Lectures in-presence (also on switch-tube), Exercises online (interactive live)

Since Nov 1st, the lectures are held again in regular mode in-presence, with a lecture each on Thurs and on Fri going through the lecture materials.

Until Nov 1st, the capacity of the lecture hall is reduced to 50%, corresponding to 175 persons, and does not offer enough seats for all the students at the same time. We will give in-person in-presence lectures at the large lecture Hall at the Physics Department, presenting an abbreviated, condensed content with the main demonstration experiments during the regular lecture slots, showing the same content twice, once on Thurs and once again on Fri:

  • Thursdays, 10:15am - 12'noon, students last names A - K
  • Fridays, 10:15am - 12'noon, students last names L - Z (same content as Thurs)

The first lectures will be on Thurs, Sept 23, last names A - K, and again on Fri, Sept 24, last names L - Z. There will not be a live online broadcast of the in-person lectures. In addition, the lectures are available online at the switch.ch tube channel

lectures https://tube.switch.ch/channels/293c6e05?order=alphabetical

This switch.ch tube channel is dedicated to the Physics 1 lecture for Biology, Geoscience and Pharmaceutical science students. Most of these recordings were made last fall. Make sure to display the videos in alphabetical order, otherwise the list appears scrambled. During the times when you are not scheduled for in-person lecture, please study on your own, such as watching the SwitchTube videos, working on exercises, etc. We begin with an intro and overview, plus some maths review (vectors and calculus (derivatives and integrals)).

The exercises will be done online with an interactive, live broadcast on zoom, during the regular, scheduled exercise time slots, see below.

  • UniBas credentials (email and pwd) are required to log in. Content may be viewed at any time, anywhere.
  • The language of the lecture and the exercise classes is generally English, since it is the language of science. For better understanding, the problem sets are also available in German.
  • The lecturers are 
    Prof. Dr. Dominik Zumbühl (1st half of the semester) and 
    Prof. Dr Michel Calame (2nd half of the semester)
  • The exercises are very important for advancing the understanding of the materials, and it is highly recommended that the exercises are carefully done. Students do not have to hand in solutions of the exercises and corrections will not be provided. Questions may be asked during the exercise zoom sessions, see below. Participation in the exercises is a very good preparation for the exam. It is recommended that you solve the problems on your own as much as possible, since this will result in the best learning effect.  
  • The exercise sheets and solutions (as a pdf) will be published online on ADAM here
    Exercise sheet #1 is available from Thurs, Sept 23, and every Thurs, we'll upload another problem set.  
  • Zoom sessions with live exercises are offered at the regular exercise slots:
    Tuesdays, 8:15am (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
    Wednesdays, 2:15pm (Biology and other curricula)
    Wednesdays, 5:15pm (Geosciences)
    First sessions on Sept 28/29, then every week. 
    Any student may enter any of the slots.
  • Sale of lecture notes, Thurs Sept 23 and Fri Sept 24, from 11:40 am (tentative)
    for those interested to buy the lecture notes (manuscript Prof. Oelhafen) for 20 CHF exact change. 
    After the lecture intro at 10:15am and some maths reviews, we will do the sale, starting from 11:40am in the physics foyer at St. Johanns Ring, just below the large lecture hall. Due to the ongoing pandemic, please line up outside the building, bring exact change, wear your mask, go in, get the manuscript and leave again quickly. We have about 250 copies left available, we hope and think that this should suffice. 
  • To obtain the 6KP, registration for the main lecture 10512-01 is required. Anyone who registered may also sign up for the exam (see below). Registration for the exercises is not required and not necessary (given that these are all online). Therefore, registration for course book Nrs. 10512-02, 03, 04, ... 11  is not necessary. It does not matter in case you have already signed up, no action required.  
  • Recommended formularies can be found here.
  • A table of contents is here.


