Fall 2021 - PHYS 132 LA01

Physics Laboratory I (1)

Class Number: 1864

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCP 9412, Burnaby

  • 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
Labs will be in-person and interactive.
No exams.

Expectation for participation
Attendance at and completion of all labs are mandatory.


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


Students must complete all labs to complete the course.



Labscripts will be provided to students.  

Recommended textbook 
Hughes and Hase, Measurements and their Uncertainties

*A Lab Fee of $5.41 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, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.