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Abstract Title: The Advanced Physics Lab at the University of Toronto
Abstract: The Advanced Physics Laboratory is taken by 3rd or 4th year University of Toronto undergraduates in several Physics and Engineering Science programs.  The goals of the course are to give students an opportunity to work on interesting, challenging experiments, to deepen their understanding of the underlying Physics, to develop laboratory skills and analysis techniques, to improve their oral and written communication skills, and to prepare them for physics research.

On those rare occasions when everything is working, students currently have 45 experimental setups with 32 different experiments: Aperiodic Structures, Brillouin, Conductivity in <3 Dimensions, Compton, ESR, Thin Film Interference, Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Germanium Detector Nuclear Spectroscopy, Semiconductors, HeNe Lasers, Helicons, High Energy Physics, High Tc Superconductors, Knots, Laue, Lenses, Linear Pulse Propagation, Superconductor Magnetization & Transition Temperatures, Mass Spectrometer, Mössbauer, Muon Lifetime, Neel Temperature, NMR, Powder X-rays, Raman, Optical Pumping, Low Temperature Resistivity, Sonoluminescence, SQUID, Electron Microscope, Ultrafast Fibre Laser, XRF.

We typically have about 35 students enrolled, with fluctuations up to 50;  the course is typically staffed by 4 Instructors, 3 Teaching Assistants, and 1 Technologist.  Each student must do 3 experiments per semester, and evaluation is based on in-lab observation, lab notebooks, interviews after each experiment, a peer reviewed formal report, and a final oral exam.  Challenges in administering the course include assigning adequate instructional and technical resources, keeping antiquated equipment working, and finding money and development time for new experiments.

More information can be found at www.physics.utoronto.ca/~phy326.
Abstract Type: Poster
Contributed Poster: Download the Contributed Poster
Session: Session II - Syllabi Poster Session

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David C. Bailey
University of Toronto
Physics Department
60 St. George Street
Toronto, Non U.S. M5S 1A7
Phone: 416-978-6674 or -4993
Fax: 416-978-8221
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jason J. B. Harlow, Physics Department, University of Toronto
Natalia N. Krasnopolskaia, Physics Department, University of Toronto