1. Diejenigen, welche noch keiner Zoom-Übungsgruppe zugeteilt wurden (Listen auf Adam (here), unter wichtige Informationen) gilt folgende Zuteilung, abhängig vom Tag und der Uhrzeit an der sie die Übungsstunde besuchen möchten:

Bezogen auf den Anfangsbuchstaben des Nachnamens:

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Dienstags 08:15-10:00

A-C: 001
D-F: 002
G-I: 003
J-L: 004
M-O: 005
P-R: 006
S-V: 007
W-Z: 008

ZOOM ID: 637 634 6XXX
Mittwochs 14:15-16:00

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E-H: 010
I-L: 011
M-P: 012
Q-T: 013
U-Z: 014

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Mittwochs 17:15-19:00

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Content: Overview

This is the first semester of the required physics course for biologists, pharmacists and geologists. The main subjects covered are mechanics and thermodynamics. Knowledge of high school level mathematics is required, including understanding of basic geometry, trigonometry, vectors and calculus (derivatives and integrals). See university course description. A table of contents is here


Date: Friday, Feb 4, 2022, 9-11 o'clock (date and room to be confirmed)
Two hour written exam, similar to problem sets, comprised of all topics from the lecture and exercise classes. The exam will be both in English and German.
Exam regulations (see here)

  • a pocket calculator (programmable calculators must be reset, not capable of step by step algebraic solutions)
  • one A4 sheet with handwritten notes on both sides
  • paper version of the script (sparse hand written notes)
  • a formulary (either one of the recommended ones from the lecture or your own, no notes inside allowed; post-its to mark pages are allowed)
  • a dictionary
  • devices with internet access or communication are completely forbidden



The course is based on Physik für Mediziner, Biologen, Pharmazeuten, 8. Auflage (pdf) by Trautwein, Kreibig and Hüttermann (De Gruyter, 2014) in German. The recommended English textbook is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Vol 1, 6th Edition by Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca (Freeman and Co., 2008) or - for a full version including material beyond this course - Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 6th Edition by Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca (Freeman and Co., 2008). Specific readings in both books are recommended in preparation for each lecture below. In addition, a German skriptum which covers the topics of the course can be purchased in class or downloaded (pdf). A German version of the Tipler text book, Physik für Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure, 7. Auflage by Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca and Jenny Wagner (Springer, 2008) (pdf), is available in online form as is a work book, Arbeitsbuch zu Tipler/Mosca Physik by David Mills and Alexander Knochel (Springer, 2008) (pdf), with practice problems and solutions.



23./24.09.2021 - Introduction and Math review

Introduction, course organization, outline and expectations; literature; mathematical review: vectors, geometry, trigonometry, derivates, integrals

Trautwein (German): chapters A.3, A.5
Tipler (English): chapters 1-6, 1-7, M-7, M-8, M-11, M-12

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

23./24.09.2021 - Physical Quantities

Physical quantities; units, measurements

Skript (German): chapter 101
Trautwein (German):
 chapter 1. to 1.1.5
Tipler (English): chapters 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

30.09./1.10.2021 - Space and Time I

Motion in space; velocity; acceleration

Skript: chapters 2.1 - 2.3, pages 102-1 to 4
Trautwein (German):
 chapters 1.2 to 1.2.4
Tipler (English): chapters 2,3

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

30.09./1.10.2021 - Space and Time II

Motion under constant acceleration; circular and harmonic motion

Skript: chapters 2.4 and 2.5, pages 102-5 to 13
Trautwein (German): chapters 1.2 to 1.2.4
Tipler (English): chapters 2, 3

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

7./8.10.2021 - Mass and Force I

Mass; inertia; Newton's laws; gravity; inertial forces

Skript: chapters 3.1 - 3.5, pages 103-1 to 7
Trautwein (German): chapters 2. to 2.2.5
Tipler (English): chapter 4

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

7./8.10.2021 - Mass and Force II

Torque; moment of inertia; angular momentum; center of mass

Skript: chapters 3.6 - 3.8, pages 103-7 to 14
Trautwein (German):
 chapters 2.2.6 to 2.2.9
Tipler (English): chapter 5

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

14./15.10.2021 - Friction


Skript: chapter 3.9, pages 103-15 to 19
Trautwein (German): chapter 3
Tipler (English): chapter 6 

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

14./15.10.2021 - Work, Energy and Power

Work, energy, power, forms of energy and power

Skript: chapters 4.0 - 4.2, pages 104-1 to 8
Trautwein (German): chapter 3
Tipler (English): chapter 6 

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

21./22.10.2021 - Conservation Laws I

Conservation of energy, conservation of momentum

Skript: chapters 5.0 - 5.2, pages 105-1 to 8
Trautwein (German):
 chapter 4 to 4.3
Tipler (English): chapters 7, 8 (excluding 7-4, 7-5) 

