Teaching physics is a cornerstone of a life-long enterprise in studying physics. My enthusiasm for this enterprise is universality. Once one has mastered a concept in a certain context it provides insight in a multitude of other settings. Whenever I teach, the feedback and questions of students make me look at a topic from new perspectives which provides me with a deeper understanding.

My pet project is the student seminar

"Life-Science": Physics taken from real life

  • “Locomotion and Swarms” in our present seminar “Physical Problems in Biology”
  • “Sound Generation and Interference” in the seminar “Physics of Music”
  • “Interdiffusion and Internal Waves in Late Macchiato” in the “Physics of Mixed Drinks”

In the course of time the audience in this seminar has grown to more than 30 students. Many attend the course in spite of the fact that they will not earn credits for the course. After all, every term at most 20 students can give a talk...

Göttingen

Summer 2014 Graduate Course: Climate Physics (with L. Goehring)
  Student Seminar: Physics of coffee, tea and other drinks (with L. Goehring, M. Mazza)
Winter 2013/14 compulsory course Dynamik komplexer Systeme in Physik und Biologie (with R. Fleichmann, S. Eule)
  Student Seminar: Risks and Chances in Econo-, Socio-, and Environmental Physics (with M. Mazza)
Winter 2012/13 Graduate Course: Pattern Formation (with L. Goehring, T.M. Schneider)
Summer 2012 Graduate Course: Foundations of Nonequilibrium Statistical Physics
  Compulsory Lecture: Sportphysik (with U. Vetter)
Winter 2011/12 Graduate Course: Environmental Fluid Dynamics (with I. Battiato, L. Goehring)
Mathematical Primer for Freshman in Physics
Summer 2011 Compulsory Lecture: Analysis for Physicists (with S. Halverscheid)
Winter 2010/11 Graduate Course: Physics of Turbulent Flow (with G. Bewley, B. Hof, H. Xu)
  Student Seminar: Physical Problems in Biology (with M. Brinkmann, U. Vetter)
Summer 2010 Compulsory Lecture: Analysis for Physicists (with M. Brinkmann)
  Student Seminar: Physics of Music (with M. Brinkmann, U. Vetter)
Winter 2009/10 Student Seminar: Physics of Mixed Drinks (with M. Brinkmann, U. Vetter, S. Herminghaus)
Mathematical Primer for Freshman in Physics
Winter 2008/09 Graduate Course: Physics of Turbulent Flow (with G. Bewley, W. Pauls, H. Xu)
Student Seminar: Sport Physics (with M. Brinkmann, U. Vetter)
Mathematical Primer for Freshman in Physics

Marburg

Summer 2008 Graduate Course: Physics of Fluids
Winter 2007/08 Student Seminar on Fluids on Surfaces: From Ice Scating to the Lotus effect (with U. Vetter)
Summer 2007 Tutorials to exp. physics course: Optics and Quantum Effects (P. Jakob)
Tutorials to the Lab Exercises for BioMed Students
Winter 2006/07 Student Seminar: Sport Physics
Tutorials to graduate course: Classical Theoretical Physics (B. Eckhardt)
Tutorials to the Lab Exercises for BioMed Students
Summer 2006 Tutorials to exp. physics course: Electricity and Heat (P. Jakob, H. Neumann)
Winter 2005/06 Tutorials to the Lab Exercises for BioMed Students
Preparatory Course for Freshman in the Medical School
Summer 2005 Graduate Course: Density Functional Theory
Winter 2004/05 Mathematical Compact Course Theoretical Physics
Tutorials to the Lab Exercises for BioMed Students
Summer 2004 Tutorials to graduate course: Statistical Physics (Bruno Eckhardt)
Winter 2003/04 Mathematical Primer for Freshman in Physics
Tutorials to the Lab Exercises for BioMed Students
Summer 2003 Tutorials to graduate course: Statistical Physics (Bruno Eckhardt)

Basel/Essen

Tutorials to graduate courses in Theoretical Physics of H. Thomas, H.-W. Diehl, F. Haake