Spring 2019 - PHYS 132 LA01

Physics Laboratory I (1)

Class Number: 1163

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCP 9412, Burnaby

  • Corequisites:

    PHYS 120 or 125.



Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in mechanics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.


This course involves eight 3-hour lab sessions. Lab experiments will cover
1. Evaluating the quality of a measurement
2. Using concepts from first-year Physics to analyze real-world observations
3. Developing familiarity with a variety of equipment
4. Kinematics
5. Newton’s laws and forces
6. Impulse and momentum
7. Energy conservation
8. Torque, angular motion, and moment of inertia
9. Oscillations and simple harmonic motion


  • Prelab Assignments 10%
  • In-lab Assignments 90%


Students must complete all labs to complete the course. 
Course Specific Fees: A Fee of $5.20 is applicable to cover materials and supplies. 



Recommended textbook:
Hughes and Hase, Measurements and their Uncertainties

A Lab Fee of $5.20 is applicable.


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://www.sfu.ca/students/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.

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