Fall 2020 - PHYS 132 LA01

Physics Laboratory I (1)

Class Number: 1130

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Corequisites:

    PHYS 101 or 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 140 may not take PHYS 132 for further credit. Quantitative.


1.    Material density
2.    Linear Kinematics
3.    Force and Acceleration
4.    Friction, Circular motion
5.    Hooke's law and spring potential energy
6.    Momentum and energy
7.    Harmonic motion
8.    Simple pendulum

Course Delivery
Lectures will be synchronous, interactive and recorded, with the recordings made available for viewing on Canvas. Notes will be posted on Canvas after the lectures.
Labs will be synchronous and interactive.
No exams.

Expectation for participation
The attendance of the lectures and labs are mandatory.


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


Students must complete all labs to complete the course.



*Students will require an iOLab Wireless Lab System to complete this course. Systems will be distributed by the Department of Physics. A refundable $150 CAD equipment deposit will be charged to your Student Account. This amount will be refundable upon return of the lab system in good condition by the return deadline date.

Technology and software required

Computer and high-speed internet access. The rental of the iOLab device, which comes with the device itself, the USB dongle to connect to the computer, and a small bag of materials including: 

- a spring
- a spring attached to a bolt with M3 threading
- an eyebolt with M3 threading
- a flat metal plate attached to a bolt with M3 threading
- two pieces of felt with adhesive

Labscripts will be provided to students.  

Recommended textbook 
Hughes and Hase, Measurements and their Uncertainties (Students have to purchase the book from online retailer)

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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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).