Spring 2021 - PHYS 332W LA01

Advanced Physics Laboratory I (4)

Class Number: 5758

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    SSCP 9413, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 233; PHYS 285 or CHEM 260, both with a minimum grade of C-.



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. Writing/Quantitative.


Lecture: Thu 14:30-15:20 (Remote)
Lab: Tue 13:30-19:20 (in person) P9413, P9423, P8446, P8444.2 

Mode of Teaching: 



  • Lab Performance 50%
  • Writing Assignments 20%
  • Formal Report 30%



Required text:

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

*Students can purchase text from online retailer if e-book not available at SFU bookstore. 

There won’t be an exam for this course, so please disregard the Department Undergraduate Notes below.


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 spring 2021 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).