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260402 PVU STEOP 2: Introduction to Calculus (2020W)

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 300 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The PVU takes place blocked from 02.10.20 until 15.01.21.
The PVU will be held as a lecture combined with exercise units. The lecture part is integrated into the lecture time of the VO 260400 on Fridays from 10:15 - 11:45. The exercise part (guided calculation exercises in groups) takes place immediately after the lecture on Fridays from 12:00-13:00 parallel in DIGITAL form.
After the registration phase, you will receive a separate e-mail with the information in which group you have been assigned to.
Information and links are available on the Moodle page.

Friday 02.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 09.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 16.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 23.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 30.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 06.11. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 13.11. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 20.11. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 27.11. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 04.12. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 11.12. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 18.12. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 08.01. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 15.01. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Acquirement, understanding and refreshment of the basic mathematical skills in the context of analytical computational methods which are required in the initial phase of physics studies.
Application of the knowledge acquired in the lecture in mathematical examples and physical problems (solving of mathematical problems, discussion of different solutions), deepening of the lecture material.

The most important functions and their properties, coordinate systems and vector algebra, differentiation rules, differentiation of functions and vectors, partial differentiation, integration rules, rotational bodies, calculation of arc lengths, multiple integrals, complex numbers (Cartesian representation, exponential form), differentiation of fields (grad, div and rot), integration of fields (curve and surface integrals) as well as ordinary differential equations 1st and 2nd order (linear homogeneous and inhomogeneous differential equations in the physical context, existence and uniqueness of solutions).

In the lecture part, the concepts and methods are deepened and directly applied by means of representative examples.
The exercise part of the PVU takes place in groups. Students work on calculation examples in groups (teamwork). Several teachers and a tutor are present to support the students in solving the problems in digital breakout rooms.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course with continuous assessment;
The PVU serves as preparation for the STEOP 2 module examination.
Registration for the PVU is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.

Note: With the registration for the PVU the participation is mandatory. Cancellation of this course is possible until Thursday 31.10.2019 23:59. All students registered after this deadline will be graded according to the assessment criteria of the PVU.

In the course of the PVU, 3 multiple-choice online tests are performed in the exercise part (12:00-13:00) estimated on the following dates:
No aids are allowed.
These tests serve exclusively to assess the PVU and are NOT included in the grade of the STEOP 2 module examination.
The proof of performance required for the entire STEOP 2 module (VO + PUE + PVU, 7 ECTS) is provided by completing the module examination.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive assessment of the PVU, at least 50% of the total points (sum of the maximum number of points of the partial performances) must be achieved.
The grading key for assessment is:
Grade 1 100.00% - 87.00%
Grade 2 86.99% - 75.00%
Grade 3 74.99% - 63.00%
Grade 4 62.99% - 50.00%
Failed 49.99% - 0.00%

Examination topics

The contents of the VO and the PVU of the STEOP 2 module worked out up to the test date.

Reading list

1) Living Lecture Notes " Einführung in die Physikalischen Rechenmethoden – STEOP 2 Modul für das Bachelorstudium Physik (7 ECTS)" by Univ. Prof. Dr. Christoph Dellago and Univ. Prof. Dr André Hoang
2) H. Kerner und W. Von Wahl, Mathematik für Physiker, Springer textbook available as e-book via u:access at https://ubdata.univie.ac.at/AC08988692

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Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:10