Winter 2018 Practicals

Welcome!  The Practicals are mandatory weekly 3-hour sessions in which you will get together in teams of 2 or 4 to work on hands-on activities, experimental measurements and error analysis and computer simulations. 

MP127 PHY152 book
What you do in Practicals will be directly related to what is going on in class, and is designed to help you succeed on the tests and exam. 

All PHY152 Practicals are held in MP127. 

PHY152-Only Drop-In Centre Hours in MP127:


Jason Harlow, Practicals Coordinator. Office: MP328, Phone 416-978-6674
Kaley Walker, Course Professor.  Office: MP712, Phone 416-978-8218
Brian Wilson, Lecturer B.  Office: MP129-D,
Phone 416-978-4540

April Seeley, Course Administrator. Office: MP129, Phone 416-946-0531

Lilian Leung, Practicals Technologist. Office: MP128, Phone 416-978-2961.

There are eight Practicals sections with a maximum of 32 students per section.  TAs whose names are in italics were also TAs for PHY151 last fall. 

Section Group Code
TA1 (marks Practicals activities)
TA2 (marks problem sets) Drop Box
Feng Xie
MattheW Badali
P0101 T9 Grant Watson
John Lai
P0201 T1
Hanbo Wu Antoine Sarracini
Nicholas Zomparelli Li Ern Chern
P0401 W2 Chuangxin Lin Leo Uribe Castano
W5 Geremia Massarelli Timothy Samuel
P0501 R9 Nikola Kuzmik Chris Garner
P0601 R1
Lingyun He
Austin Lindquist

Here is the Practicals Marking Rubric .

Here is a Summary of Rules for Uncertainty Propagation .

Practical Schedule (Subject to Change)



Topics, Activities


Jan 4,5

NO PRACTICALS - First Lecture in BA1160 is Jan.5 at 1:00

Jan 8-12

First full week of physics lectures: NO PRACTICALS


Jan 15-18

Practice Problem Set 1 - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Fluids Module Activities 3, 4, 9 and 10.  [Activity 5 if you have time.] [NOTE: not enough activities]


Jan 22-25

Practice Problem Set 2 - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Electricity and Magnetism Module 1 Activities 1 and 2 [Activity 3 if you have time]


Jan 29 - Feb 1

Practice Problem Set 3 - Solutions
Background Reading
for this week's activities: Wolfson
Sections 24.3 and 25.1-25.3
Practicals Activities: Electricity and Magnetism Module 2 Activities 1-6 [Activity 7 if you have time] (NOTE: not enough activities)

Feb 5-8
Practice Problem Set 4 - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Electricity and Magnetism Module 3 Activities 8 and 9 [If you have time, repeat steps 1-15 for a second pattern]
5 Feb 12-15 Practice Problem Set 5 - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Uncertainties Module 4 Short Version Questions 1-4, Activities 1-4.  [If you have time, derive equation 1, and comment on what would happen in microgravity as g approaches zero.]  (NOTES: too many activities, last activity could be dropped)
NOTE: Midterm is Friday Feb.16
  Feb 19-23
NO PRACTICALS - Reading Week


Feb 26 - Mar 1

Scrambling Teams Today!!
Practice Problem Set 6   - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Electricity and Magnetism Module 5, Activities 3-6 [Activity 7 if you have time]


Mar 5-8

Practice Problem Set 7   - Solutions (Little Note on First Problem)
Practicals Activities: Electricity and Magnetism Module 6 Activities 1, 5 and 6.  [Activity 7 if you have time] (NOTE: not enough activities?  Unless students do proper uncertainty analysis..)


Mar 12-15

Practice Problem Set 8   - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Oscillations Module, Activities 4, 6 and 9 [Activity 5 if you have time]


Mar 19-22

Practice Problem Set 9   - Solutions
Practicals Activities in pairs: Waves and Interference With Python Activities 1 and 2.  Only your final codes will be marked by the TA1 (no booklets this week).  Codes are due by email to your TA1 before the beginning of your practical next week.  Codes must run without crashing, and must be well commented (comments replace the booklet).  [If you have time, try to improve the look of the graphs for both codes.]


Mar 26-29

Practice Problem Set 10   - Solutions
Practicals Activities: Waves Module 2, Activities 2, 4, 5 Part A only, 6 - repeat A-F for the red and blue laser.  [If you have time repeat Activity 6 parts A-F with a green laser (your TA has one).]

Practicals Evaluations Today!

Apr 2-4

Last lectures: NO PRACTICALS