only applies to the first two exams after the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

50% of the total points at the final exam.

Examination topics

The course is to be regarded as one, single and inseparable entity together with the associated exercise class 260103-4. The material discussed in class will be put in practise in the exercises, which is the only way to actually learn programming.

Reading list

Will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Sa 22.10.2022 00:27