Fall 2017 - PHYS 332W D100

Optics Laboratory (4)

Class Number: 1633

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SSCP 8446, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 233 and 285, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C-.



Experiments in optics and modern physics, including diffraction, interference, spectroscopy, lasers and holography. Engineering Science students will do a selected set of experiments. Students with credit for PHYS 332 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.


A list of the experiments will be distributed in the first laboratory period.  The primary goal of this course will be to develop student ability in the art of experimentation.  The medium for this development will be experiments in optics but emphasis will be given to skills that are more general, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results.

The students are graded on written work and laboratory performance.  This course is designated as writing intensive ('W').


  • Lab Performance 40%
  • Writing Assignments 20%
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Formal Report 30%


PHYS 332W D100  Lecture
P8446 T 13:30-14:20

PHYS 332W D101
P8446 Thu 13:30-14:20

PHYS 332W LA01
P9413 T Thu 14:30-17:20



Required text:

Statistics: A Guide to the Use of Statistical Methods in the Physical Sciences
Author: Barlow
ISBN: 9780471922957


Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

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