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"Meeting Point Quantum Mechanics"

Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik

The Department of Physics, in cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy, would like to intensify contacts with schools and interest students in scientific topics. We have established a practical course on quantum mechanics, the Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik ("Meeting Point Quantum Mechanics"), in which experiments and teaching materials as well as information on current research are offered or developed. The focus of this project is modern physics. The practical course is intended to introduce students to modern research and to develop or consolidate a modern physical world view. In the meeting point quantum mechanics, the key function of quantum mechanics for modern physics, but also for engineering sciences such as electrical engineering, should be made tangible and understandable to the students.

The Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik offers student experiments on standard experiments in quantum mechanics as well as the provision of demonstration experiments. It is intended to create free space for students to independently develop and work on quantum mechanical problems and to enable both the elaboration and the handling of quantum mechanical terminology. Through the encounters with scientists, information about current research is to be conveyed. Besides an overview of natural-philosophical-historical developments, instructions for the reconstruction of historical experiments shall be given. Finally, the Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik would also like to facilitate the exchange of teaching-learning experiences among teachers and support the creation of teaching materials. The time frame for the work in the Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik can be freely arranged and agreed upon. Most frequently, Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik is used in the following ways:

  • Physics classes at the university: teachers use Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik with their students in a course group for a one-day or multi-day course.
  • Individual students or small groups use the Treffpunkt Quantenmechanik for subject-related work in Q1 (grade 11) and various forms of professional internships.
  • In vacation practicals, students are given the opportunity to carry out experiments during the vacations, independently of school constraints and in preparation for the Abitur.



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The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.



One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.



From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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