# How to get started

##### Welcome to your studies at the Department of Physics, Meteorology, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz!

In order to make the beginning of your study program as trouble-free and quick as possible, you will find all important information, including a study guide, on the following page.

**Introduction Classes of the Institutes**

**Computer Science**

Propädeutik Bachelor-Informatik

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1 - 6 pm, lecture hall C 01

**Mathematics**

will be announced

**Meteorology**

will be announced

**Orientation days of student councils**

At the beginning of every semester, the student councils of Physics and Meteorology, as well as those of Mathematics and Computer Science, offer orientation days for new students. We suggest that you use this opportunity in order to learn more about the structure of your academic program and to obtain useful advice on how to plan your course schedule. The exchange with experienced students will furthermore answer many of your questions and sweep your worries out of the way. You can find the dates for orientation days on the student councils' websites.

**Preparatory classes in mathematics**

The participation in a preparatory class is strongly recommended to new students.

The Department of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science offers preparatory classes in mathematics to prepare new science students for their introductory lectures. Classes start three weeks before the beginning of each semester. The attendance of preparatory classes is strongly recommended for all beginning students. In these classes, mathematical knowledge corresponding to the last two high school years will be repeated and raised to a level that the introductory lectures will build on. Students will have the opportunity to practice and improve their mathematical skills in small guided groups. The course for physics and meteorology will also cover a range of themes in physics.

There are two types of preparatory classes:

**1. Preparatory classes for mathematics and computer science**

Target Group:

Mathematics: Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Education

Computer Science: Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Education

If you are studying mathematics AND physics as Bachelor of Education, please visit the preparatory class for physics, meteorology, chemistry, biology and geosciences.

**Monday, September 28, 2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015
9 am – 6 pm (except monday, March 30: start at 8 pm)
Location: Lecture Hall HS 20
Sasha Fränkel | Dr. Maria Saile | Univ.-Prof. Dr. Duco van Straten
**

The Internationale Studien- und Sprachenkolleg (ISSK) at Johannes Gutenberg University offers a preparatory class for all students of mathematics and computer science. The course will repeat, refresh, deepen and assimilate the school knowledge and thus prepare for the introductory lectures.

These are the main contents of this course:

- set theory, numerical ranges, arithmetic operations
- terms, equations, inequations
- geometry
- sequences, limits, functions
- differentiation
- integration
- combinatorial analysis, probability, statistics
- complex numbers, trigonometric functions
- matrices, analytic geometry, systems of equations
- propositional logic, methods of proof

The day usually starts with lectures in the morning by an instructor explaining specific mathematical issues, followed by exercises in small learning groups in the afternoon. In addition, the course is a good chance to get to know the campus and meet your fellow students.

A registration is not required. Late entries are welcome at any time. You can also participate even before graduating from high school.

**2. Preparatory classes for physics, meteorology, biology, chemistry and geosciences.**

Target Group:

Physics: Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Education

Meteorology: Bachelor of Science

Biology: Bachelor of Science

Chemistry: Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Education

Geosciences: Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Education

If you are studying mathematics AND physics as Bachelor of Education, please visit THIS preparatory class.

**Monday, September 28, 2015 to Friday, October 16, 2015
9 am – 5 pm
Location: Lecture Hall C02
Dr. Georg von Hippel
**

The Department of Physics offers a preparatory class for all students of physics, meteorology, chemistry, biology, and geosciences. The course will repeat, refresh, deepen and assimilate the school knowledge in mathematics, show you possibly genuine new issues in physics and thus prepare you for the introductory lectures.

The day usually starts with lectures in the morning by an instructor explaining specific mathematical and physical issues, followed by exercises in small learning groups in the afternoon. Mathematical lectures and exercises are supplemented by numerous topics of physics. In addition, the course is a good chance to get to know the campus and meet your fellow students.

**Questions, questions, questions**

Always feel free to get in touch with the university’s contact persons and consulting offices. Most information are listed on this homepage.

**We wish you a good start in your academic life!**