Spring 2020 - PHYS 133 LA03

Physics Laboratory II (1)

Class Number: 1575

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 132 or 140 or ENSC 120 (no substitutions), with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: PHYS 102 or 121 or 126.



Introduction to experimental physics with an emphasis on measurement and experimental design. Includes elementary experiments in electromagnetism and optics designed to support and enrich conceptual learning. Students with credit for PHYS 130, 131, or 141 may not take PHYS 133 for further credit. Quantitative.


This course involves 9 4-hour lab sessions.
Lab experiments will cover:
·      Comparing experimental data to theoretical predictions using a variety of data analysis techniques, 
·      Planning and executing experiments to test theoretical predictions, and 
·      Developing familiarity with a variety of equipment. 
The concepts that the experiments are based on include: 
·      Resistance and capacitance, 
·      Electric potential and field, 
·      DC and AC circuits, 
·      Magnetic fields and magnetic forces, and 
·      Optics: refraction, image formation and properties of light.


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


The course is currently scheduled for nine 4 hr lab periods. The first, introductory lab period reviews material covered in PHYS 132 and introduces students to equipment that will be used in PHYS 133. Lab periods have been extended to 4 hr to allow students time to finish their experiments in a thoughtful manner.

Students must complete all labs to complete the course.

Course specific fees: A Lab Fee of $5.20 is applicable.



Recommended Textbook: 
Measurements and their uncertainties : A practical guide to error analysis, Hughes/Oxford

Course Specific Fees: A Fee of $5.20 is applicable to cover materials and supplies.

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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