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PHY424/426/428/429 (A&S) and PHY327/427/428/429 (EngSci)


After you get back the graded notebook with your second experiment, begin writing the first draft of the Formal Report. You may choose either one of your experiments. Complete information on this assignment is given on p.7 of the Course Outline and on the web page Formal report guidelines. Study this document thoroughly. You can get familiar with format and style of a scientific article in some scientific journals in MP 251. The draft should NOT include your name and student number. It will be given a special identifier known to you and the course coordinator.

The Formal Report draft in two identical copies is due on Wednesday, November 9. Late drafts will not be accepted. Please hand it in to the course coordinator in person in MP 251 A. The deadline is 4 pm.


The draft of your Formal Report will be taken by the other student of the class for Peer's Review, which is also an assignment and will be graded.

The Formal Report peer review is due Wednesday, November 16, by 4pm. Drop the original report and the peer review papers stapled together in a red mailbox in MP 250 (Rob's Office).

The peer reviewed formal drafts will be available for pick-up after 4 pm on Friday, November 18, in MP 251. The final Formal Report is due in paper by 4 pm on Thursday, November 24, (section 1) and Friday, November 25, (section 2), and also the electronic version by 11:59 pm the same days. See the Formal Report Guidelines for more information.

The goal of the Advanced Physics Laboratory is for students to learn more about how to measure and model physical systems, and communicate that knowledge. Students have the opportunity to work on interesting challenging experiments, deepen their understanding of the underlying Physics, and to further develop laboratory, analysis, and communication skills.

Our main office is MP251 in the North Wing of McLennan Physical Labs, phone: 416-978-8803.

There are two lab sections with classes scheduled to different days: Monday and Thursday 9-12 in the Section 2, and Tuesday 9-12 and Friday 10-13 in the Section 1.   The laboratories are open Monday through Friday 9:00-4:50pm, because many experiments demand tuning equipment and making measurements that cannot be accomplished within one 3-hour lab session. If students wish to work on experiments outside the official lab sessions, it is permitted during times that are not scheduled for the other lab section.

Safety is very important to everyone involved in the Advanced Physics Labs.   Students must be familiar with the safety information in the Course Outline, and the safety information provided for their experiments.   Students should also be familiar with the Health and Safety Web Site of the Physics Department.   In particular, there is important information on Emergency Responses, Hazards you may encounter in this course, and Safety Training.   Before starting any experiment, please read the provided handout carefully, discuss any potential safety issues with the supervising professor, and use any necessary safety equipment.

If you have any questions, or notice any mistakes or out-dated website material, please contact the Lab Coordinator: Natalia Krasnopolskaia.

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Last updated on 18 November 2016