Fall 2017 - PHYS 431 LA01

Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

Class Number: 1651

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCP 8446, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 385 and either PHYS 332 or (PHYS 326 and 465), with a minimum grade of C-.



Advanced experiments in Physics. May include special projects. Quantitative.


This laboratory provides hands on experience with many of the basic physical phenomena studied in an undergraduate physics degree. The experiments are quite sophisticated and many involve the use of research grade equipment. A minimum of 5 experiments from the following list are to be completed:


1.          Noise fundamentals

2.          NMR in the earth’s magnetic field

3.          Pulses on transmission lines

4.          Single photon interference

5.          Optical pumping

6.          Muon Physics

7.          Faraday rotation

8.         Skin depth





  • Laboratory notebooks and formal reports 80%
  • Laboratory skills 20%


Students spend 8 hours per week in the laboratory and are graded on the basis of submitted reports, laboratory notebooks and laboratory skill. The latter includes such factors as initiative, originality, and the application of common sense to the problem at hand. A formal written report in the general form of a typical research paper is to be prepared for each experiment.

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:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html