Check your schedule on RAMMS for the exact day and time of your labs.

Laboratories are a core component of physics courses. Labs serve several purposes, providing:

  • hands-on experience applying theory covered in lectures.
  • familiarity and experience in the operation of many types of analytical laboratory equipment.
  • practice and experience in writing structured reports.

Lab Expectations

Lab Groups

Students are expected to work in pairs. Both partners will contribute equally and share in the writing of all reports.

Pre-Lab Quizzes

Physics labs begin with a 10 minutes quiz. Don't be late. Review the pre-lab questions for your experiment and you will be well prepared. The quiz counts for 20% of the lab grade. 

Lab Preparation

  • Manuals are posted online for each course. Read them before the lab.
  • Pre-lab questions are posted online with the lab manual. Review the questions before the lab. They are good practice for the lab quiz.
  • Read supplemental material from your textbook before the lab.
  • Prepare any tables for data acquisition before the lab.


  • Students must attend all labs. Labs missed for justified reasons will need to be made up. See the Eng Office or Sci Office immediately to make arrangements.
  • Students 15 minutes late to the lab will not be allowed to join and will be required to arrange a make-up.
  • Lab exemptions are not available.

Report Submissions

Unless otherwise directed:

  • All partners will jointly submit one written report. The grade given will apply to all group members.
  • The report must be submitted one week from the end of the lab session.
  • On the cover page, include the names of all group members, course number, section number, and your TA's name.

Drop Box Location

  • Unless directed otherwise by your TA, submit the lab report to the drop box across from KHS 237A. Ensure it goes in the correct slot for your course.

Late Reports

  • Reports submitted later than one week from the lab session will be penalized 20%. I.e. A report graded 80% will receive a mark of 60%.
  • Reports submitted later than two weeks from the lab session will not be accepted.

Reading Your Time Table When you check your schedule on RAMS, course information is encoded in the course number. For example, "PCS211-XXY" indicates that you are in Section XX of the course PCS211. The Y at the end of the code indicates whether the session is a lecture (Y=1), laboratory (Y=2), or tutorial (Y=3). Note that, for a particular course, labs and tutorials occur every other week and will typically take place in separate locations. Therefore, check your schedule each week to be sure that you go to the correct location.

Lab Format

Labs are typically scheduled for two to three hours, depending on the course. Labs begin with a brief quiz (10 minutes) that is based on the pre-lab questions. Anyone missing the quiz forfeits 20% of their mark for that lab. After the quiz, the TA or lab instructor may provide some instruction pertaining to theory and operation of equipment used in the lab. Students then proceed to conduct the experiment with their partner or group. 

Significant Dates
General Information, Labs Schedule and Contacts

Lab Procedures and Report Guidelines

Computer Software To download Logger Pro software, visit: www.physics.ryerson.ca/labs/software

Spring-Summer 2017 PhysicsLabs:
  • PCS106 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS110 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS120 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS125 
  • PCS130
  • PCS211 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS213
  • PCS224 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS228 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS230 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS352 (Not offered this term)
  • PCS358 (Not offered this term)

Spring-Summer 2017 Physics Labs offered through Continuing Education: