For Students


Physics is an experimental science; only theories that agree with experiment are acceptable physical theories. Even accepted theories are based on assumptions and thus have limitations. Physical theories are better understood by experimentation and, at an advanced level, experiments lead to new theories.

In the study of experimental physics, students are involved in the whole process of science, including theory, the construction and testing of hypothesis, the use of creative imagination, as well as observation and measurement. In addition, students are exposed to many techniques; theory of error, control of variables, use of graphs, etc. Finally, students become familiar with the language of science and improve their ability to write a concise and logical report (an ability required in almost any career).

Credit Requirements

A student must obtain a passing grade of 50% or better in the laboratory to receive a passing grade for the course. The lab will count 20% ± 5% towards the final mark for the course. The actual percentage depends on the judgment of the lecturers. The Department of Physics offers lab exemptions for students who are taking the course for the second time who have failed the course but passed the lab component. In this case, student must register in the lab component on BearTracks and apply for a lab exemption at the Physics General Office.

Laboratory Schedule

The complete laboratory schedule for the current term is accessible from the left menu on this page under "Schedules" .


Laboratories occurring on a holiday are rescheduled. See Schedules for details.


You will need a current laboratory manual available from the bookstore. All lab reports must be typed electronically and printed. Access to a computer and a printer is required (either personal or using access to IST computer labs).

Lab Policies and Procedures

Lab policies are outlined at the beginning of the lab manual with any changes to the lab manual being made available through your lab section on eClass.

Lost and found

Any student property found by the laboratory staff can be claimed from room CCIS L2-069.