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

21./22.10.2021 - Conservation Laws II

Conservation of angular momentum

Skript: chapters 5.2 - 5.3, pages 105-9 to 12
Trautwein (German):
 chapter 4.4
Tipler (English): chapters 9, 10 (excluding 10-4) 

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

28./29.10.2021 - Mechanical Properties of Solids

Binding, forms of matter, properties of solids

Skript: chapters 6.0 - 6.2, pages 106-1 to 7
Trautwein (German): chapter 5 to 5.2
Tipler (English): chaptes 37, 38-1, 12

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

28./29.10.2021 - Mechanical Properties of Liquids I

Properties of liquids, hydrostatics, surface tension 

Skript: chapters 7.1 and 7.2, pages 107-1 to 7
Trautwein (German):
 chapter 5.3 to
Tipler (English): chapter 13

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbüh

4.11.2021 - Mechanical Properties of Liquids II

capillaries, hydrodynamics, continuity eq., Bernoulli eq.

Sktipt: chapter 7.3 to 7.4.2, pages 107-8 to 107-15
Trautwein (German): chapter to
Tipler (English): chapter 13

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

5.11.2021 - Mechanical Properties of Liquids III

Viscosity, flow resistance, sedimentation

Skript: chapter 7.4.3 and 7.4.4, pages 107-16 to 107-22
Trautwein (German): chapter to
Tipler (English): chapter 13 

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Zumbühl

11.11.2021 - no lecture Thurs Nov 11

no lecture

12.11.2021 - Liquids IV, Mech. Vibrations I+II

Laminar and turbulent flow, Reynolds criterion,

Harmonic oscillators, pendulum, undamped oscillator, damped oscillator, driven oscillations, damped and forced oscillations, superposition, Fourier decomposition, beating, coupled pendulum

Skript: chapters 7.4.4, pages 107-23 to 25
Skript: chapters 8.1, pages 108-1 to 15
Trautwein (German): chapter 6 to 6.6
Tipler (English): chapter 14 

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

18.11.2021 - Waves I


19.11.2021 - Waves I+II

Skript: chapters 9.1 to 9.5, pages 109-1 to 109-10
Trautwein (German): chapter 6.5, 6.6, 7.1 to 7.8
Tipler (English): chapter 15 

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

25.11.2021 - Waves III

Skript: chapters 9, pages 109-11 to 109-21

Lecturer: Prof. D. Zumbühl

26.11.2021 - Dies Academicus

no lecture

2.12.2021 - Waves III, Heat and Temperature

Definition of temperature, heat energy, heat capacity, temperature scales, temperature measurements, thermal expansion

Skript: 109-22 to 30, 201-1 to 8
Trautwein (German): chapter 8
Tipler (English): chapter 17-1, 17-2, 18-1 

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

3.12.20211 - Macroscopic Thermal Effects

heat transport, internal energy and introduction to 1st law of thermodynamics

Skript: chapter 202. 202-1 to 9
Trautwein (German): chapter 13. to 13.2
Tipler (English): chapter 20-1, 20-4, 18-3 

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

09.12.2021 - Ideal Gases

Ideal gas law, change of state, adiabatic changes, gas pressure, kinetic gas theory, specific heat

Skript: chapter 203, pages 203-1 to 8
Trautwein (German): chapter 9, 10
Tipler (English): chapter 17-3, 17-4

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

10.12.2021 - Kinetic Gas Theory

Kinetic energy and temperature, equipartition, brownian motion, work, heat capacity, real gases

Skript: chapter 203, pages 203-9 to 16
Trautwein (German): chapter 10, 11
Tipler (English): chapter 17-4, 18-1, 18-2 

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

16.12.2021 - Law of Thermodynamics I

Internal energy, 1st law, reversible and irreversible process, entropy

Skript: chapter 204, page 1 to 8
Trautwein (German): chapter 12.1 to 12.4
Tipler (English): chapter 18-3, 18-4, 18-5, 18-6, 18-7, 18-8, 18-9

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

17.12.2021 - Law of Thermodynamics II

2nd law, energy balance, heat engines

Skript: chapter 204, page 9 to 12
Trautwein (German): chapter 12.5
Tipler (English): chapter 19

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame

23.12.2021 - Thermal Properties of Matter

Mixing, solutions, diffusion, osmosis

Skript: chapter 205, pages 1 to 4,  chapter 206, page 1 to 3
Trautwein (German): chapter 13.3 to
Tipler (English): chapter 20-2, 20-3

Lecturer: Prof. M. Calame
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