Advanced Physics Laboratory - Course Homepage

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


The Winter Semester 2022 Advanced Physics Lab (APL) will start in-person on Tuesday 11 January, with everyone masked and carefully following COVID hygiene rules. The lab capacity is limited to ensure safety, so enrolment in any Advanced Lab Course (i.e. PHY 327/424/426/427/428/429) must be approved by the APL Coordinator Prof. Bailey.

Note that the APL is one of the few University of Toronto classes that has been approved to run in-person in January 2022. If you need this course and cannot attend in person, please contact Prof. Bailey


Contact Prof. Bailey if you have any questions about the Advanced Physics Lab.


If you are enrolling for an APL course starting in January 2022, carefully complete Preference Form available in DOCX or PDF format, and email it to the APL Coordinator at When filling out the form, clearly indicate your schedule constraints, conflicts, and preferences so we can schedule students at specific times if necessary.

The goal of the Advanced Physics Laboratory is for students to learn more about how to measure and model physical systems, and how to 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.

The official lab periods are TF9-12, but the laboratories are open Monday-Friday 9:10am-4 pm since many experiments require set-up and measurements that cannot be accomplished within one 3-hour lab session. When the lab is open, students can work on experiments outside the official lab periods, but must stay in close touch with the professor supervising their experiment.

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 and Hazards you may encounter in this course. Before starting any experiment, please read the provided handout carefully, discuss any potential safety issues with the supervising professor. You must use any necessary safety equipment.

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