Fall 2019 - PHYS 332W D100

Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

Class Number: 1263

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 1:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Either PHYS 233 or both (PHYS 231 and either CHEM 266 or PHYS 347) and either PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, all with a minimum grade of C-. PHYS 347 may be taken concurrently.



Experiments investigating a range of physical phenomena such as Brownian motion, molecular order, chaotic dynamics, Doppler broadening of stellar spectra, and biophysical forces using techniques such as interference, optical trapping, and spectroscopy. Attention will also be given to more general skills, including experimental design, operating and troubleshooting experimental equipment, modeling of experimental results, data analysis, and the presentation of experimental results. Biological Physics students will do a selected set of experiments. Students with credit for PHYS 332 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.


Tu 1:30 pm - 2:20 PM Lecture - P8446, Burnaby

Thu: 1:30 pm - 2:20 PM Tutorial - P8446, Burnaby

Tu/Th 2:30 pm - 5:20 pm Laboratory - P9413, Burnaby


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



Required text:

Measurements and their Uncertainties: A practical guide to modern error analysis
Authors: Ifan Hughes and Thomas Hase
ISBN: 9780199566334


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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